About me

Hello, and welcome to my personal website!

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My hometown

My name is Kristof Lodewijks and I was born in 1984 in Lommel, a small town in the north of Flanders, right up against the Dutch border. In fact, many people don’t even know that Lommel used to belong to the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant, while the Dutch village Luyksgestel (located just north of Lommel) used to be part of the Belgian province of Antwerp, until it was decided in 1817 to exchange the two. A final agreement between both countries was only reached in 1839, a few years after Belgium was officially founded, and since then, Lommel became part of the Province of Limburg. Due to this trade of land, a citizen of Lommel (“Lommelèèr”) will still refer to the rest of the province as “Lüksen”, refering to the fact that the rest of the province used to be governed by the bishop of Luik.

Live to discover…

Already when I was a kid, I was fascinated by science and technology, which made me choose for science and mathematics in High School. After that, I decided to take my bachelor studies in physics at the University Of Hasselt and my master studies in applied physics at the Eindhoven University of Technololgy.

In 2007 I obtained a PhD scholarship from the Flemish government institution IWT , which allowed me to obtain a doctoral degree in electrical engineering from the University of Leuven in collaboration with IMEC in the summer of 2012. My doctoral research was focussing on self-assembled optical metamaterials for bio-sensing applications.

Afterwards, I moved to Gothenburg (Göteborg) in southern Sweden, where I was employed at Chalmers University of Technology in the BioNanoPhotonics group at the department of applied physics. We are performing research in the fairly new field of magneto-plasmonics, which looks at the interaction of magnetic materials with light. Future applications include amongst others (bio-) chemical sensors and magnetic memories.

In June 2015, I took a new challenge in IMEC, where I started as photonics design engineer. I’ve been working on various projects both for internal and external partners. These projects included lab-on-chip applications, DNA sequencing, photonic integrated circuits and advanced beam-forming platforms to name a few.