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The campaign “A question for Science” is an initiative of the Flanders Scientific Research Fund (FWO), commissioned by Flemish Minister Muyters, responsible for science and innovation, in collaboration with a broad group of scientific organizations, such as the Flemish universities and colleges, the KVAB, the Young Academy, the strategic research centers … As an ambassadors […]
It was predicted in recent years that a non-chiral particle in an evanescent optical field (such as one generated by total internal reflection) is able to acquire linear momentum perpendicular to the plane of incidence from the spin component of the incoming light. When the helicity of the light is flipped, this momentum changes direction. […]
Opinion piece in Belgian newspaper De Morgen. Science is a story of many punctuation marks. The facts (!) the context (,) the nuance (;) but also the questions (?). In this article, we highlight about the importance of those question marks. Full article can be read here.
Ultrathin nanostructured resonators on surfaces, i.e., metasurfaces, have shown great potential for the miniaturization of advanced photonic technologies such as aberration-free lenses, beam shapers, and holograms. These metasurface designs focus strongly on obtaining desired optical properties through a careful optimization of the shape, the relative orientation, and the composition of structures. However, once manufactured the […]
Plenary lecture at the Earth, Space and Science, organized by the National Committee of Chemistry together with the Jeunesses Scientifiques, les Olympiades. Presenting my ideas on the future of Science and Education to more than 220 young students.
What does it mean to be invisible? And will we ever buy one of those invisibility cloaks? The science is even better than the science fiction. The full interview (in Dutch) can be found here.
Volunteering at the Cambridge Science Fest, explaining the surprising science behind color together with the Harvard SEAS Photonics Club. Some exciting demos, including: 1: What is color? 2: What is light? 3: How are colors formed in nature? 4: How do I make colors like a peacock?
Opinion piece by the Young Academy in the Belgian newspaper De Standaard on the occasion of the 2018 March for Science. A plea to invest more in science and education. It is the only way to create a society based on critical thinking. The full article can be found here.
On the importance of different scientific languages and the art of scientific translations.
Can we make people invisible? Yes, no, well… maybe. It depends on how you define invisibility. The full lecture (in Dutch) can be found here.