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The Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics is a multidisciplinary research centre with the UK's best set of nanoelectronics and photonics fabrication capabilities, and is home to the world-leading Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC).


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 the virus.

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.


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.

  • 22 May 2020

    Body heat power for wearable technologies draws...

    Researchers at the Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics have highlighted the industrial potential of generating green energy from body heat in wearable technologies.

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  • 22 May 2020

    Optical X-rays research launched to...

    Ground-breaking research involving the Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics is harnessing optical physics for a new generation of medical scanners capable of producing high definition 3D images.

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  • 12 May 2020

    Exceptional hollow-core fibre polarisation...

    Hollow-core fibre technology developed in the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics exhibits up to 1,000 times better polarisation purity than state-of-the-art solid core fibres.

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