Prof. Nathalie Vermeulen from the Brussels Photonics Team (B-PHOT) has received a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for an amount of 1.48 million Euro. With the obtained financing she aims to bridge the gap between the development of light sources integrated on a chip and their effective use in real-life application domains such as biomedicine and optical telecommunication.
In recent years much progress has been made in the realization of “on-chip” light sources that emit a broad range of wavelengths. Although such broadband light-emitting devices offer many application possibilities, their widespread deployment is being hindered by, amongst others, a too low light generation efficiency. Nathalie Vermeulen wants to solve this issue by introducing novel carbon-based materials into the device design, making the components more efficient and hence better suited for practical use in real-life applications such as non-invasive optical glucose analysis and optical detection of water contamination.