Oxford Photovoltaics (Oxford PV) has appointed Dr. Chris Case as Chief Technology Officer to lead the technological development of the business, which is making rapid progress towards the commercialisation of its ground-breaking thin-film solar cells.
Formed in 2010, Oxford PV is a spin-out from Oxford University that has exclusively licensed, and is developing, a photovoltaic technology, which has the potential to deliver low cost, efficient solar cells that can be applied to glass building facades.
The company has already raised £7m in equity and grant funding and has made major progress with its perovskite-based solar cells, achieving impressive levels of efficiency. Strengthening its management team will enable the company to look at utility and other potential markets.
Chris brings a strong track record of senior technology management to the business. Since 2009, he has been running his own consultancy providing high level strategic technology commercialisation advice to global companies and small companies alike, including Voltaix, Llc, recently acquired by Air Liquide, and Surrey NanoSystems.
Prior to this, he spent ten years with The BOC Group, latterly part of the Linde Group where he was Chief Technology/Scientific Officer, responsible for driving global technology strategy and R&D for the €8 billion business.
Chris has a very strong scientific background in patents and IP management and is passionate about realising their commercial value. His experience spans markets across the world including the US and he has worked for a number of companies - from large corporates to small start-ups - to help manage their IP portfolios and broaden their scope of coverage.
A well as being extensively published in international press and periodicals, Chris is also a regular speaker and lecturer on integrated circuits and photovoltaics and chaired the interconnect team of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) for more than 10 years.
He began his career as Assistant Professor of Engineering at Brown University followed by 10 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories. He was a Fulbright-Hays scholar at the Université de Bordeaux, and holds an Sc.M. in engineering and Ph.D. in materials science from Brown University.
￼Company co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Oxford PV, Kevin Arthur said: "To be able to attract someone of Chris's calibre underlines the significant progress Oxford PV has made in the last 12 months and how serious we are about becoming a world leader in bringing to market this pioneering solar technology. With Chris as part of our team we will be looking to accelerate commercialisation as well as broaden the markets we are looking at."
Dr. Chris Case said: "I am thrilled and excited to be joining the Oxford PV team. I began my career in thin-film photovoltaics and have waited a long-time to return. The Oxford PV technology really has the potential to deliver on the oft-promised low-cost goals of thin-film solar. It is nice to be back."
This is the second senior appointment to be announced by Oxford PV this week, following David Smyth's arrival as Chief Financial Officer on 1 April. www.oxfordpv.com
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