IPIC brings together more than 100 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 affects diverse industries such as medical devices, renewable energy, manufacturing and environmental monitoring.
With €30 million in funding, 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 micro- and nanoscale optoelectronic systems, which will increase device functionality, performance and energy efficiency. The centre will achieve this through programmes that will develop:
Targeting the ICT, medical devices and diagnostics sectors, IPIC is working with 20 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.
IPIC, in collaboration with Science Foundation Ireland, is Involved in many local and national events, including the “Celebrate Science” festival and the BT Young Scientist Exhibition. IPIC is dedicated to training highly skilled scientists and engineers for industry, with outreach and engagement beginning at the schools level through unique programmes such as:
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. Prof 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 Co-ordinator
Karen McCarthy - Outreach Officer
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