Research projects

Our national and European research project collaborations support our roadmap and develop the base technologies that we can introduce to the market, enabling new applications for photonics assembly.

PHOTO-SENS is an European Union Horizon 2020 research project that connects pioneering photonic biosensor technology and manufacturing scale-up to aquaculture expertise, with the aim to establish an aquaculture pathogen detection hub and a working prototype system for monitoring salmon pathogens.

TERAWAY is a H2020 5GPPP Phase III project funded by the European Union. This technology intensive project aims to develop a disruptive generation of THz transceivers for high-capacity BH and FH links in 5G networks.

Leveraging optical concepts and photonic integration techniques, TERAWAY will make available a set of groundbreaking transceiver modules. These include 4-channel modules operating from 92 up to 322 GHz, offering up to 241 Gb/s total data rate with transmission reach more than 400 m in the THz band. Four independently steered wireless beams will be used to establish BH and FH connections between fixed terrestrial and moving network nodes. 

SensorChip European project

The SensorChip project develops new sensors for accurately measuring liquid and gas flows, gas composition, and the presence of biomarkers in bodily fluids. The sensors are based on silicon nitride photonic integrated circuits that interact with microfluidics. The project is co-funded by the European Union in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.


The name PODIUM refers to PIC Open Development Infrastructure for Universal Markets. This Dutch consortium was launched by CITC, PI, Tegema and PHIX and runs a program in which optical termination technology, assembly and packaging is developed for a wide range of integrated photonic applications. Funding is provided by CITC and PhotonDelta.

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POETICS is a Research and Innovation project funded by the European Union, which aims to develop novel Terabit optical engines and optical switching circuits. Co-packaged with digital switching chips, these Multi-Chip Modules (MCMs) are set to become the next generation of switching equipment. Their Tb/s capacities and very high energy efficiency will allow the datacenter networks to scale and the 5G wired infrastructures to grow. 

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The PhotonDelta Flagship project “PICs in Space” connects the main Dutch industry players in the photonic integrated circuit supply chain to design PIC-based modules for space applications. Together, we set out to prove the robustness and reliability of integrated photonics for these demanding applications and demonstrate that the resulting modules can be scaled up to high manufacturing volumes.