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12 June 2020
The Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics is home to the £120m cleanrooms complex that houses the most advanced set of fabrication capabilities in the UK.Over 350 researchers work in over 100 laboratories, offering a unique mix of expertise in established and cutting-edge technologies, combined with a wide range of equipment for micro and nanofabrication and electronic and optical characterisation across a range of facilities.John Ure, Manager of the cleanrooms talks to us about the important work he and his team are doing to bring the facility out of hibernation and get researchers back to experimental work.What's... Read more
10 June 2020
Scientists at the Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics are developing a rapid bedside test for diagnosing neonatal Respiratory Distress Syndrome (nRDS) in premature babies.The photonic platform combines the complementary capabilities of fingerprint Mid-IR and Raman spectroscopies to create a compact, versatile and easily operable device that could underpin a range of next-generation biomedical diagnostic applications.Researchers are investigating whether biomarkers from COVID-19 could also be identified using the technique while experiments are paused during the national lockdown.The three and a half year project... Read more
03 June 2020
Wanvisa Talataisong, final-year PhD student researching the fabrication of microstructured polymer optical fibres, talks to us about her experience of doing her PhD studies from home during lockdown.How has the university closure affected your PhD studies so far?I'm quite lucky because as a final-year student, I already have enough results to write up my thesis, so the closure doesn't affect me too much. Also, the University has extended all the PhD deadlines by three months, which is helpful. One problem is that before the labs closed I went in to get some samples, but I have since realised that there are some that I have... Read more
26 March 2020
Ground-breaking research into hollow-core fibres and optical amplifiers at the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) has been highlighted in three postdeadline papers at the world's leading conference for optical communications.Scientists from the research centre, part of the University of Southampton's Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics, presented findings to industry and academic leaders at this month's Optical Fibre Conference (OFC) 2020 in San Diego.ORC researchers are driving an international collaboration that is rapidly realising the full potential of hollow-core fibre technology. Two of the selected... Read more