The Zepler Institute is a multidisciplinary research centre with one of Europe's premier cleanrooms housing a unique range of photonics and nanoelectronics fabrication capabilities, and is home to the world-leading Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC).
Based at the University of Southampton since 1989, The Optoelectronics Research Centre is one of the world’s leading institutes for photonics research.
We have a vibrant community of PhD students and researchers, led by some of the leading figures in the field of photonics. We have contributed significantly to the remarkable growth of the photonics industry, including the optical telecommunication technology that underpins the internet as well as many solutions in medicine, biosciences sensing, security and manufacturing.
We have very strong links with local, national and international industries, and collaborate with many other university groups as well as other departments within the University of Southampton.
In 2014 the ORC opened The Photonics Institute with collaborators at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, further establishing the ORC as global leaders in the field. Closer to home, our staff are encouraged to pursue industrial links and entrepreneurial activity. To date the ORC has produced three highly-successful spin-offs contributing not only to scientific progress but the wider economic success of the local economy.