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Strengthening optical network on Campus TU Delft

Dutch Optics Center (DOC) was set up by TU Delft and TNO with the aim of jointly strengthening activity in the field of optical products: we strive for innovation, research and education in the optical field that inspire each other.

DOC is now one of the South Holland Field Labs, which function as regional innovation clusters. Typical concrete results of DOC are projects, research and education programs and network events: activities with different faculties of TU Delft, and other universities, In 2019, a total of more than 50 people (FTE) are working in DOC projects. In the past 2 years, a network has been built up with more than 200 Dutch companies and organizations working in the field of photonics / optics.

Contacts with DOC partner organizations have shown that the optical “platform technologies” spectroscopy and imaging are very widely applicable: in the application areas Health, (Manufacturing) Industry, Energy / Environment / Climate, and Agriculture; work is done on these areas at various locations within the TU Delft campus. Both research and application activities in innovative products can grow further if cooperation is intensified and stimulated. Therefore, we started a project called Spectroscopy and Imaging Technology Centre (SITC). SITC aims to be a European-level hotspot with a focus on the TU Delft campus, with a network that is expanding globally.

Within this project we aim to:

  • Strengthen innovation in the Netherlands in this area by intensifying cooperation with Dutch companies and by improving access to funding. 
  • Attract more and more technological companies that enter into a partnership with TU Delft and the other companies on campus.
  • Provide growth as mainstay of the new Photonics Innovation Hub.

Six promising clusters: Health, Manufacturing, ICT, Semicon, Energy & Environment and Agri-food

De Nationale Fotonica Agenda

Photonics is the key technology that uses the properties of light for a wide range of applications such as sensing, data communication and production technology. Photonics plays a major role in the success of the Dutch high-tech industry and makes an important contribution to solving social challenges, for example by means of climate monitoring.

The photonics market is developing rapidly. The global photonics industry is estimated to grow by 40% over the next five years; with the Netherlands as one of the leaders in the EU. Nearly 300 Dutch companies, a large portion of which are SMEs, work directly on photonics products, with an estimated total turnover of more than 4 billion euros.

The objective of this National Agenda Photonics is to intensify and accelerate the application of photonics technologies for solving societal challenges and creating new businesses. One of the aims is to share forces: joint initiatives and clusters are proposed, in which the Netherlands presents itself internationally as a single cohesive photonics region.

In the Netherlands, six clusters of companies and knowledge institutes have been identified for the six promising application domains.

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Daan Brinks

TU Delft

Gerard Verbiest

TU Delft


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