Ghent University

Universiteit Gent

Ghent University, abbreviated to UGent, is one of the major universities in the Dutch-speaking region of Europe.  It distinguishes itself as a socially committed and pluralistic university in a broad international perspective.

Founded in 1817 as a Latin-speaking State University by William I, King of the Netherlands, Ghent University is a relatively young university. After its independence in 1830, the Belgian State was in charge of the administration of Ghent University; French was the new official academic language. In 1930 Ghent University became the first Dutch-speaking university in Belgium. The Decree of 1991 assigned great autonomy to the university. Over the years eminent scientists such as Joseph Plateau (physicist, considered as a pioneer in the development of motion pictures), Leo Baekeland (inventor of Bakelite) and Corneel Heymans (Nobel Prize winner in Medicine) studied and worked at Ghent University. With a view to cooperation in research and scientific service, numerous research groups, centres and institutes have been founded over the years. Several of them are renowned worldwide, in various scientific disciplines such as biotechnology, aquaculture, microelectronics, history,… Today, after decades of uninterrupted growth, Ghent University is one of the leading institutions of higher education and research in the Low Countries. Ghent University is an open, committed and pluralistic university with a broad international perspective. Located in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium and the cultural and economical heart of Europe, Ghent University is an active partner in national and international educational, scientific and industrial cooperation.

Photonics Research Group

The Photonics Research Group in the Department of Information Technology of Ghent University is active in the field of photonic integration – more specifically silicon photonics – and its applications in information and communication technology, in sensing and in life sciences. The group is closely associated with IMEC. The group puts its research focus on new concepts for photonic integrated devices and circuits and on the associated technologies and design methodologies. This includes passive and active waveguide-based photonic components, based on CMOS-compatible materials and processes as well as hybrid approaches combining silicon with other functional materials. The activities ‘center’ around the telecom wavelength of 1.55 micrometer but are expanding both to longer wavelengths (mid-IR) and shorter wavelengths (visible).

The infrastructure of the group includes clean room facilities for in-house fabrication of components as well as a variety of CAD-tools and measurement labs. The group is associated with the micro-electronics research center IM

Prof. Dries Van Thourhout

Prof. Dries Van Thourhout

EC in Leuven and uses the CMOS-oriented research facilities of IMEC for research on Silicon photonics.

The group has a research staff of about 70 people with a mixture of electrical engineering and applied physics profiles. The senior academic staff consists of the professors Roel Baets, Peter Bienstman, Wim Bogaerts, Nicolas Le Thomas, Geert Morthier, Gunther Roelkens and Dries Van Thourhout.