Future Photonics Hub
Bridging the gap between academic research and product development by bringing industry and funding agencies together to co-invest in R&D.
The Future Photonics Hub is a partnership between two leading UK research institutes, the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton and the EPSRC National Epitaxy Facility at the University of Sheffield.
We work with a network of over 40 companies, representing strategic UK sectors including telecommunications, healthcare, defence and aerospace, to support the rapid commercialisation of innovative photonics manufacturing technologies.
Together, we are combining our expertise and state-of-the art experimental facilities to:
Lead research in core photonics platform technologies: silica optical fibres, III-V semiconductors, silicon photonics, 2D materials and metamaterials.
Develop integrated manufacturing processes, making it simple and efficient to incorporate photonics into high-value systems.
Fund the future
Fund early stage research into cutting-edge manufacturing technologies.
We aim to secure the UK’s position as a leading innovator in the high value global photonics market by transferring new, practical and commercial process technologies to industry.
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Outreach and public engagement brings photonics research to diverse audiences outside academia, from pupils and teachers, to community groups and the general public.
The Future Photonics Hub is home to one of Europe’s best nanoelectronics and photonics fabrication facilities.
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Keep up to date with the latest news from The Future Photonics Hub.
Taking photonics to Westminster
In July, representatives of the Future Photonics Hub, along with 24 other separate organisations, visited Westminster with the aim of improving government engagement with photonics.
The Hub comes together to celebrate its successes
Researchers from the Hub – and those connected with it – met in Oxfordshire in June for the Future Photonics Hub’s Technical AGM. This internal event brought together the two Hub institutes – the Universities of Southampton and Sheffield – for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic.
Engaging Refugees in Photonics Public Engagement
Southampton City Council asked the University to provide half-termly educational activities for Afghan refugees who had newly arrived in the country.
Securing the UK’s position as leading innovators in the global photonics market by transferring new, commercial technologies to industry.
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