Integrated Photonics

Shaping our future with the power of light

Photonics -– the generation, processing and detection of light – is crucial to our future internet and for better healthcare, mobility and security. At TU/e we develop new materials, devices, integrated circuits and systems to create game-changing solutions that enable faster and more reliable data communication at lower energy cost and novel sensors for healthcare, automotive and agrifood applications.

Light: the essential ingredient for future technology

The exponential increase in data traffic is becoming unsustainable. At the present pace, information technologies will soon be responsible for >10% of the global electricity consumption. Photonics – the technology that uses light to carry information – can come to rescue, by providing low-energy, high-speed data transmission throughout the internet and within data centers. Photonics additionally provides new ways to sense the world around us and is a key enabling technology for healthcare, autonomous driving and smart farming. However, these promises can only be realized if increasingly complex photonic chips can be produced at low cost. The TU/e Institute for Photonic Integration performs fundamental and applied research aimed at making this dream come true.

Our job opportunities

"In photonics, with relatively simple steps, you can make great contributions to achieve new things. And TU/e is the best place to do photonics research, since we provide a rich working environment, excellent facilties and ample job opportunities in the Brainport region."
Andrea Fiore, Scientific Director of the TU/e Institute for Photonic Integration (IPI)


His laboratory may well realize the world’s first Majorana qubits, the essential ingredient for a superior quantum computer, within a decade or so. But Erik Bakkers’ nanowire research is set to revolutionize the semiconductor world much earlier, via a different path. He is doing what was thought to be impossible: adapting the basic semiconductor feedstock– silicon – such that it can emit light. This can become the much sought key to integrating photonics and its many advantages into microelectronics. And by the way: Bakkers (1972) also has a nanowire revolution up his sleeves for solar cells.

Related research groups

The seven TU/e groups working on Integrated Photonics together cover three fields:

  • Photonic materials and devices
  • Photonic integrated circuits
  • Photonic systems


We strive to make our technology available for end-users. To this aim, together with PhotonDelta we organize the PhotonDelta Application Lab Bootcamps, where a team of TU/e students and researchers assesses the potential of photonic technologies in new areas. Recent bootcamps have looked at the application of photonics in fruit storage and egg sensing. 

"Photonics and spectroscopy appear promising technologies for measuring conventional egg properties such as shell thickness and egg quality automatically and at scale. Fascinating what the team was able to come up with in a few days.” (Bram Visser, Hendrix Genetics)

Do you have an industrial challenge and want to propose it for a bootcamp? Contact us!


Institute for Photonic Integration

The TU/e Institute for Photonic Integration (IPI) integrates all research areas crucial to photonics (materials and devices, components, circuits, systems) and cooperates with initiatives that bring photonic research results to a higher Technology Readiness Level.

The Institute’s ultimate mission is to break through current technological and theoretical limits in photonics along the entire value chain, thereby contributing to solving some of society’s most pressing problems such as the imminent congestion of our electronic superhighway. This is done by fostering expertise and training engineers and researchers to develop new photonics applications and integrate electronics with photonics. The groups brought together within IPI provide exactly the expertise needed to achieve this.

Meet our principal investigators

Our research projects

Our research in the area of Integrated Photonics covers the whole chain from materials to system engineering. We develop and integrate new materials and components on the nanoscale, connect micro-photonic integrated circuits and micro-electronic integrated circuits, and devise solutions to enable the next generation 5G network.

Discover some of our projects:

Our Partners

Our technology and ideas have found their way to the market, through collaborations with large companies and spin-offs. To make this even simpler, we have created a national integrated photonics ecosystem, PhotonDelta, and a European platform for photonic integration, JePPIX. On the right you can read some of our success stories.


PhotonDelta Fast Career Track program

Integrated photonics will have major impact in areas such as communications, healthcare, agro-food, and mobility. The market is growing fast and thousands of jobs will be created. TU/e is the place to start a career in this field.

Do you want to be part of this future?

Then you should consider the new PhotonDelta Fast Career Track program. This program involves TU/e Master students in Applied Physics or Electrical Engineering in photonics research and applications, together with researchers and companies active in this field. For more information please consult:

PhotonDelta Fast Career Track Program for Applied Physics students

PhotonDelta Fast Career Track Program for Electrical Engineering students

Interested? Send an email to



We actively encourage the creation of start-ups based on our technology. A number of them is already active in the market.

Contact us

  • Visiting address

    Institute for Photonic Integration
    Flux 0.155
    Building number 19
    Groene Loper 5
    5612 AE Eindhoven
    The Netherlands
  • Postal address

    Institute for Photonic Integration
    Flux 0.155
    PO Box 513
    5600 MB Eindhoven
    The Netherlands
  • Contact person

    Yvonne van Kempen

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