explorer 2024

On May 2nd, Explorer 2024 concluded successfully with projects pitching their deep tech pre-commercialisation projects.   Seven enthusiastic and hard working teams presented their outcomes. Congratulations to all involved, especially to the winning team “PIXSA” from the Centre for Advanced Photonics & Process Analysis (CAPPA), Munster Technological University: S. Hadi Badri and Samira Jastan presented their innovative idea of Integrating optical chips into smart wearables for Painless Blood Sugar Monitoring. S. Hadi Badri has commented “Entering explorer, we had a raw idea, but the program was instrumental in helping us refine it significantly. Through the program’s workshops and mentorship, we were able to evolve our idea. We gained valuable insights into market needs and adapted our concept to ensure it has a strong commercial fit. The program equipped us with the tools to effectively communicate the value proposition of our solution. Our next steps involve conducting a thorough proof-of-concept phase to validate the technical and commercial feasibility of our solution. Following successful proof of concept, we plan to apply for commercialization funding from Enterprise Ireland to support the next stage of our spin-out journey. The program’s expert guidance and focus on pre-commercialization are crucial for researchers and entrepreneurs. We highly recommend Explorer to any researcher or entrepreneur looking to bridge the gap between research and commercialization. We’re incredibly grateful for the opportunity to participate in Explorer and look forward to the exciting journey ahead!”

We are looking forward to seeing all teams progress towards becoming successful spinouts.  Across the teams there was representation from IPIC, IERC of Tyndall National Institute, CAPPA, MTU and Connect Centre, TCD and Tyndall National Institute; working on different ideas, from Nature-tech, Energy, Display to MedTech.

The Explorer deep-tech pre-commercialisation programme aimed to help researchers to define their innovative ideas, and start their commercialisation journey.  During the 3-months of the programme, more than 700 hours of training and mentorship were provided, involving 35 mentors, experts, entrepreneurs, investors, TTO case managers and innovation managers contributed to the success of the programme.

The programme is a collaboration led by IPIC-the SFI Centre for photonics, with Tyndall National Institute, ams-Osram, CONNECT (the SFI Centre for Future Networks and Communications), with support of Enterprise Ireland, Atlantic Bridge, IPCEI, Nova UCD, DogPatch Labs, MIDAS and Science Foundation Ireland.

If you are interested in the programme, reach out to us to learn more. Explorer will be accepting applications for its next programme in October 2024 for a January 2025 start.


IPIC’s Photonics Packaging Group partners with MIT on chip development

IPIC’s Photonic Packaging Group let by Prof. Peter O’Brien have been awarded funding by the National Science Foundation in the US to diversify and strengthen the supply chain for manufacturing and packaging of semiconductor devices.  This collaborative project, FUTUR-IC is a reference to the future of integrated circuits, or chips, through a global alliance for sustainable microchip manufacturing. FUTUR-IC brings together stakeholders from industry, academia, and government to co-optimize Technology, Ecology, and Workforce across three dimensions. For more please click here.

MIT’s Principal Research Scientist, Anu Agrawal states “The current microchip manufacturing supply chain, which includes production, distribution, and use, is neither scalable nor sustainable and cannot continue. We must innovate our way out of this future crisis”

Prof. O’Brien has commented “We have established a deep and impactful partnership with our collaborators at MIT over the past years. FUTUR-IC is a new strand in that partnership, enabling us to deliver meaningful global impacts and strengthen research collaboration between Europe and the US.”

15.04.2024 - 31.07.2024

FAME – Second International Workshop on Fundamentals and Advances of MOVPE processes

After the success of the first edition, the second edition of FAME (2024) – Second International Workshop on Fundamentals and Advances of MOVPE processes will be held at Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands) on July the 8-9th 2024.
As before, this workshop will focus on epitaxy and related fundamental processes in MOVPE (and other close enough epitaxial techniques). Motivation being to stimulate debate in the community about the physical processes’ unknowns which need deeper understanding to advance our research field(s).
In this sense the workshop aims to be a hardcore epitaxial forum, merging growth, theory and characterization, and focusing more on “why something is possible” than on the devices that are made possible, which remain, unquestionably, a strong motivating avenue.

The workshop will maintain the original structure, and will be structured with approximately 20 invited talks delivered by senior researchers and experts, including young rising researchers, over two days. The aim is to have an informal but vibrant discussion forum, capable of stimulating ideas and dialogue between experts in the field, concentrating on the specifics of the “science” and less on the application overview aspects.  For full details see Programme FAME II.

There are no fees associated to this event. The organizing committee will arrange and cover lunches, coffee breaks and social events (workshop dinner), but will not be in the position to cover accommodation and travel.
The workshop will take place in the meeting room of: https://www.tue.nl/en/our-university/tue-campus/buildings/ceres

This is a link to the exact location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/W62PNyc3WtLrWrf3A

Invited Speakers (others to be confirmed)

Laetitia Vincent, Paris Saclay
Daniele Lanzoni, Bicocca
Michael Nolan, Tyndall
Camille Barbier, Tyndall
Julien Bosch, CEA
Akanksha Kapoor, TU/e
Bernardette Kunert, IMEC
Stefano Sanguinetti, University of Milano
Elizaveta Semenova, DTU
Magnus Borgstrom, Lund Univeristy
Dan Buca, Juelich
Ernesto Joselevich, Weizmann
Elisa Sala, University of Sheffield
Tim Wernicke, TU Berlin
Heinz Schmid, IBM Zurich

To register your seat (coming soon)

Schedule (coming soon)

The organising committee members are:
Erik Bakkers, Emanuele Pelucchi, Peter Parbrook, Christophe Durand, Francesco Montalenti, Michael Jetter




Frank Peters receives SFI Industry Partnership Award 2023

We are delighted to congratulate our colleague Prof. Frank Peters on receipt of SFI Industry Partnership Award 2023.  This is in recognition of his work with IPIC in partnership with Rockley Photonics, University College Cork & Tyndall National Institute. Frank has been working  in photonic research for over 30 years, he has filed over 80 patents. He has been part of three start-ups including, most recently, Rockley Photonics and the creation of the Irish research division of Rockley.  On the award Frank responded “I am delighted to receive the SFI Industry Partnership Award. None of this would have been possible without the outstanding IPIC team at Tyndall, who provided the support, encouragement and hard work required to enable the research and development projects – thank you to David McGovern, Patrick Morrissey, Ann Heffernan, Anna Kaar, Paul Townsend (IPIC), and Anthony Morrissey (UCC Innovation). Thanks to Rockley Photonics and the wonderful research partnership with them. I am also thankful to the School of Physics, and SEFS for providing the flexibility to let me spend extended time working with industry.” 


IPIC All Centre Day – The Power of Open Networks

Recently IPIC gathered members from across all institutions; Tyndall National Institute, Munster Technological University, Dublin City University, National University of Ireland Galway, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork and University of Limerick.  We workshopped the following topics: –

  • Research Integrity
  • Education and Public Engagement
  • Entrepreneurship / critical thinking
  • Career Development
  • Teamwork – the power of open networks

We had 120 staff and students in attendance, working together on the above topics assessing where we are with these, identifying any gaps and planning for how we grow and evolve moving forward in addressing today and tomorrow’s grand societal challenges.  We also had time for a poster session, networking and opportunity to meet new faces and those we had only met on screen due to the past years of covid.  The day was a great success.  As a centre we have achieved a lot, but still a lot more to do.

For further information reach out to the team at info@ipic.ie


Paper in top 3 IEEE Photonics Technology

Paper III-V-on-Si DFB Laser With Co-Integrated Power Amplifier Realized Using Micro-Transfer Printing published by IEEE is currently in the top 3 downloaded in IEEE Photonics Technology letters this year.   This work was supported in part by both the European Union and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).   Credit goes to a number of Researchers, including IPIC’s own Brian Corbett and Emanuele Pelucchi.  Follow this link to read the paper.


FAME – First International Workshop on Fundamentals and Advances of MOVPE processes

The first edition of FAME (2023) – First International Workshop on Fundamentals and Advances of MOVPE processes will be held in Cork (Ireland) on July the 13-14th 2023.

For the epitaxy community this workshop will focus on the fundamental processes in MOVPE (and other close enough epitaxial techniques). Motivation being to stimulate debate in the community about the physical processes’ unknowns which need deeper understanding to advance our research field(s).   In this sense the workshop aims to be a hardcore epitaxial forum, merging growth, theory and characterization, and focusing more on “why something is possible” than on the devices that are made possible, which remain, unquestionably, a strong motivating avenue.
The workshop will be structured with approximately 20 invited talks delivered by senior researchers and experts over two days. The aim is to have an informal but vibrant discussion forum, capable of stimulating ideas and dialogue between experts in the field, concentrating on the specifics of the “science” and less on the application overview aspects.
There are no fees associated to this event. The organizing committee will arrange and cover lunches, coffee breaks and social events (workshop dinner), but will not be in the position to cover accommodation and travel.

Invited Speakers

1 Christophe Durand – CEA
2 Andre Strittmatter – Magdeburg University
3 Dimitri Vvedensky – Imperial College
4 Erik Bakkers – Eindhoven Tech. Univ.
5 Menno Kappers – Cambridge University
6 Bernardette Kunert – IMEC
7 Michael Jetter – Stuttgart Univ.
8 Heinz Schmid – IBM Zurich
9 Arnab Bhattacharya – Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
10 Emanuele Pelucchi – Tyndall National Institute
11 Lucia Sorba – CNR Pisa
12 Elisa M Sala – Sheffield University
13 Elizaveta Semenova – Technical University of Denmark
14 Peter Parbrook – Tyndall/UCC
15 Francesco Montalenti – University of Milano-Bicocca
16 Laetitia Vincent – University Paris-Saclay
17 Blandine Alloing – CNRS-CRHEA Valbonne
18 Hannah J. Joyce – Cambridge University
19 Michael Nolan – Tyndall National Institute
20 Wouter Peeters – Eindhoven Tech. Univ.
21 Pietro Pampili – Tyndall National Institute

To register your seat please follow this link

For schedule see FAME_Programme_final

The organising committee are:
Emanuele Pelucchi, Peter Parbrook, Michael Jetter, Erik Bakkers, Christophe Durand


IPIC attend Photonics West 2023

IPIC host the Photonics Ireland Pavilion at the SPIE BiOS and Photonics West conference & exhibition 2023. This event is attracting thousands of attendees keen to engage with industry partners and technologists, with over 1100 exhibiting companies.   You will find Photonics Ireland Pavillion at booth 4645.  We have a strong representation from Ireland across Tyndall, IPIC and industry colleagues from BioPixS; Eblana Photonics; mBryonics; Pilot Photonics; X-Celeprint and iSLight.

Many of our colleagues have also presented papers at the conference, below are members of the Biophotonics team.

Please reach out if you’d like any further information info@ipic.ie 


Explorer Pre-Accelerator Programme now accepting applications for 2023

We are happy to announce that the Explorer Pre-Accelerator Programme is now accepting applications for 2023!

Explorer 2023 has been launched as a collaboration between the Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC) with Tyndall, international high-tech photonics ams OSRAM, Confirm SFI Research Centre for Smart Manufacturing, CONNECT Centre and with support from Atlantic Bridge, Intel Corporation, IPCEI, MIDAS Ireland, NovaUCD and Science Foundation Ireland.

We are looking for impressive ideas at an early stage that seek to make a real difference and address the societal and environmental changes that we face today. Up to 8 ideas will be selected to participate on fifteen half-day workshop sessions, culminating in a programme showcase.

Applications close on January 23rd.

Find out more: https://www.tyndall.ie/explorer


Photonics100: listed IPIC’s Prof Liam Barry and Dr Frank Smyth of Pilot Photonics

Electro-Optics Magazine recently launched the inaugural Photonics100 list of the most innovative people in Photonics, we are delighted to see Prof. Liam Barry from IPIC@DCU and Dr. Frank Smyth from Pilot Photonics, an IPIC Industry Partner included in the list. This listing honours those that are the driving force behind the evolution of photonics technologies.

The team in DCU has been developing innovative comb laser technologies for almost two decades. These technologies played a key role in the formation of Pilot Photonics in 2011 and the company has now developed miniaturized comb lasers based on photonic integration that it is using to target high growth, mass markets. “Our journey towards the photonic integration of our technology started through a series of meetings and early projects with IPIC researchers back in 2014. Unlike most comb lasers our technology is well suited to monolithic photonic integration which means that single-chip PICs enhanced with comb laser capabilities can be mass produced at wafer scale today. This opens up large opportunities in the telecoms, satellite comms, and aerospace markets.” commented Dr. Smyth, CTO at Pilot Photonics.

The research teams in DCU and Pilot continue to innovate collaboratively in the comb laser space and are now focused on energy efficient data centres and satellite communication technologies through an IPIC targeted project, a Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund project, and an EU Training Network Programme.

Commenting on the inaugural Photonics100 list, Prof. Barry from IPIC@DCU noted that “the inclusion of Irish based researchers is clear evidence of the innovative work being carried out in Photonics in Ireland, and puts the country in a strong position to benefit both socially and economically from the growth in the photonics sector over the coming decades”.

Useful links:

Dr Frank Smith and Pilot Photonics

Prof Liam Barry

Electro Optics



IPIC research aligns to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

IPIC’s, David McGovern (SDG Champion) has been working with our Researchers to assist in mapping our research to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.   The 17 goals are a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015.   IPIC research is currently impacting goals SDG 3-Good Health & Well-being; SDG7-Affordable & Clean Energy and SDG 9-Industry Innovation & Infrastructure.   There is also good progress being made to tackle SDG6-Clean Water & Sanitation; SDG12-Responsible Consumption & Production and SDG8-Decent Work & Economic Growth.

To discover more, see UCC’s activities here and the UN’s site here.

Should you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out to us at info@ipic.ie


Funding success in Europe for early stage researchers in Tyndall

IPIC, is pleased to announce the participation of two of its early stage researchers in 2 newly started Horizon Europe projects. The Lolipop project with Tyndall lead Dr Padraic Morrissey from the Photonics Packaging group will deal with the integration of Lithium Niobate (LiNB) on Insulator (LNoI) and Silicon Nitride as a hybrid but disruptive platform, to take advantage of the excellent electro-optical properties of LiNb. This disruptive platform will offer the highest integration, modulation and second order nonlinear performance in the entire spectrum from 400 up to 1600 nm, based on the combination of the LNOI and the silicon-nitride technology. As the global market of bulk LN modulators is huge, significant impact can be expected due to the integration of the two complementary material systems.

Dr Morrissey commented “Our main role is in the design and optimization of micro transfer printing for the transfer of LNOI films onto a TriPlex platform, which will enable a dramatic miniaturization of the device footprint”

The Lolipop project is coordinated by the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems in Greece and runs from September 2022 to February 2026.

The Phormic project, with leads Dr Padraic Morrissey from the Photonics Packaging group and Dr Cleitus Antony from the Photonic Systems Group, will establish a European platform for next-generation programmable photonic chips with a low adoption threshold for product developers in diverse application domains. e.g. in data center communication, sensing and mm-wave wireless beamforming.

Dr Antony stated, “Control electronics is an essential part of the architecture to realise a multipurpose photonic processor. We will develop the electronic interface and digital control circuits to tune hundreds of programmable photonic elements on a single chip.”

The project is coordinated by IMEC in Belgium and runs from October 2022 to March 2026. The proposed multipurpose programmable photonic processors will accelerate photonic prototyping, will be cost-effective for low-volume products, and will provide a low-barrier entry point for photonics innovators, including SMEs. The platform will provide opportunities for the integration of on-chip tuneable lasers with large spectral coverage, increased functionality of photonic circuits, due to lower power consumption and therefore enable the adoption and innovation of research-oriented photonic chips. This acceleration of development could have a significant impact on the use of photonics across European industry, including reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions thanks to e.g. fibre-optic links and environmental and industrial sensors. Both groups have received over 1M€ in total funding to fulfil their roles in these projects.

Martin O’Connell, Head of EU Programmes in IPIC, welcomed the award stating “The participation of both Drs Morrissey and Antony is testament to our efforts in developing the next generation of future research leaders and is thus aligned with our Tyndall 2025 strategy”


UCC scientist becomes first Irish person to win major US physics award

A warm congratulations to our esteemed colleague Prof Séamus Davis for his fantastic achievement of becoming the first Irish recipient of the prestigious Buckley Physics Prize for his work in the field of quantum physics, to read more follow this link to UCC article. You can listen to Prof Davis on our episode “Quantum Worlds” as part of our IPIC Podcast series “A Little Light Listening”.  There you will also find other episodes covering the exciting world of photonics.


Rockley Photonics Unveils Next-Generation, Higher-Density Laser Spectrophotometer Chip for Wearable Health Monitoring

IPIC Industry partner, Rockley Photonics, have gone live with the below Press Release sharing details of their development of what is believed to be the world’s first micro-transfer-printed (mTP) silicon-photonics-based laser for commercial applications.’   Aaron Zilkie (CTO Rockley Photonics) commented on some particular fruits of engagement with IPIC referencing the ‘development of mTP lasers, work which started with Brian Corbett’s groupand the pitch shrink – innovation from Frank Peters, which impacts miniaturizing the size of and increasing the density of our laser arrays.’

This groundbreaking achievement is expected to allow Rockley to further increase the density and reduce the size of its high-density spectrophotometer chips — which are already the world’s smallest for broadband infrared wavelength laser spectrometry (covering 1000 nanometers of spectrum) and are smaller in area than LEDbased solutions currently used in wearables.

This advancement could potentially have a significant impact across a wide range of applications, including the design of exceptionally small wearable devices for the detection and measurement of multiple biomarkers. New silicon-photonics-based biosensing chips using mTP technology are expected to be available in the first half of 2024. The new chip technology should have no impact on the upcoming launch of Rockley’s Bioptx™ biosensing band nor on any current-generation products that Rockley and its customers are developing.

With this breakthrough in the mTP of silicon-photonics-based lasers, Rockley has dramatically increased the laser density of its photonics integrated circuits (PICs) for biosensing, creating what it believes to be the world’s highest-density broad-wavelength laser spectrophotometer chip, surpassing its own previous achievements. Moreover, the mTP process is expected to reduce  manufacturing costs and enable thinner, smaller footprint and higher-density chip designs. These attributes are powerful benefits for use in consumer and medtech devices and could facilitate the integration of Rockley’s biosensing technology into future tiny wearables.

Leveraging the mTP process, the new PIC technology will integrate a laser-generating “membrane” with a thickness of only 4 microns. The potential applications for this higherdensity and smaller-footprint chip technology extend beyond biosensing and health monitoring into other areas, such as ultra-small wearables, clothing, or XR/VR/AR headsets and glasses.

This mTP breakthrough is the direct result of Rockley’s multi-year partnership with the Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork in Ireland, X-Celeprint Limited, and the Irish Photonics Integration Centre (IPIC), with funding support from the Irish government’s Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF). The project started five years ago with a focus on developing a custom mTP process for Rockley’s silicon photonics platform and has involved a multidisciplinary team of world-class engineers and researchers. This technology, along with many other Rockley innovations, is backed by a robust multidisciplinary patent portfolio of over 200 issued patents and 295 pending patents in total.’

“Applying the micro-transfer printing process to the production of integrated lasers is a huge breakthrough that we believe will have a tremendous impact on wearable biosensing and on the photonics industry as a whole,” said Dr. Andrew Rickman, chairman and chief executive officer of Rockley. “We arguably have some of the most sophisticated photonics technology in the world, and this unprecedented level of miniaturization raises the bar even further. By creating biosensing chips that are smaller, lower-cost, and more efficient, we can continually improve our wearable biosensing products and deliver novel, relevant, and more powerful ways to monitor our health.”

“I believe that this next-gen, heterogeneous integration platform will lead to several significant technological advancements, including higher densities of lasers, increasingly smaller chip sizes, and ultra-high-volume manufacturing,” said Aaron Zilkie, chief technology officer of photonics at Rockley. “The team has been working on this project for years, and we are extremely excited to have reached this important milestone. We are grateful for the close collaboration we’ve had with our research partners and for the funding support from the Irish government and its Science Foundation Ireland and Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund.”

For further information on Rockley Photonics see rockleyphotonics.com


IPIC Industry Event – Photonics 4 Disruptive Innovation

IPIC’s Annual Industry Workshop 2022 was held at UCC’s, Devere Hall, on Thursday, 19th May 2022. Along with welcoming colleagues from academic centres across Ireland, we welcomed many of our industry collaborators to share details of our ongoing research projects, meet PhD and Postdoc poster presenters, and hear about our emerging start-up opportunities.

During the mainstage presentations we heard from Dr. Helen McBreen (IPIC Governance Committee Chair and Partner Atlantic Bridge) on the outcome of IPIC’s SFI review in late 2021. In summary a lot achieved, with the reviewers commenting that IPIC’s impact for Ireland as being ‘outstanding’ and also reflecting positively on IPIC’s Education & Public Engagement programme, encouraging further growth and expansion of the activities. The audience heard from Prof. Paul Townsend, IPIC’s Centre Director on the Centre’s forward momentum, which was followed by updates from Prof. Louise Bradley (Trinity College Dublin) on the new Catalyst Theme – Nanophotonics, and from Paul on the Catalyst Theme – Quantum, which will be led by Dr. Emanuele Pelucchi. We heard from Emerge@IPIC awardees, Xing Ouyang on ChirpComm and Zhi Li on Monolithic Integration Based on Pyramidal InGaN Micro-LEDs for AR/VR Displays. A call for applications to 2022 Emerge@IPIC was opened, with a closing date 19th August 2022, any queries should be addressed to Dr. Patrick Morrissey, IPIC Operations Manager.
Dr. Carl Jackson (Entrepreneur) shared with us his journey from Tyndall labs to start-up formation and exit, and how to learn from all experiences, successes and challenges, within the tech innovation space. We heard from Explorer programme 2022 participants, Lorenzo Niemitz on his project Medguide, and Celina L. Li on her project OTMD and experience on the programme.

The event was closed with awards for Best Publications, Impact, EPE and Best Posters.

After 2 years of mostly remote connections, it was great to meet colleagues and friends in-person, we look forward to many more in-person events.


National Broadband Ireland – Imagine the Future competition

IPIC’s Paul Townsend is delighted to meet with young artistic minds in participating on a panel of judges (along with RTE’s Ryan Tubridy) in assessing primary school children’s creative responses to National Broadband Ireland’s (NBI) competition ‘Imagine the Future’.   The students interpretation can be via a piece of sculpture, a photo, a painting, a song, a short movie or even a dance!   The concept is asking the children to think about how they see us living our lives in the future, how they see transport, school, community, hospitals, etc. evolving.

Paul Townsend leads our Optical Communications Theme of 30 researchers, if you would like to know more please contact us at info@ipic.ie

If you would like to know more about this and other NBI competitions, please click here.


World Quantum Day 2022

Today, we are delighted to join quantum scientists from all over the world, to celebrate World Quantum Day.

Building on the success of last year’s event, this year we are delighted to share our podcast A Little Light Listening, hosted by Dr David McGovern, IPIC’s Senior Business Development Manager. This special episode dedicated to Quantum Worlds will delve into quantum technologies, their impact on our future and the quantum landscape in Ireland.

David will host the following special guests:

Prof. Seamus Davis, Professor of Quantum Physics, University College Cork, Oxford University & Cornell University
Prof. Elena Blokhina, Associate Professor, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University College Dublin
Dr Emanuele Pelucchi, Head of Epitaxy and Physics of Nanostructures (EPN) Group, IPIC and Tyndall National Institute-UCC

Listen to the podcast here.

World Quantum Day aims to promote the public understanding of Quantum Science and Technology.


independent.ie ‘Ireland’s photonics industry continues to grow at pace’

On 3rd April, Anna-Marie Turley of Enterprise Ireland reported on independent.ie detailing how Ireland’s photonics industry is developing vital technology innovations, in areas of robotics, high speed broadband and technologies in the health-tech space, thus positioning photonics as a vital part of our lives now and into the future.

She comments “Globally, photonics is a critically important sector and an area in which Irish companies and educational institutions continue to thrive.

From playing a pivotal role in AI and security, the role of photonics in our daily lives will become increasingly pronounced.

With the right environment and supports in place, Irish-based companies delivering innovative solutions in this space are perfectly positioned to become market leaders, and Enterprise Ireland is proud to support them.”

Anna-Marie is the department manager for Retail, Consumer and Online at Enterprise Ireland.

To view this news piece in full follow this link.

04.04.2022 - 20.05.2022

Photonics 4 Disruptive Innovation

This workshop, taking place in-person in Cork on Thursday, 19th May, will present the latest disruptive developments in photonics research, industrial collaborations, new ventures and training. It is organised by the Irish Photonics Integration Centre at Tyndall National Institute, in collaboration with Photonics Ireland.

The workshop will include a networking lunch and a presentation session followed by a networking/poster session, where our researchers and engineers will share the latest breakthroughs and emerging market opportunities.

Applications areas will include displays, marine, MedTech, optical communications, sensing, as well as many others.

For more details please contact info@ipic.ie


DCU spin-out, Pilot Photonics raise funding of €1.8m

Congratulations to DCU spinout Pilot Photonics, on successfully raising €1.8m funding. This success is built on the commitment and collaboration of research teams within Dublin City University, Tyndall and the Irish Photonic Integration Centre.

The Irish Times have reported, Pilot Photonics’ ‘novel “comb laser” technology, using its patented “gain switching” technique allows for the generation and manipulation of waves of light with exceptional precision and the creation of multiple lasers from a single device. Combining this with a semiconductor processing known as photonic integration, means Pilot’s devices are suitable for mass production and offer performance, size, cost, power, and stability advantages over traditional single wavelength lasers. The technology has multiple applications across the communications, energy, and aerospace sectors globally’.

For more details on this success, please click here to access Irish Times article.


IPIC and Raydiant Oximetry move closer in realising product to market

IPIC’s collaboration with Raydiant Oximetry is moving closer to the development of a non-invasive technology that will monitor fetal oxygen levels in real-time, for use during childbirth.   This technology will elicit greater information around whether or not a caesarian section is warranted.   Raydiant Oximetry and IPIC are working closely to expedite the delivery of this tech into clinician’s hands and critically into women’s experience of childbirth.

We are very proud of this partnership.   Raydiant Oximetry, CEO Dr. Neil Ray, a pediatric anesthesiologist, has commented on IPIC “They understood the timelines and were able to complete our first proposal within three months. Institutions in the U.S. were saying a year to complete that proposal.” and “In terms of cost, (Tyndall was) able to co-fund the cost of the initial proposal through its hosted centre, the Irish Photonics Integration Centre (IPIC), funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).   If you would like to read more, please click here.


Brillanté Photonics have announced the development of their super luminescent blue LED (SLED) device.

Congratulations to Brillanté Photonics who have launched their patented super luminescent blue LED (SLED) device. Brillianté confirm  these devices are  “super bright, narrowband, speckle free, small etendue illumination source“.   We wish the team continued growth and success.

10.12.2021 - 31.01.2022

Summer Internships 2022 – IPIC, Tyndall, MCCI & IERC

**Deadline for Applications is Monday January 31st**

This internship will allow you to work with renowned researchers at Tyndall National Institute, IPIC the SFI Centre for Photonics, MCCI and IERC.

Interns will be given access to world-class research environments, and also the opportunity to learn from award-winning scientists and researchers who are at the cutting edge of deep-tech research.

To support you during the programme and to give you a truly immersive experience, interns will be partnered up with a senior researcher that’s relevant to their chosen research area. They will receive a generous bursary while undertaking a 12-week research project complemented by a workshop series and learn about research commercialisation, communication and more.

The internship programme has been designed in a flexible manner for blended working that accommodates online remote learning as well as supervised lab access for each intern.

To be considered for an internship, students need to be enrolled as an undergraduate student in a Republic of Ireland based university or institute of technology from all STEM fields.

25 summer bursaries for the 2022 programme are available. Applications are now open, to find out more, apply today online.

View the programme’s Data Protection Notice here.

Discover more about the research areas the programme will offer at the Open Evening event which will be announced soon.


Brian Corbett awarded Institute of Physics, Katharine Burr Blodgett Medal & Prize, 2021

Brian Corbett, world-leading researcher from IPIC and Tyndall National Institute, has been awarded the 2021 Institute of Physics Katharine Burr Blodgett Medal and Prize.

The gold medal has been awarded for his identification and creation of breakthrough innovative photonic device technology solutions that have driven the development and growth of several startups, and major innovations by multinational companies.

On awarding the prize, the Institute of Physics (IOP) said: “Brian Corbett has raised visibility of Ireland’s high impact technology ability significantly on the world stage. He is an outstanding recipient for the Katharine Burr Blodgett Medal and Prize.

Brian Corbett has always demonstrated leadership in innovation and technology. He invented the technology that enabled the establishment of Eblana Photonics (2001) to commercialise a scalable laser manufacturing technology which drives down the cost of high-performance, single-wavelength lasers for diverse mass market applications. His work helped launch Firecomms, the first ever Irish startup to be acquired by a Chinese Corporation (ZJF). The acquisition included a €5 million investment in Firecomms’ engineering team in Cork, resulting in the growth of the team to ~30 today. He was also key to attracting X-Celeprint to establish their global headquarters in Tyndall in 2013, with X-Celeprint’s CEO accrediting the decision to the capabilities and vision of Corbett and his team. The company is developing and licensing patented Micro-Transfer-Print technology – a cost-effective and scalable manufacturing process for integrating microscale photonic devices onto silicon-based structures.

Not only is his work with startups and SMEs critical to the development of the Irish entrepreneurial and enterprise ecosystem, his partnerships with multinational companies have ensured enduring and fruitful relationships with companies such as Intel (as recognised by their 2013 Outstanding Researcher Award) and Seagate. Through his leadership and vision, more companies will spin out and grow – one is currently targeted on superluminescent LEDs.

On receiving his 2021 IOP award, Brian Corbett said: “I am truly honoured to receive this recognition and humbled to join all the previous prestigious winners of the IOP Katharine Burr Blodgett Medal and Prize, which recognises contribution to the application of physics in an industrial and commercial context.”

The team here at IPIC are really proud and send many congratulations to Brian on his great work!



Industry Engagement Impact Award

One of IPIC, University College Cork (UCC) and Tyndall National Institute’s most successful collaboration projects has won Knowledge Transfer Ireland’s prestigious 2021 Industry Engagement Impact Award.

KTI’s annual Impact Awards recognise significant achievements in the commercialisation of publicly funded research nationwide and engagement with research systems across the third level and other similar State research institutions.

In particular, the awards acknowledge and celebrate the Innovation Offices / Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs) and their staff on-the-ground who make this knowledge transfer and commercialisation happen. Key factors include scientific advance, commercial impact, and the role of TTOs in managing deal flow and driving technology transfer and licensing.

The winner of this year’s Industry Engagement Impact Award is a collaboration between Rockley Photonics – a leading global supplier of integrated optical chips and modules – and IPIC, the SFI Research Centre for Photonics in Tyndall at UCC.

Regarded as one of UCC’s most successful industry collaborations, the engagement has resulted in 11 commercial licences being signed in 2021. It also led to the establishment of Rockley Photonics Ireland in Cork, a venture which grew to 10 employees in 2021.

Rockley Photonics CEO Dr Andrew Rickman confirmed Rockley are “committed to continued growth and investment in Cork due to the collaboration with IPIC”

IPIC Centre Manager Dr Patrick Morrissey commented: “Investment in research helps us address today’s grand challenges, such as climate change and the health & well-being of citizens, while also creating opportunity for economic growth. Our partnership with Rockley is an example of this, where we are developing and deploying leading edge technologies, and Ireland is at the centre of this technology revolution.”

The win has been welcomed by Professor John Cryan, Vice-President of Research and Innovation, at UCC, who said: “This collaboration between Tyndall and Rockley Photonics showcases how industry engagement is at the heart of innovation at UCC, and how we take leading-edge research from UCC labs to the market through industry partnerships. I congratulate the teams involved in both UCC and Rockley for creating impact from their research.”

Dr Anthony Morrissey of UCC’s TTO added: “This award is a recognition of UCC Innovation’s commitment to supporting UCC and Tyndall researchers with their industry engagements, and to enabling the delivery of impact from excellent science. Rockley continue to be an excellent industry partner for our photonics researchers at IPIC.”

Dr Sally Cudmore, Interim Director of Innovation, UCC, said: “I am delighted that the project from Tyndall and Rockley Photonics has won the KTI Industry Engagement award. This one of UCC’s most successful and enduring industry engagements in terms of technology transfer. UCC Innovation has been part of the successful partnership by enabling the flow of ideas, IP and impact from the IPIC team to Rockley over the last 4 years. This award recognises the hard work of the research and management teams in Tyndall, IPIC, Rockley and UCC Innovation and I would like to thank all involved.”



Cork Science Festival

Cork Science Festival, Science for Everyone took place 6-14th November.  This year’s festival was an online program of free public engagement events, open days, science tours, talks, exhibitions, shows, workshops and school events.   IPIC were delighted to participate and engage with members of the public curious about science.   In particular, IPIC’s EPE Officer, Dr Caitriona Tyndall along with Conal Murphy, PhD student, delivered an online workshop on creating your own spectroscope to children at Togher National School, Dunmanway.   The children had a lot of fun learning about the science of light, discussing rainbows, visible and invisible light spectrums, etc.   If you’d like to see more around this event with the school, please click here.


OPTICA selects 12 Entrepreneurs to Watch, meet IPIC’s, Dr. Sanathana Konugolu Venkata Sekar

OPTICA (Optics and Photonics News) has just revealed their 12 entrepreneurs to watch, including SFI Research Centre for Photonics, IPIC’s Dr Sanathana Konugolu Venkata Sekar, who has co-founded BioPixS (est. 2020, an IPIC, Tyndall, UCC Innovation spinout).  BioPixS’ core product delivers a range of phantoms (stand-ins for human tissues) that simulate the interaction of light with tissue, reducing time and cost to develop high-tech biomedical devices. BioPixS’ phantoms also target the reduction of animal use in preclinical trials, providing parallel alternatives.

Dr. Konugolu Venkata Sekar explains “These phantoms serve a pressing need for validation of clinical methodologies, characterisations, calibration of instruments, and standardisation of protocols and lifetime surveillance of clinical devices. Our mission is to be a one-stop solution for all biophotonics standardisation needs. BioPixS will spur innovation and fast track the next generation of biomedical tools.” For more on BioPixS, follow this link.

BioPixS is part of European projects VASCOVID https://vascovid.icfo.eu/ and TinyBrains https://tinybrains.eu/, fasting tracking biomedical device development to market.

Sanathana is currently a Senior Researcher and Biomedical Theme Coordinator at IPIC Biophotonics@Tyndall. His current research work includes the development of next generation microcamera based in body diagnostic/surgical guidance tools, upconverting nanoparticle for deep tissue imaging and immuno-histopathology, GASMAS for neonatal lung monitoring, next generation time of flight spectroscopy for wearable applications.

For further information on OPTICA’s Entrepreneurs to Watch, click here.



21.09.2021 - 11.11.2021

IONS Ireland 2021

(l to r) Alesandra Carmichael Martins, UCD & Andrea Liliana Pacheco Tobo, Tyndall UCC

IONS Ireland 2021 is scheduled to take place virtually 9-11 November, hosted by Student Chapters at IPIC, Tyndall, UCC and UCD. IONS Ireland (International OSA Network of Students) aims to offer an interactive learning experience for optics and photonics students at all levels; including those interested in pursuing such studies.

Some conference highlights:
Students have an opportunity to present their research to peers.
Technical sessions: Tissue Imaging and Applied Spectroscopy; Optical Communications; Integrated Photonics and Optoelectronics; Vision and Applications of Visual Science.
Professional development training, including the exploration of career development opportunities.
Opportunity to engage with leading researchers in the field.

Conference registration is now free! Please click on this link to register.

There are lots of opportunities to network and learn, including OSA Chapter Special: The Wonderful World of Optics, post-conference (in-person) networking event (with travel grants for best poster/presenter), etc.

For further information on the event please visit IONS Ireland 2021


10th International Graduate summer School: Biophotonics ’22

10th International Graduate summer school Biophotonics ’22 will take place from 11 – 18 June 2022.


The purpose of the International Graduate summer school Biophotonics is to provide education for students at the highest international level within the area of optical biosensing led by renowned lecturers from around the world.

Optical biosensing based on optical methods and instruments using light interacting with tissue have emerged as powerful techniques for bio-medical diagnostics, monitoring wide spectra of tissue function and pathology together with therapy. In addition, optical biosensing in conjunction with microfluidics plays a major role in the field of biophotonics and biomedical optics.

The educational programme is held in an international atmosphere enhancing exchange of scientific ideas and technological advances within the fields of biomedical optics and closely related areas.

For more information please see https://www.biop.dk/.


PhotonHub European Photonics Academy

PhotonHub is a New European Academy to boost the skills and know-how of industry in exploiting opportunities in the €615B global photonics sector.


A programme to train thousands of industry workers in the adoption and development of innovative photonics-based solutions to some of society’s biggest challenges, from environmental sustainability to healthy living and smart infrastructure, has been established by a consortium of over 50 of Europe’s top photonics competence centers.

The European Photonics Academy will offer training courses beyond the lecture room with a strong focus on hands-on training. Course attendees will gain real-world experience using state-of-the-art design, manufacturing, test equipment and facilities. The academy’s training centers will offer unique courses across a wide range of photonics technology platforms and application domains. The academy will initially run for four years with the clear intention of becoming a sustainable long-term support to European industry.

Interest in photonics is booming, with the global photonics market estimated to be worth €615B in 2020 and recent research showing that the European photonics market is growing at more than double the rate of global GDP. However, gaining access to the cutting-edge technical know-how and the hands-on skills required to utilize photonics technologies remains difficult for many companies, especially small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The academy, launched by PhotonHub Europe, the full-service one-stop-shop Photonics Innovation Hub funded by the European Commission, will make it easy for SMEs in particular to fully exploit this critical enabling technology for their own innovation activities.

“For the first time the European Photonics Academy means that SMEs have a one-stop-shop to pick and choose from a large menu of training options, making it easy to get the exact training course suited to their needs. Companies can be assured that their employees are getting top quality training from best-in-class facilities since quality assurance is overseen by PhotonHub,” said Prof Peter O’Brien of the UCC Tyndall Institute in Ireland, who leads training support services at the academy. “We expect to support 6,000 European companies with training over the next four years, each sending several employees on one or more of our courses, with several hundred companies immediately taking up photonics technologies in their applications and product manufacturing as early adopters. As a result, we believe the academy will be a massive catalyst for the take-up of photonics by European companies.”

Photonics involves the generation, manipulation and detection of light and is a key enabling digital technology that underpins many existing and emerging applications. Over the next decade photonics will make a significant impact to our everyday lives – transforming industries, tackling critical issues such as climate change, and improving societies across Europe. Some current applications include:

· Agriculture (scanning technology and infrared imaging to monitor food production and quality, and sensor systems for planting and irrigation)

· Green Energy Sources (LED lighting and Photovoltaic devices used for solar electric panels)

· Information Communications Technology (optics for data storage, transmission across fibre-optic networks and displays)

· Life Sciences (testing and analysis devices such as non-invasive glucose monitors and point-of-care and wearable diagnostics)

· Medical Technology (lasers for surgery, photodynamic therapy, smart surgical instruments).

Europe is a global leader in the development of photonics technologies, with much of this innovation generated through research funded by the European Commission. The new academy will allow European workforces access to state-of-the-art photonics technologies and advanced methods of photonics manufacturing through structured training and education. To-date, 40 training centres across Europe have been selected for funding, with 10 more to be announced later this year. Critically all regions of Europe will have access to training, including those with little or no expertise in photonics, with centres as far apart as Ireland, Spain, Finland and Greece.

Three types of training courses are available:

· Online Training, geared towards new entrants to the photonics sector providing a half-day introduction to photonics and an overview of the key enabling power of photonics technologies for wide-ranging applications.

· Demo Centres, offering one-day training courses on-site with a focus on particular photonics technology applications.

· Experience Centres, offering in-depth three-day or five-day training courses with a strong focus on lab-based activities and hands-on working using state-of-the-art equipment and application demonstrator tools.

People wishing to attend any of the Online Training, or either of the Demo or Experience Centre training courses, can browse the training catalogue via the PhotonHub website (https://www.photonhub.eu/our-services/) and register for the particular course of interest to them.

Further details about PhotonHub’s extensive Online Training, and Demo and Experience Centre training courses, can be found in the link here.