The development of faster ethernet transceivers with data rates of 800 Gbit/s and beyond has become one of the major challenges in order to cope with the continuously growing global data sphere. By combining established silicon photonics with tailor-made, high-efficient organic materials in the so called “Silicon-Organic-Hybrid” (SOH) approach, electro-optic modulators with single lane-speeds above 130 GBd and sub-volt drive-voltages have been realized. Utilizing novel material concepts, SOH-devices do not only exhibit an unmatched performance, but also feature long-term stability, rendering this technology perfectly suited for next generation ethernet transceivers.
Adrian studied Physics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. As a PhD student, he investigated the angle dependent absorption of organic tandem solar cells. From day one, Adrian was fascinated by the vast potential of organic semiconductors, especially from the fact, that they can be solution processed. As a Post-Doc, he investigated fully printable sensor systems based on organic electronics. During that time, he learned about Silicon-Organic-Hybrid (SOH) electro-optic modulators and their disruptive potential. Since spring 2021, Adrian is one of the Co-Founders and CEO of the start-up “SilOriX”, which aims to commercialize the SOH technology.