Ossila was founded in 2009 by organic electronics research scientists with the aim of providing the components, equipment and materials to enable faster and smarter research and discovery. We have grown a lot since then and are proud to now supply our products to over 600 different institutions in over 57 countries across the world.
Having spent many years both in industry and academia developing organic and thin film LEDs, photovoltaics and FETs, we know how long it takes to develop a reliable and efficient device fabrication and testing process. As such, we have developed packages of products and services to enable researchers to jump-start their organic electronics or materials research development program.
Our research scientists have significant experience in the processing of materials into LEDs, PVs and FETs, and amongst our team of physicists, chemists and engineers we have a huge collection of knowledge on thin film processing, electronics and characterisation. The vision behind Ossila is to share this experience with academic and industrial researchers alike and to make their research more efficient. By providing products and services that take the hard work out of the device fabrication process, and the equipment to enable accurate, rapid testing, we can free scientists to focus on what they do best - science.
Meet the Ossila Team. The Directors:
Prof. David Lidzey - Chairman
As professor of physics at the University of Sheffield, Prof. David Lidzey heads the university’s Electronic and Photonic Molecular Materials research group (EPMM) and has had over 150 peer reviewed papers published. During his career David has worked in both academic and technical environments, with his main areas of research including hybrid organic-inorganic semiconductor materials and devices, organic photonic devices and structures and solution processed photovoltaic devices.
Dr. James Kingsley - Managing Director
James is the founder and managing director of Ossila, and has over 8 years experience in organic electronics. During his career he has produced some of the highest efficiency organic photovoltaics as part of the EPSRCS Nanotechnology Grand Challenge project. His personal research areas of interest include new materials for organic photovoltaics and hybrid organic-inorganic devices. However, with a PhD in quantum mechanics/nanotech, James also has a keen interest in developing innovative test equipment in order to help scientists conduct research faster and with better results.
Dr. Alastair Buckley - Technical Director
Alastair is a lecturer of physics at the University of Sheffield, specialising in organic electronics and photonics. He is also a member of the EPMM research group, with his key areas of research focusing on understanding and applying the intrinsic advantages of functional organic materials to a wide range of optoelectronic devices. Alastair’s experience has not been gained solely in academia; he previously led the R&D team at MicroEmissive Displays as Chief Scientist, and as a result he has extensive technical experience in OLED displays and is the editor and contributor of the book Organic Light-Emitting Diodes by Elsevier.
Key Operations Personnel:
Monika Kolchevska - Operations Manager
Monika is at the forefront of Ossila’s operations team and is responsible for both sales and procurement. She is a proficient multilinguist able to speak 6 languages including English, Bulgarian and Russian, and has several years experience in delivering second-to-none customer service and support.
Key Research Staff:
Should you have any technical questions about any Ossila products or would like some advice on fabrication and measurement processes, please complete the form below and a member of our R&D team will be happy to help.
Dr. Max Reinhardt
Max joined Ossila in 2013 after a PhD in inorganic and functional materials chemistry from the University of Edinburgh, where he developed expertise in thin-film solution processing, small molecule synthesis and crystal growth. He has experience in OFET device fabrication and characterisation, and as an applications scientist at Ossila he is responsible for the manufacture of our pre-fabricated FET substrates, custom formulations and perovskite precursor materials. In addition, his role in technical sales and support provides all our customers with advanced product support, with a particular focus on the spin coater, materials and contract fabrications. Max also travels as Ossila's representative, giving presentations at conferences and training workshops and providing face-to-face support.
Dr. Hunan Yi - Product Development Chemist
Hunan is Ossila’s organic chemist, specialising in polymers and functional materials synthesis, polymeric semiconductors, and purification of conjugated polymers. Having achieved an MSc from Shanghai China, Hunan moved to St Andrews University to study towards his PhD in Dye-Sensitised Solar Cells where he then remained as Research Fellow until 2004. He then became a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Sheffield, before working with both the University and Ossila as a KTA associate in 2015.
- Molecular weight dependent vertical composition profiles of PCDTBT:PC71BM blends for organic photovoltaics
- Fluorene-Based Co-polymer with High Hole Mobility and Device Performance in Bulk Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells
- Carbazole and thienyl benzo[1,2,5]thiadiazole based polymers with improved open circuit voltages and processability for application in solar cells
- Narrow Energy Gap Polymers with Absorptions up to 1200 nm and their Photovoltaic Properties
- N-Aryl 2,7-Linked Carbazole Polymers and Copolymers with Fluorine Protecting Groups: A New Class of Blue Emitting Polymers for LED Applications
- Fluoro-protected carbazole main-chain polymers as a new class of stable blue emitting polymers
- A New Class of Blue-Emitting Materials for LED Applications: Triarylamine N-Functionalised 2,7-Linked Carbazole Polymers
- Preparation and Properties of 4-Dialkylamino-phenyl N-Functionalized 2,7-Linked Carbazole Polymers
Dr. Lydia Heathcote
As the R&D team’s Electronic Engineer, Lydia develops Ossila’s range of test and measurement circuit boards. She has a PhD from the University of Manchester’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, where she was also a Research Assistant specialising in instrumentation to detect and image corrosion in steel rebars and medical instrumentation. Lydia has experience in the electronics and communications industry, having worked as an RF (Radio Frequency) and SAW (Surface Acoustic Wave) Filter Design Engineer, before starting her PhD.
- A methodology to extract dimensional information from steel bars using a magnetic field imaging camera (mFIC)
- Frequency considerations for a system using phase information to detect and image corrosion in steel rebars located at distances of 8-9 cm
- A system which uses phase and magnitude information separately enabling detection and imaging of corrosion in steel rebars located at distances of 8-9 cm
- A methodology to extract dimensional information using a magnetic field imaging camera (mFIC)
M.A. Hadi Hassan
Hadi is a PhD student working in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield. He received his Master of Science degree in Advanced Control and Systems Engineering from the University of Manchester in 2010. His main research interest is in the robotics area, primarily focusing on the design and implementation of versatile scansorial robots. At Ossila he has helped to develop a number of new products, including the Spin Coater and FACT1 system.
Location and Facilities
Ossila is based at the Kroto Innovation Centre in the Nanoscience and Technology Building on Sheffield University's North Campus. We use a device fabrication cluster housed in a class 1000 clean-room as part of the National III-V centre, and have a dedicated suite of thin film and organic electronics testing and analysis tools. We also have our own supplementary labs to increase device throughput.
Collaborations and Partnerships
Ossila is pleased to be involved in the below projects as an industrial collaboration partner:
|University of Sheffield||Dr. Ahmed Iraqi||
KTA Award: Scale up of organic
|University of Sheffield||Prof. David Lidzey||UK OPV||2012 - 2015|
|University of Cambridge||Dame Prof. Athene Donald||UK OPV||2012 - 2015|
|Imperial College London||Prof. Jenny Nelson||Perovskite Photovoltaics||2015 - 2018|
|University of Loughborough||Prof. Mike Walls||SuperSolar Consortium||2012 - 2017|
|University of Liverpool||Prof. Ken Durose||Centre for Doctoral Training in New
and Sustainable PV
|2014 - 2023|
Single Partner Projects
Ossila is also undertaking the below single partner internal research projects:
|Funding Body||Project Title||Dates|
Innovate UK (formerly the
|High-throughput screening system for
organic electronic nano materials
|2013 - 2014|
|Innovate UK (formerly the
Technology Strategy Board)
Laboratory-scale Flexible Organic
|2014 - 2015|