Marcelle-Gauvreau Engineering Research Chairs program

Create new photonic devices to improve the performance of connected objects

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
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Bora Ung.

In December, the ÉTS launched its Marcelle-Gauvreau Engineering Research Chairs program. Five ÉTS faculty members each hold a chair. Today, we present one of the chairs, Professor Bora Ung.  

The growth of connected intelligent devices, as well as environmental monitoring and public health screening needs, will require increasingly powerful sensors. In addition, a new paradigm based on a quantum information ecosystem will require new photonic technologies in the near future. 

Through the work he will be directing as part of the Marcelle-Gauvreau Engineering Research Chair in multimaterial and multifunctional photonic devices, Professor Bora Ung of the Department of Electrical Engineering intends to solve these scientific challenges, in particular by developing advanced fiber optic sensors for the biomedical and environmental fields. 

He will also explore new approaches to modify fibers using microstructures and advanced materials, such as semiconductors and fluids composed of nanoparticles. This work will give optical fibers properties that will enable them to detect viruses and to measure the temperature, pressure and concentration of various gases, among other things.

The professor will also study the design of new photonic fibers and technologies for high-speed optical telecommunications and for the transmission of quantum information signals. A new photonic platform based on flexible polymers will be created to design low-cost mobile applications. 

About Professor Ung  

Bora Ung is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the ÉTS and is a chairholder of the Marcelle-Gauvreau Engineering Research Chair in multimaterial and multifunctional photonic devices. He specializes in the design and development of photonic devices. His recent research work has focused on the transmission of inhomogeneous optical beams in multimode and microstructured optical fibers, as well as the development of optical sensors. 

Since joining the ÉTS in 2014, he has contributed to the publication of more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers. A member of the LACIME laboratory at the ÉTS, of the Quebec scientific groups in optics-photonics (COPL) and health (RISUQ), Professor Ung also participated in the creation of the student component at the ÉTS of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and continues to serve as an advisory faculty member.

Professor Ung is also a member of the editorial boards of the Scientific Reports, Sensors and Frontiers in Sensors journals. Since 2019, he has served as Vice Chairman of the OSA Technical Committee on Fiber Design and Fabrication. As part of his duties at the OSA, he is called upon to collaborate in the organization of conferences and the special edition of a scientific journal distributed by the organization. 

About the Marcelle-Gauvreau Engineering Research Chairs Program 

The Marcelle-Gauvreau Engineering Research Chairs program, which was launched by the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) this past December, is designed to highlight the remarkable career paths of professors who, in addition to demonstrating research excellence, have had to show determination and resilience in the face of adversity. Five of the ten chairs were awarded to internal professors. Five more chairs will be awarded to external faculty and professors in the spring of 2021.

Chantal Crevier

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