The Liquid Crystals & Photonics group is currently looking for new PhD students with a master degree in photonics, physics, applied physics or electronics. More info about these positions can be found in the Vacancies-section of this site.
The Liquid Crystals and Photonics Group is part of the department of Electronics and Information Systems (ELIS) at the Faculty of Engineering of the Ghent University in Belgium. The research aims at the development of new electro-optical devices based on liquid crystals, electrophoretics or luminescent materials and is headed by Prof. dr. ir. Kristiaan Neyts.
The article “Vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser emitting circularly polarized light” authored by Krassimir Panajotov, Yi Xie, Maciej Dems, Carlos Belmonte, Hugo Thienpont, Jeroen Beeckman and Kristiaan Neyts, has been selected for the 2013 highlights of Laser Physics Letters: http://iopscience.iop.org/1612-202X/page/Highlights-of-2013. The work results from a collaboration between the LCP group at Ghent University and the b-phot group at VUB.
The article is freely available at: http://iopscience.iop.org/1612-202X/10/10/105003/article
The China Scholarship Council has awarded the 2013 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad to Yi Xie. This honor is annually awarded to the outstanding Chinese PhD students abroad with a cash prize of 6000 USD. Yi Xie is one of nine winners from Belgium this year. His promotors are Jeroen Beeckman and Kristiaan Neyts. The Chinese Ambassador to Belgium, Mr. Liao Liqiang, awarded the certificates to the winners on May 18th 2014 in the Chinese Embassy in Brussels.
The Society of Information Display (SID) decided to acknowledge its Mid-European Chapter Student Award to Lieven Penninck, postdoctoral researcher at the Liquid Crystal and Photonics group. Lieven received this price because of his exceptional work in the domain of "Numerical estimation of the lasing threshold in dye-doped chiral nematic liquid crystals".
A recent publication in Physical Review Letters, by Filip Beunis, Filip Strubbe, Kristiaan Neyts and Dmitri Petrov is a research highlight in the latest issue of both Nature Physics and Nature Materials. Also the popular scientific magazine EOS and the Belgian magazine Knack devoted an article to the results.
A recent publication in Physical Review Letters, by Filip Beunis, Filip Strubbe, Kristiaan Neyts and Dmitri Petrov, received the label "editor's suggestion", and was covered in APS's magazine Physics as the focus topic of the week: http://physics.aps.org/articles/v5/3.
Sofie Lambert has won the IMEC prize for the best master thesis in engineering at Ghent University for the academic year 2010-2011. The dissertation is entitled 'Trimming Silicon-on-Insulator Ring Resonators with a Polymerizable Liquid Crystal Cladding' (supervisors : prof. dr. ir. Jeroen Beeckman (ELIS-LCP) and prof. dr. ir. Roel Baets (INTEC)). The prize is awarded yearly for a master thesis which offers an excellent contribution to the innovation or the improvement of micro- and nano-electronic components.
Filip Beunis, postdoc in the ‘Liquid Crystals and Photonics’ group at department ELIS, together with co-authors Filip Strubbe, Bart Verboven, Kristiaan Neyts en Dmitri Petrov, has won the ‘Best Poster Presentation Award’ at the ‘9th International Electrokinetics Conference (ELKIN 2010)’, which took place from June 6 to 10, 2010 in Turku (Finland). The winning work ‘Monitoring of charging events on particles in a nonpolar liquid’ is a collaboration between UGent and the ‘Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO)’ in Barcelona (Spain) and reports experiments, reminiscent of Millikan’s famous oil-drop experiment, in which changes of only one electron charge on a colloidal particle are monitored during a long time.