Universiteit Gent (UGent)

Prof. Dries Van Thourhout

Ghent University is a top 100 university and one of the major universities in Belgium. It is a public funded university covering all disciplines.

The UGent photonics research group (PRG), participating in OMT, focusses on the development and application of novel photonic integrated devices and circuits, particularly on high index contrast materials such as silicon and silicon nitride. The group has 8 professors, 11 postdocs and 50 PhD students. The group is associated with imec (Europe’s largest research institute in nano-electronics), giving it access to advanced and unique CMOS processing facilities for the fabrication of nanophotonic devices. Besides fundamental research the group carries out application oriented work, both in traditional applications for photonic ICs (telecom, optical interconnect) as well as in newer directions such as Raman sensing from integrated waveguide circuits, integrated optical glucose monitors, strain sensing, biosensing, etc. This offers ESRs – including those from other partners – to be exposed to a wide application range and be confronted with possible exploitation routes for their research.