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Dr. Ir. Thomas Geernaert was honoured with the prestigious Photonics21 Student Innovation Award 2012 during the annual meeting of Photonics21: the European technology platform for photonics. He received this award for his “outstanding research contribution in the domain of micro-optic fibre sensors” and for the industrial impact of his research. After receiving his award Dr. Geernaert commented: “I feel privileged to receive this award and I am proud with the recognition of my work in the B-PHOT team as a contribution to the field of optical fibre metrology. The European dimension of this award makes it truly exceptional.”
In his PhD thesis 'Microstructured fibre Bragg grating sensors: from fibre design to sensor implementation' Thomas Geernaert designed, simulated, characterized and implemented a temperature-insensitive optical fibre sensor that is ready to be applied for pressure monitoring in the field of oil and gas exploration, for structural health monitoring inside glued joints and composite materials in the field of aeronautics and for touch sensitive artificial robotic skins. The patent pending innovative optical fibre sensor technology is currently being transferred to industry.
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