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Biophotonics group

The functionality of biological systems is closely related to their organisation and physical properties at multiple spatial scales. Better understanding of this functionality requires monitoring of these properties and how they are affected by the multiscale processes and geometry of the system. NIR spectroscopy has high potential here, because it is rapid, non-destructive and highly sensitive to variations in structure and composition.

The Biophotonics group within the Division Mechatronics, Biostatistics and Sensors (MeBioS) of the Department of Biosystems at the K.U.Leuven, headed by Prof. Wouter Saeys, investigates the interaction of light with biological systems to develop innovative sensors for rapid and non-destructive characterisation and monitoring of biosystems. Current funding is provided by the Research foundation – Flanders (FWO), the Flemish agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT),  the European Commission and the Interfaculty Council for Development Co-operation at K.U.Leuven (IRO).


The main areas of research are defined here.

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An overview of all publications from the lab.

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Equipment and infrastructure

A list of our measurement devices and set-ups is given here.

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Industrial R&D &Services

The Biophotonics research group has a long tradition in working together with industry to translate our knowledge into workable solutions. 

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Jobs and Internships

We also welcome spontaneous applications from motivated students and researchers who are interested in working in our group.

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Contact us

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Do you want to know the people behind the Biophotonics research group? Or do you share their interest? Find out here!

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