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.

  • 17 July 2020

    Southampton researchers develop key building...

    Power efficient and programmable circuit technology has been demonstrated in the Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics to bring silicon photonic applications to mass markets.

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  • 17 July 2020

    Ultra-low loss phase change materials...

    Researchers from the Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics have developed a new material family that will revolutionise optical circuits to replace parts of traditional electronic hardware.

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  • 16 July 2020

    Silicon Photonics Group introduces a photonics...

    Silicon photonics is revolutionising the Datacom industry, compelling educators to modernise the way this technology is taught to the next generation of engineers.

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