Centre for OptoElectronics and Biophotonics (COEB) is a research centre hosted by the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) established in July 2011.


Centre for OptoElectronics and Biophotonics (COEB), is a research centre for advanced photonic research with impacts on fundamental science as well as novel technology and applications. Looking forward, in the next 10 to 30 years, advanced photonics science and technology will be one of the most significant enablers for the next-level of ultra-broadband and intelligent human societies, with potential impacts expected in areas such as very-high-capacity optical communications, nanophotonics, biophotonics, and other related broadband information technology systems. 

We will focus on research topics in advanced photonics science and associated enabling technologies, aiming to become a truly strategic asset for Singapore in raising its position to be among the world leaders in the field of photonics. With their emerging applications in microwave photonics based ultra-broadband opto-electronic information systems, micro-optical sensors for environment and intelligent homes and biomedical monitoring for personal healthcare, fiber-based photonic systems for power generation and energy delivery, as well as other novel and unique applications of photonics. 

COEB has engaged in numerous emerging R&D activities in tandem with the development of photonics technologies in the world. Also, COEB has engaged our local industrial partners in training specialist manpower, consultation and advisory services as well as joint research collaboration to tackle emerging technologies issues.

Director's Message

The roadmap of COEB in the coming year is charted on the vision, trends and developments of the technology landscape in Singapore. COEB envisages a tighter research collaboration with industry and international institutions which is necessary for adapting to technological changes and meeting the challenging global demands. COEB  discover new frontiers in the technological landscape and is poised to cultivate world-class research and human capital for a vibrant knowledge-based economy. We will continue to be mission-driven in alignment with NTU's values to create a global university of excellence.

Today’s COEB owes its success to the collective efforts of all our members and partners. On this occasion, we would like to thank the current and former chairs of school of EEE, Prof Tan Yap Peng and Prof. Yoon Soon Fatt for their unwavering support in COEB and to all our staff and students who have contributed their time and efforts in making COEB a vibrant place of learning and discovery.

Cuong Dang
Centre for OptoElectronics and Biophotonics (COEB)