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Helio appoints Professor Henry Snaith FRS as Chief Scientific Officer

21 April 2022
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Helio Display Materials , which is based in the R&D labs at the Wood Centre for Innovation, has appointed Professor Henry Snaith FRS as Chief Scientific Officer in a further significant development of its management team.

Also founder of the successful Oxford PV, Henry is professor at the University of Oxford’s Clarendon Laboratory where he leads a research group in organic, hybrid and perovskite optoelectronic devices. He was instrumental in the original founding of Helio Display Materials together with Prof. Sir Richard Friend of the University of Cambridge.

Helio is the first joint Oxford and Cambridge university spin-out. The company uses innovations based on the outstanding properties of metal halide perovskites to create materials for a new generation of brighter, more colourful displays that use significantly less power. It has recently completed a £3.5 million funding round led by Longwall Venture Partners and BGF.

Henry said: “Having been involved with Helio from the beginning as a co-founder and non-executive director, I am now very excited to be stepping up my commitment to the company as Chief Scientific Officer. The purpose of my role will be to ensure that the best scientific understanding of perovskites is built into the products that we deliver to our customers.”

Mark Verrall (Chair) said: I am really delighted to welcome Henry to Helio’s management team as CSO. He is not only a world-renowned leader in perovskite science, he is an enormous source of energy and inspiration to the entire team.”

Henry will take up his new role at Helio in parallel to his professorship and his existing role as CSO at Oxford Photovoltaics Ltd


Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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