Institute of PhotonicsWorking with industry

We're here to help with your research challenges. We can be a flexible external resource to compliment your in-house technical team.

With an outstanding track record with hundreds of satisfied partners, members, sponsors and customers, we take pride in the number who come back to work with us repeatedly.

Get in touch with us and let us better understand your needs, in confidence, and we'll give a free, no obligation quote on how we think we can best serve your needs. We're expert at making use of all available grants and funding streams and will always advise on which support mechanisms can be used to leverage your resources.

Our services

  • consultancy
  • contract research (directed and funded by you)
  • collaborative research (working together, usually with external funding assistance)
  • EU framework projects
  • Technology Strategy Board projects
  • subcontractor to your SMART or other funded research & development
  • engineering Doctorate students (your existing employees or a new student)
  • CASE and other PhD students
  • continuing Professional Development courses
  • feasibility studies
  • proof of concept

Our expertise

Core expertise


Technical strengths

  • laser and LED sources
  • solid-state lasers
  • diamond Raman lasers
  • Semiconductor Disk Lasers (SDL, also known as VECSELs, Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers, or as OPSLs, Optically Pupmed Semiconductor Lasers)
  • arrays of microLEDs
  • nanoLEDs
  • microfabrication of optoelectronics
  • hybrid organic-inorganic photonics
  • optogenetics and biophotonics

We have expertise in the use, manipulation and design of a range of important materials which help us make functioning sources:

  • semiconductors
  • diamond
  • polymers
  • quantum dots
  • processing
  • designing
  • etching
  • printing
  • direct writing

Applications of our research

Our work is always directed towards practical applications and we have had successful projects in:

  • medical
  • sensing
  • life sciences
  • visible light communications
  • free space optical communications
  • instrumentation
  • defence
  • lifescience applications
  • lithography
  • microscopy
  • optical trapping