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HELLO! I'M Manuel.

Manuel Caño-García is a research fellow (MSCA-COFUND) at the Nanophotonics department. His research revolves around the development of active photonics integrated circuits (PICs) with metamaterials or photonics crystals technologies for bio- sensing.

 

 
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About Manuel

Manuel Caño-García is a research fellow (MSCA-COFUND) at the Nanophotonics department. His research revolves around the development of active photonics integrated circuits (PICs) with metamaterials or photonics crystals technologies for bio- sensing.

Manuel received his two Master degrees (M.Sc. Physics and M.Eng. Electronic engineer) from the University of Granada. After that, he obtained another M.Sc. in nanophysics from the Autonomous University of Madrid. He gained his PhD degree of photonics (summa cum laude) and the title of international PhD from the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) in 2018 within a Spanish official grant (FPI 2014). He was involved 2 European projects and 3 Spanish national projects. During the PhD, Manuel got a Spanish grant (4 month internship) where he went to IMEC (Ghent, Belgium). In 2018, Manuel held a (Spanish grant FPI-POP) Post-Doctoral Fellowship at R&D Centre of advanced materials and devices for TIC where he developed his own project on polymers PICs. During the Post-Doctoral period, Manuel got another grant (1 month internship, UPM grant) where he went to the Sydney Nano Hub, the Sydney University. The background of Manuel is not only based on research (9 journal articles), he also has background in dissemination (more than 15 oral presentation, 2 congress organized & several seminars), technology transfer (2 patents registered) and lectures (260h in degrees and master degrees) in his short career (up to 4/2019 when he join to INL).

 

 

The Cofund project

The photonic integrated circuits adapted to sensing of biological fluids (PICASSO) project is an interdisciplinary approach to develop a polymer photonics integrated circuit for bio- sensing. The project mix materials sciences, physics, biology and engineering.

The main device is a power-consumption-free sensor for non-invasive measurement of glucose in tear and saliva. Different waveguides approach will be tested including metamaterial waveguides and photonics crystals waveguides. Also, the light source will be integrated as a pumped laser. The sensor is an electronic free device, in other words it is an all photonic device. Due to the photonics properties of the sensor the time response of the device is close to light’s velocity. The glucose will be measure as a light delay that it will produce a different path of the light. The development of the sensor requires the nanoimprint lithography technique due to the friendly industrialization.

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