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Case Studies


Successful test of the Compact Infrared Imager and Radiometer prototype (15 August 2020)

The Centre for Advanced Instrumentation (CFAI) has successfully completed and delivered 5 freeform aluminium mirrors of the Compact Infrared Imager and Radiometer (CIIR) prototype. The system has been tested in Oxford University and is performing well. 

The CIIR is designed for a 6U Earth observation CubeSat, for both nadir viewing and scanning of the Earth’s limb, preferably from a Sun synchronous orbit. The optical design incorporates a bandpass filter to support investigations of the properties of clouds and aerosols as well as monitoring concentrations of stratospheric water vapour. 

This prototype is a proof of concept for future missions based on low cost constellations of spacecraft. 


£675K awarded as part of a new project to study new concepts in design of ultra efficient OLED emitters.  (28 July 2020) 

Durham’s Prof Monkman has been awarded £675,000 as part of a three Universities project to study ultra efficient OLED emitters for the next generation of OLED TVs. The project (worth in total nearly £2M) will combined Quantum Chemistry modelling in Newcastle and Synthetic Chemistry in Glasgow with novel spectroscopy and device physics in Durham.  

The goal of this flagship project is to produce ultra efficient deep blue light emitters which will be used in a new type of OLED TV design that only requires the generation of blue light. Red and green light will be generated by quantum dot fluorescent converting filters. As part of the project, a new UK Biochemistry Company becomes a partner, expanding their synthetic chemistry know-how into new avenues of OLED materials production. 

Prof Monkman said "this new project is a result of several break through developments made in Durham and Newcastle.  It has raised greater awareness in the UK Chemistry Industries so that new players, never before involved in OLED technology, are now willing to invest because of the potential step change these new materials offer. It is great to see renewed interest in OLED materials development in the UK"