Cork Institute of Technology

Description of the organisation

The Centre for Advanced Photonics & Process Analysis (CAPPA) at Cork Institute of Technology conducts both applied and fundamental research on photonics for applications in areas as diverse as telecommunications, medical devices, food and pharmaceutical manufacturing. A Memorandum of Understanding enables CAPPA personnel and facilities to be colocated in UCC’s Tyndall National Institute. 

Role in the project

CIT based at the Tyndall National Institute has state-of-the-art research facilities to design, grow, fabricate, characterise and integrate photonic devices and materials. Tyndall also has considerable expertise in photonic packaging, specifically for high speed and silicon photonics applications. Tyndall has extensive semiconductor cleanroom fabrication facilities, which are unique in Ireland.

In COSMICC, CIT will develop photonic crystal modulators, photodetectors and lasers (WP2) and contribute to developing a low cost packaging strategy (WP5). 

Main contact

William Whelan Curtin

Centre for Advanced Photonics and Process Analysis (CAPPA)

Bishopstown, Cork,


Key peopled involved

Dr. William Whelan-Curtin (male) (who publishes under the name “Liam O'Faolain”) is one of the leading authorities on disorder and loss in Photonic Crystals and has made a number of key in the field. He currently holds a European Research Council Starting grant and was PI of the Scottish Enterprise project FRONTIER. He was PI on the Nanoscience ERA project LECSIN (ended Feb 2012). He also co-founded and runs NanoPIX, a foundry service for nanophotonic devices (, which has supplied 15-20 research teams across Europe with bespoke samples, resulting in more than 80 joint publications since September 2006. In 2012, he was a member of Prof. David A. B. Miller’s group at Stanford University as a SU2P Entreprenurial Fellow. In March 2016, moved to the Cork Institute of Technology. His research group is collocated between CIT and the USTAN. The main goal of his group is the realisation of a new family of low power optical interconnects based on Photonic Crystal cavities. He is the author/co-author of more than 80 journal papers and currently receives 450 citations per year. His "h"-factor is 31.