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About SPRC

The Stanford Photonics Research Center builds strategic partnerships between the Stanford University research community and companies employing optics and photonics in their commercial activities. SPRC offers member companies facilitated access to Stanford faculty, students, and researchers via faculty-led Working Groups, SPRC workshops and symposia, research project collaborations and visiting researcher programs.




New type of retinal prosthesis could better restore sight to blind, study says


Using tiny solar-panel-like cells surgically placed underneath the retina, scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have devised a system that may someday restore sight to people who have lost vision because of certain types of degenerative eye diseases.


Faculty Spotlight

Alberto Salleo

Professor Salleo’s group performs research on novel materials and processing techniques for large-area and flexible electronic/photonic devices. Materials systems of interest include thin films of polymeric semiconductors, nano-structured materials, and amorphous materials with particular emphasis on defects and structure/property studies. His group is developing ultra-fast laser processing techniques for patterning of materials used in electronics and photonics.

Research Areas:
Laser Materials Processing, Materials and Processes for Large-Area Electronics

SPRC is proud to support the National Photonics Initiative. The National Photonics Initiative (NPI) is a collaborative alliance among industry, academia and government seeking to raise awareness of photonics - the application of light - and drive US funding and investment in five key photonics-driven fields critical to US competitiveness and national security: advanced manufacturing, communications and information technology, defense and national security, energy, and health and medicine.