Hendrik Du Toit

Technical Assistant
Hendrik Du Toit


Hendrik graduated from Imperial College London in 2011 with a First Class Honours MEng degree in Chemical Engineering, where his elected focus was on bioprocesses. His Master’s research project pertained to the stimulating production of secondary metabolites from bacteria in perfused reactor systems under simulated microgravity.

He then went on to complete a PhD at the University of Bath which focused on developing proof of concept biofuel cells deriving power from the human body for the purpose of powering active medical implants. In the pursuit of this goal Hendrik also developed highly versatile glucose sensors shown to be sensitive enough to determine glucose concentrations in sweat providing a potential alternative to invasive blood glucose measurements currently required for the treatment of diabetes.

Following his PhD Hendrik spent several years working in academic research at University College London developing prototype milli and microfluidic reactor systems for the continuous synthesis of nanomaterials used in point of care diagnostic medicine.

Hendrik then joined the Engineering department at Dehns in January 2019 as a Technical Assistant.

Type of clients and client work

Hendrik currently works with a variety of clients including large multinational companies and SMEs. His work includes filing and prosecuting patent applications to grant before the UK and European Patent Offices, and providing technical advice to clients during opposition procedures.


Hendrik has particular experience with inventions in the fields of aerospace, oil and gas exploration, spectrometry, scientific instruments, telecommunications, medical devices, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), and paper making.

Higher Education

MEng (1st class honours), Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London, 2011

PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of Bath, 2015 (Thesis Title: Development of miniature enzymatic biofuel cells as potential power sources for implantable medical devices)