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ORC PhD student wins best student paper award at Photonics West

Date Announced: 12 Feb 2019

At his first conference presentation.

Pictured, right: Dr Holger Becker, Symposium Chair and Award sponsor Microfluidic ChipShop GmbH, Germany; 2nd year PhD student, Panagiotis Galanis; and Symposium Chair, Professor Bonnie Gray, Simon Fraser University (right). 

Southampton, UK – ORC second year photonics PhD student, Panagiotis Galanis, has been awarded Best Student Paper at SPIE Photonics West, San Francisco, earlier in February. This was Panagiotis’ first ever presentation at a conference.

Panagiotis (Panos), who belongs to the Optoelectronics Research Centre’s (ORC) research group Laser Direct Write Technologies for Biomedical Sensors, received a certificate and cash prize of $1000USD from the Award sponsor, Microfluidic ChipShop.

His paper, entitled "Laser-direct-writing to enable filtration in paper-based devices for point-of-care-diagnostics", was presented during the ‘Microfluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems’ symposium.

Panos is using a laser-based technique to pattern paper in order to enable an add-on functionality of filtration within these devices. The application of the work is to selectively filter particles based on their size, with an end-goal of separating plasma from red blood cells.

On receiving the award Panos commented: "I am delighted to have been chosen for this Award. It has been a privilege to present my paper at such a prestigious international conference and I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I am excited about continuing my PhD and presenting further papers.”

Dr Collin Sones, Panos’ primary PhD supervisor at the ORC, said: “This is an excellent achievement for Panos and an incredible experience to be able to enable him to present at Photonics West. I look forward to seeing him develop throughout the remainder of his PhD.”


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