Coordinating Institute

The photonics research group of Ghent University, headed by Prof. R. Baets, is actively working on the design and fabrication of SOI and SiN-based photonic devices using standard lithographic techniques compatible with CMOS-processing. 50+ members of the group are working on the various application of silicon photonics ranging from information and communication technology to sensing and life sciences.

Abdul Rahim, Ph.DCoordinator ePIXfab


BRIGHT Photonics provides business and research with photonic IC (PIC) expertise. In case of product development customers profit from a reduced time to market by avoiding pitfalls and by selecting the right solutions for PIC and package. You want to design yourself? Then BRIGHT assists with state of the art specialised open source software solutions Nazca-Design, training and functional IP-blocks. Design validation maximises your chance of PIC success for any given foundry. Do you have a clean room? We help you implement a custom PDK. BRIGHT where you need it.

Ronald Broeke, Ph.D

Brolis Semiconductors develops novel long-wavelength infrared devices and systems for medical, sensing and defense applications. Company runs a state-of-the-art III-V MBE and laser diode facility and is actively engaged in developing beyond state-of-the-art hybrid GaSb/SOI photonic devices and systems for bio sensing applications in the spectral region beyond 2 microns.

Augustinas Vizbaras

Within CEA, CEA-LETI is one of the major European research centers for applied electronics serving innovation and the transfer of technology in key domains. It operates 11000 m²-State-of-the-Art CMOS clean rooms, 200 and 300 mm wafer size with ST microelectronics as the main industrial partner.

From 2002 CEA-Leti has developed strong expertise in silicon photonics field and know how in devices’ design, integration and test, including Ge-on-Silicon photodetectors and heterogeneous III/V-on-Silicon lasers.

Maryse Fournier, Ph.D

Imec performs world-leading research in nanoelectronics. We leverage our scientific knowledge with the innovative power of our global partnerships in ICT, healthcare and energy. We deliver industry-relevant technology solutions. In a unique high-tech environment, our international top talent is committed to providing the building blocks for a better life in a sustainable environment.

Imec offers silicon photonics and silicon nitride CMOS platforms for applications in telecom, datacom, medical diagnostics and healthcare.

Phillip Christie, Ph.D

The Department of Photonics encompasses a broad spectrum of research topics covering the continuum from fundamental research to the development of new photonic devices. In particular, silicon photonics activities cover a wide range of applications, including quantum information, optical communications and interconnects, optical signal processing, and sensing in the visible, near- and mid-infrared wavelength ranges. C2N has a large experience in design, hybrid integration (III-V, nanotubes, graphene, oxide…), fabrication in its own cleanroom, and characterization of photonic and high-bandwidth optoelectronic devices.

Laurent Vivien, Ph.D

DTU Fotonik is a department at the Technical University of Denmark covering many aspects of optical engineering. About 220 researchers are employed at DTU Fotonik, including around 90 PhD students. The department is engaged in silicon photonics activities both in the university cleanroom and though active collaboration with leading players.

Prof. Kresten Yvind

EPIC is the industry association that promotes the sustainable development of organizations working in the field of photonics in Europe. EPIC publishes market and technology reports, organizes technical workshops and B2B roundtables, supports EU funding proposals, advocacy and lobbying, education and training activities, standards and roadmaps, pavilions at exhibitions.

Jose Pozo, Ph.D

The IHP is an internationally recognized competence center for silicon-germanium based technologies, focusing on applications in broadband wireless and optical communications. IHP develops and offers silicon photonics in a unique monolithic 200mm ePIC (electronic photonic integrated circuits) platform featuring high-performance BiCMOS electronics and SOI-based photonic integrated circuits.

Lars Zimmermann, Ph.D

LiGenTec is offering wafer scale fabrication of SiN PIC for applications in telecom/datacom, quantum optics, optical (bio-)sensing. SiN is one promising material for photonic integration due to its large bandgap from the visible to the mid-infrared spectrum. Low loss waveguide technology together with low bending losses for thick film nitride enables new applications.

Michael Geiselmann, Ph.D

LioniX International focuses on Photonic Integrated Circuits (PIC) enabled modules based on its proprietary waveguide technology (TriPleX™), in addition to its other core competences micro-fluidics, opto-fluidics and MEMS. As a vertical integrated company it delivers a complete solution to OEM customers: from initial design through volume manufacturing of products.

Dr. Arne Leinse

Luceda Photonics wants photonic IC engineers to enjoy the same first-time-right design experience as electronic IC designers. Our IPKISS design tools and services are rooted in over 50 years of experience in silicon photonics design.  We develop process design kits (PDK) and design and validate your photonic integrated circuits.

Erwin De Baetselier, Ph.D

Pioneering photonics design automation already since 1991, today PhoeniX Software has a global presence and is a trusted and well-recognized partner for a large number of organizations. We enable an easy and cost-effective realization of integrated photonics chips and systems by our internally developed superior products and services.

Niek Nijenhuis

Photon Design, founded in 1992, is a leading vendor of photonics CAD tools for integrated optics, both passive and active. It pioneered sophisticated methods ideal for the simulation of high index contrast structures used in silicon photonics.

Dominic Gallagher, Ph.D

STMicroelectronics is a world leader in providing the semiconductor solutions that make a positive contribution to people’s lives, today and into the future. Offering one of the industry’s broadest product portfolios, ST serves customers across the spectrum of electronics applications with innovative semiconductor solutions for Smart Driving and the Internet of Things.

Charles Baudot, Ph.D

The Optics Group at TNO has expertise on a broad range of optical technologies, ranging from classical optics and free-form optics to fiber- and waveguide optics and metamaterials. Our main research topic in silicon photonics is biosensing by means of ring resonators, where we follow a system approach, addressing the entire system consisting of sensor, read-out unit, optical interface and data processing.

Peter Harmsma, Ph.D

The Photonics Packaging Group at the Tyndall National Institute is involved in a larger number of research projects developing packaging solutions for integrated photonics device, including optical (fiber and micro-optics), electrical (RF and DC), thermal and mechanical aspects of the package. The group also supports a photonic packaging foundry service, for both Si and InP-based integrated photonic devices.

Peter O' Brien, Ph.D

The department of photonics at TU Berlin develops components and systems for integrated optics based on SOI (silicon-on-insulator).  The department collaborates closely with IHP (Innovations for High-Performance Microelectronics) via Joint Lab Silicon Photonics.  The collaboration has established a front-end integration line for the realization of novel optoelectronic circuits using a SiGe BiCMOS toolkit.

Karsten Voigt, Ph.D

KIT is one of Europe’s largest education and research organization with about 10 000 employees, 25 000 students, and an annual budget of more than 800 million Euros. It bundles the missions of a university and of a large-scale research institution. KIT’s research profile has a focus optics and photonics.

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The Southampton Silicon Photonics group was founded in 1989 at the University of Surrey, and moved to Southampton in 2012.  The group has contributed to numerous world leading results since its inception, particularly concerning Silicon optical modulators. The group forms part of the Optoelectronics Research Centre at Southampton.

Prof. Graham Reed

The Nanoscience Laboratory (NL) studies nanophotonics, silicon-based photonics and nanobiotechnologies. Its mission is to generate new knowledge, to develop understanding and to spin-off applications from physical phenomena associated with photons and nanostructures. In particular, NL works on applying the nanoscience paradigm to silicon or silicon compatible materials to develop micro and nanosystems compatible with the main driving silicon microelectronics technologies. Nowadays, a particular emphasis is placed on nonlinear and quantum photonics and their applications.

Prof. Lorenzo Pavesi

The Institute of Integrated Photonics of RWTH Aachen University is involved in a number of Silicon Photonics research activities focusing on near-infrared data center transceivers, visible wavelength planar integrated circuits for life science applications and mid-infrared group IV lasers. A strategic alliance with the Forschungszentrum Jülich (JARA) and its Peter Grünberg Institute complements our core expertise in photonic devices and systems with world class material science.

Prof. Jeremy Witzens

Aarhus University is the largest Danish university and typically ranked among the global top-100. The Photonics group, as part of Electrical and Computer Engineering, specializes in photonic integration, with main interests in microwave and terahertz photonics, and chip-to-chip and on-chip interconnects, using a fabless approach.

Prof. Martijn Heck

NTC is a research center at the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPVLC) that develops silicon photonic devices and systems using a 150mm wafer silicon processing fab. It operates as an integrated photonics service fab offering rapid prototyping and small-series manufacturing silicon photonic devices, including Back-End (packaging) services. NTC plans to upgrade the current processing platform to 200 mm in 2017.

Rafael Bueno, Ph.D

The Universitat Politecnica de Valencia is one of the four technical universities in Spain. With over 30.000 students, if offers over 30 degrees in civil, electrical, industrial and aerospace engineering. The main research activity in Silicon Photonics is in the area of integrated microwave photonics, quantum information and photonic devices for signal processing and biophotonics.

Prof. José Capmany

VTT is one of the leading research and technology companies in Europe. It provides expert services for customers and partners in private and public sectors around the world. VTT has developed silicon photonics in its own fab since 1997 and now offers related MPW, R&D, packaging and contract manufacturing services.

Timo Aalto, Ph.D

VLC Photonics is an independent design house providing all kind of services related to photonic integration: chip design and in-house testing, plus manufacturing and packaging through several external partners. For silicon photonics, VLC Photonics tightly collaborates with all European foundries (IMEC, LETI, IHP, VTT) as well as packagers (Tyndall).

Iñigo Artundo, Ph.D