Founded in 2009 by organic electronics research scientists, Ossila aims to provide the components, equipment, and materials to enable intelligent and efficient scientific research and discovery. Eight years on, we're proud to supply our products to over 1000 different institutions in over 67 countries globally.
With decades of academic and industrial experience in developing organic and thin-film LEDs, photovoltaics, and FETs, we know how long it takes to establish a reliable and efficient device fabrication and testing process. As such, we have developed coherent packages of products and services - enabling researchers to jump-start their organic electronics 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
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). 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. Throughout his academic career, he has authored over 220 peer-reviewed papers.
Dr. James Kingsley - Managing Director
James is a co-founder and managing director of Ossila, with over 12 years’ experience in organic electronics. Since starting to work with organic photovoltaics in 2008, he has produced high-performance devices as part of several high-profile projects, including the EPSRC Nanotechnology Grand Challenge. It was this work – undertaken to increase the fabrication throughput of organic photovoltaics to better optimise devices – that led to the formation of Ossila, enabling others to benefit from the same processes and equipment for their work. The same ethos still guides Ossila, with its aim to speed up the pace of scientific discovery. His personal areas of research interest include new materials for solution-processable photovoltaics and hybrid organic-inorganic devices. However, with a PhD in quantum mechanics/nanotech, James also has a keen interest in developing a wide array of innovative laboratory and test equipment across the field of materials science to help scientists and engineers conduct research in faster and smarter ways.
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.
Ms. Monika Kolchevska
Monika is the Key Operations Manager at Ossila. She is a University of Sheffield graduate with a degree in East Asian Studies, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Human Resource Management. She initially joined in July 2014 as a customer service administrator, utilising her knowledge in five foreign languages (including her native Bulgarian). She now holds the role of Operations Manager, which involves effortlessly juggling multiple tasks – such as supervising the customer service team, stock purchasing, accounts, and day-to-day HR. Monika has Big Ideas all of the time, and loves creating multiple checklists in order to execute them. However, she loves it most when her team also has Big Ideas - and as a passionate leader, Monika strives to make their vision come true.
Dr. Max Reinhardt
Max joined Ossila in 2013 after a PhD in inorganic and materials chemistry from the University of Edinburgh, having worked on thin-film processing, small-molecule synthesis and crystal growth for OFET applications. In his role as Technical Sales Manager, Max helps customers with advanced product support and acts as a facilitator between the Operations and Development Teams. Max also leads the Technical Marketing Team, generating online content for improved user support and experience. In his spare time, Max enjoys bouldering, propagating plants and playing with other peoples' pets.
Mr. Ian Firth
Ian graduated from The University of Sheffield with a Master’s degree in Chemistry. Initially starting his career at Ossila with a part-time position on the workshop floor, Ian has risen to be Production Manager of the lab equipment in Ossila’s catalogue. As such, Ian has built one of almost every type of equipment that we sell. He now focuses on ensuring that our equipment is ready to be shipped efficiently, without compromising on the quality that Ossila customers can expect.
Ms. Rosie Morgan
Rosie joined Ossila as a Customer Service Administrator in February 2016, after completing a degree in Law at Sheffield Hallam University. Having worked in customer service during her time at university, she decided to pursue it as a career path. At Ossila, she tends to both new and existing customers, oversees shipping, and liaises with couriers (and other relevant parties) to facilitate the safe and efficient shipment of parcels. Her other responsibilities include daily administrative tasks and implementing her legal knowledge where possible. Outside of work, Rosie enjoys musical theatre, partaking in the occasional pub quiz, and having a drink or two while she is there.
Mr. Tom Salter
Tom joined Ossila as a Customer Service Dispatch Assistant at the beginning of August 2016. This was after completing an MPhys degree in physics at the University of Sheffield. Tom’s responsibilities include working with Rosie to field customer emails and queries, as well as preparing and packing materials, consumables and other Ossila products to safely dispatch them to our customers. Tom also works with Ossila's stock assistants to organise, maintain, and update stock levels. He also orders and prepares Ossila’s range of masks and substrates. In his spare time, Tom enjoys playing Rugby for a local Sheffield team, hill walking, and mountaineering.
If you have any technical questions about any Ossila products, or want some advice on fabrication & measurement processes, please complete this contact form and a member of our Research Team will be happy to help.
Dr. Hunan Yi
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.
Dr. Lydia Heathcote
Lydia joined Ossila in 2013. She is an Electronic Engineer working on the development of Instrumentation, mainly for test and measurement. Before joining Ossila, she was a Research Assistant at the University of Manchester’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, where she also obtained her PhD. She has industrial experience in the electronics and communications industry, having worked as an RF (Radio Frequency) Design Engineer and SAW (Surface Acoustic Wave) Filter Design Engineer at Lucent Technologies and GEC Plessey Semiconductors.
Dr. Hadi Hassan
Hadi obtained a PhD from University of Sheffield in 2017, with his main area of research being in Robotics. He received his MSc in Advanced Control and Systems Engineering from the University of Manchester in 2010. He initially joined Ossila in 2012 with a part-time position, and in 2017 took up a full-time role as an Electronics Engineer. He is based in the Product Development department, and works on developing new equipment and product ranges. During his free time, he enjoys travelling around the countryside.
Dr. Omar Sayidmarie
Omar joined Ossila in summer 2014 to develop Ossila’s Source Meter Unit (SMU), working as a part-time engineer whilst completing his PhD at The University of Sheffield. Omar comes from a family of electrical engineers, and is interested in electronics and embedded systems. He holds BSc and MSc degrees in computer engineering. After finishing his PhD, Omar started a full-time role in Ossila's research and development team. He was involved in the development of the majority of lab equipment in Ossila’s catalogue.
Dr. Jonathan Griffin
Jonathan joined Ossila in July 2016 after working as a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Sheffield. During his career as a research scientist, he has worked in wide range of areas including organic light-emitting diode, organic photovoltaics, transparent conductors, organic lead-halide perovskites, and scale-up processes in thin-film fabrication. As part of his role at Ossila, Jonathan is responsible for the technical support for several material ranges, including perovskites, organic photovoltaics, graphene and other 2-D materials. In addition, he is also involved in the development of new equipment and product ranges. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys spending time at the pub with friends, relaxing with his cat, or playing games with strangers on the internet.
Dr. Nick Scarratt
Nick joined Ossila in 2015 after completing a physics PhD in organic photovoltaics at the University of Sheffield. This gave him experience in device physics, coating techniques and the optical and electrical characterisation of organic semiconductors. His PhD also involved the construction and programming of automated characterisation systems. He now draws from this knowledge to design and create test and measurement systems for Ossila. Outside of his career, Nick’s favourite activity is snowboarding, which he tries to do as often as he can. When not in the Alps, he enjoys bouldering and sampling Sheffield’s many great breweries.
Dr. Christopher Bracher
Chris joined Ossila in 2016 after completing a PhD in polymer & perovskite solar cells at the University of Sheffield. During his PhD, he gained expertise in photovoltaic device fabrication and characterisation, thin-film solution processing, & the construction of automated testing systems. Formerly part of the OFET & 2D materials teams at Ossila, he now focuses on the development of new test and measurement systems, with an emphasis on software. Outside of his work at Ossila, Chris enjoys socialising with his friends and bouldering. He enjoys reading sci-fi and fantasy novels, gaming, and watching movies. An avid drinker of tea, his current favourite is Assam (with barely any milk, and no sugar).
Mr. Oliver Spenceley
Oliver initially joined Ossila back in May 2015 when he was an undergraduate student, and took on a part-time role manufacturing Ossila's processing equipment. He later moved on to a Design Engineering role, and was awarded Student Employee of the Year - a national award - for his commercial impact at Ossila. He has since graduated from the University of Sheffield with a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. His current role focuses on prototyping upcoming products and working on them to be manufactured.
Content & Website Team
Ms. Ashley Wong-Stringer
Having joined the team in 2016, Ashley is a PR & Digital Marketing Coordinator. Hailing from a Psychology background, she has an MSc in Organizational/Work Psychology from the Sheffield University Management School. Prior to joining Ossila, Ashley worked with two multi-national organizations, researching emotional labour in the life insurance industry. She is currently Ossila’s word fairy, SEO analyst, & communications funnel. In 2017, she successfully led the process of writing & applying for a prestigious Institute of Physics Business Innovation Award, which resulted in Ossila winning its first-ever industrial award. Some of her personal interests are aerial dance, travelling, singing, reading, & baking.
Mr. Tom Armes
Ossila’s Graphic Designer, Tom, joined the company in 2016. He is a Sheffield Hallam University graduate with degree in Business and Enterprise Management. As part of his degree, Tom undertook a placement year working for an SME in a marketing-focused role where he developed strong digital marketing, graphic design and project management skills. Tom is responsible for the creation of images and videos featured on Ossila's website and social media channels. During his spare time, Tom practises acrobatics and martial arts tricking, and enjoys playing the guitar.
Location and Facilities
Ossila is based at the Solpro Business Park in Attercliffe, Sheffield.
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 Loughborough||Prof. Mike Walls||SuperSolar Consortium||2012 - 2017|
|Imperial College London||Prof. Jenny Nelson||Perovskite Photovoltaics||2015 - 2018|
|University of Sheffield||Prof. David Lidzey||Industrial Sponsor of PhD Student, Emma Spooner||2017 - 2021|
|University of Liverpool||Prof. Ken Durose||Centre for Doctoral Training in New and Sustainable PV||2014 - 2023|