Roel Baets is a professor in the Photonics Research Group at Ghent University. He is also associated with IMEC. Roel Baets is director of the multidisciplinary Center for Nano- and Biophotonics (NB Photonics) at UGent, founded in 2010. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the EOS and the OSA. Roel Baets has published over 600 publications with an h-index over 60. He has guided over 30 PhD students over his career
Roel Baets has mainly worked in the field of integrated photonic components. He has made contributions to research on photonic integrated circuits, both in III-V semiconductors and in silicon, as well as their applications in telecom, datacom, sensing, biosensing and medical devices. As part of a team of 8 professors, he leads the Photonics Research Group at UGent, a group of about 90 researchers. The activities of this team have led to high impact research achievements and to four spin-off companies. In recent years, research of Roel Baets has mainly focused on nonlinear optics, spectroscopic sensing, and biomedical devices based on silicon or silicon nitride photonic integrated circuit platforms.
Roel Baets has led major cooperative research initiatives in silicon photonics in Europe. In 2006, he founded ePIXfab, the globally first Multi-Project-Wafer service for silicon photonics. Since then ePIXfab has evolved to become the European Silicon Photonics Alliance, with a mission to promote cooperation in the field of silicon photonics.
Baets has served the global optics and photonics community as a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Photonics Society, as a chair of its Benelux-chapter, as an associate editor of the Journal of Lightwave Technology, as a member of the OSA Holonyak Award Committee, the IEEE Sarnoff Award Committee, and the IEEE Photonics Award Committee.
Roel Baets was co-founder of the interuniversity UGent-VUB MSc programme in Photonics and of the international Erasmus Mundus MSc programme in Photonics. Roel Baets is a grant holder of the Methusalem program of the Flemish government and of the European Research Council (ERC advanced grant). He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the European Optical Society (EOS) and The Optical Society (OSA). Roel Baets is elected as director at large of the Optical Society (OSA). He is also a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB).