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Capacity doubles with new capital investment


October 2008

Ilika’s project capacity has more than doubled through a £3 million investment in new “second generation” high throughput equipment for making and testing materials. Demand for innovation of cleantech materials in particular, has created the need for Ilika to invest in this additional capacity.

The new equipment allows Ilika to rapidly make libraries of complex inorganic materials, including alloys, oxides, nitrides and hydrides. In addition, Ilika has recently commissioned additional high throughput characterization equipment such as ICP-MS for compositional analysis of compounds containing light elements, a high brightness X-ray diffractometer with 2-D detection for structural characterisation, an automated probe station adapted for making electrical measurements at controlled temperatures and a scanning spectroscopic ellipsometer for measuring optical properties.

Professor Brian Hayden, Chief Scientific Officer at Ilika, stated, “These additional capabilities are key for the rapid characterization of a number of families of materials across our portfolio of projects. This investment has allowed us to extend and build-on the capabilities we already had access to through our strong relationships with the Universities of Southampton and Edinburgh.

Demand for new materials for the battery and photovoltaic sectors has been particularly strong this year and these new investments allow us to accelerate our programmes in these areas.”

Ilika Technologies Ltd is a privately held company established in 2004. Ilika quickly established a reputation for innovation and rapid results in the high growth industry of materials development. The company specializes in the development and application of high-throughput, combinatorial R&D techniques for the accelerated discovery of new materials.

Contact:
Graeme Purdy, CEO
Ilika Technologies Ltd
+44 23 8011400


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