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Short description of B-Phot

The Brussels Photonics Team B-PHOT of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel , under the leadership of Prof. Hugo Thienpont, has been active in the field of micro-miniaturized photonics for 25 years. During this time B-PHOT has succeeded in raising a considerable portfolio of funded research projects. Carefully planned investment and adequate management strategy allowed B-PHOT to successfully build expertise in micro-photonics and to set up unique technology platforms and infrastructure to support the micro-systems supply chain. With its micro-optical design platform, its cyclotron based deep-proton writing, and its large-scale micro-optical measurement centre in clean room conditions B-PHOT is currently among the world-leaders in optical modelling, optical characterization, low-cost rapid prototyping, and proof-of-concept demonstration of micro-optical modules and micro-photonic systems. B-PHOT has collaboration agreements in fundamental, strategic, applied and industrial research with top-level research groups in Europe, in the United States, Australia, and Asia, and with companies in Flanders, Europe, Asia, Japan, and the US.

B-PHOT is recognized for its achievements by the Flemish government with the highest level Methusalem and Hercules research and infrastructure grants.

At the European Community level B-PHOT is coordinating several large scale initiatives such as the Network of Excellence on Micro-Optics "NEMO" and the outreach program in photonics for secondary school students "EXPEKT".

B-PHOT is also recognized as key-focal point for industrial valorization by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel for its technology transfer to industry

B-PHOT counts 40 experts in photonics and 10 technical staff members.

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Hugo Thienpont
Prof. Dr. Ir.
Hugo Thienpont
Managing Director
Nadia Cornand

Nadia Cornand
+32 2 791 68 52

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Building F - 9th floor

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