WE04 seminar: "Optical nanoantennas and integrated photonics for life science technologies" by "Niels Verellen" (IMEC)

05-12-2019 from 14:00 to 15:00
S12 auditorium -1
dr. Jonathan Leliaert
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Moving from conventional optics to integrated (nano)photonics helps us to develop new technologies for more efficient and sustainable healthcare.

I will start this seminar by introducing imec and its life science technologies. Imec is a world leading R&D and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, and Europe’s largest independent non-profit research center on nano-electronics, headquartered in Leuven.

The Life Science Technologies (LST) department is developing novel technologies, based on a silicon platform, that can contribute to more efficient and sustainable healthcare. Silicon technology provides a continuous increase of integration capability, mass manufacturability, at low cost. Our silicon platform includes, but is not limited to, microfluidics for sample handling, micro-electrode arrays for sensing and actuation, and photonic integrated circuits for sensing, spectral analysis and imaging. After highlighting some examples, I will discuss in more detail how optical nanoantennas and integrated photonics can contribute to applications such as flat-optics, cytometry, and lens-free fluorescence microscopy by replacing bulky and expensive conventional optical components. 


Niels Verellen is principal scientist at imec’s Life Science Technologies department, where he develops integrated photonics technologies for life science applications. As a research fellow, he is also affiliated to the KU Leuven Quantum solid-state physics group. Niels received his Master (2007) and PhD (2011) degrees in Physics from KU Leuven. For his PhD research in the field of plasmonic nanomaterials, performed partly at imec, he was awarded the Umicore Scientific Award 2012. From 2011-2016, he was FWO postdoc at KU Leuven and imec, investigating light-matter interactions with optical nanoantennas and near-field imaging beyond the diffraction limit. In 2014, he worked on optical quantum sensing at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech, US) as visiting postdoctoral fellow. He (co-)authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications which have been cited over 2200 times. Recently, he received an ERC Starting Grant for the development of a high-resolution on-chip and lens-free fluorescence microscopy platform.

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