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Laurent Francis

  • Associate Professor, Microsystems Chair holder
  • Université catholique de Louvain
  • 23PublicationsNumber of items in Laurent's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 20Followers


Laurent A. Francis was born in Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, in 1978. He received the M.Eng. degree in materials science with a minor in electrical engineering (summa cum laude) and the PhD degree in applied sciences from the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, in 2001 and 2006, respectively. Since September 2007, he holds the Microsystems Chair position at UCL as associate professor and is leading member of the research group Sensors, Microsystems and Actuators Laboratory of Louvain (SMALL). His PhD thesis was related to acoustic-wave based microsystems for biosensing applications at IMEC (Interuniversity MicroElectronics Center) in Leuven. Between 2000 and 2007 he was with IMEC as researcher, successively in the Biosensors and RF-MEMS groups. In 2011, he was visiting professor at the Université de Sherbrooke, Canada. His scientific interests are related to co-integrated CMOS MEMS and NEMS sensors, harsh environment ultra-low power sensors, biomedical sensors, atomic layer deposition, bio-inspired approaches and device packaging. He is regular member of IEEE (UFFC, MTT and EMBS) and a board member of the Belgian National Committee Biomedical Engineering. He is member of the editorial advisory board of the “Sensors and Transducers Journal” and of the editorial board of the “Journal of Sensors” (Hindawi Publ. Corp.) He has authored or co-authored 28 scientific publications in international journals and holds one patent.

Recent publications

  • A fast and robust algorithm to assess respiratory frequency in real-time

    • Dupuis P. A
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  • Nondestructive dynamic characterization of nanocrystalline diamond membranes for flexural plate wave sensors

    • Francis L.A.a b c Kromka A
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Professional experience

Associate Professor, Microsystems Chair holder

Université catholique de Louvain

September 2007 - Present

senior researcher RF-MEMS group


October 2005 - August 2007(2 years)


PhD (materials science)

Université catholique de Louvain / IMEC

September 2001 - September 2005(4 years)

M. Eng. - Materials science, minor in Electrical engineering

Université catholique de Louvain

September 1996 - June 2001(5 years)

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