About Dutch Optics Centre

Dutch Optics Centre is an initiative of TNO and TU Delft aimed at boosting Dutch industry in the field of optics and optomechatronics to increase utilisation of Dutch science through joint R&D.

The Netherlands are unique in the field of optics and opto-mechatronics, with a leading position in science and industry. Within Dutch Optics Centre TU Delft, TNO and other knowledge institutes providing excellent research facilities team up with a world class manufacturing industry; producing opto-mechanical components for high-precision products like satellites, telescopes, microscopes, inspection instruments.

By joining forces in R&D, developing prototypes and eventually forming product consortia we create a strong Dutch optomechanical ecosystem that benefits both industry and science. This initiative is well aligned with the Dutch government’s ambition for large-scale Public-Private Partnerships. Dutch Optics Centre is a consortium of knowledge institutes and more than 200 High Tech companies from all over the Netherlands.

DOC core team

Paul Urbach

Research director
TU Delft

Paul Urbach

TU Delft

Bart Snijders

Business director

Anke Peters

Business relations
TU Delft

Walewein Luchtmeijer


Carlas Smith

CTO DOC Hub Delft
TU Delft

Yvonne van Aalst

Management assistent
TU Delft
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