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.

  • 27 November 2020

    Southampton innovation underpins £10m drive to...

    Laser wavelength conversion technology pioneered at the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) is integral to a new £10 million collaboration creating new markets for the next industrial revolution in quantum systems.

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  • 25 November 2020

    Southampton takes leading photonics research to...

    The latest innovations in photonics manufacturing were showcased on the national stage by academics from the Southampton-led <a href="">Future Photonics Hub</a> and Southampton's <a href="">Silicon Photonics Group</a>. Leading photonics researchers from both groups organised two events at the recent premier UK photonics exhibition - <a href="">SPIE Photonex and Vacuum Expo 2020 Digital Forum</a>.

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  • 25 November 2020

    Have your say on the UK's National Security and...

    The <a href="">Future Photonics Hub</a>, led by the University of Southampton, is encouraging people to take the time to understand the UK Government's recently published <a href="">National Security and Investment Bill</a> and what it will mean to their organisation. While The Hub can't offer legal advice, it wants to raise awareness of the significant details in the new Bill which are particularly relevant to the UK photonics sector - including the introduction of a mandatory requirement to notify government of transactions in sensitive sectors with an effective date of 12 November, 2020.

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