UK university opens world-leading research institute

The Institute’s £120m cleanroom complex is a state-of-the-art centre for materials and device research in electronics, photonics and biotechnology

Special guest Vint Cerf (left), renowned for his work on Internet systems, and Professor Sir David Payne, Director of Southampton University Optoelectronics Research Centre who took part in the official opening of the Zepler Institute

The University of Southampton has officially launched its new Zepler Institute – a photonics and electronics multidisciplinary research centre that brings together world-leading expertise in photonics, advanced materials, quantum technologies and nanoscience. The Institute will provide a collaborative environment for fundamental and applied research, led by Professor Sir David Payne, Director of the University’s internationally renowned Optoelectronics Research Centre.

The Institute’s £120m cleanroom complex is a state-of-the-art centre for materials and device research in electronics, photonics and biotechnology and home to some of the best nanoelectronics and photonics fabrication capabilities in the UK.

The Institute is named after Professor Eric Ernest Zepler who founded the Department of Electronics and Computer Science at University College Southampton (now University of Southampton) in 1947, which was the first in electronics in the UK, and arguably in the world.

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