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The Zepler Institute 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).

  • 12 July 2021

    Nanophotonics leader appointed as Distinguished...

    Professor Nikolay Zheludev, Deputy Director of the Zepler Institute, has been announced as a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.

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  • 9 June 2021

    Southampton academic receives 'Future Prize'...

    One of the world's leading experts in optical fibre technology from the University of Southampton is the eighth recipient of the Berthold Leibinger Zukunftspreis awarded by the German foundation Berthold Leibinger Stiftung. A jury of renowned international experts and industry leaders has recognised Professor Sir David Payne's work on the erbium-doped fibre amplifier (EDFA), high power fibre lasers, and his pioneering research in fibre optics technology. Originally due in 2020, the award ceremony has been rescheduled to take place on September 24, 2021.

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  • 14 May 2021

    Optical-based gearbox monitoring to make...

    Optical sensing techniques will measure helicopter gearbox health in real-time in a new Royal Society Industry Fellowship at the Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics. The prestigious fellowship, led by Dr Christopher Holmes in partnership with GE Aviation, will build understanding of potentially-fatal mechanical failures and feed the information into machine learning models.

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    We are delighted that in accordance with Government guidance encouraging laboratory-based research to be resumed in a safe manner, the clean rooms and laser laboratories are open for priority research and development work.

    Risk assessments and significant changes to operating procedures have been conducted to ensure safety is maintained 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 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

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