Founding partners

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.

TU Delft

The TU Delft Campus is undergoing an accelerated development in which, in addition to education and research, various field labs are also being created, the number of start-ups / spin-outs continues to grow and more and more companies are establishing themselves to be part of the knowledge-intensive TU Delft ecosystem. DOC reinforces this development through the sharing of knowledge and cooperation of relevant TUDelft research groups / clusters, namely Optics, Nano-Optics, Else Kooi Lab, PVLAB, Quantitative Imaging, INSIGHTlab, Medical Delta, Aerospace NDT Lab, Precision and Microsystems Engineering, Space Systems Engineering, Charged Particle Optics, Mechatronic Design, VLLAIR, Solid State Lighting. Partly through the TUD Valorisation Center network and educational activities are set up, in addition to broad R&D programs.


Monitoring gas concentrations in the atmosphere, development of the quantum computer, manufacturing of mobile phone chips, non-invasive glucose measurement for diabetics: in all these applications and in many more you can find optical research of TNO. The optics department provides world class technical solutions for customer needs in the field of high performance compact optical systems in demanding environments.

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