Impact

We are working hard to ensure that our technologies, skills and expertise benefit society and the economy wherever possible. Case studies of the commercial applications of our research can be found on the right.

Creating New Companies
The University of Oxford's first spin-out company, Oxford Instruments, was founded from this department by Sir Martin Wood and Lady Audrey Wood in 1959 to manufacture superconducting magnets and the company is now a leading provider of high technology tools and systems for research and industry with annual revenue in excess of £350m.

Other notable spin-out companies from Oxford Physics include Oxford Cryosystems, a market-leading manufacturer of specialist scientific instrumentation and software, founded by Prof Mike Glazer and John Cosier in 1985.

More recent spin-out successes from the Physics Department include:

Oxford Nanoimaging (Founded 2016)
The Nanoimager is a desktop-compatible, super-resolution, single-molecule fluorescence microscope. The Nanoimager is the next generation of single-molecule imaging.

Oxford Photovoltaics (Founded 2010)
Low cost and efficient photovoltaic cells

Salunda (Founded 2004)
Robust, networked sensors for oilfield machinery, drilling and metering.

Oxbridge Pulsar Sources (Founded 2004)
OPS develops radio-transmitting antennas based on superluminal polarisation charge and current distributions for the communications industry.

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