POLYNICES consortium consists of 8 partners from 4 European countries (Greece, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain).

Among those partners, there are 3 SMEs (PHIX, Optagon and QuiX), 1 industry-oriented research institute (Fraunhofer)2 large companies (LioniX, TOPTICA) and 2 academic organizations (ICCS and UC3M) with strong exploitation interests and channels.

The partners have been brought together due to their expertise and expected contributions to individual technical aspects of POLYNICES project. Some of them are really irreplaceable in the sense that their expertise and technical infrastructure are unique in Europe, and thus absolutely necessary for achieving POLYNICES objectives.

POLYNICES Consortium

The Institute of Communications and Computer Systems of the National Technical University of Athens (ICCS/NTUA) was founded in 1989, as the research arm of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the NTUA (SECE-NTUA), with which it is associated, in the field of telecommunications systems and computer systems.

ICCS/NTUA will participate in POLYNICES with the Photonics Communications Research Laboratory (PCRL) research group headed by Prof. Hercules Avramopoulos. PCRL runs a fully equipped laboratory with state-of-the-art test and measurement systems and a broad range of passive and active photonic devices. The group has worldwide links and collaborations with top research institutes and industrial research organizations and its activities are supported by industrial grants as well as national and EU funded research programs. 

Founded in 1928, Fraunhofer is one of the leading laboratories worldwide with emphasis on InP-based discrete photonic components and photonic integrated circuits (PIC), as well as polymer-based planar lightwave circuits (PLCs) and hybrid PICs. In 2002 HHI became a member of the Fraunhofer Society, which focuses on applied research of direct utility to private and public enterprises and of wide benefit to society. In its Photonics Components (PC) department, Fraunhofer has successfully developed a wide range of photonic devices such as high-speed lasers and photodetectors, in many cases in close cooperation with domestic and foreign SMEs.

LioniX International B.V. is a leading global provider of customized microsystem solutions, in particular integrated photonics-based, in scalable production volumes. LioniX provides customized solutions for OEM’s and System Integrators, from design to device, by vertical integration in scalable production volumes and maintaining technology leadership secured by strong IP position.

As LioniX International we focus on Photonic Integrated Circuits (PIC) enabled modules based on our proprietary waveguide technology (TriPleX™), in addition to our other core competences micro-fluidics, opto-fluidics and MEMS. As vertically integrated company we deliver a complete solution to our OEM customers: from initial design through volume manufacturing of products.

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid is a public university characterized by its strong international focus, the quality of its faculty, excellence in research and commitment to society. It was founded in 1989 and its main goal is to provide specialized training in Law and Social Sciences and Engineering, as well as to become a prime European research center. In addition, the Carlos III University of Madrid pursues the creation of an innovative university and seeks to offer a University model based on a quality-oriented philosophy.

In this sense, modern, flexible and multidisciplinary curricula have been designed trying to suit the scientific and technological demand of the Society. The university consists of three centers: The Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Humanities, Communication and Library Science and the School of Engineering.

Optagon Photonics is a private company based in Athens, Greece. It was founded in 2016 by a group of highly motivated and experienced researchers and engineers in the fields of photonics, communications, sensing and signal processing. The core competence of the company associates with our ability to interface these fields and work along the innovation chain of photonics-enabled products from the concept idea to the prototype. Since its foundation, Optagon Photonics is in a business expansion phase, offering a broad range of solutions for the development of smart controllers for photonics-based devices for communications and sensing applications.

PHIX is a world leading packaging and assembly foundry for Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs), building optoelectronic modules based on all major PIC technology platforms in scalable manufacturing volumes. We specialize in chip-to-chip hybrid integration, coupling to fiber arrays, and interfacing of DC and RF electrical signals. By offering our knowledge already at the chip design stage, we ensure ease of scale-up for volume manufacturing and provide a one-stop-shop for PIC assembly.

QuiX Quantum is a photonic quantum technology startup, located in Enschede, the Netherlands. The company was founded in January 2019 by Dr. Hans van den Vlekkert, a veteran of the photonics industry and serial entrepreneur, Dr. Jelmer Renema, an expert in quantum photonics, and a team of professors from the University of Twente.

Since then, the company has raised two rounds of funding: a pre-seed round with RAPH2Invest in 2019, and a seed round in July 2020 with and Oost NL. The company constist of a team of quantum-photonics engineers, some with a background in integrated photonics and some in quantum technologies.

Today, QuiX Quantum’s goal is the continued disruption of quantum computing with our high-tech, scalable, future-proof, plug-and-play integrated photonic solutions.

Founded in 1998 near Munich (Germany), TOPTICA became one of the leading laser photonics companies by aiming for, and consistently delivering high-end specifications. TOPTICA develops and manufactures high-end laser systems for scientific and industrial applications. The portfolio includes diode lasers, ultrafast fiber lasers, terahertz systems and frequency combs. OEM customers, scientists, and over a dozen Nobel laureates all acknowledge the world-class exceptional specifications of TOPTICA’s lasers, as well as their reliability and longevity.