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Prof. Dr. Jeremy Witzens
Faculty / Institution:
Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
Industrial Leadership
Project duration:
01.01.2016 to 31.12.2019
EU contribution:
8.557.337,88 euros
  EU flag This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688519.  


Silicon Nitride Photonic Integrated Circuit Pilot line for Life Science Applications in the Visible Range


Photonics is essential in today’s life science technology. PIX4life will mature a state of the art silicon nitride (SiN) photonics pilot line for life science applications in the visible range and pave the way to make it accessible as an enabler for product development by a broad range of industrial customers. We aim at 1) establishing a validated CMOS compatible SiN technology platform in the visible range for complex densely integrated photonics integrated circuits (PICs), 2) developing a supply chain to integrate mature semiconductor laser sources and CMOS detector arrays with the SiN PICs on the basis of technologies that are scalable to high volume, 3) establishing appropriate design kits and tools, 4) demonstrating the performance of the pilot line for well-chosen life science applications in the domain of vital sensing, multispectral sources for super-resolution microscopy, cytometry and 3D tissue imaging, 5) setting up the logistics for multi-project-wafer (MPW) access to the pilot line.


  • Interuniversitair Micro-Electronica Centrum, Belgium (Coordinator)
  • Ams Sensors Belgium, Belgium
  • Chalmers Tekniska Högskola AB, Sweden
  • XiO Photonics B.V., Netherlands (Participation ended)
  • LioniX B.V., Netherlands (Participation ended)
  • LioniX International B.V., Netherlands
  • Luceda, Belgium
  • MedLumics, Spain
  • PhoeniX B.V., Netherlands
  • Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany
  • TOPTICA Photonics AG, Germany
  • University College Cork – National University of Ireland, Cork, Ireland
  • VLC Photonics S.L., Spain
  • Solmates B.V., Netherlands
  • Miltenyi Biotec GmbH, Germany
  • MedLumics S.L., Spain