University of Luxembourg

ModuLys – modular toolkit for customize optical setups

Posted by Lidia from University of LuxembourgResponsive · Innovative Products and Technologies · Luxembourg

Summary of the technology

ModuLys is an affordable, yet advanced and modular toolkit for the construction of custom optical setups made of multi-purpose standardized units, with strong focus on ease of use. The unit concept, together with a unique lattice-based mounting solution reduces the complexity of individual setups, while maximizing flexibility and re-usability of components in a plethora of possible scenarios.

Core of the proposed device is the alignment-free placement of optical components, e.g., light sources, lenses, filters, mirrors, and combined assemblies of the former on a two dimensional mounting platform (breadboard). Optical components are mounted into cubic units that can be positioned at pre-defined locations on the breadboard in a square-lattice arrangement. Complementary shapes on cubic units and breadboard allow for a tight fit of both, alleviating the need for component alignment.

University of Luxembourg


  • Efficient, fast and alignment-free assembly of optical instruments.
  • Low cost high-end microscopy tool for low resource settings.
  • Allows the construction of custom microscopes and optical experiments, foremost, but not exclusively, as an educational technology.
  • Open new possibilities in science education and creativity.
  • Make state-of-the-art technologies accessible and affordable.


The invention has been implemented, tested and verified successfully in a laboratory environment.

Technology Owner

University of Luxembourg

Research & Technology Organization

Related keywords

  • Optical Materials
  • Lighting, illumination
  • Physical Sciences and Exact Sciences
  • Physics
  • Optics
  • Optical material testing
  • Education and Training
  • Scanning Related
  • Other scanning related (including optical mark sensing and image processing)
  • Education
  • Education and educational products and materials
  • filters
  • microscopy
  • lenses
  • mirrors
  • breadboard
  • optical experiments
  • optical setups

About University of Luxembourg

Research & Technology Organization from Luxembourg

The University of Luxembourg, founded in 2003, is a European research university with a distinctly international, multilingual and interdisciplinary character. It is a modern institution with a personal atmosphere, close to European institutions, innovative companies and the financial place.

With nearly 6,200 students and about 1,700 employees from all over the globe, the University offers a unique mix of international excellence and national relevance, delivering knowledge for society and businesses. The University has three faculties and three interdisciplinary centers:

• The Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC)
• The Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance (FDEF)
• The Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE)
• The Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT)
• The Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB)
• Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH)

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