IPIC - Irish Photonic Integration Centre - Cork

Prof. Paul Townsend
Centre Director
Tel: +353 (0)21 490 4177
Health & Medical Technologies

The Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC) brings together over 100 researchers from four institutes to develop new light-enabled technologies. Targeting the ICT, medical devices and diagnostics sectors, IPIC works with 18 industry partners to develop the next generation of highly compact and miniaturised photonics devices. 

Photonics is the generation, manipulation and utilisation of light and is a key enabling technology that underpins the internet and impacts diverse industries such as medical devices, renewable energy, manufacturing and environmental monitoring. It is also an industry where Europe has significant global presence with 20% market share, equivalent to €60bn per annum, and with the global market expected to grow to over €600bn by 2020.

IPIC’s integrated research team has capabilities from the theory of novel lightemitting materials right through to the design of devices and systems. This includes the unique ability to accelerate transfer from laboratory to market by delivering concept demonstrations, including low volume manufacturing of prototypes, exploiting IPIC’s advanced fabrication and packaging capabilities. IPIC’s facilities include modelling and design, materials growth, device fabrication, packaging, device characterisation and systems testing.

Research areas:

  • Enabling continued growth of the internet through faster, more energy-efficient devices
  • Delivering smart medical devices for improved treatment of disease
  • Developing highly compact instrumentation for point of care diagnostics
  • Developing systems for food and environment monitoring

Research performed by:

  • Tyndall National Institute
  • Cork Institute of Technology
  • Dublin City University
  • University College Cork