University of South Wales joins photonics expertise project

The University of South Wales has announced it’s to join a collaborative research project aimed at exploring ways photonics technologies can be used in an array of industries.

Originally announced by Mark Drakeford in December, the £5.8 million Centre for Photonics Expertise (CPE) launched last week and is being funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

Photonics is essentially the science of light, with applications including optical imaging, machine vision, laser sensing, materials applications and precision measurements.

CPE will connect academics and industry partners to ensure Welsh businesses benefit from the photonics expertise being developed in Wales.

Led by Wrexham Glyndwr University at its St Asaph-based OpTIC Technology Centre, the three-year project is being supported by USW, Bangor, and Aberystwyth Universities. Each partner will work with companies in all sectors across Wales.

Caroline Gray, Director of Wrexham Glyndwr University’s OpTIC Technology Centre and CPE Project Lead, said: “The centre will bring together all areas of academic expertise across photonics technology, helping industry develop the next generation of processes and products while boosting business growth and efficiency for the Welsh economy and future generations.

“We will draw on existing research capability and strengthen the relationships with industry, leading to improved reputation and profile of research and innovation activity in Wales.”

Professor Nigel Copner of USW added: “We are delighted to be involved in this collaborative programme with colleagues from across Wales, and to have USW’s particular expertise included in the project.

“USW has a wide range of skills in working with industry, and the CPE will allow us to further develop these links and enable Wales to further cement its reputation as a leader in technological advance.

“Across a range of industries – from materials testing to biomedical, manufacturing to quality control – we can help to ensure that businesses can benefit from the leading expertise and know-how available at USW.”