A significant number of scientific and technological projects illustrate the identified potential growth with regards to applied research and entrepreneurship. In Europe, the photonics industry represents 20% of the global market, with 5000 companies that create more than 350 000 jobs. With a yearly growth rate of 8% and the broad integration capabilities of photonics in many markets, light-based research and development involve interesting roadmaps.
VUB B-PHOT multidisciplinary team of researchers develops light-based solutions answering future challenges in domains such as ICT, medical innovation for health care, sustainable energy and Industry 4.0. Solutions that range from optical sensors for advanced manufacturing, that increase efficiency in production and in energy consumption, to laser screening for food safety. Lab-on-chips house large laboratories on a single chip through microminiaturization, for example to detect killer bacteria.
According to professor Thienpont photonics offers a perfect foundation to give companies greater strength to stay at least one step ahead of fierce intercontinental competition.
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