Biomedical Physics (BIMEF)

The Laboratory Biomedical Physics (BIMEF) is one of the research groups within the Department of Physics at the University of Antwerp. The laboratory specializes in interdisciplinary physics research in the biological and medical field. The group has three main research directions: biomechanics and optical metrology, molecular biophysics and spectroscopy, vestibular research and medical statistics.

Current research topics include:

  • development of electro-optic metrology systems for shape, deformation and vibration measurements in biomedical applications and biomechanics
  • finite element modelling in biomechanics, with special focus on human middle ear and cochlear mechanics, and functional biomechanics in animals
  • spectroscopic and theoretical analysis to dermine structure-function relationships in biomolecules
  • spectroscopy in environmental sciences / renewable energy
  • spectroscopy in biosensors and biocatalysis

Biomedical Physics / Biomedische fysica  (BIMEF)

Condensed Matter Theory (TGM/CMT)

Our research focuses on nano and mesoscopic physics, with a goal to characterize materials between the atomic and the macroscopic scale, and enable their novel functionalities.

Theoretical study of materials (semiconductors and superconductors) of micrometer and nanometer size. The electrical, magnetic and optical properties of such nanostructures are studied using theoretical modelling and computer simulations. This is the so-called area of mesoscopic physics and nanophysics. New hybrid systems consisting of combinations of semiconductors and ferromagnets or superconductors are investigated. The goal is the increase of the functionality of semiconductor structures. An important aspect of the research is the interaction with experiment. An active collaboration exists with several experimental and theoretical groups over the world.

Condensed Matter Theory / Theorie van de gecondenseerde materie (TGM/CMT)

Electron Microscopy for Material Science (EMAT)

EMAT is one of the leading electron microscopy centers in the world and has

a vast expertise in both fundamental and applied electron microscopy.

EMAT has several state of the art electron microscopes including two aberration corrected, high end FEI-Titan instruments, a dual beam FIB, an environmental SEM,...

Elektronenmicroscopie voor materiaalonderzoek / Electron Microscopy for Material Science (EMAT)

Nanostructured and organic optical and electronic materials (NANOrOPT)

The NANOrOPT group is part of the Physics Department of the University of Antwerp.

We investigate a range of topics in Condensed Matter Physics such as high-spin molecular compounds, point defects in wide bandgap materials, electrooptical and nonlinear optical molecules, materials for organic electronics including photovoltaics, carbon nanotubes and crystalline nanostructures. State-of-the art instrumentation is available for CW and pulsed EPR in the X-band (9.5GHz) and W-band (95GHz), high-sensitivity fluorescence, raman scattering, and pulsed laser experiments for time-resolved optical spectroscopy and nonlinear optics.

Nanostructured and organic optical and electronic materials (NANOrOPT)

Particle Physics Group (EDF)

The Particle Physics Group at the University of Antwerp has a long and outstanding tradition in experimental and phenomenological research concerning particle collisions as conducted by the largest particle accelerator in the world, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (Switzerland). Our research focuses on the study of quantumchromodynamics, the search for Higgs boson, the search for extra dimensions of space and most recently the search for sterile neutrinos at the Belgian BR2 reactor.

Particle Physics Group / Elementaire-deeltjesfysica (EDF)

Theory of Quantum Systems and Complex Systems (TQC)

We study systems for which quantum mechanical behaviour becomes macroscopic, e.g. superconductors, liquid helium, atomic superfluids, polariton superfluids, ... We try to understand and predict their behaviour, with Feynman's path integral theory as our tool of choice. Our study and refinement of this theory has also led to several "spin-off" research topics, e. g. econophysics. Furthermore, we try to transfer our knowledge to students in several bachelor and master courses, and to the general public in outreach activities.

Theory of Quantum Systems and Complex Systems / Theorie van kwantumsystemen en complexe systemen (TQC)


Imec-Vision Lab is a research lab of the Department of Physics of the University of Antwerp. Vision Lab's main research area is the development of novel image reconstruction, processing and analysis methods, which are applied in the domain of Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Shape modelling, and Remote Sensing. Since its foundation in 1992, 7 spin-off companies have been founded, of which IcoMetrix is the latest.


Antwerp X-ray analysis, Electrochemistry and Speciation (AXES)

The AXES research group is part of the Physics Department and performs fundamental, methodological and application-oriented research involving a wide range of analytical techniques. A recurring theme in our research is the use of state-of-the-art methods for determination of low concentration levels and/or for imaging of (one or multiple) analyte species. These methods are frequently (but not exclusively) applied to address environmental problems.

The research activities of the AXES research group comprise:

  • Fundamental and applied (bio)electrochemical research
  • Development of (electro)analytical strategies for selective detection, quantitation and monitoring of low concentration levels of environmentally important compounds
  • Elemental trace-analysis and bio-analytical imaging at the microscopic level in solid materials
  • X-ray micro- and nanobeam characterization of the electronic/redox properties of materials
  • Non-destructive hyperspectral imaging at the macroscopic level
  • Method, instrument and software development in the above areas

Antwerp X-ray analysis, Electrochemistry and Speciation (AXES)