Technologies to License

We develop a large range of technologies that have applications beyond our laboratories, which may be of interest to your company.


The list below is available to license through Oxford University Innovation.

Electrodynamic Micro-Manipulator
Oxford researchers have developed a novel and robust approach for the manipulation of non-spherical bodies, in which an electrical field levitates, aligns and orients the object, under air or vacuum conditions. A number of opportunities could open in the area of manufacturing processes of microcomponents and wide area nanomaterial integration as a result of this technology.

Control of CRISPR gene editing
Researchers at the University of Oxford have developed a control system that allows spatio-temporal activation of CRISPR, based on an engineered RNA guide strand. This technology is modular, so both targeting and sensing can be adapted to allow new genes to be targeted, subject to the detection of new biomolecular triggers.

Increased capacity in telecom networks
The technology available to licence is a new technique for using higher order Hermite-Gaus (HG) modes to increase the channel capacity in telecommunication networks via HG mode selective multiplexing.

Energy microgenerationThe Oxford microgeneration system makes use of off-the-shelf induction motors with variable voltage and frequency output as the core of a highly efficient energy conversion system.

Obtaining conductive films
Oxford researchers have developed a novel method for obtaining conductive CNT films with inexpensive, non-conjugated polymers. These films show high transparency and similar conductivities to previous conductive CNT films using conjugated polymers. This novel method produces very inexpensive conductive CNT films.

Nuclear quadrupole resonance sensor for safer wireless power
Oxford researchers have developed an elegant safety solution that uses nuclear quadrupole resonance to detect biological material within the WPT magnetic field. The device can differentiate between human and animal tissue and may provide feedback to a kill-switch for the WPT system. This approach is affordable and more reliable than existing radar-based solutions.

3D laser spectrometer
A novel technology using spectroscopy to capture multiple two-dimensional spectral images from a single capture with higher light throughput. The 3D laser spectrometer design is built upon the concept from an emerging field of compressed sensing to make it possible to retrieve 3D spectral information from a screen/camera.

Self-certified random number generator
A new method for random number generation that is fast, compact, and can be manufactured at low cost. It is a completely optical system that extracts theoretical information securely using randomness from any light source compatible with its detection technology. It also provides certification against attempts to influence the randomness by tampering with the light source, making it even more secure for encryption and trading applications. The certification scheme requires no moving parts and is suitable for use with low-cost photodiodes and works with any light source.

Integrated optical quantum memory for ultra-fast information processing

An optimal beam splitter layout for universal multiport interferometers

Novel signal cross coupling method

Non-degenerate Travelling Wave Parametric Amplifier

Fluid Monitoring Applications

Concentrating Solar Energy

High Density protein nanoarray

Calibrating Quantum Detectors

Smooth Walled Feed Horn Antennas

Ion Detector

Pixel imaging mass spectrometry

A compact and robust cold-atom source for quantum technologies
Oxford researchers have designed a compact magneto-optical trap with identical mirrors and mounts, making it easier to manufacture and fit inside standard size vacuum tubing. Unlike previous devices, the size of the hole through which the atoms emerge is adjustable. This adds the ability to tailor the beam of cold atoms to meet the requirements of different users.

Coherent Conversion between Optical and Microwave Photons in Rydberg Gases
Oxford researchers have developed a device that enables coherent interconversion between microwave and optical photons. This invention has numerous applications across the spectrum of quantum technology, including powerful signal processing, detection of hidden metal objects, subcutaneous cancer detection, and in communication channels enabling a scalable network of superconducting quantum bits for computing.

Wireless radiation detector
Researchers at Oxford Physics have successfully produced a radioactivity detector using a PiN diode that is smaller and affordable to produce than the traditionally used Geiger counter. The device is also able to provide energy discrimination of incoming particles. Furthermore, Bluetooth technology allows this device to link to a phone or a computer generating a more convenient way to monitor radioactivity levels. These detectors show promise in environmental radioactivity monitoring.