CMST (Centre for Microsystems Technology) is a research group in Ghent University presently comprising 58 people (8 professors, 14 postdocs, 22 PhD students and 13 supporting staff members) of 12 different nationalities. The group is affiliated with the department ELIS (Electronics and Information Systems) of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture and also with the independent research centre imec. The group is active in a number of dynamically evolving research domains that are presently best categorized as follows:
Prof. Herbert De Smet is responsible for the activities in display and lighting technology.
CMST's staff combines expertise from electronics, mechanics, physics and
chemistry. The group is not only performing basic fundamental research on the
above mentioned topics, but is also heavily involved in industrial research
through its participation in numerous industrial research projects, funded by
the national funding agencies or the European Commission, or in bilateral
cooperation with industry. CMST has a broad experience in participation in and
co-ordination of EC funded projects in the area of microelectronic
interconnections and displays. The group has co-ordinated or participated in
eight FP4, nine FP5 and twelve FP6 projects and is or has been involved in
twenty-two (22) FP7 projects.
The Centre for Microsystems Technology bridges the areas of expertise of the Liquid Crystals and Photonics Group and the B-Phot Group (both see below) with its long experience (dating back from the early eighties) in display systems design and manufacturing technology, ranging from active-matrix (TFT) technology over microdisplay design and back-end technology to LED based projection, low-power high-voltage drivers and flexible display technology.
These largely complementary pools of expertise with a common application area have led to numerous collaborative projects between these groups in the past.
The Liquid Crystals and Photonics Group is part of the department of Electronics and Information Systems (ELIS) at the Faculty of Engineering of the Ghent University in Belgium. The research activity aims at the development of new electro-optical devices based on liquid crystals, electrophoretics or luminescent materials. There is a mix of basic research and applied research. The group has 3 professors, one post-doc researcher, 14 early stage researchers and is headed by Prof. Kristiaan Neyts.
The research of the group is focused on applications in displays, lighting, optical switches and biosensors. The liquid crystal research deals with spatial light modulators, colour filters, silicon waveguides and non-linear spatial solitons. The expertise is based on technology (clean-room facilities for photolithography and device assembly, including glass substrates and silicon wafers), experimental setups (electro-optical characterisation, current measurements, polarisation microscopy) and numerical simulations (LC director calculation, optical transmission, waveguiding). Electrophoresis is used in paper-like displays and biosensing. We study the particle motion by opto-electronic measurements (microscopy, current), in particular in non-polar media. Different theoretical models have been developed for the transport and charging of particles and inverse micelles and elementary charges on a particle in a liquid have been measured. The outcoupling of light from organic LED's is studied experimentally and theoretically. There is optical modelling based on coherent emission and propagation in structured media and on ray tracing (ASAP). This research is linked to applications in displays, lighting and photovoltaics. The LCP group has authored a number of highly cited papers in the field of optical outcoupling.
The group is involved in European projects, bilateral projects with companies and scientific projects funded by government institutions (IWT, FWO, IAP) and Ghent University (it is part of the multidisciplinary research partnership “Centre for nano and biophotonics”). It is co-author of 6 patents and over 100 scientific journal papers in the field, with many papers in high impact factor journals like Physical Review Letters, Applied Physics letters, Optics Letters, Optics Express, …
The LCP group contributes to the SECONDOS project with its knowledge in liquid crystals (modelling, technology and measurement), electronics (switching, voltage gradients in conductive layers) and optics (microscopy, fluorescence, ray tracing). Prof. Neyts is teaching the course on Optical Materials at Ghent University, which is a basic course for all students in the Master Photonics at UGent and VUB.
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
The Brussels Photonics Team B-Phot belongs to the Department of Applied Physics and Photonics (TONA) that is part of the Faculty of Engineering (FirW) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). TONA is chaired by Prof. Hugo Thienpont and hosts:
Together they form a multinational community of more than 65 people actively in pursuit of excellence in education, research, and research valorisation in the exciting domain of photonics. The members of TONA’s teaching staff are responsible for the education and training of Bachelor engineering students in basic and applied physics, and of Master engineering students in photonics. Prof. H. Thienpont is also research director of B-Phot.
Research in B-Phot is structured in 8 topical research teams. Each team is about 3 to 6 researchers strong, is led by a senior researcher, and focuses on a very actual research topic with societal impact.
B-Phot has top-technological facilities on both VUB campuses. Its computer
clusters for “optical modelling and design” and its “photonics demonstrator”
labs are situated in Etterbeek, while its cyclotron-based “prototyping
facilities” for the fabrication of high aspect ratio micro-optical components
and its clean-rooms equipped with unique top-measurement “optical
instrumentation” for quantitative characterisation are located in Jette.
B-Phot contributes to the SECONDOS project with their expertise in the modelling, design, fabrication and measurement of micro-optical components and systems. Secondly, they have significant expertise in the different application domains that are targeted by the SECONDOS project.
With respect to the fabrication of micro-optical components it is important to mention the recent acquisition of the above mentioned state-of-the-art prototyping and replication equipment. B-Phot, together with CMST, imec and the polymer and biomaterials research group (UGent) obtained 3 M€ funding for setting up a world-unique Advanced Polymer Prototyping Line for Micro- and Micro-Optical Systems (APPLIE4MOS) to complement the consortium’s existing large-scale infrastructure. This infrastructure generates unprecedented research opportunities for the consortium to pioneer innovative micro-systems.
The company ETAP lighting is an independent company that was established in
1949 in Antwerp. They are active in the professional lighting of offices,
factories, schools, hospitals, shops and hotels.
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