-Partner Organizations

TeraApps has joined forces with the following 14 partners that will collaborate on the project, offering excellent secondment opportunities and leading training workshops to complement the PHD of our ESRs and provide them with a taste of the professional future that awaits for them after they are finish with the project.


Brief description of IQE plc

Founded by the present management in 1988 as Epitaxial Products International (EPI), the company was created to provide a foundry service for advanced compound semiconductor wafers. The company was renamed IQE in 1999 following a merger with US based Molecular Beam Epitaxy specialist QED. Headquartered in Cardiff, UK, IQE plc is now the parent body of eleven subsidiary units, seven of which provide pure-play foundry III-V epitaxial services to a worldwide client base of many hundreds of academic, research and commercial organisations. The group has an annual turnover of ~€150M and employs roughly 600 people worldwide. IQE plc specializes in the growth of III-V epitaxial layer structures using both the MOVPE and MBE techniques. It particularly specializes in developing and manufacturing epitaxial wafers for photonic and microelectronic devices, using a wide variety of compound semiconductors, based on GaAs, InP and GaN. The company has multiple Aixtron, Veeco and Riber epitaxial growth systems and comprehensive in-house characterization equipment for fast and reliable evaluation of the grown wafers, ensuring flexible and customer-specific epitaxial solutions. In addition, there is also a bulk crystal growth capability, particularly in GaSb and InSb.

The company is now the world’s largest compound semiconductor epi-wafer foundry. With 30 years-experience manufacturing complex compound semiconductor wafers, IQE has developed substantial technical knowhow and expertise combining group IV and III-V materials through multiple collaborations with some of the world’s leading developers of technology. It holds a number of patents in compound semiconductor materials processing and brings experience of mass production of high quality epi-wafers, substrates and bulk crystals to this project.



Terakalis, specialist of TeraHertz electromagnetic waves, designs and manufactures highly innovative devices for non-destructive control of inner defects or properties of materials.
Fast technology with high sensitivity of detection to heterogeneities or anisotropy characterization, non-contact and non-harmful.
Especially attractive for polymers, elastomers or ceramics as well as for multilayered materials, composite materials and assembled parts.
Main applications: inner defects inspection, adhesive bonds and welding control, homogeneity and anisotropy control, defects inspection under packaging/coating, multi-layers thickness measurement.
A full range of products, from lab to integrated equipment on production lines and handheld solutions for operational sites.

Süddeutsches Kunststoffzentrum

Süddeutsches Kunststoffzentrum

Regardless whether by means of product testing with quality certificate or analyses and expert opinions after damage events - our Testing division supports your product policy and supplies you with valuable arguments for your key markets.

Congresses and seminars on plastics as well as on interdisciplinary topics enable you to benefit from the formula for success of strong companies and their experts in order to effectively integrate their practices into your daily business.

Companies in this line of industry are always well advised – not only at times when experts and specialist personnel are scarce – to press ahead with qualifying their specialists. Bottlenecks caused by new techniques and increase in production volume are to be compensated by further training.

Our research and development takes hurdles: in projects with immediate practical relevance we focus forward – from material to production processes and component properties up to the assessment of procedures and products in the light of economical and ecological aspects. Our research results meet operating requirements, benefiting quality and efficiency.

The awareness of a company’s own processes, raised in the course of the certification procedure, already suffices to constantly reveal room for improvement. No company should do without this tailwind anymore.

The FSKZ e.V., the Fördergemeinschaft für das Süddeutsche Kunststoff-Zentrum, is responsible for us.Amongst our members are successful companies of the plastics and related industries.Being a member in this association gives you the possibility to achieve top positions in the team as well as to network, to profit from excellent contacts, and to be able to sustainably represent your plastic-specific interests with a successful team.

Toptica Photonics AG

Toptica Photonics AG

TOPTICA Photonics AG is a privately held laser manufacturing company located in Munich, Germany. More than 200 people develop and produce state-of-the-art systems for scientific applications as well as lasers for OEM integration. Key technologies comprise tunable diode lasers, ps and fs pulsed fiber lasers, multi-color laser engines, and terahertz systems for both frequency-domain and time time-domain spectroscopy.


TOPTICA’s activities in the terahertz arena started in 2007. Meanwhile, TOPTICA has become one of the leading companies in the development of high-end, commercial terahertz system technology. Both diode-based platforms and ultrafast fiber lasers are used in TOPTICA’s terahertz product portfolio. TOPTICA has been setting standards with respect to bandwidth and fast data acquisition with photonic continuous-wave terahertz systems, and has achieved record-level dynamic ranges with time-domain spectroscopy platforms. A number of peer-reviewed publications first-authored by TOPTICA’s experts, a book chapter on photomixing technologies and numerous conference proceedings indicate the high quality of the research achievements to date.



ACST GmbH (ACST) was founded in April 2006 as a spin-off company from the Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUD) in Germany, with the main objective of providing the European scientific community a continuous source of Schottky diodes for MM/SubMM-Wave applications.

The current strategy of ACST is enlargement of its product range by development of new component specifications, involving various functionality of discrete devices and customised THz-MIC-s. At the same time, ACST actively extends its expertise area on packaged modules at sub-system level.

In-house availability of both device fabrication technology and microwave engineering allows ACST to define new State-of-the-Art standards for MM/SubMM-Wave components, and contribute to emerging of new commercial application fields.

VLC Photonics

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VLC Photonics is a photonic design house, which can assist you on the development of custom photonic integrated circuits for optical telecom/datacom, optical signal processing, quantum optics, optical sensing or biophotonic applications. We have been on the field for more than 10+ years and we have a large know-how on most of the integration platforms.

Our expertise covers the whole value chain, with services ranging from photonic engineering consultancy, to chip design, fabrication, characterization, packaging and test. VLC Photonics closely works with photonic foundries for several optical materials (InP, silicon photonics, PLC, SiN/TripleX, etc.), and a network of packagers to also provide turn-key solutions.



ANTERAL is an innovative SME born in 2010 as a spin-off of the Antenna Group of the Public University of Navarre. The company works in the fields of space, telecommunications and science, providing Universities and industrial enterprises with innovative solutions. The ANTERAL technical staff is made up of engineers and doctors specializing in telecommunications, computer science and electronics, to create a strong and interdisciplinary team which is capable of taking on the most demanding of challenges that our clients and collaborators propose.

ANTERAL is present in two different areas:

  • Antennas: We are experts in the design and development of high performance antennas, from low frequencies up to THz frequencies. Our capabilities in the design of antennas are: standard gain horns, reflector antennas, CATR feeds, antenna arrays, corrugated horns, spline-profiled horns, near field probes and planar antennas. We also offer custom solutions for the most demanding of environments. Our antennas are operational onboard several satellites, as well as in anechoic chambers, communications systems, R&D laboratories, radiometers and radio-telescopes. Likewise, we make our antenna design and measurement know-how available to our clients via RF consulting services, to be able to solve the issues they bring to us.
  • Radar & Sensing: The fruit of R&D projects that the company has participated in, we have developed a 24GHz radar system with multiple applications in fields as diverse as drones, industry, health and education. ANTERAL has a proprietary solution that can be customized and integrated in these fields and many more. Additionally, ANTERAL takes advantage of millimeter and terahertz waves to offer the development of custom production line monitoring systems for the qualitative and quantitative control of several parameters, like humidity content in complex substances or thickness measurements of multiple layers of paint.


Tokyo Institute of Technology

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Tokyo Institute of Technology is one of the top national universities for science and technology in Japan with a history of 130 years. Of the approximately 10,000 students, half are in their bachelor's degree program while the other half are in master's and doctoral degree programs. There are 1,200 faculty and 600 administrative and technical staff members. Tokyo Tech aims at developing global human capabilities par excellence through pioneering research and education in science and technology, including industrial and social management.

Tokyo Metropolitan University

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Tokyo Metropolitan University’s mission is “to pursue the vision of an ideal human society in a metropolis.” Based on this mission, our basic philosophy is to give instruction and conduct research in a broad range of knowledge and in highly specialized sciences, and then, through collaboration with industry and educational and research institutions, etc., to produce education and research results that are relevant to large cities, to nurture students rich in humanity and creativity, and to contribute to the improvement and development of human society.

Instituto de Telecomunicações

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Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT) is a private, non-profit organization, of public interest, a partnership of eight institutions: Technical University of Lisbon, University of Aveiro, University of Coimbra, Altice Labs, Nokia, University of Beira Interior, University of Porto and ISCTE-University Lisbon. IT mission is to create and disseminate scientific knowledge in the field of telecommunications in order to both improve higher education and training, both at graduate and postgraduate levels, and to improve the competitiveness of Portuguese industry and Telecommunications operators. The research unit has been regularly evaluated by expert international panels selected by the national agency for research and as a result of this evaluation IT has been selected in 2001 by the Portuguese Government to hold the distinction of the Government Associate Laboratory in the area of Telecommunications. IT currently has about 200 PhD researchers (many of which also holding teaching positions at the mentioned Universities), plus 200 other researchers, with expertise on radio and microwave, optical communications, networks and circuit design.

Teledyne e2v

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Teledyne e2v is global manufacturer employing c.1600 staff in the design, development and manufacture of technology systems and components for healthcare, life sciences, space, transportation, defence and security, and industrial markets.  Our business typically targets the most demanding technical challenges, which mandate cutting edge ‘best in class’ solutions, exploiting our in-depth understanding of the fundamental science at the heart of our devices.

We offer:

  • RF Power solutions for: defence electronic countermeasures, radiotherapy cancer treatment machines, radar systems, satellite communications amplifiers, industrial heating, cargo screening, ProWave® industrial processing systems, missile control safety and arming devices, and digital television transmitters.
  • Imaging solutions including CCD and CMOS sensors and cameras, for space and earth observation imaging, science and life science imaging, machine vision, ophthalmology and dental x-ray systems.
  • Semiconductor solutions for aerospace and defence programmes requiring: lifecycle management, hi-rel microprocessors, high speed data converters, high reliability ICs with lifetime continuity of supply, assembly and test services and MRAMs.

Of particular relevance to the TeraApps programme is the Teledyne e2v’s Microwave Technology Centre, based in Lincoln, which develops microwave frequency components and subsystems for special applications, working across the entire spectrum from 1GHz to over 125GHz. This is complimented by our dedicated semiconductor development facility, based in laboratories at University of Nottingham.  Together, these provide a world class capability in Gunn diodes, oscillators, high frequency detector/mixer diodes, and supporting components.  Current research includes exploration of ‘super lattice’ compound semiconductor materials for mm-Wave to terahertz frequency multiplier applications.

University of Kobe

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Formally established in 1949, Kobe University is a national university based in western Japan. Its roots date back further, to 1902, when it was originally known as Kobe Higher Commercial School. Today, Kobe University is one of Japan’s leading comprehensive universities with 10 faculties and schools, 15 graduate schools and a great number of research centers and institutions.

Taking advantage of our traditional strengths in the social sciences combined with more recent initiatives across the natural and biomedical sciences, Kobe University is promoting interdisciplinary research and education to become an outstanding research university. We are committed to creating knowledge and new values to address the challenges facing our society.

Semiwise Ltd

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Semiwise, offers low power CMOS technology IP that has the potential to revolutionise the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Semiwise IP covers a wide range of semiconductor technologies including conventional, SOI, and FinFET CMOS technologies. 

Semiwise IP:

  1. Improves performance
  2. Reduces statistical variability
  3. Reduces static and dynamic power dissipation
  4. Improves reliability
  5. Provides solution to IoT problems

Moreover, Semiwise provides expert service of technology optimization that deliver high performance or very low power device operation.