Lien Smeesters, PhD student at the Brussels Photonics Team B-PHOT, has been rewarded with the Best Student Paper Award at SPIE Photonics Europe 2014 and with the Best Poster Award for Engineering during VUB’s PhD Day.
Lien received the Best Student Paper Award of the ‘Optics, Photonics and Digital technologies for Multimedia Applications’ conference in April 2014 at SPIE Photonics Europe, the largest European symposium on photonics. She received this award for her paper entitled " Refocusing capabilities in a miniaturized multi-channel multi-resolution imaging system, using a tuneable lens ". In this paper she investigated the performance of a voltage tuneable liquid lens to implement refocusing capabilities into a miniaturised two-channel imaging system which simultaneously generates an image of the general surroundings and a high resolution image of a detail of the scene onto the same image sensor.
Almost one month later Lien also received the Best Poster Award for Engineering from the Doctoral School of Natural Sciences and Engineering of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel on 22nd May 2014. This price rewards her innovative research on the use of fluorescence spectroscopy for ultra-fast, sensitive and non-destructive detection of carcinogenic toxins in food products, which she demonstrated in her poster “Fluorescence spectroscopy for the detection of Aflatoxin in maize products”. Currently, Lien continues to investigate different optical detection techniques, ranging from reflectance and fluorescence spectroscopy, scattering and polarisation, to detect carcinogenic substances in food products and aims to integrate these optical detection techniques into commercial optical sorting machines.