Research Projects

MORPHIC – MEMS-Based Zero-Power Reconfigurable PICs

Our group proudly participates in the H2020 collaborative project for the design and manufacturing of MEMS Based Zero-Power Reconfigurable Photonic Integrated Circuits. We are pleased to contribute to the project with our expertise in the design of Silicon Photonic MEMS components and large scale circuits, and lead the development of the MEMS related fabrication processes. More information on the project can be found on the dedicated project website


The MORPHIC project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 780283. This project is an initiative of the Photonics Public Private Partnership.

Diamond Nano-Opto-Electromechanical Systems

In this research project, we investigate the extraordinary combination of optical and mechanical properties of single crystalline diamond for integrated nano-photonic circuits and Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS). Funded by 


 Project Description on the website of the Swiss National Science Foundation


This project aims at the development of micromechanical and microoptical components made of pure synthetic crystalline diamond by exploiting a novel processing method, based on advanced microelectronics manufacturing technologies. The unique mechanical properties of diamond include extreme hardness and fracture strength as well as the highest known elastic modulus of any material, making it an extremely interesting material for novel components such as micromechanical gears, as for example used in mechanical watches. Funded by:

Gebert Rüf Stiftung - Logo

Project Description on the Website of the Gebert Rüf Stiftung

With support from


Recent Presentation by Marcell Kiss in Gothenburg, SE, at the
International Conference on Diamond and Carbon Materials (3-7 Sept 2017)

Silicon Photonic MEMS

We investigate movable structures in Silicon Photonics Technology to perform various functions on Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs), such as Optical Switching. Funding by

Hasler Stiftung


Related Project at SNSF

Upcoming Keynote Talk at ICO24 by Niels Quack, Tokyo, JP, 24 Aug 2017
Upcoming Keynote Talk at ICMNPE2017, Busan, Korea, 26 Aug 2017