IPIC brings together more than 150 researchers from four institutes to develop new light-enabled technologies. 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.
IPIC’s integrated research team has competencies in the theory of novel light-emitting materials 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 of prototypes.
IPIC’s grand challenge is to advance and miniaturise photonic integration science and technology to produce breakthrough micro- and nanoscale optoelectronic systems, increasing device functionality, performance and energy efficiency. The Centre will achieve this through its dedicated research programmes in Optical Communications and Biophotonics. These include:
IPIC programmes are supported and enabled by their key technologies:
Targeting the ICT, medical devices and industrial technology sectors, IPIC is working with 25 industry partners to develop solutions tailored to their needs. Some 80 percent of IPIC’s activity is focused on technology readiness levels 2 to 5, that is concept formulation to validation of prototypes in the relevant environment.
|British Telecom||InfiniLED||Radisens Diagnostics|
|Compact Imaging Ltd||Intel||Seagate|
|Eblana||Lake Region Medical||Synergia Medical|
|Epi-Light Ltd||Luxcel Biosciences||Stryker|
IPIC, in collaboration with Science Foundation Ireland, is involved in many local and national events and initiatives, including Smart Futures and the BT Young Scientist Exhibition. IPIC is dedicated to training highly skilled scientists and engineers for industry, to support the next generation of scientists. The IPIC team is dedicated to showcasing the breadth and depth of career opportunities in STEM to students at all levels. Programmes include:
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Prof Paul Townsend - Centre Director
Paul Townsend is Research Professor in the Department of Physics at University College Cork. He is also an Honorary Professor in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. Professor Townsend is widely recognised as one of the founders of the field of experimental quantum key distribution (QKD). The main focus of his current research is next-generation fibre to home networks. He has written more than 170 peer-reviewed publications, including 40 invited papers, and holds numerous granted and pending patents.
Dr Peter O’Brien - Deputy Director
Dr Patrick Morrissey - Centre Manager
Aoife O’Brien - EU Grant and Communications Manager
Dr David McGovern - Programm Manager
Dr Sinéad Ryan - Education and Public Engagement Officer
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