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Institute of Photonics


The Institute of Photonics, established in 1996, is a research unit focussing on applied photonics and is part of the University of Strathclyde. The Institute’s key objective is to bridge the gap between academic research and industrial applications and development in the area of photonics.

The Institute of Photonics is based in Strathclyde’s Glasgow city centre campus.The Institute’s semiconductor processing equipment is located at the West of Scotland Science park.

Currently situated at the Wolfson Centre, we are part of the Strathclyde Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) initiative and will move to the new TIC building in early 2015. The University has prepared more information on the TIC.


"As on the 16th December 2014, 5 of the 12 most downloaded articles from the journal IEEE Photonics Technology Letters were from the Ultra-Parallel Visible Light Communications project, of which Prof. Martin Dawson from the Institute of Photonics is the Principal Investigator."

"Li-Fi and Wi-Fi - a discussion" was held at the University of Strathclyde on the 1st of December 2014, attracting 90 registered attendees. - info

IOP leading on Strathclyde’s involvement in three of the four recently announced EPSRC Quantum Technology Hubs -info

Professors Martin Dawson and Alan Kemp present at The Royal Academy of Engineering annual Research Forum. -info

Dr. Michael Strain has a paper he co-authored in Optics and Photonics News - paper
Dr Deborah Gunning has a paper feature in Journal of Neural Engineering as a highlight of 2013 -info

PhD students (Shuailong Zhang) was awarded ‘the 2013 National Award for Outstanding Self-financed Chinese students Study Abroad’ - info

First Fraunhofer UK research chair announced -info

Professor Dawson, alongside University of Strathclyde colleague Prof. Graham Wren, recently appeared before the House of Commons BIS Select Committee to discuss Fraunhofer in the UK:

Institute Work Features in Photonics Spectra Magazine Cover Story - info

Professor Martin Dawson will deliver a Plenary talk at PHOTON’14 - info

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Institute of Photonics,
University of Strathclyde,
Wolfson Centre,
106 Rottenrow East,
Glasgow, G4 0NW

t: +44 (0) 141 548 4666