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.

  • 19 October 2020

    Dual Fellow honours from international optical...

    Professor Graham Reed from the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) has been elected as a Fellow of both the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the European Optical Society (EOS). The Professor of Silicon Photonics received the dual honours over the course of just eight days last month at each of the prestigious society's annual general assemblies.

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  • 15 October 2020

    Emerging industries metrology at the crossroads...

    A new multi-million pound research programme including scientists from the Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics will develop nanoscale optical measurement technologies for the smart manufacturing revolution.

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  • 30 September 2020

    Southampton spin-out boosts regional economy...

    Fibre optic cable solutions spin-out, Lumenisity® Limited, has closed a major funding round from a consortium of investors to further commercialise world-leading research and build a new manufacturing and testing facility. The Romsey UK based business, which was established from Southampton's Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) in 2017, has secured a £5 million investment from BGF, the UK and Ireland's most active investor, and £2.5 million from Parkwalk, the most active investor in UK university spinouts alongside significant further funding from the company's existing industrial strategic investors.

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