Ghent, 17 – 19 May 2016, “From Photonics Research to the CMOS fabrication



The last workshop of the cQOM ITN project brought together leading experts in Photonics research and CMOS fabrication, as well as industry insights from Thales Research & Technology.  The workshop culminated with a visit to the state-of-the-art facilities of IMEC and the famous 300mm Clean Room.  ITN fellows also presented their research projects.

This workshop took place at the University of Ghent in Belgium.


Day 1:  Tues May 17

iGent Tower, Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde 15
B-9052 Ghent

10:00-10:15 – Dries Van Thourhout – Introduction and organisational aspects

10:15-11:00 – Roel Baets – SiN photonics

11:00-11:45 – Sylvain Combrie (Thales Research & Technology) – Nanophotonics for optical signal processing

Lunch Break

13:30-14:30 – Abdul Rahim – Accessing Silicon Photonics MPW services

14:30-15:15 – Pieter Dumon – Luceda Photonics

15:15-15-45 – Paolo Cardine/Ananth Subramanian – From research to spin off

Coffee break

16:15 – Presentations of research projects by ITN fellows

Social event in Ghent

Day 2:  Wed May 18, until noon

  • Joint transfer to IMEC (Leuven)
  • Talks by:
    • Cedric Huyghebaert (2D materials)
    • Sadhishkumar Balakrishnan (integration, working at IMEC as a young researcher)
    • Dries Van Thourhout (III-V on silicon)

Day 2 + 3 : Wed May 18 noon to Thurs May 19 noon

  • Optional hands-on clean room introduction in Ghent University CR for theoreticians
  • Design a simple mask, deposit a layer, carry out your own litho process, etch it, etc.



Any hotel in the center of Ghent.  A good choice is “IBIS Cathedral


Ghent can be reached by train from Brussels airport.  There are also high speed rail links with Paris and Amsterdam.  Another nearby airport is Lille.

How to reach the campus in Ghent:



Prof. Dries Van Thourhout, University of Ghent

Dr. Isabelle Robert-Philip, CNRS