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Our pan-Wales team draws on leading academic capabilities offering light-based technological solutions to businesses across the country to improve process efficiency, productivity or enable business growth. CPE brings together academic experts from Wrexham Glyndŵr University, Aberystwyth University, Bangor University and University of South Wales.

” Photonics is the technology of light. It is integral to our daily lives through technology like smartphones, screens, telecommunications and LED lighting.

Photonics technology is found in a wide range of industry sectors such as: manufacturing, automotive, food, life sciences and energy. “

Wrexham Glyndŵr University
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Wrexham Glyndŵr University – the lead partner for the project

Has recently celebrated ten years as a university. Its ancestry dates back to 1887 when the Wrexham School of Science and Art was established in response to demand for a highly skilled workforce for the industrial backbone of NE Wales. That character remains and the University now undertakes research and teaching across engineering, science, technology the arts and healthcare.

  • Precision Optical Systems Design
  • Fibre Optic thermometry
  • Microwave technology, optimised system design, and processing of materials
  • Fabrication of Precision optical components
  • Opto-mechanical design and FE of Optical Systems assemblies
  • Metrology of complex optical surfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Thin Film coating applications
Bangor University
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Bangor University

Has a long tradition of academic excellence and a strong focus on the student experience. Bangor University is ranked in the top 40 in the UK for research*, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. The REF recognised that more than three-quarters of Bangor’s research is either world-leading or internationally excellent, ahead of the average for UK universities.

  • Laser Precision Engineering
  • Very small-scale precision systems for imaging, patterning, and sensing using Bangor Nanoscope and Superlens
  • Design and simulation (Anti-laser filter, THz, acoustics, and optical)
  • Semiconductor lasers
  • Microwave photonics
Aberystwyth University
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Aberystwyth University

Will work with West Wales and the Valleys’ manufacturing companies through knowledge exchange on the potential of software to improve their competitiveness, and, will support them in achieving the potential benefits through collaborative projects.

  • Interaction of Radiation with Matter
  • Thin films, Surfaces, Interfaces and Nanomaterials
  • Surface Analysis
  • Solar and Planetary Science
  • Planetary Exploration Instruments
  • Optical and X-ray Instruments
  • HPC and Radiation Modelling
  • Image Processing
University of South Wales
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University of South Wales

(USW) will support manufacturing companies in West Wales and Valleys region, creating actionable knowledge and guide decision-making in the manufacturing process.

The University of South Wales contributes through its expertise in the South Wales Business School within the Faculty of Business and Society drawing on expertise from across the School in Manufacturing systems, Quality Management, Operations Management, Supply Chain and Logistics, Digital Marketing and Business strategy.

  • Semiconductor lasers
  • Atmospheric propagation of light
  • Directed energy applications
  • Quantum photonics
  • Single photon detection
  • Microscopy (confocal, AFM, FIB)
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Monolayer material fabrication techniques and characterisation
  • Thin Film Deposition: Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) and Ion Beam Deposition
  • Additive and High Precision manufacturing

Photonics Technologies include…


Laser Technology used in marking, cleaning, coating, texturing, machining, polishing, cutting, welding, drilling and printing. Offering unique advantages of being non-contact, dry, low cost & high speed.


Thin film vacuum coating facility is being developed for surface protection for optical applications as well as material coating required in water, food, process and chemical environments.


Metrology techniques from optical surface profiling to distance measurement.


Used in product selection, recognition and automation.


For communication, information processing and energy storage and capture.


Applications include measurement, monitoring, control and automation.

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