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Biodegradable fiber optic technology for biophotonic applications (FWOAL760)

Optical fiber technology is part of our daily life. Most of our e-mails and website visits are transmitted as a series of very fast light signals through optical fibers, which look like tiny transparent wires. But these fibers are not only used for communication purposes. They can also serve as very efficient sensors, for example to measure pressure down oil boreholes. Whilst these fibers are traditionally made from glass, VUB and UGent join forces to push the frontiers of very special “polymer optical fibers” or “POFs” in order to pave the way towards novel applications of these POFs. The use of polymers instead of glass can convey unique properties to the optical fibers, such as biocompatibility and biodegradability, which will enable the future use of these photonic devices in the biomedical field. Fabricating such new POFs requires developing the adequate materials, which is a first cornerstone activity of this project. The polymers need to possess the required features in terms of processability, biocompatibility, optical transparency and thermo-mechanical stability. The second cornerstone activity of the project will deliver the actual fibers and fiber devices. POFs with particular characteristics will be designed, fabricated, characterised and turned into devices with unprecedented multi-functionality for in vitro and in vivo medical applications. A non-exhaustive list of possible future applications includes light-assisted cell-seeding and subcutaneous treatments.
Date:1 Jan 2015 →  31 Dec 2018
Keywords:Holography, Non-Linear Optics, Photonics, Optival Instrumentation, Optical Computing, Semiconductor Technology, Optical Switches And Modulators, Optical Fibre Sensors, Optical Measurements, Optical Materials, Optical Interconnects, Optical Instrumentation, Vcsels, Micro-Optics, Opto-Electronic Devices, Plastic Photonics
Disciplines:Optics, electromagnetic theory