Prof. Frank Koppens is a group leader and Professor at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO). He obtained his PhD at Delft University (Netherlands), worked as a scientist at Harvard University.
Koppens leads the nano-optoelectronics group, which investigates novel nanomaterials. The team develops applications such as photodetection, hyperspectral imaging, flexible electronics, wearables and sensors. In particular, the technology exploits the wonders of graphene, an ultra-thin and flexible electrical conductor with remarkable physical and opto-electronic properties.
Koppens is co-founder of the spinoff company Qurv. Qurv develops wide-spectrum image sensor technologies and integrated solutions to enable enhanced computer vision applications, addressing the expanding needs of an autonomous and intelligent new world.
Koppens is vice-chairman of the executive board of the graphene flagship, a 1 Billion Euro project with the aim to take graphene from the laboratories to the marketplace. Koppens is also leader of all the opto-electronic activities inside the graphene flagship, and established the GSMA-ICFO chair with the main aim to establish a graphene pavilion at the Mobile World Congress.