How light chips can transform the agrifood industry

An overview of the potential applications of photonic integrated circuits (PICs) in the agrifood industry, by Mattias Verstuyft, Post-doctoral researcher at Imec. He gets excited by novel ways to increase efficiency and decrease waste in order to use our finite resources more effectively. As emerging technologies and trends

An overview of the potential applications of photonic integrated circuits (PICs) in the agrifood industry, by Mattias Verstuyft, Post-doctoral researcher at Imec. He gets excited by novel ways to increase efficiency and decrease waste in order to use our finite resources more effectively. As emerging technologies and trends he sees massive gathering of data and subsequent monitoring of quality in order to improve process flows and react quickly to potential issues as having the greatest potential in the short and long run.

November 2024

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About Mattias Verstuyft
Born and raised near Brussels, Belgium. Mastered in theoretical physics and finishing a PhD in photonics engineering. Currently working in Ghent University as a post-doctoral researcher for imec vwz.

About imec
At imec, we shape the future.

How? By enabling nano- and digital technology innovation with a significant impact on the quality of life. With our partners from companies, governments and academia. And supported by the three pillars of our R&D:

  • a unique infrastructure that includes a 2.5-billion-euro 300mm semiconductor pilot line
  • more than 5,500 expert scientists from over 96 countries
  • an ecosystem of more than 600 world-leading industry partners and a global academic network

Founded in 1984, imec quickly made its name as the leading research hub for advanced CMOS scaling.
For more information go to the website.

What is a photonic integrated circuit (PIC)
A photonic integrated circuit (PIC) or integrated optical circuit is a microchip containing two or more photonic components which form a functioning circuit. This technology detects, generates, transports, and processes light. Photonic integrated circuits utilize photons (or particles of light) as opposed to electrons that are utilized by electronic integrated circuits. The major difference between the two is that a photonic integrated circuit provides functions for information signals imposed on optical wavelengths typically in the visible spectrum or near infrared (850–1650 nm).

Mattias Verstuyft will speak at the 2023 edition of the Agrifood Innovation Event in the PhotonHub powered session.