National Physical Laboratory

Collaborate with NPL in Biophotonics

The BiophotonicsPlus competition aims to increase the prevalence of biophotonic technology used in medical and industrial appliances by funding collaborative research projects. NPL is one of the potential project partners within the completion, which launched on 1 October 2012 with a call for project proposals.

An Optical Coherence Tomography image of human skin
An Optical Coherence Tomography image of human skin

Biophotonics is the study of interactions between light and biological material. It has applications in healthcare, for example, where medical imaging such as optical coherence tomography can be used to understand human tissue health without the need for costly and uncomfortable invasive procedures. By its very nature, biophotonics is an inter-disciplinary area, with physicists and biologists, as well as medical practitioners, working closely together on different strands of research.

Up to 15 million euros in government grants will be awarded to innovative project proposals involving at least two eligible participants from Flanders (Belgium), Tuscany (Italy), Catalonia (Spain), Germany, Israel, Latvia or the UK. Full eligibility rules are available on the competition website.

NPL's work in biophotonics focuses on developing novel techniques such as dSTORM (direct Stochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy) and SIM (Structured Illumination Microscopy), which is capable of 'seeing' individual cellular structures at the nanoscale resolution. NPL is also developing new techniques in the general field of Optical Coherence Tomography to measure the optical properties of human tissue and relate these to the presence and progress of disease.

More on NPL's work on super-resolution imaging

Last Updated: 7 Nov 2016
Created: 12 Oct 2012


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