Photonics as a key enabling technology for future innovation

DTU has one of the most well-developed ecosystems for innovation and entrepreneurship among technical universities in Europe. At DTU Fotonik we are a strong part of this ecosystem and have a long tradition for industrial collaboration in Denmark and across the borders. This is shown by the considerable amount of research collaboration between DTU Fotonik and private or public companies.

DTU Fotonik also has a lasting tradition for offering students research projects in collaboration with industries. This enables the student to build up a personal network and to get inspired by actual and exciting ideas in everyday life.
DTU Fotonik wants to pave the way for innovations using light as the enabling technology in order to: - Improve communication technology for sustainable and efficient digitalization of society - Create green and sustainable energy saving solutions - Improve bio and healthcare methods - Develop insights and new technology, which can be used for future quantum computing.

We help students and employees translate inventions and discoveries into enterprising businesses, and we engage in innovative collaborations with society as a whole. We attach importance to the transfer of knowledge between university and industry, aiming for existing industries as well as start-up companies.

Since 1999, around 20 new companies have spawned from DTU Fotonik.