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PhD Jasper Van Hoorick receives Biointerphases poster award ESB conference

Published on 09 October 2017

PhD Jasper Van Hoorick receives Biointerphases poster award ESB conference

At the 28th Annual Conference of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB) in Athens, Jasper presented his work on "Gelatin Functionalization Strategies Enhance Biofabrication Versatility on the Micro and Macro-Scale." The Award Committee rewarded the scientific excellence of Jasper Van Hoorick with the Biointerphases poster award.

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Prof. Sandra Van Vlierberghe receives prestigious ESB Jean Leray Award 2017

Published on 05 October 2017

Prof. Sandra Van Vlierberghe receives prestigious ESB Jean Leray Award 2017

Prof. Sandra Van Vlierberghe, professor at both VUB B-PHOT and PBM Gent, has contributed to the knowledge in the field of biomaterials by elaborating innovative hydrogel crosslinking strategies that combine excellent biocompatibility with processing versatility. In addition to advancing biopolymers in the biomaterials field, she also introduced the solid state crosslinking capability of synthetic hydrogels, a finding which was patented jointly with industry.

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Thiago Raddo, as first co-tutelle between VUB B-PHOT and University of São Paulo, successfully defended his PhD work tackling next generation optical networks

Published on 28 September 2017

Thiago Raddo, as first co-tutelle between VUB B-PHOT and University of São Paulo, successfully defended his PhD work tackling next generation optical networks

Thanks to recent progress, Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) is becoming the norm in many countries, and the significant increase of bandwidth allows the emergence of new services and technologies. Tactile internet, telemedicine and real-time 3-D content generation are now realistic and probably represent the onset of the next wave of innovation.

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EUR-ACE® international quality label for graduates of European MSc. In Photonics

Published on 27 September 2017

EUR-ACE® international quality label for graduates of European MSc. In Photonics

After the submission of the evaluation file followed by the visit of the experts in 2016, the conclusions of the CTI have been confirmed to us today. This international quality label provides a set of standards that identifies high-quality engineering degree programmes in Europe and abroad, and facilitates academic and professional mobility.

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Scientific Reports Nature - VUB research team depicts authenticity of stained glass from Ten Duinen abbey

Published on 20 September 2017

Scientific Reports Nature - VUB research team depicts authenticity of stained glass from Ten Duinen abbey

Determining the authenticity of historical objects is a key element for the conservation and restoration of cultural heritage. Ancient materials are often fragile and require non-destructive analysis that allow the material to be investigated in a safe way. Scientific Reports Nature published the results of a first-line analysis for stained glass panels based on absorption spectroscopy, developed at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

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B-PHOT Freeform Optics expert Fabian Duerr interviewed in OSA-OPN article 'Notes from the Revolution'

Published on 14 August 2017

B-PHOT Freeform Optics expert Fabian Duerr interviewed in OSA-OPN article 'Notes from the Revolution'

The time that well-established manufacturing techniques for precision optics were restricted to rotationally symmetric surfaces are history. Important advances in manufacturing allow increasingly precise fabrication of lenses and mirrors with almost any shape, hence the name “freeform” optics. The use of freeform components in optical systems can provide enhanced performance. In areas that require compact and lightweight packaging, such as virtual- and augmented reality head-up displays, the freeform revolution is on the rise.

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"Jena-Brussels" joint Freeform Optics Research selected as OSA Editor's Pick

Published on 10 August 2017

 "Jena-Brussels" joint Freeform Optics Research selected as OSA Editor's Pick

"Freeform optical design for a non-scanning corneal imaging system with a convexly curved image", published in OSA's Applied Optics journal, has recently been nominated as Editor's Pick. The work is the result of a research stay of B-PHOT PhD researcher Yunfeng Nie in the expert team of Prof. Herbert Gross at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena in the framework of a collaboration with B-PHOT's freeform optics specialist Prof. Fabian Duerr, facilitated and financially supported by the EC Marie-Curie ITN project ADOPSYS.

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Intern Ioanna (16) on a photonics mission: "opportunity to see other fascinating fields of physics!"

Published on 12 July 2017

Ioanna internship 17

One of the most rewarding activities we proud ourselves on at B-PHOT, is reaching out to young potentials to inspire them about photonics.  Once young minds get engaged with science, they no longer perceive technology and engineering as 'things for uber nerds' and are eager to start experimenting themselves.  Last week, Ioanna from the European Business School, finished her internship with us. During two weeks, she was on a mission to discover more about the world of fundamental and applied research in photonics. 

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A new generation of optical biosensors combines graphene and 1D dielectric photonic crystals

Published on 10 July 2017

A new generation of optical biosensors combines graphene and 1D dielectric photonic crystals

The combination of a photonic crystal with graphene offers a window of opportunity to develop a highly sensitive sensor that at the same time enhances the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of the sensing device. Recently Iterio Degli-Eredi successfully presented his PhD research results on this new generation of biosensors and obtained the title of Doctor in Engineering.

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Unexpected features demonstrate graphene’s dual role in broadband light generation

Published on 06 July 2017

GRAPHENICS, a Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) ‘Young Explorers’

Efficient spectral broadening of light in compact graphene-covered photonic chips has recently been successfully demonstrated in the frame of GRAPHENICS, a Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) ‘Young Explorers’ project led by professor Nathalie Vermeulen (VUB B-PHOT). The early-career researchers unveiled unexpected features in graphene’s nonlinear optical behaviour, playing a crucial role in the generation of spectrally broadband light on a chip.

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Laser scanning technology developed by VUB B-PHOT keeps fries safe

Published on 19 June 2017

Postdoc Researcher Lien Smeesters developed a new optical screening technique to scan food accurately

In recent months, several warnings have been published about the potential risk of fried food for the health of millions of consumers. A sensitive subject in a country as Belgium where fries are recognized as a national symbol. That's why Minister Ben Weyts sent a writing to European Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, responsible for health and food safety, to safeguard the traditional way of baking Belgian fries. Good news: photonics ensures the future of traditionally baked Belgian fries in a safe way, being a relief for every chip shop holder.

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The first FINESSE Spring School kicks off at Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Published on 08 June 2017

introduction Finesse Spring School @VUB

The Marie Sklodowska Curie Action - Innovative Training Network FINESSE organizes its first training event from 6 to 9 June at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. This Spring School welcomes both ITN FINESSES Early Stage Researchers (ESR) and young professionals during a four day Ph.D. level training about the Fundamentals of Optical Sensors.

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5 reasons to come to LIGHT NIGHT 2017

Published on 25 April 2017

5 reasons to come to LIGHT NIGHT 2017

Everyone is so busy, has so little time and there is LIGHT NIGHT crossing your path. SPIE Student Chapter went out of their way to give this edition a special touch celebrating their 10th anniversary. A few months before LIGHT NIGHT, SPIE Student Chapter Brussels and B-PHOT gathered to answer questions on what inspires students and professionals in high-tech and engineering nowadays. What is happening in photonics land, a specific topic involved future challenges, and how to tackle them through the right education? A good start, but let’s share 5 reasons to join us on Thursday 27 April at Vrije Universiteit Brussel!

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Lien Smeesters receives European Student Innovation Award 2017 from Photonics21

Published on 29 March 2017

Lien Smeesters receives European Student Innovation Award 2017 from Photonics21

Photonics21, the European Technology Platform representing industry and research in photonics, distinguishes students for their important contributions in Photonics Research & Innovation with industrial impact. This year, Dr. Ir. Lien Smeesters, alumni from the European Master of Science in Photonics and now post-doc researcher at VUB B-PHOT, is honoured with the European Innovation Award 2017 during the annual meeting of Photonics21.

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B-PHOT researcher Fabian Duerr will co-chair the Freeform Optics Conference 2017 in Denver (US)

Published on 27 March 2017

B-PHOT researcher Fabian Duerr will co-chair the Freeform Optics Conference 2017 in Denver (US)

The 2017 OSA Optical Design and Fabrication Congress will address recent advances in three sub-conferences on Optical Design, Optical Fabrication and Testing, and Freeform Optics.

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VUB SPIE Student Chapter visits ETAP and Philips Museum during photonics industry day

Published on 08 March 2017

VUB SPIE Student Chapter visits ETAP and Philips Museum during photonics industry day

To get a closer look at what industrial photonics looks like, the SPIE Student Chapter at VUB took its members for a company visit to ETAP Lighting in Antwerp (BE) and a tour in the Philips Museum in Eindhoven (NL).

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PHABLABS 4.0 adds the power of photonics to FabLabs

Published on 24 February 2017

PHABLABS 4.0 adds the power of photonics to FabLabs

PHABLABS 4.0 aims to make photonics, the science and technology of light, more accessible to youngsters from as early as ten years old up to young professionals, through the dynamic eco-system of European FabLabs.

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Evert Ebraert defended his PhD successfully unleashing the potential of Deep Proton Writing for optical telecommunication

Published on 14 February 2017

Evert Ebraert defended his PhD successfully unleashing the potential of Deep Proton Writing for optical telecommunication

One million hours of video is transmitted all over the world every minute. One of the main contributors to this huge number is Netflix, for which you require 25 Mbps of download speed to stream ultra-high definition content. With increased use of cloud based services and more and more devices (speakers, lamps, thermostats, etc.) being connected to the Internet besides an already increasing number of tablets, phones and laptops, we are approaching the limit of the bandwidth our internet service providers can provide us with, with electrical telecommunication technology.

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B-PHOT celebrates the New Year, playing photons right!

Published on 01 February 2017

B-PHOT celebrates the New Year, playing photons right!

January is traditionally a month of celebrations to start the New Year in many organizations. Also at B-PHOT, the team joined for its annual New Years reception to get together with colleagues and enjoy tasty food in a festive way.

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VUB offers 5 scholarships for talented students in photonics

Published on 27 January 2017

VUB offers 5 scholarships for talented students in photonics

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel makes 5 full scholarships available for international students who start the European Master of Science in Photonics in the academic year 2017-2018. The scholarships are assigned to highly qualified applicants on basis of excellence and include a stipend of 800 EUR per month.

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Etienne Averlant successfully defended his PhD thesis and graduated as Doctor in Science and Doctor in Engineering at ULB and VUB

Published on 27 January 2017

Etienne Averlant successfully defended his PhD thesis and graduated as Doctor in Science and Doctor in Engineering at ULB and VUB

Etienne Averlant has successfully defended his PhD thesis for which he carried out experimental and theoretical studies of localized structures in Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers (VCSELs), also called cavity solitons. Such structures consist of bright peaks of light, localized in space that can be switched on or off, in the plane transverse to the propagation of the beam. They have notably been proposed for two applications: all-optical information processing, and information storage.

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VUB rector and her team visits Photonics Innovation Center in Gooik

Published on 26 January 2017

VUB rector and her team visits Photonics Innovation Center in Gooik

Rector Prof. Caroline Pauwels and her team of vice-rectors visit the Photonics VUB Campus in Gooik to get acquainted with the campus buildings, the research infrastructure, and the research topics.

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Photonics-based technologies keep French fries on the menu

Published on 25 January 2017

Photonics-based technologies keep French fries on the menu

Are all French fries carcinogenic, should we skip our weekly portion? Fortunately not! Acrylamide gained major importance in our society, and was recently one of the major news items. Acrylamide is a carcinogenic substance that can be formed in larger or smaller quantities during high-temperature processing of starch-rich food. But what measures can we take to reduce the risk of acrylamide in our food? Should we avoid potatoes, bread or coffee after high-temperature processing on our menu?

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Students evaluate the European Master in Photonics

Published on 23 January 2017

Students evaluate the European Master in Photonics

To continuously optimize the quality of education while maintaining a high student satisfaction level at VUB, students of the European Master of Science in Photonics were queried through a written survey and a focus discussion organized by the Education and Student Policy Department of VUB.

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Improving food safety with optical screening, public PhD defense by Lien Smeesters

Published on 21 December 2016

Improving food safety with optical screening, public PhD defense by Lien Smeesters

Today a major concern of the agriculture industry is the screening of two specific types of food contaminants imposing a key threat to health, being acrylamide formed during high-temperature processing and mycotoxins produced by toxic fungi. Lien Smeesters' doctoral thesis investigates the use of spectroscopic sensing techniques to non-destructively detect these harmful products, avoiding their presence in the food chain.

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Food safety by light exhibited at Agrifoodtech in Den Bosch (NL)

Published on 14 December 2016

Food safety by light exhibited at Agrifoodtech in Den Bosch (NL)

Don't we all want our food to be 100% nutritious and healthy? Food processors and farmers face many challenges to meet the highest standards as set by the food quality control agencies. Fulfilling these stringent requirements calls for accurate analytical measurements. Photonics technologies can answer the new needs in food safety and can help companies in their process to filter out tiny pieces of glass, stone or plastic, or insects, from mechanically harvested crops.

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Sharing reflexions about the future of light technology on Radio 1

Published on 03 December 2016

Sharing reflexions about the future of light technology on Radio 1

Within the recent news from Sylvania closing its production unit, Hugo Thienpont was invited to give more insights on the challenges and opportunities for the lighting industry and industry 4.0 in Europe. Radio 1 journalist for 'De Wereld Vandaag' asked about the crucial role light technologies will play in the re-industralisation of Europe.

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Hamamatsu Belgium supports Photonics Explorer as Silver Sponsor

Published on 03 December 2016

15 teachers received their Photonics Explorer during Teacher Training

15 secondary school teachers in Belgium have received their own Photonics Explorer kit during the teacher training recently, with the support of Hamamatsu Belgium. Photonics Explorer is a lab-in-a-box designed to stimulate students of the 2nd and 3rd grade to experiment in class with lasers, LEDs, lenses, optical fibers, and other high-tech components.

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The power of photonics highlighted at Day of Science

Published on 26 November 2016

The power of photonics highlighted at Day of Science

The Day of Science, Dag van de Wetenschap in Dutch, is a yearly event that allows young and old to get in touch with different sciences and their applications. With this initiative from the Flemish Government, over 100 research groups including B-PHOT have the opportunity to explain complex science and technology in a comprehensible way.

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Students KA Aarschot exploring photonics with Quantum SpinOff project

Published on 22 November 2016

KA Aarschot visiting B-PHOT for Quantum SpinOff

The final year students Science Mathematics from Kamsa Atheneum Aarschot visited B-PHOT research group to learn how innovative photonics research supports high-tech entrepreneurship and answers future global challenges. The students started their day at the VUB with workshops where they handle their own mini-projects linked to the topics of class courses in physics provided by the Photonics Explorer educational program.

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Over 1500 young minds dive into Photonics during Science Show

Published on 25 October 2016

Over 1500 young minds dive into Photonics during Science Show

The Science Show is a yearly event where we welcome over 1500 pupils and 120 teachers from 2nd and 3rd grade of secondary schools for an interactive Science Show on photonics.

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Photonics industry projects inspire companies at Innovatiebeurs

Published on 14 October 2016

Photonics industry projects inspire companies at Innovatiebeurs

VUB research group B-PHOT to showcase innovative projects together with Brubotics and MOBI at the ‘Innovatiebeurs’ at C-mine Genk.

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PhD Lien Smeesters is finalist for global Edmund Optics Educational Awards

Published on 22 September 2016

PhD Lien Smeesters is finalist for global Edmund Optics Educational Awards

Within her doctorate research, she studies different spectroscopic techniques, including absorbance and fluorescence spectroscopy, for the optical detection of carcinogenic mycotoxins and the prediction of the harmful acrylamide formation in food products.

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PhD Meijie Li successfully defends her research facilitating novel laser-based applications

Published on 19 September 2016

PhD Meijie Li successfully defends her research facilitating novel laser-based applications

Laser-based systems are widely used in research, industry, medical care and consumer products. The optical modeling and design of such systems is essential in order to find innovative solutions for various applications, and to develop novel applications beyond the current state-of-the-art.

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B-PHOT Director Hugo Thienpont pursues as vice-rector Innovation and Valorisation Policy

Published on 16 September 2016

B-PHOT Director Hugo Thienpont pursues as vice-rector Innovation and  Valorisation Policy

The new rector of VUB, Caroline Pauwels, who will lead her first academic opening on 27 September, has announced her team of vice-rectors. They are Jan Danckaert (Education and Student Policy), Karin Vanderkerken (Research Policy), Hugo Thienpont (Innovation & Industrial Policy), and Sonja Snacken (International Relations Policy). The Board decided unanimously to appoint the new rector’s team.

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Looking for a challenging PhD?

Published on 31 August 2016

Looking for a challenging PhD?

We are inviting applications for a ESR position in Photonic crystal fibres optimized for distributed pressure sensing within the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network “FINESSE”

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From separation to optical detection in radially elongated pillar columns: public PhD defense of Manly Callewaert

Published on 22 August 2016

From separation to optical detection in radially elongated pillar columns: public PhD defense of Manly Callewaert

B-PHOT and CHIS have the pleasure to invite you to the public PhD defense of Manly Callewaert in order to obtain his degree of Doctor in Engineering. August 22nd, 2016 at 5 pm VUB Campus Building D, room D.0.02

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B-PHOT’s research in the EU-funded GRAPHENICS project shortlisted for the European Innovation Radar Prize 2016

Published on 08 August 2016

Team members co-working for the GRAPHENICS project are JinLuo Cheng (University of Toronto, Canada), Iwona Pasternak (Institute of Electronic Materials Technology, Poland), Jürgen Van Erps (B-PHOT, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium), Nathalie Vermeulen (B-PHOT, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium), Tym Ciuk (Institute of Electronic Materials Technology, Poland), Aleksandra Krajewska (Institute of Electronic Materials Technology, Poland) and Nikolai Tolstik (Technische Universität Wien, Austria).

Young B-PHOT professors developed a novel approach for converting one wavelength of light into another on a photonic chip. Their ‘automatic quasi-phase-matching’ approach enables efficient wavelength conversion in photonic integrated circuits that comply with the rules for mass-manufacturing in large-scale photonic foundries.

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B-PHOT joins European InSPECT consortium for real-time cancer diagnosis

Published on 07 July 2016

B-PHOT joins European InSPECT consortium for real-time cancer diagnosis

Each year 12 million people are confronted with the diagnosis of cancer, early detection is vital to reduce the mortality degree up to 30% (source WHO). Without a clear diagnosis, a second biopsy is required which increases the risks of complications and causes delays in treatments for patients. B-PHOT participates in the European InSPECT research that addresses the challenge to develop smart biophotonic devices for physicians that allow real-time diagnoses for cancer.

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Photonics Summer Symposium for master students

Published on 27 June 2016

Photonics Summer Symposium for master students

Three days packed with master thesis presentations, guest lectures from industry and academia, insightful perspectives and networking with peers. This must be the annual Photonics Summer Symposium!

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B-PHOT researchers present at VUB PhD Day

Published on 22 June 2016

B-PHOT researchers present at VUB PhD Day

Urszula, Agnieszka, Sidney and Qing. Four of our B-PHOT PhDs participated at the PhD Day at the VUB. They took the opportunity - and challenge - to explain their innovative research project in photonics through a comprehensive poster and ... a 3 minutes talk. A very good preparation for the kind of TED talks 'under 6 minutes'!

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Photonics Explorer in 2500 schools across Europe

Published on 08 June 2016

Photonics Explorer in 2500 schools across Europe

The 2500th Photonics Explorer has been handed over to a school in Finland. The concept of Photonics Explorer is a 'lab-in-a-box' that enables students of the 2nd and 3rd grade to do photonics experiments themselves at school with lasers, LEDs, lenses, optical fibers, and other high-tech components. Photonics Explorer is an educational kit, developed by the photonics research team B-PHOT at VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), for students of secondary schools to experiment with the different properties of light and photons.

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Prof. Heidi Ottevaere presents at Women in Photonics (NL)

Published on 02 June 2016

Prof. Heidi Ottevaere presents at Women in Photonics (NL)

On June 1st and 2nd, 2016 the 10th annual Photonics Event is taking place in Veldhoven, the Netherlands. Photonics has been defined as the key enabling technology improving industries’ businesses and becoming more competitive on al global scale. Prof. Heidi Ottevaere was invited to give her views on women in photonics.

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Jasper Van Hoorick wins Trainee Merit Award at World Biomaterials Congress

Published on 27 May 2016

Jasper Van Hoorick wins Trainee Merit Award at World Biomaterials Congress

On the 10th World Biomaterials Congress in Montreal, PhD candidate Jasper Van Hoorick won a WBC Trainee Merit award. He received the award for his research in the development of new biocompatible gelatin derivatives that enable improved handling via two-photon polymerization. This laser based, high-resolution 3D printing technique allows the creation of microstructures to below the order of magnitude of cells.

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KA Dendermonde students exploring their future at VUB Photonics Innovation Center

Published on 13 May 2016

DREAM DAY helps students to discover their talents

At the age of 17 or 18 many youngsters are thinking about their future, and what to study to reach the ultimate job. DREAM DAY offers students from the 3rd stage ASO the breech of a whole year project around “future education”. Students of KA Dendermonde visited the Photonics Innovation Center in Gooik where Prof. Heidi Ottevaere and Ing. Tine De Pauw gave them an introduction in the exciting world of the science and technology of light.

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B-PHOT researcher Yunfeng Nie wins Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship award 2016

Published on 11 May 2016

Yunfeng Nie

Yunfeng Nie, PhD at B-PHOT Brussels Photonics Team, is the 2016 winner of the Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship award. She wins the award for her continuing research on new design algorithms for specialty freeform imaging systems.

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The SPIE Brussels Student Chapter invites you to "LIGHTtalks" about "Careers in Photonics" on May, 10th

Published on 02 May 2016

The SPIE Brussels Student Chapter invites you to "LIGHTtalks" about "Careers in Photonics" on May, 10th

At the occasion of a special edition of their “Light Night”, the SPIE Brussels Student Chapter is organizing “LIGHTtalks” about “Careers in Photonics”. The goal is to create awareness among all students about the potential of photonics and its applications and career opportunities.

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B-PHOT presents ACTPHAST photonic innovation projects in photonics at Hannover Messe

Published on 02 May 2016

European Commissioner Carlos Moedas for Research, Science and Innovation visits ACTPHAST at Hannover Messe

During Hannover Messe, the world's leading trade fair for industrial technology, B-PHOT had the pleasure to present innovating projects in photonics of small and medium companies that are collaborating with ACTPHAST. The ACTPHAST program, a European Commission supported large scale project, is designed to support all European SME with expertise in photonics and with cost-effective low risk guidance, up from R&D to prototyping, which allows companies to accelerate the development of their innovative projects.

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Sint Bernarduscollege Oudenaarde gets into lab-on-chips at VUB

Published on 29 April 2016

Sint Bernarduscollege Oudenaarde gets into lab-on-chips at VUB

The students of 6WiWe of Sint Bernarduscollege Oudenaarde got introduced into microfluidics, as well as lab-on-chips using chromatography and optics during their visit at the VUB labs.

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Prof. Hugo Thienpont has been appointed the prestigious Francqui Chair 2015-2016 by K.U.Leuven

Published on 12 April 2016

Prof. Hugo Thienpont has been appointed the prestigious Francqui Chair 2015-2016 by K.U.Leuven

Professor Hugo Thienpont is honored to receive the Francqui Chair 2015-2016 K.U. Leuven. Hugo Thienpont is professor at the Faculty for Engineering and chairman of the department of Applied Physics and Photonics (TONA) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels. As director of B-PHOT, he has built, together with the 70 co-workers of the Brussels Photonics Team, specific expertise and technologies in the science of light which positions them as preferred academic partner in applied and industrial research in Flanders and Europe.

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Dr. Jan Watté (CommScope) gives guest lecture about "An industrial perspective on optical telecom" in Optical Communication Systems class

Published on 25 March 2016

Dr. Jan Watté (CommScope) gives guest lecture about "An industrial perspective on optical telecom" in Optical Communication Systems class

Dr. Jan Watté, R&D Manager of the Optics Group Advanced Engineering at Commscope and Fellow of the Faculty of Engineering at VUB, has given a guest lecture on "An industrial perspective on optical telecom" in the Optical Communication Systems class of Prof. Van Erps.

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B-PHOT RESEARCHER ANDREA CEGLIA RECEIVES THE 2015 'PREMIO IMPROTA' AWARD

Published on 22 March 2016

B-PHOT RESEARCHER ANDREA CEGLIA RECEIVES THE 2015 'PREMIO IMPROTA' AWARD

Andrea Ceglia, post-doctoral researcher of the Brussel Photonics Team of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel received the 2015 “Premio Improta” award issued by the Italian Association of Archaeometry (AIAR - www.associazioneaiar.com) dedicated to the young researchers who excelled in the field of archaeometry.

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B-PHOT contribution selected as one of the Highlights of 2015 of the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering

Published on 15 March 2016

B-PHOT contribution selected as one of the Highlights of 2015 of the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering

The Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering (JMM) has recently announced the Highlights of 2015.

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Diane De Coster obtained her degree of Doctor in Engineering after an inspiring presentation of her PhD work on “Microfluidic devices for Raman spectroscopy and optical trapping”

Published on 10 March 2016

Diane De Coster

Diane De Coster has successfully presented her PhD thesis entitled “Microfluidic devices for Raman spectroscopy and optical trapping” during a public session. She demonstrated the miniaturization and integration of Raman spectroscopy and optical trapping on a single lab-on-chip (LOC) device to reduce the cost and complexity of these laboratory processes compared to bulky laboratory analyses.

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B-PHOT contributes to book ‘Tunable Micro-optics’

Published on 12 February 2016

B-PHOT contributes to book ‘Tunable Micro-optics’

In February 2016 the book ‘Tunable Micro-optics’, edited by Hans Zappe and Claudia Duppé from Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany was published. B-PHOT members Heidi Ottevaere, Lien Smeesters, and Hugo Thienpont contributed with a chapter on “Characterization of micro-optics” to this book.

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B-PHOT professor Nathalie Vermeulen chairs first European Graphene Photonics workshop at SPIE Photonics Europe 2016

Published on 10 February 2016

B-PHOT professor Nathalie Vermeulen chairs first European Graphene Photonics workshop at SPIE Photonics Europe 2016

In conjunction with the SPIE Photonics Europe 2016 conference taking place in early April in Brussels, a daylong Graphene Photonics workshop will be organized, chaired by Nathalie Vermeulen of B-PHOT and Frank Koppens of ICFO.

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Jasper Van Hoorick revisits AGORIA award he received for his master thesis

Published on 09 February 2016

Jasper Van Hoorick revisits AGORIA award he received for his master thesis

Jasper Van Hoorick, joint PhD student between the Polymer Chemistry & Biomaterials Research Group at Ghent University and the Brussels Photonics Team of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, received the 2014 Agoria Award for Technological Dissertations for his Master thesis entitled ‘Tunable hydrogel-polyester combination scaffolds for tissue engineering purposes.’

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B-PHOT participates in webinar on optical spectroscopy

Published on 15 January 2016

B-PHOT members Prof. Heidi Ottevaere and Prof. Wendy Meulebroeck recently took part in a webinar on optical spectroscopy. Spectroscopy can be used in a variety of application fields, such as ancient glass research, and food safety.

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Students of KA Oudenaarde visit B-PHOT

Published on 14 January 2016

Students of KA Oudenaarde visit B-PHOT

Seven students of KA Oudenaarde came to visit B-PHOT, the Brussels Photonics Team. Prof. Heidi Ottevaere initiated the research field of photonics to those students as well as potential applications. The students visited the laser lab and the fiber sensing lab.

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B-PHOT installs first mini-SEM SH-5000M from Hirox in Belgium

Published on 10 December 2015

B-PHOT installs first  mini-SEM SH-5000M from Hirox in Belgium

Recently a mini-SEM from Hirox was installed at B-PHOT's Photonic Innovation Center in Gooik. This new table top Scanning Electron Microscope is the first of its kind in Belgium. The SH-5000M, as the instrument is called, was installed in B-PHOT's cleanroom.

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Ben De Pauw defended his PhD thesis on November 5,2015 and was awarded the degree of doctor in engineering

Published on 17 November 2015

Ben De Pauw defended his PhD thesis on November 5,2015 and was awarded the degree of doctor in engineering

On November 5th, 2015, Ben De Pauw has successfully presented his PhD thesis entitled "Experimental analysis of flow-induced vibration in lead-bismuth cooled nuclear fuel assemblies" during a public session. He demonstrated the accurate characterization of vibrations in the lead-bismuth cooled fuel assembly intended for MYRRHA – the multi-purpose hybrid research reactor for high-tech applications – using optical fibre Bragg gratings as vibration sensors and applying state-of-the-art modal analysis techniques to the measurements.

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Special edition of science-show "Photonics: the technology of light"

Published on 09 November 2015

Special edition of science-show "Photonics: the technology of light"

On the 26th and the 27th of October, ten young B-PHOT researchers teamed up for a lively and interactive Photonics science show, where they showcased basic but important concepts of light and light technology. These concepts were illustrated with cutting-edge real-life applications.

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B-PHOT's Sidney Goossens on the longlist for the Flemish Dissertation Award

Published on 06 November 2015

Sidney Goossens has just started his PhD research on optical fiber based sensors for structural health monitoring of composite materials at B-PHOT. His MSc dissertation entitled 'Dynamic strain analysis with micro-structured fiber optic strain sensors embedded in structural components' has been selected for the longlist of the 'de Vlaamse Scriptieprijs 2015'.

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B-PHOT contributes to animal-friendly research

Published on 28 October 2015

B-PHOT contributes to animal-friendly research

On the 21st of October, the chair Mireille Aerens was inaugurated. Mrs. Aerens, an advocate for animal rights, donated a large amount of money to the VUB. The money will be used to research how animal testing can be replaced by in-vitro methods using stem cells. B-PHOT will play an important role in this research with its “lab-on-a-chip” technology.

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Carlos Belmonte Palmero defended his PhD thesis on September 21st 2015 and was awarded the degree of doctor in engineering

Published on 04 October 2015

Carlos Belmonte Palmero defended his PhD thesis on September 21st 2015 and was awarded the degree of doctor in engineering

On September 21st, 2015, Carlos Belmonte Palmero successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "Semiconductor lasers for random bit generation, wavelength tuning and circularly polarized light emission" in a public session. In his PhD research, Carlos showed that semiconductor lasers can efficiently be used for generating sequences of random bits at high-speed, but also that, combined with the properties of liquid crystal, they can be extremely versatile devices.

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Beihang University visits Brussels for possible collaboration with B-PHOT/VUB

Published on 01 October 2015

Beihang University visits Brussels for possible collaboration with B-PHOT/VUB

On September 21st, the photonics department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) welcomed a ten-person delegation from Beihang University (Beijing, China). The group, consisting of professors and PhD students, was in Brussels for a three-day visit.

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Record number of visitors for Atomium during exhibition “Discover the power of light”

Published on 01 October 2015

Record number of visitors for Atomium during exhibition “Discover the power of light”

On June 4th, B-PHOT kicked off the exhibition “Discover the power of light” in the Atomium. During June, July and August, 201.280 people visited this exhibition in Belgium’s most famous monument. These visitor numbers mean an increase of almost 10% compared to the same period last year.

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15 youngsters visit “Photonics Innovation Center”

Published on 01 October 2015

15 youngsters visit “Photonics Innovation Center”

During the summer, our Photonics Innovation Center (PIC) in Gooik welcomed 15 kids between the ages of 10 and 12. The trip was organised by ‘Sapikids’ (a contraction of sapiens and kids), a company which organises science and technology workshops for children. Sapikids is a member of the STEM academy, an initiative of the Flemish Government to promote science for children and teenagers up to 18 years.

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More than 200 young minds participate in photonics workshops

Published on 01 October 2015

More than 200 young minds participate in photonics workshops

In the frameworks of the International Year of Light 2015 and the European project GoPhoton!, several outreach activities were organized by B-PHOT. One of those activities consists of ten workshops about photonics for young minds. These workshops take place in the Atomium.

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B-Phot article on photonics-enhanced polymer labs-on-chips among the top 10 most popular spie newsroom articles

Published on 15 September 2015

B-Phot article on photonics-enhanced polymer labs-on-chips among the top 10 most popular spie newsroom articles

Over the past years, B-Phot researchers Jürgen Van Erps, Heidi Ottevaere, Diane De Coster, Tom Verschooten, Michael Vervaeke and Hugo Thienpont have worked on the smart design and fabrication of optofluidic labs-on-chips which offer the sensitivity of laboratory-scale optical detection instruments with portability, fast response times, low sample consumption, and parallel processing and read-out. Their recent SPIE Newsroom article entitled "Photonics-enhanced polymer labs-on-chips" is currently among the top 10 most read articles .

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Sanne Sulejmani defended her PhD thesis on August 27, 2015 and was awarded the degree of Doctor in Engineering

Published on 31 August 2015

Sanne Sulejmani defended her PhD thesis on August 27, 2015 and was awarded the degree of Doctor in Engineering

On August 27, 2015, Sanne Sulejmani successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled "Microstructured optical fiber Bragg grating-based sensors for shear strain measurements" in a public session. In her PhD research work she successfully demonstrated shear strain detection in various materials and structures based on fiber Bragg grating sensors fabricated in specialty microstructured optical fibers (‘MOFBG sensor’).

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B-Phot research on micro-structured optical fiber sensors featured in Laser Focus World

Published on 14 July 2015

B-Phot research on micro-structured optical fiber sensors featured in Laser Focus World

B-PHOT's research on the Butterfly micro-structured optical fiber sensor is featured in the July 2015 edition of Laser Focus World.

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Andrea Ceglia defended his PhD thesis on 1 July 2015 and was awarded the degree of doctor in engineering

Published on 10 July 2015

Andrea Ceglia defended his PhD thesis on 1 July 2015 and was awarded the degree of doctor in engineering

On the 1st July 2015, Andrea Ceglia successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled "Unravelling technology and distribution of ancient glass by means of X-ray and UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy" in a public session.

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Spectacular inauguration of “ID#2015: Discover the power of light!” at the Atomium.

Published on 24 June 2015

Spectacular inauguration of “ID#2015: Discover the power of light!” at the Atomium.

In celebration of the international year of light IYL2015 EU Director Khalil Rouhana, Rector Paul De Knop, B-PHOT Director Hugo Thienpont, Director Henri Simons and Chairman Freddy Thielemans of the Atomium officially opened the exhibition “ID#2015: Discover the power of light!” on 11 June 2015. The inauguration was part of the PhotonicSplash event, organised in the framework of the European GoPhoton project, and happened in the presence of several GoPhoton partners from Barcelona, Berlin, Paris and Bratislava, as well as 160 VIPs.

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B-PHOT researcher Nathalie Vermeulen receives the international LIGHT2015 Young Women in Photonics Award

Published on 10 June 2015

B-PHOT researcher Nathalie Vermeulen receives the international LIGHT2015 Young Women in Photonics Award

In the frame of the International Year of Light 2015, Nathalie Vermeulen from the Brussels Photonics Team receives the “LIGHT2015 Young Women in Photonics Award”. She is granted this prestigeous price for “introducing a disruptive model for the nonlinear process of Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering and employing it to conceptualize a novel cooling technique for Raman lasers. She also came up with a groundbreaking phase matching approach for on-chip nonlinear wavelength converters, enabling device manufacturing in photonic foundries with standard fabrication rules. Today she impacts mid-infrared solid-state laser development, and targets next‐generation nonlinear photonic devices based on graphene.” The Award ceremony will take place on June 24 at the World of Photonics Congress in Munich. Interview with Nathalie on Ring TV (Dutch spoken) : http://www.ringtv.be/nieuws/gooikse-prof-wint-internationale-award

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B-PHOT KICKS OFF PHOTONICS EXHIBITION "ID#2015: DISCOVER THE POWER OF LIGHT!"

Published on 04 June 2015

B-PHOT KICKS OFF PHOTONICS EXHIBITION  "ID#2015: DISCOVER THE POWER OF LIGHT!"

In the framework of 'UNESCO International Year of Light 2015' and the European project "GoPhoton", the Brussels Photonics Team B-PHOT of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel organizes the exhibition 'Discover the power of light!" in close collaboration with the Atomium . This exhibition runs for more than 4 months from the 4th of June 2015 till 18th of October 2015 in the Atomium building and will immerse more than 300.000 visitors in the fascinating world of light phenoma and light technology.

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B-PHOT booth at EU Open Doors attracts thousands of visitors, including EC Vice-President Maros Sefcovic

Published on 14 May 2015

B-PHOT booth at EU Open Doors attracts thousands of visitors, including EC Vice-President Maros Sefcovic

B-PHOT showcased the power of light and photonics on Saturday 9 May 2015 at the occasion of the EU Open Door Day in the Berlaymont building. Thousands of inquisitive EU citizens visited the B-PHOT booth, where B-PHOT researchers explained the basic principles of light and illustrated the impact of light technology on our daily lives. The multitude of hands-on experiments and the variety of demonstrations excited both young and old. Whereas the “solar-boat” competition was extremely popular with kids, the infrared imaging camera and its applications impressed everybody.

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B-PHOT showcases “Photonics and Food Safety” at Milano’s World Fair 2015

Published on 04 May 2015

B-PHOT showcases “Photonics and Food Safety” at Milano’s World Fair 2015

B-PHOT highlights the impact of its photonics research and innovation on food and food safety at Milano’s world fair 2015. The fair opened on May 1st and explores the theme "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life". B-PHOT grasps the unique opportunity of “EXPO 2015” and “International Year of Light 2015” to showcase the enabling power of light and the impact of light technologies on food-sorting, food-safety and health.

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Tigran Baghdasaryan obtains his degree of doctor in engineering with highest honours.

Published on 28 April 2015

Tigran Baghdasaryan obtains his degree of doctor in engineering with highest honours.

On 27th April 2015, Tigran Baghdasaryan successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled "A study of multi-photon inscription of fiber Bragg gratings in glass microstructured optical fibers" in a public session. During his defense he explained how the turn of the 21st century has marked the introduction of a new type of optical fibers, known as ‘Microstructured Optical Fibers’ (MOFs).

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B-PHOT researchers teamed up in the Ardennes

Published on 27 April 2015

B-PHOT researchers teamed up in the Ardennes

The SPIE Brussels student chapter board organized a 3-day teambuilding event to further stimulate the bonds between the researchers at B-PHOT. The teambuilding was organised in the Ardennes, from the 15th until the 17th of April, with 2 overnights in a guest house at Forrières.

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B-PHOT's fiber Bragg grating technology serves MYRTE, a new European H2020 Research and Innovation Action part of EURATOM's nuclear fission research programme

Published on 20 April 2015

B-PHOT's fiber Bragg grating technology serves MYRTE, a new European H2020 Research and Innovation Action part of EURATOM's nuclear fission research programme

MYRTE stands for 'MYRRHA Research and Transmutation Endeavour'. The Strategic Research Agenda of the EU Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technical platform requires new large infrastructures for its successful deployment. MYRRHA has been identified as a long term supporting research facility for all ESNII (European Sustainable Nuclear Industrial Initiative) systems and as such put in the high-priority list of ESFRI (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures).

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VOKA interviews B-PHOT director Hugo Thienpont on the economic impact of photonics

Published on 23 March 2015

VOKA interviews B-PHOT director Hugo Thienpont on the economic impact of photonics

Flanders' Chamber of Commerce and Industry VOKA has interviewed Prof. Hugo Thienpont on the economic impact of photonics at the occasion of 2015 International Year of Light and Light-based technologies . The article (in Dutch) was published in the March 2015 issue of VOKA’s magazine “Ondernemers” and is distributed over 18.000 companies in Flanders and Brussels.

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Prestigeous Ignace Vanderschueren VUB-award for B-PHOT researcher Nathalie Vermeulen

Published on 25 February 2015

Prestigeous Ignace Vanderschueren VUB-award for B-PHOT researcher Nathalie Vermeulen

On Friday 20 February 2015, B-PHOT researcher Nathalie Vermeulen received the Ignace Vanderschueren VUB-price for Fundamental and Applied Sciences, which is awarded every 6 years. The award commission selected Nathalie as laureate for this prestigeous price in recognition of the significance of her PhD research work on Raman lasers.

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On 23 January 2015, Gebirie Yizengaw defended his PhD thesis and was awarded the degree of doctor in engineering.

Published on 10 February 2015

On 23 January 2015, Gebirie Yizengaw defended his PhD thesis and was awarded the degree of doctor in engineering.

In his PhD thesis, Gebirie Yizengaw realized a miniaturized multichannel multiresolution imaging system in which the different channels have different Fields Of View (FOV) and angular resolutions. His imaging system is therefore able to capture, at the same time, images of an individual scene with different magnifications. It also enables to process the different images with different image processing algorithms. For example a motion detection algorithm could be implemented on the wide FOV - low resolution image, whereas a face detection algorithm could be used for the narrow FOV -high resolution image.

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B-PHOT publication on photonic crystals among top downloaded JOSA B articles on integrated optics

Published on 02 February 2015

Over the past few years B-PHOT researchers have been investigating how to properly model slow-light propagation in silicon photonic crystal structures. In 2014 their research yielded a publication titled "On the limitations of the first-order nonlinear Schrödinger equation in slow-light photonic crystal structures" in the Journal of the Optical Society of America B (JOSA B). Recently this publication was enlisted as one of the most frequently downloaded JOSA B articles on integrated optics in 2014.

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Inaugural lecture of the VUB - TE Connectivity Chair successfully organized by B-PHOT

Published on 29 January 2015

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On 27th January 2015, B-PHOT organized the Inaugural Lecture of the VUB - TE Connectivity Chair. The lecture on 'Fiber Optics at TE Connectivity: past achievements & future opportunities' was delivered by Dr. Davy Brown, VP & CTO of Broadband Network Solutions at TE Connectivity.

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B-Phot researcher Martin Virte receives the 2014 publication prize from Supélec Foundation.

Published on 08 January 2015

B-Phot researcher Martin Virte receives the 2014 publication prize from Supélec Foundation.

To promote the scientific output of Supélec’s researchers, the Supélec Foundation organizes every year its publication prize: “le prix de la publication”. This award recognizes the PhD student of Supélec who has defended his thesis the same year and who has the best record in terms of publications. In 2014, this prize has been awarded to Martin Virte for his brilliant work about the nonlinear dynamics of quantum dot lasers. The ceremony took place during the prestigious gala from the Supélec Foundation in the National Marine Museum in Paris (France) on the 27th of November. After a challenging 180-second presentation of his research, Martin received the 3000 euros award from the members of the jury.

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B-PHOT research on subjective perception of speckle is picked up by the Virtual Journal of Biomedical Optics

Published on 18 December 2014

B-PHOT research on subjective perception of speckle is picked up by the Virtual Journal of Biomedical Optics

B-PHOT researcher Stijn Roelandt recently conducted research on the subjective perception of speckle by a human observer, which was published in Optics Express*. The rising interest in this research has resulted in the paper being selected for publication in the most recent issue of the Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics (VJBO), which is a special feature of OSA's Optics InfoBase

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16 “Brightsparks” receive a photonics certificate from B-PHOT.

Published on 08 December 2014

16 “Brightsparks” receive a photonics certificate from B-PHOT.

During October and November 16 remarkably talented young people between 14 and 18 years old were guests at B-PHOT.

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B-PHOT’s research on graphene in top 30 of “most exciting optics research in 2014”

Published on 05 December 2014

B-PHOT’s research on graphene in top 30 of “most exciting optics research in 2014”

Recent work of B-PHOT researchers JinLuo Cheng and Nathalie Vermeulen, and their collaboration partner John E. Sipe from the University of Toronto, has been selected by the Optical Society of America for the special December edition of Optics & Photonics News, enlisting the top 30 of “most exciting optics research results in 2014.”

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On November 17th 2014, Stijn Roelandt defended his PhD thesis and was awarded the degree of doctor in engineering.

Published on 01 December 2014

On November 17th 2014, Stijn Roelandt defended his PhD thesis and was awarded the degree of doctor in engineering.

In this PhD thesis, state-of-the-art improvements are presented for both home theater projection systems and high-power laser projection systems. Secondary optics for an innovative LED-based light source targeting mid-level power output projection systems are investigated, designed and demonstrated.

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Ir. Lien Smeesters in the panel of judges for the SPIE International Year of Light Photo Contest

Published on 27 November 2014

Ir. Lien Smeesters in the panel of judges for the SPIE International Year of Light Photo Contest

Lien Smeesters was chosen to be a jury member in the SPIE International Year of Light Photo Contest to evaluate different photographs about light and light-based technologies. The SPIE Photo Contest is organised to raise awareness about the International Year of Light 2015 Celebration and the vital role of light and light-based technologies in daily life.

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B-PHOT young researchers introduce Photonics to the public on the ‘Day of Science ‘

Published on 25 November 2014

B-PHOT young researchers introduce Photonics to the public on the ‘Day of Science ‘

Lien, Lara, Evert, Iterio en Jens , 5 young B-PHOT researchers, supported by B-PHOT's outreach staff Tine De Pauw and Nathalie Debaes, triggered the interest of many visitors with optics and photonics experiments during the ‘Day of Science’ .

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On November 10th 2014, Stefaan Heyvaert defended his PhD thesis and was awarded the degree of Doctor in Engineering.

Published on 21 November 2014

On November 10th 2014, Stefaan Heyvaert defended his PhD thesis and was awarded the degree of Doctor in Engineering.

In his PhD thesis, Stefaan looked at two different domains in Minimally Invasive Procedures, cochlear implants and endomicroscopy, and researched for each domain how novel fiber optic techniques can help overcome some of the major challenges associated with each.

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B-PHOT research selected for Spotlight on Optics by OSA

Published on 13 November 2014

B-PHOT research selected for Spotlight on Optics by OSA

It is generally acknowledged that a human observer will no longer perceive speckle in projected images once the speckle contrast becomes sufficiently small. However, up until now, no in-depth investigation on the perception of speckle by human observers has been investigated. B-PHOT researcher Stijn Roelandt recently investigated this topic and published his findings in a paper entitled “Human speckle perception threshold for still images from a laser projection system”*

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B-PHOT participated in the "Creativity World Forum" in Kortrijk

Published on 12 November 2014

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On 5 and 6 November 2014 B-PHOT participated, together with VUB's Technology Transfer Interface, to the TTO Flanders Booth during Creativity World Forum in Kortrijk, Europe’s biggest conference on entrepreneurial creativity. This forum brought together more than 3000 business professionals (CEOs, entrepreneurs, developers, researchers and public sector representatives) from all over the world.

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B-Phot Researcher Martin Virte received the 2014 Graduate Student Fellowship from the IEEE Photonics Society.

Published on 10 November 2014

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With the Graduate Student Fellowship Award, the IEEE Photonics Society recognizes, every year, ten outstanding student members worldwide for their research work. In 2014, the fellowship has been awarded to B-phot researcher Martin Virte, along with 9 other young researchers across the world, in recognition of his paradigm-shifting research about the nonlinear dynamics of quantum dot laser diodes. Martin is among the three European-based researchers distinguished this year.

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On 21 October 2014, Yannick Lefevre defended his PhD thesis and was awarded the degree of Doctor in Engineering.

Published on 04 November 2014

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On 21 October 2014, Yannick Lefevre defended his PhD thesis titled: “New Perspectives on Four-Wave Mixing in Silicon Waveguide Structures.” Optical four-wave-mixing processes are nonlinear mixing interactions that enable a wide variety of photonic functionalities, including wavelength conversion, parametric amplification, all-optical switching, and signal regeneration. In silicon waveguide structures, these interactions can be triggered at low optical powers due to the tight optical confinement offered by these structures.

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B-PHOT’s interactive photonics show welcomes more than 1000 pupils

Published on 23 October 2014

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B-PHOT research on graphene highlighted in Knack

Published on 01 September 2014

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B-PHOT contributes to the yearbook Novi Monasterii 2013 with two articles focusing on glass research.

Published on 27 August 2014

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B-PHOT's outreach activitities in association with EYESTvzw

Published on 25 August 2014

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Graphene research at B-PHOT is Research Highlight in Nature Photonics

Published on 05 August 2014

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B-PHOT exhibits at Micronora 2014 in Besançon

Published on 04 August 2014

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Flanders’ Hercules Foundation focuses on B-PHOT’s Innovation Center in its Annual Report

Published on 30 June 2014

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B-PHOT VUB celebrates its first spin-off “LUCEDA PHOTONICS” in collaboration with IMEC and UGent

Published on 23 June 2014

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B-PHOT Post Doc Fabian Duerr wins 1st OSA Non-Imaging Optical Design Contest

Published on 16 June 2014

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B-PHOT researcher Lien Smeesters receives two awards for her innovative research

Published on 05 June 2014

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Prof. Francis Berghmans talks about how B-PHOT supports small and medium sized companies at Innotek's Intrapreneurship meeting

Published on 12 May 2014

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Prof. Heidi Ottevaere key-note speaker at "Sensors For Food"

Published on 08 May 2014

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Kanaal Z highlights B-PHOT’s innovation support for Flemish SMEs

Published on 21 April 2014

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Prof. Hugo Thienpont introduces ACTPHAST at the PHOTONICS21 annual meeting

Published on 21 April 2014

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B-PHOT breakthrough on microstructured fibers for endoscopy on the front cover of Laser Focus World

Published on 27 January 2014

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B-Phot coordinates the ACTPHAST Project

Published on 17 January 2014

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B-PHOT researcher Nathalie Vermeulen receives prestigious ERC Starting Grant

Published on 10 December 2013

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B-PHOT's Photonics Science Show

Published on 06 December 2013

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B-PHOT coordinated ACTMOST project nominated as “best practices” by the EC

Published on 21 November 2013

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FBGS teams up with B-PHOT VUB to commercialise fiber optic pressure sensor

Published on 21 November 2013

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B-PHOT successfully organised 1st Workshop on Embedded Optical Sensors for Composite Materials

Published on 23 October 2013

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Professor position available at B-PHOT

Published on 21 October 2013

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Brussels Fotonica Team creëert opportuniteiten voor industriële innovatie met polymeren en lichttechnologie in Vlaams-Brabant

Published on 04 October 2013

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B-Phot releases QRNG - software aimed at evaluating the quality of a random binary series

Published on 01 October 2013

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B-PHOT presents a science show on Photonics : The Technology of Light

Published on 30 September 2013

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Photonics Explorer at ICT 2013!

Published on 16 September 2013

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Science Communication Award for B-Phot director Prof. H. Thienpont

Published on 19 July 2013

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B-PHOT researcher Sanne Sulejmani is Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Science of the University Hasselt

Published on 13 June 2013

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Successful PhD defense of B-PHOT researcher Fabian Duerr

Published on 27 May 2013

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B-PHOT partner of Innotek and ESA-Business Incubation Centre Flanders

Published on 27 May 2013

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B-PHOT nominated for VISITBRUSSELS Awards

Published on 21 May 2013

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“Physics World” zooms in on B-PHOT’s outreach

Published on 16 May 2013

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B-PHOT a partner of the “CHANGE2Micro” initiative

Published on 03 May 2013

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“Photonics Smart Specialisation” approach of B-PHOT in the picture in South-Korea

Published on 18 April 2013

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"Food Industry" journal highlights B-PHOT’s expertise

Published on 16 April 2013

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B-PHOT researcher Degli-Eredi receives V. Ir. Br. Student Award

Published on 16 April 2013

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Quantum Optical Random Number Generators collaborative work selected for Phys. Rev. "Kaleidoscope"

Published on 14 March 2013

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B-Phot CNR-IFAC scientific collaboration distinguishes Belgian beers with optical spectroscopy

Published on 14 March 2013

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B-PHOT researcher Nathalie Vermeulen selected as member of the new Young Academy in Belgium

Published on 18 February 2013

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B-PHOT training in non-imaging optics well attended by industry

Published on 31 January 2013

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B-PHOT-SUPELEC joint research work published in Nature Photonics.

Published on 23 January 2013

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Laser projection demo in collaboration with Barco

Published on 23 January 2013

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Successful launch of ‘Photonics Explorer’ at TE Connectivity

Published on 21 December 2012

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Photonics Explorer - Bringing photonics into Europe's secondary schools!

Published on 14 December 2012

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B-PHOT JOINS VECTOR

Published on 12 November 2012

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SPIE Brussels Student Chapter kicks off a new year with a pizza lunch

Published on 07 November 2012

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Professor positions available at B-PHOT

Published on 07 November 2012

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B-PHOT welcomes you at the Atomium with a great science show .

Published on 29 October 2012

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EYEST vzw now a partner in UNESCO supported International Year of Light in 2015!

Published on 25 October 2012

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Survey shows Photonics Explorer kits successful in raising next-generation interest in science!

Published on 25 October 2012

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Flanders’ Plastic Vision highlights B-PHOT’s expertise in polymer photonics

Published on 04 September 2012

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"B-Phot invites companies for EUMINAFAB call"

Published on 14 August 2012

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Prof. Thienpont interviewed on “efficient partnerships between science and industry”

Published on 13 August 2012

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Photonics Explorer showcased in Optics and Photonics News

Published on 03 August 2012

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Dr. Ir. Jürgen Van Erps honoured as SPIE Senior Member

Published on 01 August 2012

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DR. IR. Jurgen Van Erps Received Renewal of his FWO Postdoc Mandate

Published on 23 July 2012

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Flanders PlasticVision Network & Knowledge Event

Published on 20 June 2012

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B-Phot researcher Fabian Duerr receives the 2012 Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship Award

Published on 07 June 2012

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B-PHOT hosts Erasmus Mundus Master in Photonics summer school

Published on 07 June 2012

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Photonics Explorer - prize winning @ Photonics Europe 2012

Published on 11 May 2012

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Fabian Duerr receives Best Student Paper Award at Photonics Europe 2012

Published on 23 April 2012

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B-PHOT becomes partner of the EU-funded EUMINAFAB consortium

Published on 11 April 2012

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Hugo Thienpont key-note speaker at "Photonics Event 2012" in the Netherlands

Published on 02 April 2012

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B-PHOT's Photonics Explorer commended as a ‘great initiative’ by European Commissioner Neelie Kroes.

Published on 30 March 2012

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Thomas Geernaert receives the prestigious Photonics21 Student Innovation Award 2012

Published on 29 March 2012

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ACTMOST, a B-PHOT co-ordinated initiative to support European SMEs with photonics innovation, is headline news

Published on 23 March 2012

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B-PHOT releases new video on “Photonics Innovation at B-PHOT”

Published on 21 March 2012

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Prof. Hugo Thienpont elected member of the Royal Flemish Academy for Sciences and the Arts.

Published on 24 February 2012

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Dr. Amrita Prasad to give invited talk at the Photonics21 Annual Meeting.

Published on 23 February 2012

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"Engineeringnet magazine" interviews Prof. Berghmans and covers B-PHOT's pioneering efforts in micro-structured fiber sensing

Published on 31 January 2012

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SPIE Student leadership workshop in Brussels in 2012

Published on 30 January 2012

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B-PHOT director Hugo Thienpont is key-note speaker at “Flanders Plastic Vision”

Published on 04 January 2012

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The province "Vlaams-Brabant" supports B-PHOT's photonics innovation project in Gooik

Published on 04 January 2012

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Noteworthy presence of B-PHOT at Dutch-Belgian economic mission on photonics

Published on 04 January 2012

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Successful Photonics Networking Event for students and industry at VUB

Published on 04 January 2012

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B-PHOT participates in the Innovation Convention 2011

Published on 28 November 2011

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Warsaw University of Technology honours Professor Hugo Thienpont with its University Medal.

Published on 28 November 2011

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B-PHOT contribution to photonic packaging breakthrough on the front cover of IEEE JSTQE

Published on 18 October 2011

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B-PHOT joins project on Precision Manufacturing for New and Better Products

Published on 04 October 2011

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The Photonics Explorer kits, developed by B-PHOT are ready to be tested in seven countries across Europe.

Published on 13 September 2011

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B-PHOT has become member of BruWind - Brussels Wind Energy Research Institute.

Published on 02 September 2011

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New board elected for SPIE Brussels Student Chapter

Published on 24 August 2011

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B-PHOT students on the front cover of SPIE/OSA's " Global Directory of Optics and Photonics Education"

Published on 23 August 2011

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B-PHOT senior scientists chair PHOTONICS EUROPE 2012

Published on 18 August 2011

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Research breakthrough in solid-state infrared lasers by B-PHOT researchers on the front cover of the high impact journal "Laser Physics letters".

Published on 08 August 2011

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Volodymyr Koman achieves best overall result in Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Photonics

Published on 08 August 2011

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Photonics Explorer kit complete and ready for field tests.

Published on 12 July 2011

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B-PHOT successfully co-organized the first interdisciplinary training course on optical and chemical techniques for glass analysis

Published on 01 July 2011

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Dr. Ir. Thomas Geernaert receives “FWO Postdoctoraal Onderzoeker” fellowship

Published on 01 July 2011

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Renovation of the B-phot offices and labs at VUB Campus Etterbeek

Published on 28 June 2011

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Dr. Ir. Nathalie Vermeulen received first renewal of her FWO PostDOC mandate

Published on 28 June 2011

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On 17 June 2011, Lawrence Bogaert successfully defended his PhD thesis and was awarded the degree of Doctor in Engineering.

Published on 21 June 2011

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B-PHOT ladies at Red Carpet event for Technoladies in Brussels

Published on 20 June 2011

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Prof. Hugo Thienpont explains how convex traffic mirrors can mislead drivers.

Published on 01 June 2011

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Two photonics engineers selected for the Conti4x4Trophy

Published on 19 May 2011

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ACTMOST at LASER World of PHOTONICS 2011 , Munich on 25th May

Published on 19 May 2011

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Joint research of Dr. Wendy Meulebroeck and Hilde Wouters on historical glass on front cover of the magazine "Electro-Optics".

Published on 09 May 2011

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On Friday April 22 the SPIE Brussels Student Chapter organized a teambuilding day to further enhance the bonds between the members of the Brussels Photonics Team.

Published on 09 May 2011

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B-PHOT contributes to new book on "Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors: Recent Advancements, Industrial Applications and Market Exploitation"

Published on 03 May 2011

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"Fotonica Magazine" covers B-PHOTs pioneering efforts in outreach,

Published on 15 April 2011

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B-PHOT contributes to new book on "Advanced Fiber Optics"

Published on 11 April 2011

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VUB aims at making photonics expertise and technologies readily accessible for Small and Medium sized Entreprises.

Published on 05 April 2011

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German photonics industry magazine "Laser+Photonik" puts ACTMOST and its coordinator B-BPHOT in the spotligths of European industrial innovation.

Published on 14 March 2011

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Lukasz Olejniczak successfully defended his PhD thesis and was awarded the degree of doctor in engineering.

Published on 07 March 2011

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Our “Master programs in Photonics” receive very positive evaluation

Published on 02 March 2011

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B-Phot’s innovation efforts with European SME’s cited by ICT Commissioner Neelie Kroes.

Published on 28 February 2011

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B-Phot at ‘Fotonica evenement 2011’ Nieuwegein , the Netherlands

Published on 25 February 2011

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B-PHOT paper on "microlens fabrication" in top-10 downloads of the Journal of the European Optical Society in 2010

Published on 03 February 2011

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On January 21st, 2011, Thomas Geernaert successfully defended his PhD thesis and was awarded the degree of Doctor in Engineering.

Published on 27 January 2011

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Nature Photonics interviews B-Phot chairman Hugo Thienpont on micro-optics industrial innovation in Europe.

Published on 06 January 2011

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B-Phot wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Successful and Enlightened New Year.

Published on 23 December 2010

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B-Phot researchers team up with colleagues from VUB and partnering European research institutes to study archaeological glass.

Published on 26 November 2010

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B-Phot excites and fascinates secondary school students with an interactive photonics science show

Published on 23 November 2010

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B-Phot hosted a dynamic and successful European Biophotonics Cluster Meeting in Brussels

Published on 08 November 2010

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B-Phot director Hugo Thienpont co-edits book on "Optical and Digital Image Processing".

Published on 30 October 2010

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2 out of 3 FWO BARCO HIGH TECH AWARDs for Masters in Engineering go to B-Phot students.

Published on 19 October 2010

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Senior business developer Dr. Johan Vlekken joins B-Phot to further leverage industrial collaborations on European level

Published on 12 October 2010

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Students impress with nanometer accuracy

Published on 12 October 2010

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Royal visit for B-PHOT

Published on 29 September 2010

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NEMO networking meeting in CAEN, July 2010

Published on 02 August 2010

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B-Phot in "Nature Photonics"

Published on 02 August 2010

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Researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel paves the way to realization of silicon photonic chip with minimal heat dissipation

Published on 02 August 2010

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B-Phot @ Oostduinkerke

Published on 15 June 2010

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On May 19th, 2010, Sara Van Overmeire successfully defended her PhD thesis and was awarded the degree of Doctor in Engineering.

Published on 27 May 2010

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Interview of Jürgen Van Erps in the recently published FWO Annual Report 2009

Published on 07 May 2010

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Lawrence Bogaert receives SPIE Scholarship in Optical Science and Engineering.

Published on 03 May 2010

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Photo's of the B-Phot launch event

Published on 23 April 2010

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Photo's of SPIE Photonics Europe 2010 Brussels

Published on 23 April 2010

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B-Phot hosted a very successful SPIE Photonics Europe Symposium.

Published on 22 April 2010

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Lawrence Bogaert received award of "Best Innovation by an Individual Researcher"

Published on 22 April 2010

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Nathalie Vermeulen receives the international Photonics21 Student Innovation Award

Published on 19 April 2010

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50th Anniversary of the Laser sparks B-Phot Creativity

Published on 13 April 2010

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Scientists and industrialists converge in Brussels to discuss how light can solve our planet’s problems

Published on 09 April 2010

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Scientists and industrialists converge in Brussels to discuss how light can solve our planet’s problems

Published on 08 April 2010

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Wetenschappers en industriëlen beslissen in Brussel hoe licht de problemen van onze planeet zal oplossen

Published on 08 April 2010

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Leading B-Phot engineer prof. Francis Berghmans honored as SPIE Fellow.

Published on 08 April 2010

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B-Phot featured in the Brussels airlines magazine

Published on 08 April 2010

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Multiple festivities accompany B-Phot launch

Published on 08 April 2010

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B-PHOT cooperates with EYESTvzw for STEM-projects in Photonics
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Hugo Thienpont
Managing Director
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