The Institute for Photonic Integration

The Institute for Photonic Integration is a leading R&D center in the field of photonics. The work of the institute ranges from fundamental scientific research to the development of prototypes that are taken on to the product stage by industry.

The institute covers three fields: photonics materials (III-V semiconductors), integrated circuits (photonic integrated circuits, PICs) and photonic systems.

  • Materials. Research work here focuses on aspects like the development of advanced materials on the basis of indium phosphide, a semiconductor that is perfectly suited for photonics.
  • Photonic integrated circuits, or photonic microchips. A crucial element here is standardization, so that the development of such chips can be affordable and accessible for many parties. The European platform JePPIX, which was founded for this purpose in 2006, will be incorporated within the Institute for Photonic Integration.
  • Systems that work on the basis of photonic microchips. This focal area is geared to enabling, among other things, microchips to cooperate to produce functioning systems.

Mission and ambitions

The mission of the Institute for Photonic Integration is to be an internationally leading  research center for integrated photonics. We want to develop scientific knowledge and technology that can help industry get new photonic products to market.

The institute wants to respond to societal requirements such as the constant increase in data consumption, offer new solutions to societal problems like medical care and contribute to innovation and economic activity in the Netherlands and Europe.

The Institute for Photonic Integration works on the basis of open innovation, with a view to optimizing the progress of the technology. To this end, therefore, we are explicitly looking to collaborate with other institutions and industry.


The Institute for Photonic Integration continues the research of the TU/e research school COBRA, and therefore possesses an extensive staff of researchers along with a large cleanroom (800 m2) optimized for photonics R&D. The research school has been one of the world’s leading proponents of photonics research for many years. There is intensive collaboration on photonics with the research groups of the University of Twente and TU Delft.

Photonic Integration Technology Center

In order to develop prototypes on the basis of scientific knowledge, a 'technology center', the Photinic Integration technology Center (PITC), has been established that will work in the same three specific focal areas as the IPI and extend the fundamental research results of the IPI to a level from which companies can take over further development.:

  • The PITC is driven by developments in research, but also by roadmaps and by input from companies united in PhotonDelta. In this way these companies have direct access to fundamental and applied research, on topics and on a level from which they can carry it further.


The Institute for Photonic Integration is the knowledge engine of the Photon Delta ecosystem, the sum of high-tech companies, knowledge institutions and authorities that have joined forces to gain a leading position in the development and commercialization of photonics. A key center of the Photon Delta lies in Brainport Eindhoven Region but there are many parties involved from the rest of the Netherlands, Europe and worldwide.