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Our research facilities

We develop technologies for the future in our purpose built laboratory on the Oxford Science Park which includes chemical, optics and electronics labs and Class 100 cleanroom facilities. These are all maintained to the highest standard and equipped with state of the art tools for fabrication and characterisation of materials, devices and displays. We also operate the latest technical software packages for simulation of optical systems, optoelectronic devices and electronic circuits. Some of our on-site facilities for fabrication, characterisation of materials, displays and devices, and simulations are listed below.


  • Wet benches, fume extract hoods, mask aligner & spinner
  • Glove boxes for handling air-sensitive materials, including integrated spinner, evaporative coater and vacuum oven
  • Metal and dielectric coaters with thermal sources
  • Thermal and infrared furnaces
  • Synthesis and purification tools (centrifuge, chromatography, rotary evaporator)
  • Vacuum ovens
  • Ozone and UV cleaners
  • Oxygen plasma cleaning
  • Liquid crystal cell assembly process (alignment systems, spacer beam delivery, vacuum filling, edge seal)
  • Automated adhesive dispenser
  • Flexible printed circuit bonder
  • Polishing and lapping system
  • Screen printer
  • Laser cutter
  • Wedge/ball wire bonder

Materials Characterisation

  • Ultra high-resolution field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM)
  • Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX)
  • High-resolution X-ray diffractometery (HRXRD)
  • Atomic force microscopy (AFM)
  • Step profilometery
  • Optical profilometry
  • Spectroscopic ellipsometry
  • Conventional, Nomarski & polarising optical microscopy
  • High pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC)
  • Gas chromatography (GC)
  • Size exclusion chromatography (SEC/GPC)
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR)
  • Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)
  • Simultaneous thermal analysis (TGA)
  • Contact angle goniometer
  • UV-Vis spectrometry
  • Fluorescence spectrometry
  • Fourier transform infra-red spectrometry (FTIR)
  • Continuous and pulsed laser sources for spectroscopy (wavelengths 210 nm ~ 1064 nm)
  • High-resolution optical spectroscopy and optical analysers
  • Cryogenic photoluminescence, micro-photoluminescence spectroscopy (nitrogen, helium cryostats)
  • Micro-Raman spectroscopy

Display & Device Characterisation

  • Display characterisation (contrast & luminance cameras, angle scanners)
  • Temperature dependent LIV (light-current-voltage) analysis
  • Probe stations & parameter analysers
  • Calibrated integrating spheres
  • LED & luminaire characterisation system
  • Kelvin probe station
  • Hall effect measurement
  • Full laser beam characterisation
  • Temperature dependent & high speed modulation testing

Modelling and Simulation Software

  • Zemax OpticsStudio
  • Synoptics LightTools
  • Synoptics RSoft CAD
  • Silense
  • Breault Research Organisation ASAP
  • SolidWorks
  • Comsol MultiPhysics
  • Silvaco Atlas
  • Silvaco SmartSpice
  • DIMOS LCD modelling
  • Cadence IC design package
  • ANSYS Mechanical