About us

The Zepler Institute is the largest photonics and electronics institute in the UK. It brings together leading researchers from across the University of Southampton and enables them to innovate by providing access to one of the most comprehensive collections of nanoelectronics and photonics fabrication equipment in Europe.

Our 350 research staff and PhD students use their expertise in optoelectronics, electronics, quantum technologies, physics and nanoscience to tackle key societal challenges and develop technologies and devices that make a real difference to our daily lives.

Our interdisciplinary, industry-focused approach to research has resulted in many successful spin-off high-tech companies and commercialisation of products. The erbium-doped fibre amplifier, invented and developed in the late 1980s at the University, is now a crucial component of the internet, fibres developed here can be found in the Moon Rover and Mars Explorer and are used in the manufacturing of life-saving medical devices.

High-tech projects that will change the world

The Zepler Institute is working on many exciting projects that will change our future. From electronic circuits that store and process information like a human brain, to materials that can change their properties on demand.

We are developing functional inks that can be used to print flexible circuits and solar cells, and we are working with physicists across the globe to develop new types of laser that will probe the universe. Our researchers are making fibres that can carry more data than anyone ever thought possible, fabricating silicon photonic circuits that will enable faster computer chips and designing sensors for tamper-proof navigational systems.

None of these projects would be possible without the state-of-the-art cleanroom facility that is at the core of the Zepler Institute. With all the facilities and equipment of a modern-day foundry at their fingertips and all under one roof, our researchers are free to innovate and experiment. Our facilities are also available for collaborators and partners to access. To find out how we can work together at the Zepler Institute, contact us. The future starts here.