The University of Southampton

The Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics is a multidisciplinary research centre with one of Europe's premier cleanrooms housing a unique range of photonics and nanoelectronics fabrication capabilities, and is home to the world-leading Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC).


We are delighted that in accordance with Government guidance encouraging laboratory-based research to be resumed in a safe manner, the cleanrooms and laser laboratories have now been re-opened for priority research and development work.

 This has been carried out following risk assessments and significant changes to operating procedures to ensure safety is maintained on site at all times.  

 We are operating with reduced occupancy and added hygiene so that the rules on social distancing and good practice are met.

 The safety and wellbeing of our staff and students is our utmost priority, and Government advice continues to be that those who can work from home should continue to do so.

 This is good news for our research and enterprise activities that have been impacted by the campus shutdown and means PhD students can continue their studies.

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

 Professor Sir David Payne


Our latest achievements

Centres of Excellence

Researchers from across Engineering and Physical Sciences are addressing national and global challenges in four new Centres of Excellence. These Centres are cross-disciplinary and will forge new links that transform the research landscape.

  • 12 January 2021

    Silicon photonics showcase reports dramatic...

    World-leading experts highlighted the dramatic progress made in silicon photonics technology at a research showcase event hosted by the Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics.

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  • 5 January 2021

    Southampton nanophotonics pioneer awarded...

    Professor Nikolay Zheludev, Deputy Director of Southampton's Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics, has received one of Singapore's highest honours for achievements in science and technology. The renowned nanophotonics pioneer, who is also co-Director of The Photonics Institute at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, has been presented with the <a href="">President's Science Award</a>.

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  • 9 December 2020

    Making photonics a voice to be heard

    Future government policy and spending decisions are certain to be influenced by the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on all sectors of the economy. The <a href="">Photonics Leadership Group</a> (PLG) is ensuring that a strong voice for the photonics industry is ready to be heard and inform future research, funding and strategy decisions.

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