Kai has a degree in chemical engineering (Hochschule Fresenius, Idstein, Germany) and has studied for his PhD in microfluidic devices at the University of Surrey. After his PhD he has worked at the medical engineering group at the University of Surrey and has developed technologies for characterisation, separation and assembly of cells and nanoparticles using dielectrophoresis (DEP) and AC electro hydrodynamics.
He has further interests in lab on a chip, miniaturised bioreactors and laboratory automation.
He is co-founder of DEPtech, a spin-off company that has commercialised cell characterisation technology for life science and diagnostic applications based on his work at Surrey.
Since Dec 2014 he is a Lecturer at the university of Liverpool, pursuing his research on DEP and bioreactors.