UK’s highest business accolade awarded to our researchers

Dr. Alastair Buckley, Dr. James Kingsley, & Prof. David Lidzey founders of Ossila

Ossila Limited, a company pioneered by our experts based at the Innovation (USi) Centre, has been awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

The awards are one of the highest accolades businesses in the UK can achieve. They are granted annually by Her Majesty The Queen, based on the recommendations of the Prime Minister, together with an Advisory Committee of representatives from government, industry, commerce and trade unions.

The Queen’s Award recognises Ossila's outstanding achievement in International Trade for their continuous growth in global sales over the past six years.

Ossila was developed by our academics to provide the components, equipment and materials necessary to support the cutting-edge research of scientists and engineers. It now supplies products to over 1,000 different institutions in over 60 countries.

The development of Ossila's solar cell prototyping platform has enabled researchers to create functional solar cells from which big discoveries can be made by researchers across the world. A groundbreaking innovation, the solar cell platform can be used to advance research into renewable energy devices.

David Lidzey, Co-founder and Professor of Physics at our University said: “I am delighted that Ossila has been recognised by the Queen's Award for Enterprise. Working with Ossila has for me been personally exciting and very rewarding. It's great to see the basic and applied research done in my research group being the catalyst for a business that now provides jobs for a large number of people.

“The collaboration between the University of Sheffield and Ossila continues to grow, and I can see deeper links developing in the coming years."

Representatives from Ossila will attend an official Awards Reception hosted by members of the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace later this year.