KU Leuven, Belgium
The Microelectronics and Sensors (MICAS) research group of the ESAT department of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, performs research on analogue and mixed analogue-digital integrated circuits. This encompasses the design, fabrication and testing of high-performance circuits for telecommunication applications, of which biomedical systems and sensor interface circuits constitute an important part.
Besides this research the MICAS group is also involved in the development of silicon compatible sensors for the measurement of pressure and acceleration. Micromachining and appropriate assembly techniques are used for this purpose.
Different kinds of laboratories are available in the ESAT/MICAS department, and some of them are equipped for technology research. These technology laboratories have dedicated clean rooms for thin-film and thick-film processing, for laser machining, for Focussed Ion Beam (FIB) analysis, for micromachining and for the fabrication of optical masks for photolithography purposes. This infrastructure is more than sufficient for the realisation of sensors and biomedical implants of different kinds. Up to now these techniques have been used for the realisation of implantable and ambulatory sensor systems, also in textiles.
The micas group joined the Intracorporeal Video Probe European Project which has been involved in the development of miniaturised video capsules for endoscopy. The project led to the developments of new systems of telemetry and power transmission researches.
The KU Leuven is committed to research well-balanced with economic finality. The University has created the KU Leuven Research and Development (LRD) entity with the specific mission to promote and transfer knowledge and technology to industry.
Prof. Robert Puers
K.U.Leuven, Dept. Elektrotechniek ESAT-MICAS
Kasteelpark Arenberg 10
B-3001 LEUVEN, Belgium
Tel: +32-16-322 182
Fax: +32-16-321 975