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Dr. Philippe Absil

Vice President R&D and Department Head 3D and Silicon Photonics


Philippe Absil received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA, in 2000. His doctoral work contributed to the early demonstrations of semiconductor microring resonators. In the early 2000s, he developed the passive photonics platform technology for Little Optics, Inc., Annapolis Junction, MD USA. He is now Vice President R&D and the head of the 3-D and Optical I/O Technologies Department at Imec since 2013 and has been responsible for the silicon photonics technology platform development since 2010. Before that he spent seven years managing the advanced CMOS scaling program at Imec.

Company Profile


Imec is a world-leading research and innovation center in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. Imec leverages its state-of-the-art R&D infrastructure and its team of more than 5,500 employees and top researchers, for R&D in advanced semiconductor and system scaling, silicon photonics, artificial intelligence, beyond 5G communications and sensing technologies, and in application domains such as health and life sciences, mobility, industry 4.0, agrofood, smart cities, sustainable energy, education, … Imec unites world-industry leaders across the semiconductor value chain, Flanders-based and international tech, pharma, medical and ICT companies, start-ups, and academia and knowledge centers. Imec is headquartered in Leuven (Belgium), and has research sites across Belgium, in the Netherlands and the USA, and representation in 3 continents. In 2021, imec’s revenue (P&L) totaled 732 million euro.

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