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Welcome to B-PHOT Brussels Photonics.

We are a self-supporting research and innovation institute of the Faculty of Engineering of Vrije Universiteit Brussel with 35 years of experience in photonics education, research and innovation.

B-PHOT is an international and gender-balanced community hosting 70 experts from 20 countries.

Our continuous mission is to advance photonics, the key digital technology that uses the unique properties of light to innovate. As such, we contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

We are recognized by the Flemish Government as “Photonics Spearhead for Industrial Research and Innovation" because of our track record for transferring photonics expertise and innovation breakthroughs to companies.

B-PHOT is also uniquely involved as coordinator of the EC-funded pan-European initiatives ACTPHAST and PhotonHub Europe that support both SMEs and researchers with photonics innovation.

B-PHOT is a core research group of Flanders Make, the strategic research center for manufacturing and industry 4.0 in Flanders.

Prof. Dr. Ir. Hugo Thienpont

Research Director of B-PHOT

Hugo Thienpont LC

In the spotlight

Photonics Campus Gooik

Have a quick tour at our Photonics Innovation Center with clean room facilities, technology hall and laser laboraties.

Hamamatsu Applied Photonics Innovation Chair

With this chair Hamamatsu Photonics wants to intensify its contacts with B-PHOT researchers and stay in touch with B-PHOT's latest research breakthroughs and their potential applications.

PhotonHub Europe (2021-2025)

Pan-European photonics digital innovation hub to help SMEs and mid-caps to become highly competitive digital businesses through faster and smarter deployment of photonics-based technologies.