Lien graduated as MSc. in Photonics and is pursuing a PhD where she studies optical techniques to pave the way to increased food safety.
Thanks to her innovative technique, several tons of natural products can be screened per hour, without the use of any chemical additives.
Think of delicious tacos or nachos. Using Lien Smeesters research results, the corn being used in the production process can be scanned on carcinogenic toxins, right from the fields. Particularly, she enables to scan every individual maize kernel in an efficient, accurate and non-destructive way.
As Phd at VUB B-PHOT Brussels Photonics research group, she studies different spectroscopic techniques, including absorbance and fluorescence spectroscopy, for the optical detection of carcinogenic mycotoxins and the prediction of the harmful acrylamide formation in food products. She aims to integrate these sensing techniques into laser-based scanning platforms, to enable a rapid, accurate and non-destructive detection of contaminants.
Edmund Optics Educational Award selects applied optics-related research projects that are expected to have a high impact on tomorrow’s applications, like Lien’s project.