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New Updated Guide: Intro to Perovskites & Perovskite Solar Cells

Posted on Wed, Feb 06, 2019


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
  • Their pros and cons
  • Current hot topics
  • Future directions for research and real-world applications. 

You can read the guide here - Perovskites & Perovskite Solar Cells: An Introduction



PhD Student Workshop: Business Awareness for Scientists

Posted on Wed, Jan 30, 2019

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.


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

Posted on Tue, Jan 15, 2019

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.

Amruth using the Ossila Slot-Die Coater.

New Guest Post: What is an OLED?

Posted on Thu, Jan 10, 2019

OLED stack structure
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 high image quality and contrast).

If you want to learn more about the science behind this emerging technology and the various applications it has, you can read all about it in this new guide: What is an OLED?

New Guide Available: Molybdenum Disulfide

Posted on Fri, Dec 21, 2018

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 amongst TMDCs in their bulk crystal form is that they have weak interlayer bonds (known as 'van der Waals').

Following on from the soaring interest around graphene, MoS2 has also been garnering a lot of interest from researchers due the fascinating electrical, optical, and mechanical properties held by its monolayers. Monolayer MoS2 also has several advantages over graphene, as it has a direct bandgap (graphene has an indirect bandgap).

To learn more about the properties and applications of Molybdenum Disulfide, you can read our latest guide: Molybdenum Disulfide (MoS2): Theory & Applications

Meet Mary, Our Latest PhD Student Collaborator!

Posted on Thu, Dec 13, 2018

As scientists ourselves, we understand the importance of scientific collaboration between industry and academia. Over the years, we've worked together with various research groups and taken many PhD students on board with us. The latest PhD student collaborator to join us is Mary O'Kane!


New Customer Case Study: Power Roll

Posted on Fri, Dec 07, 2018

Award-winning startup Power Roll aims to successfully commercialise their innovative solar photovoltaic energy generation and storage technologies. Lightweight, flexible, and more affordable, Power Roll are confident that their technologies will prove extremely disruptive across various applications and markets worldwide.

For over 3 years, Power Roll have been valued customers of Ossila. They have kindly allowed us to share their story of how Ossila materials and equipment have played a major part in Power Roll's journey to commercialisation.

To learn more about how Ossila products have helped Power Roll save time, money, and increase the efficiency of their device fabrication processes, you can visit this link for the full story and video: Customer Case Study: Power Roll


New Product Upgrade: Solar Cell I-V Test System

Posted on Fri, Nov 30, 2018

The newly-upgraded Solar Cell I-V Test System is launching soon!

In December, the Ossila I-V Curve Measurement System will be upgraded. It will also be renamed to the Ossila Solar Cell I-V Test System. Both the manual and multiplexed versions of the systems will be upgraded to incorporate our new X200 Source Measure Unit - bringing greater performance, extra features, and increased usability.


New Guide Available: Black Phosphorus (Phosphorene)

Posted on Tue, Nov 20, 2018

Black phosphorus is one of the four allotropes of elemental phosphorus.  A monolayer of black phosphorus is known as phosphorene, in the same way that graphene is a monolayer of graphite. The term is also often used to describe several stacked monolayers, alternatively known as ‘few-layer phosphorene’ or ‘few-layer black phosphorus’.

Phosphorene was only isolated in 2014 via mechanical exfoliation. Due to the fascinating properties it possesses (e.g. a widely tunable bandgap), phosphorene is set to be the next "wonder" material in 2D optoelectronics. You can learn more about the brilliant properties and applications of phosphorene in Ossila's new guide: Black Phosphorus (Phosphorene).


New Product Upgrade: Four-Point Probe System

Posted on Fri, Nov 09, 2018

The newly-upgraded Ossila Four-Point Probe System has officially launched!


If you are looking for a quick, accurate, and easy method for measuring the sheet resistances of various materials, this system is all that you need. This latest version is built on our new X200 Source Measure Unit.


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