Semiconductors and CO2 lasers

Publication date 29.07.2011

A Good Eye for Business...the LAMI Laboratory and its“Spin-Off In Brussels” Project

The laboratory of micro- and photon electronics 

The laboratory of micro- and photon electronics (LAMI) is headed by Prof. Roger Vounckx and is part of the Department “Electronics and Informatics” (ETRO) of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Research conducted by this group revolves around generic technologies in micro- and opto-electronics.

Opportunities within the SOIB framework

The Spin-Off In Brussels project that is led by Prof. Johan Stiens, is related to the longstanding research activities in the domain of semiconductor photon electronic components for the wavelength spectrum of CO2 lasers. During the past 40 years, CO2 lasers have been used for many different purposes in a wide range of industrial applications : for the processing of plastics, wood, glass, semiconductors, ceramic materials, skin, etc.

Within this project, new opto-electronic semiconductor components will be developed and commercialized. That is quite revolutionary because this project matches two worlds:

  • semiconductors on the one hand
  • and CO2 lasers on the other hand. 

The business plan that has to be developed in the framework of the Spin-Off In Brussels grant, will be written under the supervision of Kevin Douven. He graduated from the Solvay Business School and now works part-time at the ETRO department to guide researchers in the commercialization of applications. This collaboration is part of the project "Technological Entrepreneurship at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel".

Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Laboratory of micro- and photon electronics (LAMI)
Head: Roger VOUNCKX
Scientific Contact: Johan STIENS
Buiding K - Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels - Belgium
[T] +32 (0)2 629 29 30
[F] +32 (0)2 629 28 83
[W] www.etro.vub.ac.be/Research/LAMI/lami.htm