The Latest Materials Science News

What is Graphene? Introduction to Graphene

Posted on Wed, Aug 01, 2018 by Ashley Wong

Graphene is currently one of the most popular and impressive materials in scientific literature. As such, we've collaborated with international graphene publication, Graphene-Info for this introductory article about the material. Graphene is a 2D material made from carbon atoms that are arranged in a hexagonal pattern (a honeycomb crystal lattice)....


Interview with Our Award-Winning Student Employees!

Posted on Fri, Jul 13, 2018 by Ashley Wong

Recently, a couple of our hardworking student employees - Dhilan Devadasan & Máté Lukács -  won a National award for UK Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) in their role as Manufacturing Engineers at Ossila. They very kindly took the time to have a chat with us so you can get to know them better! 

In this casual interview, they share details on what their typical day on the job looks like, the skills they have picked up on the way, give some valuable advice, and talk about their hobbies!


Dip Coater in Development

Posted on Wed, May 30, 2018 by Jon Griffin

Over the past year, we've been paying close attention to what our customers really want - and the majority of you have requested a wider range of coating equipment! As such, following on from the popular Ossila Slot-Die Coater, our team of engineers have been working hard to develop our next piece of thin-film coating equipment – the Ossila Dip Coater.


Ossila's Student Employees Win Regional SEOTY Award

Posted on Thu, May 17, 2018 by Ashley Wong

We are happy to announce that two of our student employees - Máté Lukacs & Dhilan Devadasan - have won a Regional award for Student Employee of the Year in the Commercial Impact category!


Ryta's Product-Development Secondment

Posted on Mon, May 14, 2018 by Ashley Wong

If you've been keeping up with our recent blogposts, you may already know that Ossila have a collaborative partnership with the EU-funded Excilight Innovative Training Network (ITN) programme. As part of this collaboration, we host Excilight PhD students on secondments - the most recent one being Ryta! Throughout her secondment, she has been carrying out research & development activities to scope the feasibility of a new product. Now that her secondment has just been completed, we want to share what she's been working on so far.


Ossila Wins Prestigious Queen's Award for International Trade

Posted on Sat, Apr 21, 2018 by Ashley Wong

Sheffield UK, 21st April 2018: Ossila Ltd is pleased to announce that it has been granted a Queen’s Award for Enterprise – the UK’s most prestigious award for business performance. The Awards are granted annually by Her Majesty The Queen, based on the recommendations of the Prime Minister, together with an Advisory Committee of representatives from government, industry, commerce and trade unions.


Ossila Continues Partnership with Excilight

Posted on Tue, Mar 27, 2018 by Ashley Wong

After bidding farewell to our previous Excilight PhD student on secondment, our collaboration with the EU-funded Excilight Innovative Training Network (ITN) programme continues and we are pleased to welcome Ryta as she begins her secondment with us! A PhD student from the Silesian University of Technology in Poland, Ryta's project with Excilight focuses on electrochemical & spectroelectrochemical characterisation of Exciplex layers & pure materials.


New Guide Available: Sheet Resistance Measurements of Thin Films

Posted on Tue, Mar 13, 2018 by Ashley Wong

An important characteristic of various materials, sheet resistance (a.k.a. surface resistivity) quantifies the ability for electric charges to move along uniform thin films. Knowing the sheet resistance of a material allows you to calculate its resistivity and conductivity - and thus enables you to electrically characterise the material.   Schematic...


Now Available: High-performing Polymer Acceptors - PNDI(2HD)T & PNDI(2HD)2T

Posted on Tue, Mar 06, 2018 by Hunan Yi

Having achieved 10% power conversion efficiencies (PCE), all-polymer solar cells (all-PSCs) have been the subject of significant research interest in recent years. With p-type polymers as electron donors and n-type polymers as electron acceptors, all-PSCs have contributed to the rise of high thermal, mechanical and photochemical device stability - with the prospect of large-area production.


    Amruth's Slot-Die Secondment

    Posted on Tue, Feb 20, 2018 by Ashley Wong

    As an industrial partner in the EU-funded Excilight Innovative Training Network (ITN) Programme, Ossila recently hosted Amruth, who is an Excilight PhD student. Amruth was on secondment with us from November 2017, and primarily worked with our Slot-Die Coater. As his secondment with Ossila drew to a close earlier this month, we thought it would be great for him to share his experiences and some of his research findings with you!



    Science in Industry: Interactive Workshop with EPSRC New & Sustainable PV CDT

    Posted on Wed, Feb 07, 2018 by Ashley Wong

    Ossila is once again proud to provide industrial support for the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council's (EPSRC)  Centre for Doctoral Training in New & Sustainable Photovoltaics (CDT-PV). 

    Continuing our annual tradition of running workshops with the new cohort of 1st-year PhD students, this marked our third consecutive year collaborating with the CDT-PV in hosting a training workshop (the previous two focused on Scientific Python coding). This year, our workshop was part of the CDT-PV's training on the commercialisation of science.


    New Slot-Die Coating Guide Available: Troubleshooting Defects

    Posted on Thu, Jan 25, 2018 by Jon Griffin

    An extremely versatile deposition technique, slot-die coating is capable of being integrated into both roll-to-roll and sheet-to-sheet deposition systems. Slot-die coating's key advantage is its simple relationship between i) wet-film coating thickness, ii) the flow rate of solution, and iii) the speed of the coated substrate relative to the head. Moreover, it can achieve extremely uniform films across large areas - in the best cases with variation being less than 1% across several meters.


    Solution Preparation, Made Easy

    Posted on Mon, Dec 04, 2017 by Jon Griffin

    Whether in workshops or our own labs, we've always understood and emphasised the importance of the little things. For example, take the simple pipette tip or syringe filter - these simple accessories are often overlooked in favour of other shiny new pieces of equipment. However, even the most advanced equipment in the world will fail to give you accurate results if the fundamental steps are not carried out properly. Therefore, a basic step like solution preparation is truly a vital part of conducting experiments.


    The New & Improved IV Curve Measurement System

    Posted on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 by Chris Bracher

    We are constantly looking for ways to make your research easier and more efficient. Our latest attempt at doing so is the IV Curve Measurement System, which has now been upgraded to include an intuitive PC software, along with these new features and benefits listed below.


    Ossila Accepts Prize at 2017 Annual IOP Awards Night

    Posted on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 by Ashley Wong

    In honour of our recent Institute of Physics (IOP) Business Innovation Award, we were invited to attend an official awards dinner held in London last week. Several representatives from Ossila - including our Managing Director, Dr. James Kingsley, and Chairman, Prof. David Lidzey - travelled to London to spend an evening with esteemed academic & industrial physicists.


    Now Available: Materials for Non-Fullerene Polymer Solar Cells

    Posted on Thu, Nov 09, 2017 by Hunan Yi

    Non-fullerene polymer solar cells (NF-PSCs) have recently received great interest in academic and industrial research fields. This is partly due to the continuous development of polymer semiconductors as OPV donor materials during the last 20 years [1-3].


    Slot-Die Coater Launching Soon!

    Posted on Wed, Nov 01, 2017 by Jon Griffin

    A major challenge in the deposition of thin-film electronic devices is the transition from simple lab-based techniques to those that are compatible with large-scale manufacturing. Simple methods, such as spin coating, are widely used within laboratories - but this technique cannot be integrated into scalable manufacturing lines. However, there is a technique that is suitable for both small-scale and large-scale usage: slot-die coating.



    The New, Improved Spin Coater

    Posted on Tue, Oct 24, 2017 by Ian Firth

    At Ossila, we are continuously improving our products to provide you with the tools that enable innovation in your field. Our original low-cost Spin Coater was the answer for giving more researchers the opportunity to create high-quality coatings.

    After combining your valuable customer feedback with the work of our R&D team, Ossila are proud to present the new Spin Coater – designed for busy labs. With this updated version of the Spin Coater, we worked to enhance the practical user experience.


    Ossila Wins Prestigious Institute of Physics Award

    Posted on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 by Ashley Wong

    Sheffield UK, 18th October 2017: Ossila Ltd today announces that it has won an Institute of Physics (IOP) Business Innovation Award in recognition of its solar cell prototyping platform, which allows researchers to achieve world-class results and increases the pace of solar cell research in an affordable and efficient manner. This exemplary innovative platform encompasses Ossila's substrates, materials, equipment, and standard photovoltaic reference architecture.


    Welcome the ITIC Family

    Posted on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 by Hunan Yi

    With non-fullerene acceptors (NFAs) becoming an alternative to fullerene-based electron acceptors - and in some cases out-performing fullerenes in organic photovoltaics - we have expanded our collection to include ITIC family members! Namely, ITIC-M, ITIC-Th and ITIC-2F have all been added to our small molecule acceptor (SMA) catalogue.