DevelopmentThe Photonics Center has earned a reputation as a national leader for applied research and technology development in the field of photonics.  Research and development is generally aligned with the traditional disciplines of the faculty member’s home academic departments (Chemistry, Physics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and the School of Medicine).  The specific R&D projects can be driven by either the faculty member or be run as a Center project.  Faculty-driven research tends to focus on new discoveries, while the Center-driven research is generally more collaborative and focuses on advancing promising research discoveries to development and toward a commercialization path.

Over the past decade, Center-driven projects were geared toward accelerating advanced technologies out of research to a fieldable prototype in order to address critical Department of Defense (DoD) operational needs.  Some solutions that emerged included:   directional acoustic detection, viral diagnostics, secure communications, bacterial detection and identification, and neutron detection.  In most of these cases the commercialization efforts involved the technology transfer to a BU spin-out company.

The  Photonics Center has now focused technology development and translation to the commercial healthcare sector.  To execute on the vision, the Photonics Center (with a grant from the National Science Foundation) launched the Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) on Biophotonic Sensors and Systems (CBSS).  CBSS is one of about 50 I/UCRCs across the country and the only center focused on biophotonic sensors.  The I/UCRC concept is a long-running NSF program designed to foster university and industry collaboration and is jointly supported by the foundation and industry.  More on CBSS can be found at:

Individual faculty research can be found on the research links of this website.