Prof. Paul Townsend
Centre Director
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IPIC - Irish Photonic Integration Centre - Cork

The Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC) brings together over 150 researchers from four institutes to develop new light-enabled technologies. Targeting the ICT, medical devices and industrial technology sectors, IPIC is working with 25 industry partners to develop the next generation of highly compact and miniaturised photonics devices. 

Photonics is the generation, manipulation and use of light. It is a key enabling technology that underpins the internet and drives growth in diverse industries such as the ICT and MedTech sectors, as well as industrial technology which includes both manufacturing and environmental monitoring. It is also an industry where Europe has significant global presence with 20% market share, equivalent to €60bn per annum, and with the global market expected to grow to over €600bn by 2020.

IPIC’s integrated research team has competencies in the theory of novel light emitting materials right through to the design of devices and systems. IPIC can accelerate transfer from laboratory to market by using its advanced fabrication and packaging capabilities to develop concepts and deliver low-volume manufacturing prototypes. IPIC’s facilities include modelling and design, materials growth, device fabrication, packaging, device characterisation and systems testing.

Research areas:

  • Enabling continued growth of the internet through faster, more energy-efficient devices
  • Delivering smart medical devices for improved treatment of disease
  • Developing highly compact instrumentation for point of care diagnostics
  • Developing systems for food and environment monitoring

Research performed by:

  • Tyndall National Institute
  • Cork Institute of Technology
  • Dublin City University
  • University College Cork

Funded by:

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