Mapsi Photonics is a spin-off of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya born in June 2021.

We address the infrared sensing market, specifically gas detection, thermal vision and biodetection, which requires reliable, durable, accurate and easy user-friendly detection in both common and harsh environments.

Our disruptive technology improves the optical performance of the current technology, as well as the cost reduction of the devices. It also presents uniqu properties to advance in the infrared detection market, such as the miniaturization of gas detection or the improvement of sensitivity in biodetection.


David Cardador

CEO & Co-Founder

Physicist, PhD in Electronics Engineering, Post Graduate in Tech Transfer, Reincident Entrepreneur, Mapsi Photonics Co-founder

Ioannis Deriziotis

R&D Enginner

Computer and Electronics Engineer with experience in nanotechnology

Alejandra Velez

Head of Sales

Dani Segura

CTO & Co-Founder

PhD in Electronics Engineering, Mapsi Photonics Co-founder

Nuria Solerdelcoll Vila

R&D Enginner

R&D Enginner

Dani Martinez

R&D Enginner


Research starts at UPC


Research starts at Micro & Nanotechnology Group of Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Thanks to different national and international granted projects, lead by Professors Ramón Alcubilla and Angel Rodríguez and different researchers such as Trifon Todorov, macroporous silicon is developed at UPC clean room.

PhD Thesis start


Mapsi Photonics SL entrepreneurs, David Cardador Maza & Daniel Segura Garcia start their respective thesis in macroporous silicon photonics for mid infrared selection.

First mid-IR filter prototype


After some years of research the first high selectivity prototype of mid infrared filter is obtained.

Mapsi Photonics draft & IP Protection


After the first mid-infrared filter prototype, David and Dani began sketching Mapsi Photonics. Following the decision to bring the technology to market, efforts were made to protect it. Two patents emerged from it in 2019 and 2020, which are now exclusively exploited by Mapsi Photonics. 2018 is where it all started to become reality. Mapsi Photonics entrepreneurs started working full time to bring the technology into the market.


Agaur Seed grant


Things speed up, with the help of an Ajut Llavor (from AGAUR-Generalitat de Catalunya) and under the direction of Prof. Jordi Llorca, Mapsi Photonics studied the market. With this projects filters evolved into a new stage following the demands of the potential customers.

Building a company


Nobody said building a company is easy. Mapsi Photonics is selected to take part in two incubator programs: Pre-acceleration program (from Barcelona Activa) and Barcelona Tech Transfer Group (from IESE Business School). These programs provided Mapsi Photonics with a solid business foundation on which to build a successful company.

Mapsi Photonics SL becomes a reality

June 18th, 2021

After a more than three year process, Mapsi Photonics SL becomes a reallity the June 18th, 2021.

Seed founding round

November 2021

Mapsi Photonics has closed the seed funding round with 240 k€ in private capital and 150 k€ of public funding.

Mapsi Photonics headquarters move to Cornellà de Llobregat and the team grows with new incorporations.

Let’s go!


Startup Capital Acció Grant

Mapsi Photonics has been granted by ACCIÓ to bring to the market optical components of macroporous silicon technology.


Mapsi Photonics has been the second most promising technology startup of the 150 young startups that applied for this grant.

Cornellà Open Future

Mapsi Photonics has been selected as one of the participants of the 6th Edition of the Cornellà Open Future (COF) acceleration program. The COF will be held from September to December 2021.


This program, joint venture of Open Innovation, SLU (Telefónica) and Ayuntamiento de Cornellà (Baix Llobregat), aims to support entrepreneurial talent by turning ideas into successful businesses in a program under the umbrella of the global platform Telefónica Open Future.

Barcelona Technology Transfer Group (BTTG-IESE)

Mapsi Photonics is participating in this programme whose goal is bringing its MBA talent into closer contact with scientists, doctors and researchers and accelerate the launch of deep-science-backed startups.

Programa de preacceleració (Barcelona Activa)

The project was granted with an Ajut Llavor for the development of a selective gas sensor.

Ajut Llavor 2019.

Mapsi Photonics has taken part of the preacceleration programme of Barcelona Activa. Its aim was to to accompany entrepreneurial projects in initial phases with a high technological impact.

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