£250K funding awarded to support innovative UK photonics manufacturing research

The Future Photonics Hub awards £250K funding to UK University research projects to boost the development the next-generation of photonics manufacturing processes

The Future Photonics Hub has announced funding for four new research projects that seek to develop next-generation photonics technologies with manufacturing and ease of integration at their core. £250K from the Future Photonics Hub Innovation Fund, supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (ESPRC), has been awarded to research projects led by four UK universities. The four projects will bring added-value to the Future Photonics Hub, supporting its research to develop new lower-cost, higher-performing and better integrated photonic devices and systems.

Awarded projects:

  • All dielectric surface wave devices for light generation with 2D material. Principle Investigator (PI): Prof John Rarity, University of Bristol
  • Manufacturing process of laser fibre depolarizers. PI: Dr Radan Slavik, University of Southampton
  • Parallel Micro-assembly of Quantum Cascade Lasers on Germanium. PI: Dr Michael Strain, University of Strathclyde
  • 3D interconnect technologies. PI: Prof Robert Thomson, Heriot-Watt University

The Future Photonics Hub Innovation Fund, launched in September 2016, will operate an annual call to enable the inclusion of academic partners who bring additional capabilities to the Hub programme and strengthen its research programme across its core themes:

  • High-performance silica optical fibres
  • Light generation and delivery
  • Silicon photonics
  • Large-scale manufacture of metamaterials and 2D materials
  • Integration (proposals involving two or more of the above themes)

The 2017/18 call will open in autumn 2017. Details will be available on this website, or to receive notifications, please subscribe to our newsletter.


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