Research at ICFO encompasses four broad thematic areas: nonlinear photonics, quantum photonics, nanophotonics, and biophotonics, with focus on quantum information technologies, nanophotonic devices, remote sensors, optoelectronics, integrated optics, ultrafast optics, biophotonics and biomedical optics. Research is organized in 3 major programs: Light for Health, Light for Energy and Light for Information.


Research lines include but are not limited to:

  • biomedical optics and biophotonics
  • nanoscopy and super-resolution imaging
  • nanotechnology and nanophotonics
  • nonlinear optics and atom optics
  • quantum optics and quantum information
  • atto-science and ultrafast physics
  • optical sensing and optoelectronics
  • green technologies and photovoltaics
  • graphene physics and nanomaterials
  • single-molecule physics
  • ultracold quantum matter physics
  • advanced laser technology


ICFO also hosts an active Corporate Liaison Program (CLP) which serves as a bridge between ICFO researchers and all kinds of industries and corporations.

For more information about ICFO research fields, potential candidates are invited to browse the Research Pages in the ICFO web site.