We are working hard to ensure that our technologies, skills and expertise benefit society and the economy wherever possible. Case studies of the societal and 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.

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

Machine Discovery (Founded 2019)
Optimisation codes for a number of sectors, starting with the optimisation of nuclear fusion processes.

Oxford Ionics (Founded 2019)
Ion traps based quantum computing.

1715 Labs (Founded 2018)
Exploring how businesses can make use of citizen science software tools in order to classify and label images, text, audio and video, to solve real commercial problems.

Heliochrome (Founded 2018)
Perovskite-based light-emitting devices for next-gen displays.

Oxford Quantum Circuits (Founded 2017)
OQC are creating the core of the quantum revolution to solve some of humanity’s most significant challenges, from enabling life-changing drug discoveries to developing new battery technologies.

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)
Oxford PV's perovskite solar cell technology will significantly improve the performance of silicon photovoltaics, allowing cost reductions that transform the economics and accelerate the growth of solar energy generation globally.

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.

Oxford Cryosystems (Founded 1985)
Market-leading manufacturer of specialist scientific instrumentation and software


Spin-out company Oxford Nanoimaging

Licensing our technology to Etalon AG