The Future Photonics Hub is exploring photonic integration across all major technology platforms for the first time ever, working with partners and end-users across a wide range of industries to improve cross-platform capability, reliability, yield and to reduce costs. Sign up to our mailing list to keep up to date with news, information and opportunities.


To tackle COVID-19 the UK government is imposing restrictions on our daily activities for the foreseeable future. As individuals, and as a community, we have a shared responsibility to follow the latest public advice as strictly as possible to tackle the spread of COVID-19.

At a time of global crisis, the Zepler Institute of Photonics and Nanoelectronics is rising to the challenge. We are now working from home and our laboratories and clean room complex are closed.

It is not business as usual but our business does not stop.

“We have a unique opportunity to think, to write papers and proposals, to use digital technology to engage with the community through seminars and events in innovative ways. Our operations have swiftly migrated online and we will update our partners and collaborators on effective ways of working with us.

We are proud of the fact that over many decades our contributions to the global optical internet are helping keep the world running through this difficult time.  It is a timely reminder that connectivity provides resilience and we are redoubling our efforts to ensure that that the next generation of optical hardware is available when we need it.

We are enormously grateful to our sponsors and staff for bearing with us in these difficult times. Your generous support and positive energy ensures our community continues to thrive. Thank you.”

Professor Sir David Payne.

The Hub will focus on understanding, adapting and integrating photonics in four critical technology platforms: high performance silica optical fibres; light generation and delivery; Silicon photonics; and large-scale manufacture of metamaterials and 2D materials.

By exploiting new functional materials and processes, we will improve the manufacturability and integration of photonics, leading to low-cost manufacturing and accelerating the wider adoption of photonics technology.

A future manufacturing research hub