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Our Writing Team


We have built, and continue to grow, a team of scientific, product, and research & development experts. Together, our Ossila experts have an extensive background in academia and industry, paired with comprehensive scientific and product knowledge.

Creating free scientific resources available to everyone is one way we achieve our mission of removing the barriers to research. Our resources cover the underpinning theory behind our products and their applications, and practical user advice based on decades of research experience.

The Ossila Experts


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Dr. Mary O'Kane

Application Scientist

Mary has a masters degree in Physics from the University of Sheffield. She continued on to a PhD specialising in Perovskite Solar Cells and Perovskite Precursor Inks. As Ossila's Application Scientist, she creates, sources, and reviews our resources to help customers get the most out of Ossila materials and equipment.


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Dr. Jon Griffin

Product Developer

Jon has an MPhys and PhD in Physics. His research background is in the development of scalable deposition techniques for the fabrication of organic photovoltaic devices. As a Product Developer working to build and improve new and existing products, Jon has extensive knowledge of our processing equipment.


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Dr. Omar Sayidmarie

R&D Engineer

Omar received his BSc, and MSc degree in Computer Engineering in 2002 and 2005, respectively. In 2016, he completed a PhD degree in robotics and embedded systems from the University of Sheffield. As an electronics R&D engineer, Omar is involved in the development of our processing and measurement equipment.


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Dr. Chris Bracher

Software Engineer

Chris has an MPhys in Physics from the University of Sheffield. He then completed a PhD in Organic (Polymer) and Perovskite Solar Cells, focusing on the impact of production on performance and long-term stability. As a Software Engineer, Chris develops application software and measurement equipment for our product catalogue.


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Linda Vidova

Scientific Writer and PR Officer

Linda has an MSc in Genomic Medicine and is currently a 2nd year PhD student at the University of Sheffield focusing on Genetics of Cancer. At Ossila, Linda gets involved as a PR Officer and contributes to our online resources as a Scientific Writer.


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Zain Waite

Product Specialist

Zain has a post-graduate degree from the University of Manchester in Clinical Biochemistry, as well as an undergraduate degree in Medical Biochemistry. As part of the Technical Customer Support function, Zain continuously expands his Ossila product knowledge and aids customers with technical queries.


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Freddie Ward

Product Specialist

Following a BSc in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics, Freddie continued his study of the subject through an MSc from the University of Sheffield. As part of the Technical Customer Support function, Freddie is a specialist in our test and measurement products.

How We Write


Being able to verify the quality and accuracy of information is essential, especially in the field of scientific research. For this reason, we are transparent about how our resources are written and who they are written by.

Who Writes for Us?

All of our resources are written, edited, or reviewed by an Ossila expert or freelance scientific writer/editor on behalf of Ossila. Involving both internal and external writers broadens our areas of expertise, and offers a range of new perspectives from researchers with first-hand experience. Each piece of externally written content is reviewed and edited by one of our Ossila experts.

In order to optimize our writing processes, our content team use pre-trained AI to assist them with content creation, including content writing, editing, and idea generation. All content written with the assistance of AI is reviewed by an Ossila expert before being published.

Getting It Right

With the pace of scientific discovery moving quickly, keeping our resources up to date and factually correct is important. Our Ossila experts work with our content team to maintain and update resource pages. Older pages with historical relevance include a clear disclaimer that the content is no longer up to date.

While we try our best to ensure all of our resources are correct and error free, as humans, we sometimes make mistakes. If you discover any opportunities for corrections or improvements in our resources, you can get in touch.

Contributing Authors


Alongside our in-house experts, we work with a range of external scientific writers. If you would like to write for us, take a look at our Ossila Writers page for more information on how to apply.


Imogen Pass Content Writer
Dr. Nicola Williams

Professional science writer specialising in the history of biology and the history of technology over the twentieth century.

Brett Pasquill Scientific Writer in collaboration with Ossila
Christopher Passmore PhD Student Collaborator: Responsive Manufacturing of Thick to Thin Films at the University of Sheffield
Jack Atkinson PhD Student Collaborator: Responsive Manufacturing of Thick to Thin Films at the University of Sheffield
Dr Emma Spooner PhD Student Collaborator: Fullerene-Free Photovoltaic Devices at the University of Sheffield
Dr. Max Reinhardt Product Expert
Dr. Hadi Hassan Product Developer
Dr. Evgeny Alexeev Post-doctoral Research Associate:

Alexander Tartakovskii's 2D Materials group at the University of Sheffield

Ron Mertens Founder & CEO of Metalgrass LTD and OLED-info.

For the past 14 years, Ron has been focused on the OLED market, gathering deep understanding of OLED technology, the industry, and the market.

Peter Claronino PhD Student Collaborator:

Organic Semiconductor Lasers and Light Emitting Materials at The University of Sheffield

Marco Colella PhD Student Collaborator:

Part of the Excilight Innovative Training Network (ITN) programme

Dr. Kirsty McGhee PhD Student Collaborator
Dr. Harry Robson PhD Student Collaborator
Stephen O Aderinto PhD Student Collaborator
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