Year: <span>2022</span>

How psychotherapy got me back on track

I’ve described before how burnout hit me pretty bad and how it brought me to the darkest place in my life. Luckily, I received a lot of support from friends, family and colleagues, but for some aspects their help simply wouldn’t be sufficient. Despite everyone’s good intentions, their view will always be biased, as they usually look at the situation from a very similar perspective as your own. For an outsider perspective, I had to rely on professional help, something that was totally new for me…

How things all came to be…

It’s been a while since I posted something in this category, and as I mentioned before, here I plan to post experiences, thought, reflections and so on, if and when I feel like doing so. While I’ve “declared” the burn-out as more or less under control about a 100 days ago, obviously it’s by far not all behind me. I’m not even sure if it will ever be, or if I’d even want it to ever be. That might seem weird at first, but I’ve learned so much from going through a burnout, about myself, about how to take better care of myself, about things in life which are important and which are much less…

Habanero Season 2022

I just realised now that I haven’t mentioned one word about the ongoing Habanero Season, shame on me! The season in fact started in early march here, and we’re approaching the 100 days mark since seeding.

This season, I truly wanted to have a proper Habanero season, so I ordered 5 different types of Habanero, and Habanada for the fun of it. The latter is the non-spicy version of Habanero, which has all the flavour but none of the burning. Bonsai bell peppers if you wish!

Upcoming talks

The samples we recently showcased at our Future Summits conference will soon be presented in two upcoming conferences. With these samples we illustrate how costly standard CMOS processes can be simplified with much fewer process steps using nanoimprint lithography. We benchmark both samples side by side for optical performance for multispectral imaging applications.

Burnout blues blog section

A new blog section was added to the website, called burnout blues. In this blog I plan to share some experiences and thoughts and things I’ve learned from going through a burnout. The first post takes you along on some of the walks I had during the first year, on which I took many pictures that I really like. I hope you like them too, and that future posts in this blog might prove useful for people facing similar problems.

Check out the Walking treasures!

New paper published in ACS Photonics

The paper “Highly Selective Color Filters Based on Hybrid Plasmonic-Dielectric Nanostructures” by Anabel De Proft just got published in ACS Photonics. In this work that’s part of her Ph.D. research we demonstrate hybrid plasmonic-dielectric color filters that can be applied for multispectral imaging applications. The filters show narrow linewidths down to 25 nm FWHM with transmission intensities over 50% that nearly cover the full visible spectrum. These filters are among the most efficient plasmonic color filters reported to date, a surprising result considering that in top-view there’s a 100% metal coverage. And we all love metal, don’t we?!