The PHOQUS research programme was co-ordinated by the University of Dundee where each of the early stage researchers was based. The programme greatly benefitted from the close involvement of 22 Associated Industrial and Academic Partners from across Europe who will provide academic and commercial expertise as well as training for key aspects of the programme. Typically this took the form of short term secondments of the early stage researchers.
THE ASSOCIATED PARTNERS
The Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT) at Aston University is an internationally recognised for its ground breaking research in fiber optics, fiber Bragg grating technologies, high-speed optical communications systems, and nonlinear optics. The AIPT has more than 60 active researchers and pursues a diverse range of device- and systems-level topics at the leading edge of technology. It maintains active and fertile collaborations with industrial companies and academic institutions throughout the world. Much of the AIPT’s applied research has been and is carried out in collaboration with industrial partners ranging from large companies, such as Alcatel, BT, France Telecom, Nortel, KDDI (Japan), BAE Systems, Qinetiq, Bookham and Corning, to SMEs, for example Smart Fibers, Indigo Photonics, Insensys, Exitech, Oxford Fiber and many others.
With its innovative technologies and leading-edge solutions Carl Zeiss is successful in the fields of Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Industrial Metrology, Microscopy, Medical Technology, Vision Care and Consumer Optics. Carl Zeiss is represented with around 30 production and over 50 sales and service sites in more than 30 countries worldwide. Carl Zeiss AG is fully owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation). Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany.
Coherent Scotland is a world leader in the development, design and manufacture of automated, tuneable ultrafast laser systems for non-linear biological imaging techniques. Coherent continues to evolve their product offerings in response to the latest trends in Biophotonics, leveraging their substantial in-house knowledge of ultrafast laser systems design and market knowledge.
The Laboratory of Applied Photonics Devices (LAPD) at EPFL is involved in practical industrial applications as well as more fundamental research work. We are developing photonics devices that control light at the nano and microscopic scale to engineer applied systems at the macroscopic scale.
IMSOL have proven expertise in Scientific and Industrial Digital Imaging providing bespoke imaging solutions for the life sciences and industry; we enable scientists and engineers to get results.
Since its beginnings in 1945, the KARL STORZ family company has grown into a global manufacturer and distributor of endoscopes, medical instruments, and devices. We are no giant on an international scale but a leader in the things that matter: creativity, flexibility, and expertise. Our range of endoscopic instruments for human medicine, veterinary medicine, and industrial endoscopy now includes more than 15,000 products.
Leica Microsystems is a world leader in providing innovative microscopy, camera and software solutions for imaging and analysis of macro-, micro-and nanostructures.
Moor Instruments, established in 1987, is a world leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of laser Doppler systems, used for the monitoring and imaging of blood flow in the microvasculature.
M Squared Lasers is an SME which develops and manufactures next-generation diode-pumped solid-state (DPSS) lasers and related systems. The company expertise spans CW to fs, and from DUV to THz. It has longstanding experience and demonstrated success in delivering innovative solid-state laser products, meeting customer application requirements, and delivering the highest levels of customer service and support. M Squared has global reach and provides local sales and service support via representatives in Europe, the USA and Asia.
National University of Ireland, Galway has approximately 50 researchers engaged in photonics research, including 30 photonics PhD students and several postdocs in the School of Physics; Applied Optics, Biophotonics, Laser Applications and Imaging. The Centre for Photonics & Imaging at NUI Galway has identified integrated activities spanning fundamental science, education, applied research and technology transfer. The key objective of NUI Galway Photonics’ activities is the discovery of new science and the development of core intellectual property, carefully managed by the University, in close collaboration with indigenous and multinational industries.
Nuomedis develops distinguished atomic force microscope solutions for life science and clinics to help professionals extract mechanobiological information at nanometer resolution. Their know-how about the mechanics of tissues and cells is illustrated in a number of publications and patents in the field. Nuomedis is based near Basel in Switzerland and their research section is in the Nanobiology group at the BioZentrum, Universität Basel. The Nanobiology group uses atomic force microscope (AFM)-based technologies developed in their lab to study the mechanobiology of cells within tissues with sub-nanoNewton precision. Such information is relevant to understanding diseases such as breast cancer and cartilage degeneration, i.e. osteoarthritis.
Photometrics designs and manufactures high performance digital cameras for scientific, industrial and OEM applications, including fluorescence microscopy and live cell imaging.
ORC is a subsidiary unit operating under the Council of Tampere University of Technology (TUT) since 1999. ORC has a EUR 4 million portfolio of collaborative R&D grants and contracts and it houses over 80 workers. ORC promotes co-operation between enterprises and universities, fosters the establishment of new business, participates in national and international projects, and facilitates undergraduate and postgraduate studies. The major technologies run at ORC are the Molecular Beam Epitaxy of compound semiconductors (5 MBE reactors are located at ORC), complete device processing and characterisation facilities, ultra-fast and high-power lasers laboratories and other related optical systems. Its core business is the compound semiconductor technology, novel optoelectronic components, and ultra-fast optics. Investments in scientific equipment amount to EUR 17 million, which make ORC one of the best equipped research units in Finland and one of the largest MBE-based university research centre in Europe. ORC ran 28 national and international research projects with more than 60 partners.
TERAVIL’s main business activity is in the THz time domain spectroscopy (TDS) systems market. TERAVIL is a manufacturer of the key components (photoconductive antennas) for the THz-TDS systems. It is also building other components (preamplifiers, THz emitter bias sources, registration hardware and software) required to build the complete THz spectroscopy system.
The Institute of Semiconductor Optics and Functional Interfaces (Institut für Halbleiteroptik und Funktionelle Grenzflächen) at Universität Stuttgart focuses on a number of research topics including Quantum Optical properties of semiconductor nanostructures (quantum dots, quantum dot molecules); III-V semiconductor epitaxy by MOVPE (Arsenide, phosphides, nitrides); Vertical emitting laser (VCSEL) and Optically pumped semiconductor disk laser (OP-SDL, VECSEL) in the red spectral.
The Institute of Applied Physics (IAP) is an Institute of the University of Bern, with around 75 employees in three divisions which specialise in the fields of Biomedical Photonics, Lasers, and Microwaves. The division of “Biomedical Photonics” focuses on research and development of application methods of laser in medicine, including optoacoustic imaging, laser tissue soldering, cilia and mucociliary transport imaging, and various femtosecond laser applications. The department serves as a competent link between physics orientated basic research and medical and biological oriented fields. All research projects are based on interdisciplinary solutions to problems concerning all fields of therapeutic and diagnostic medical laser applications.
The Institute of Micro and Nano Systems (IMNS) at the University of Edinburgh brings together researchers from integrated circuit design, system-on-chip design, microfabrication, micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS), micro-machining and neural computation. Research activities range from industrially-focussed process development and low-power system-on-chip design to long-term research into circuit design, system architectures, SPAD arrays, microdisplays and novel structures on silicon. In the latter context, strong links to the life sciences exist and thus “bio-electronics” and “bio-mechanics”.
The Physical Biology Group is part of the Fachbereich 15 (Life Sciences) of the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. It is located in the Buchmann Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (BMLS) on the Campus Riedberg. The BMLS building houses groups from the life sciences, the chemistry, the biochemistry and the physics departments as well as groups from the University’s Clinical Departments. The Physical Biology Group currently concentrates on novel instrumentation, three dimensional cell biology, developmental biology and plant biology. One major emphasis is to work under close to natural conditions, i.e. to maintain the conditions a cell, an organ, an animal or a plant encounter in their natural context. An extremely important aspect is the quantitative approach to all its ventures.
Leicester Biotechnology Group (LBG) has a long track record of innovative work in the area of diagnostics and molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) and houses an inter-disciplinary team of chemists, engineers and biologists, all working together in a single state-of-the-art facility. Research is currently undertaken in three core areas: Functional (smart) materials, polymers and MIPs; Computational design and molecular modelling; Nanoparticles for diagnostics and therapeutic applications. The results of this research are described in more than 270 articles and books which were published by the team.
The Dynamic Optics and Photonics (DOP) Group is based jointly in the Department of Engineering Science and the Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour (CNCB) at the University of Oxford. Research in the group centres on the development of active and adaptive optical techniques for microscopy, laser micro/nano-fabrication and other high resolution optical techniques. The group works closely with many researchers in other disciplines, and particularly in the application of new optical methods for microscope imaging in the life sciences.
The Institute of Life Sciences of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA) carries out different scientific programs which cover the following macro-areas: Biomedical Sciences and Agricultural Sciences and Biotechnology. One specific area of Biomedical Sciences research is related to the application of nanotechnology to medicine (Nanomedicine Lab).
The University of Tüübingen is one of Europe’s oldest universities. Several hundred years of history in the sciences and humanities have been written here. In particular, medicine and the life sciences have seen large growth in recent years. Emphasis is on basic and applied research with interdisciplinary research especially strengthened also fostered by the recently awarded excellence status and, for example, a novel nanoscience program.