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MPNS COST Action 1205
Advances in Optofluidics: Integration of Optical Control and Photonics with Microfluidics

European Cooperation in Science and Technology
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Department of Applied Physics and Photonics

University of Bruxelles, Belgium

Project Title:

Integrated multifunctional lab-on-a-chip systems for biomedical applications


The Brussels Photonics Team at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) has developed expertise in designing, modelling, prototyping and demonstrating low-cost manufacturable photonics-based lab-on-chip systems for various biophotonic applications including:

  • Laser-induced fluorescence and absorbance analysis for chromatographic separations
  • Detection of pathogenic microorganisms in drinking water
  • Sorting of zebra-fish embryos

Additionally B-PHOT is adding various functionalities on-chip to develop fully integrated multilayer lab-on-a-chip devices for various applications.

Funding sources:

Local funding (@university level)

  • VUB Methusalem project, “International Photonics Access and Research Center (iPARC@VUB)”, 01/01/2009-31/12/2014
  • VUB Industrial Research Fund, Micro-photonics: a key-enabling technology to boost the competitiveness of Flemish and European Industry, 01/01/2011-31/12/2015

Government funding (@ Flemish level)

  • FWO project, Miniaturized disposable lab-on-a-chip sensor for drinking water contaminant detection, 01/01/2013-31/12/2016

Government funding (@ Belgian level)

  • IAP project, Photonics@be: towards Smart Photonics in 2020, 01/04/2012 – 31/03/2017
  • Hercules project, APPLIE4MOS: Advanced Polymer Prototyping Line for Micro- and Micro-Optical Systems, 07/12/2010-06/12/2015
  • Hercules project, Low-cost waferscale plastic micro-fluidic biophotonic chips, 01/01/12-31/12/2016

EU funding

  • CSA 7th FP, ACTMOST: Access To Micro-Optics Expertise, Services and Technologies, 01/09/2010 – 28/02/13

WG3: Materials (soft, bio and nano) and technologies for optofluidic devices

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