The Latest Materials Science News


Introducing the Ossila Potentiostat

Posted on Tue, Jan 14, 2020 by Chris Bracher

Potentiostats are used extensively in electrochemistry to control and measure three electrode systems. Unfortunately, up until now this ubiquity has not resulted in potentiostats becoming cheaper or more accessible.

The new Ossila Potentiostat has been designed to help electrochemists perform cyclic voltammetry for less. The complete system includes cyclic voltammetry software, an electrochemical cell, and everything you need to start taking measurements.

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Synthesis of Perovskite Quantum Dots

Posted on Thu, Dec 19, 2019 by Thomas Fallows

Synthesising high quality quantum dots (QDs) can be a complex process.

During the original development of all-inorganic perovskite quantum dots, several synthetic routes were attempted in order to find a process that can reliably produce stable and defect resistant dots. Two major routes to the synthesis have now been developed: room temperate synthesis and synthesis by hot injection.

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New High PCE Non-Fullerene Acceptors Y6 and Y7

Posted on Wed, Nov 13, 2019 by Hunan Yi

The discovery of ITIC and the subsequent boom in the use of non-fullerene electron acceptors in organic photovoltaic solar cells (OPVs) has resulted in rapid improvements in device power conversion efficiencies (PCEs). Read more: The Role of Non-Fullerene Acceptors in Polymer Solar Cells Despite this renewed interest, however, more research...

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Perovskite Quantum Dots: A Rapidly Expanding Area of Research

Posted on Fri, Nov 01, 2019 by Thomas Fallows

Over the last two decades, quantum dots have elicited a considerable amount of excitement and attention from both research scientists and the media. When Sony launched their XBR line of televisions in 2013, quantum dots successfully moved from pure research into the commercial sphere. Despite this, there are still some barriers to overcome before we can expect to see widespread adoption of quantum dot-based products.

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The Role of Non-Fullerene Acceptors in Polymer Solar Cells

Posted on Wed, Oct 16, 2019 by Hunan Yi

A great deal of focus has been given to non-fullerene acceptors (NFAs) in recent years, primarily around the research and development of bulk-heterojunction organic solar cells (OSCs). To a large extent they have taken the spotlight in this area away from fullerene derivatives like Phenyl-C81-Butyric Acid Methyl Esters (PCBMs).

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Guide: Viscoelastic Transfer of 2D Material Using PDMS

Posted on Thu, Aug 15, 2019 by Tom Armes

Viscoelastic transfer using polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) stamps is one of the methods used for the deterministic placement of 2D materials and the fabrication of van der Waals heterostructures. PDMS-based transfer offers a fast and convenient way of depositing monolayer flakes of 2D materials onto virtually any substrate and, unlike other methods, does not require the use of wet chemistry.

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Bundle Deal: Spin Coater + Syringe Pump

Posted on Thu, Jun 06, 2019 by Ashley Wong

With our newly-launched package deal, you can now purchase the award-winning Spin Coater + Syringe Pump together and save money off the regular retail price! The package deal also includes a FREE adapter to connect both pieces of equipment together, giving you precise and automatic control over your spin coating. You can choose from either the single or dual Syringe Pump variants.

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Ossila Student Employee Receives 2019 Regional SEOTY Award

Posted on Thu, May 30, 2019 by Ashley Wong

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that an Ossila student employee, Oluchi Emenike, has won a Regional award for Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) in the Commercial Impact category. This is the third time that one of our student employees has won a SEOTY award! Read about our previous SEOTY award-winning students.

The SEOTY awards have been held annually in the UK since 2002. As the UK’s largest student awards, they honour the extraordinary contributions and accomplishments of students who have flourished in combining their academic and part-time work duties.

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New Guide Available: Surface Energy

Posted on Fri, May 24, 2019 by Emma Spooner

Surface energy is a material property that can be used to explain why solutions wet differently on different surfaces. This is important for almost any solution processing technique. Values of surface energy can be calculated using contact angle measurements, allowing for easier optimisation of wetting. In the latest guide by...

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New Guide Available: Spin Coating Difficult Solutions

Posted on Thu, Apr 18, 2019 by Emma Spooner

Spin coating is a great technique to easily deposit thin films, but is easier for some materials than others. Solutions with poor solubility, or those that are very volatile/viscous can cause difficulties when spin coating - especially if they don’t wet well to the substrate. This means that non-uniform or...

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Permanent Price Reductions: 6 & 8-pixel OPV/OLED Substrates & Substrate Packs

Posted on Mon, Apr 15, 2019 by Ashley Wong

As part of our continuous mission to enable more scientific research, we are happy to announce that several of our OPV & OLED substrates will now have permanent price reductions. Due to increased support and demand from our customers, we have been able to reduce costs by scaling up our manufacturing and production processes - thus allowing us to provide you prices that are even more affordable!

The following substrates (100 pieces) will now be priced at £199 (previously £425):

  • S101: 6-Pixel ITO Glass OLED Substrates (Pixelated Anode)
  • S171: 6-Pixel ITO Glass Substrates (Pixelated Cathode)
  • S211: 8-Pixel ITO Glass Photovoltaic Substrates

In addition, our ITO substrate packs have also had a massive price reduction and are now £279 (previously £500).

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New Guide Available: Spin Coating Film Thickness

Posted on Thu, Apr 04, 2019 by Ashley Wong

Spin coating is a simple and straightforward thin-film deposition technique. As such, it is a great technique for beginners due to its relatively low barrier-to-entry.  However, to become highly skilled at spin coating, it is beneficial to understand how the background physics involved (in terms of physical factors and solution properties)...

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New Theory Guide: Introduction to Two-Dimensional Materials

Posted on Wed, Mar 20, 2019 by Ashley Wong

A material's properties are not only determined by what it is made of - the size of a material can also affect how it behaves. When reduced down to nanoscale form, certain materials will display properties that are different to what they show in their bulk form.

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New Guide Available: Perovskite Solar Cells - Methods of Increasing Stability/Durability

Posted on Thu, Feb 28, 2019 by Ashley Wong

Earlier this week, we published a guide on the factors that influence the degradation of perovskite solar cells. As a follow-up to it, we now have a guide on several methods that have been found to help improve perovskite solar cell stability and durability. These methods can also be divided...

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New Guide Available: Perovskite Solar Cells - Causes of Degradation

Posted on Mon, Feb 25, 2019 by Ashley Wong

In the field of photovoltaics, it is common knowledge that perovskite solar cell stability and durability still has room for improvement. Although recent studies have shown promising advancements, perovskite solar cells still do not reach the standards defined by the International Electrotechnical Commision (performing well under non-lab conditions, and withstanding...

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New Updated Guide: Intro to Perovskites & Perovskite Solar Cells

Posted on Wed, Feb 06, 2019 by Ashley Wong

One of the most popular pages on our website is the introductory guide to Perovskites & Perovskite Solar Cells. We've recently given it a thorough, much-needed update to include the latest research findings and new graphics! This guide will explain: What a perovskite is Why they have become so popular...

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PhD Student Workshop: Business Awareness for Scientists

Posted on Wed, Jan 30, 2019 by Ashley Wong

For the fourth consecutive year, we continue our industrial-academic collaboration with the EPSRC 'New & Sustainable Photovoltaics' Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT-PV). We hosted the newest cohort of PhD students in the Ossila headquarters (the very first time!) for a one-day interactive workshop on business training for scientists.

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Ossila's PhD Student Achieves High-Efficiency Slot-Die Coated OLEDs

Posted on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 by Jon Griffin

After his completing his secondment at Ossila, our Excilight PhD student Amruth has been working hard to publish a paper on his efforts to slot-die coat organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). We are excited to announce that his research, titled 'Slot-Die Coating of Double Polymer Layers for the Fabrication of Organic Light Emitting Diodes'  has been published in Micromachines, 10(1), 53.

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New Guest Post: What is an OLED?

Posted on Thu, Jan 10, 2019 by Ashley Wong

Structure of an OLED. (Source: OLED-info) For our first post of 2019, we have jointly collaborated with OLED-info to bring you an introductory guide to OLEDs! OLEDs are a next-generation display technology. They are quickly becoming more popular in our everyday lives due to their advantages over LCD displays (e.g. incredibly...

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New Guide Available: Molybdenum Disulfide

Posted on Fri, Dec 21, 2018 by Ashley Wong

Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) is an inorganic compound that is made up of molybdenum and sulfur. Oxygen and dilute acids do not have any effect on it, as it is a fairly unreactive compound. It is a member of the group of materials called 'Transition metal dichalcogenides' (TMDCs). A key characteristic shared...

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