About Us

Helio is commercialising materials for a new generation of brighter and more colourful displays that use significantly less energy.

Emanating from Oxford and Cambridge universities, we are supported by investors who share our vision and ambition to be market leader in the industry. 

We work with the best scientific and commercial brains in our field to expedite solid research and development. We look forward to a very bright future.

Lab engineer studying perovskite

Our Staff

Our aim is to employ the best material scientists and engineers in the world in our field and we look for qualified, experienced and passionate researchers to join our existing team. Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Bernard Wenger, joined us from the Photovoltaic and Optoelectronic Device Group, Oxford University, run by Professor Henry Snaith - a leading scientist in this field.

We are located in custom built labs in beautiful surroundings at the Wood Centre for Innovation in Oxford. 

If you want to be part of a well-funded, fast-growing start-up, and feel that your skills and experience match current career opportunities at Helio, we'd like to hear from you.

Our Founders

Helio Display Materials was spun out from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge by our founders, Professors Sir Richard Friend and Henry Snaith. The fundamental IP created by these eminent scientists underlies our research and is licensed to us by the universities. 

Professor Sir Richard Friend FRS FREng 

Distinguished for his work with organic polymers and the electronic properties of molecular semiconductors, Sir Richard is Cavendish Professor of Physics at the University of Cambridge. He also holds a wealth of prestigious awards and honours celebrating his achievements in this field, gaining a knighthood for 'services to physics' in 2003.

Professor Henry Snaith FRS

Henry gained his PhD in 2005 for research on polymer solar cells, supervised by Sir Richard. He holds numerous accolades for his work, and currently leads the Photovoltaic and Optoelectronic Device Group at Oxford University.

In 2010, Henry founded the now hugely successful Oxford PV, leaders in perovskite solar technology, which recently achieved significant funding to support its move into volume manufacturing.

Our Investors

Our investors include leading venture capitalists Longwall Ventures, BGF and IP Capital who each bring a wealth of experience in supporting start-up technology companies. They were attracted by our: 

  • Excellent prospects of being first to market with the next generation of display technology 
  • Promise to bring superior efficiency and lower costs to the industry through metal halide perovskites
  • Unique position as licensee of the fundamental IP from Oxford and Cambridge universities
  • Rapid speed of progress 
  • Close relationship with the founders, their active involvement providing ongoing scientific support and advice

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