Dec 2, 2020

Today, OnS is pleased to announced the launch of new corporate branding and an entirely new web site. These initiatives reflect the acceleration in our work to commercialise our ground-breaking coating technologies.

“We are really delighted with the results of our re-branding project and with the new web site” explained CEO, Ian Russell. He continued “The new site does a truly excellent job of communicating the benefits of our technologies to potential customers across a range of applications and markets” he continued.

The new web site can be viewed at The new corporate branding will be adopted on all external communications moving forward.

May 11, 2020

Abingdon (UK), 11 May 2020: Due to the continuing success in the research and development of its innovative coating technologies, Oxford nanoSystems (OnS) has today announced the appointment of Dr Ian Russell to the position of CEO.  Ian will report to the board of directors of OnS and, in addition to overall management responsibility, he will focus on developing and executing ONS’s commercial strategy. Ian will succeed Dr Alex Reip who will move into the role of Chief Technical Officer and will continue to lead OnS’s highly innovative research and development activities, in addition to overseeing the ramp up of production capabilities.

Ian has over 20 years’ experience managing early-stage business ventures in electronics, wearable technology, wireless communications, digital media, and software development. During this time, Ian has built and led international organisations covering product development, marketing, sales and service. Ian holds a B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering/Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering, both from the University of Birmingham. Ian joined OnS in the role of Chief Business Development Officer in January 2020.

Alex, a founder of OnS, has led the development of the company’s technology since its formation in 2012. With an M.Sc. in Chemistry from The University of Reading, he also has a Materials Sciences Ph.D. from Brunel University and has recently become a fellow of the RSC. He has successfully grown the company over the past five years through engaging with customers, raising equity investment and winning multiple grants and awards.

Alex stated “This is a hugely significant step for OnS. Our nanoFLUX® and nanoPROTECT coatings are now proven and primed for commercial applications. I have been incredibly grateful for the opportunity over the last five years to lead OnS through the transition from a fledgling company to business with extremely compelling technology proposition and outstanding prospects in a number of very large markets. Adding Ian to the team will ensure we have the commercial experience and leadership needed to capitalise on the opportunities in front of us.”

On being appointed Ian commented: “I am thrilled to have been offered the opportunity to lead OnS at such an important time in its development. OnS has world leading technology, an exceptional team and a very exciting market opportunity. I am looking forward to building on our successful research and development, and to delivering the rapid growth that we anticipate.”

About Oxford nanoSystems

Founded in 2012, Oxford nanoSystems have spent eight years developing a ground-breaking coating technology which has shown substantial enhancements in heat transfer capabilities when applied to heat exchangers and other two-phase systems.

The goal of Oxford nanoSystems is to enable the production of higher value and more efficient products which consume less energy, limit environmental impact and reduce costs for consumers and manufacturers. The coatings have been independently assessed by world-leading thermal engineers at Brunel University and displayed heat transfer coefficient increases of over 524% compared to untreated surfaces.

Established by experienced academics and business professionals from the Oxford community, OnS is based at Blacklands Way, Abingdon Business Park, and has a vision to implement its coating technology onto components which have been fully manufactured onsite within existing production facilities, improving efficiencies, sizes and cost structures for those manufacturers.

Apr 30, 2020

An idea that turned into a positive for Oxford Health, to share with you. Chief executive Dr. Alexander Reip explains: “We had recently scaled up our processes and required new protective equipment for our team, so our existing stock of protective suits became redundant. We realised they could be useful for the NHS so got in touch with Oxford Health and dropped them off.”

The full suits are reusable, resistant to chemicals and of course to pathogens. They are needed in patient care if staff are performing aerosol generating operations, for instance in dentistry.
Mar 9, 2020

We’ve been nominated for South East Tech 50!

Oxford nanoSystems Ltd has been shortlisted for a regional innovation award run by tech publication BusinessCloud.

OnS was among 118 tech firms nominated for potential inclusion in the South East Tech 50, a ranking of the region’s most innovative technology creators.

The general public can vote for the country’s most innovative smart technology company before 11pm on Wednesday 5th March by visiting this page.

An expert judging panel will also select their top companies from the shortlist, with the final 50 ranking decided by a combination of the judges’ choices and public vote.

The judging panel includes:

  • Elizabeth Corse, entrepreneur engagement manager (South East), Tech Nation
  • Tom Fox, tech growth lead, KPMG
  • Sam Peers, business development manager, Blake Morgan LLP
  • Jonathan Symcox, editor, BusinessCloud

The final South East Tech 50 ranking will be published on Monday March 16th on the BusinessCloud website, be publicised in its daily newsletter and also feature in its quarterly magazine in June.

South East Tech 50 is one of 11 regional tech innovation rankings from BusinessCloud which shines a light on the companies of all sizes who are doing amazing things with technology.

Vote for us here!

Twitter : @BCloud_UK

Nov 15, 2019

Oxford nanoSystems are pleased to announce they have been selected as finalists for this prestigious award. OnS develop innovative coatings to improve heat transfer systems.

The Thames Valley boasts some of the most dynamic and successful companies in the UK. It remains the cauldron of the country’s high-technology industries, the home of many manufacturing companies and a base for a wide variety of excellent service and professional organisations.

The Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards  (#TVBMA) is open to every company in the Thames Valley area and recognizes not only profitability, innovation and employment but also the contribution made to the local economic community and the provision of support to culture and charities in the region.

Winners will be announced at the Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards 2019 glittering black-tie dinner to be held at the Madejski Stadium, Reading on November 28, 2019. The awards presenter will be Vernon Kay. Good Luck OnS!

More information about all the Awards finalists, as well as how to book tickets to attend the ceremony, can be found at

Nov 14, 2019

As the debate around climate change heats up the International Energy Agency warns air conditioning is ‘one of the most critical blind spots in the energy debate.’ TechTribe Oxford writes about how Oxford Nanosystems is aiming to make its nanospiked coatings, which dramatically increase the efficiency of heat exchangers, part of a global solution to the challenge of energy use in cooling systems [].

Nov 11, 2019

Oxford nanoSystems named as one of 2019’s top innovators

Abingdon based Oxford nanoSystems has been announced as a finalist by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) for their 2019 Innovation Awards. The Awards celebrate the most pioneering engineering and technology innovations across 15 sectors, from energy and sustainability to transport and healthcare.

Chosen from over 360 entries, OnS was shortlisted for the Power & Energy award in recognition of the research and development of NanoFLUX, a surface coating technology that dramatically increases heat transfer within two-phase cooling systems. NanoFLUX technology is the solution for high performance and efficient cooling of high density electronic devices such as power amplifiers, advanced processors, GPU’s and laser diodes to run faster, at higher power levels and with higher reliability.

Dr Alex Reip, CEO, is delighted that OnS have been recognized for this award.

Panellist and IET Events Group Manager, Tanya Spencer, said: “The IET’s distinctive Innovation Awards celebrate the very best in new innovations in science, engineering and technology from around the world. Not only do the Awards put them in the spotlight, but play a crucial role in helping them advance their crucial work.

“All the finalists’ entries have a game-changing impact on society, improving the way we live and work. We are immensely proud to recognise, celebrate and show our support for these exceptional achievements and wish [enter company name] the best of luck at the Awards ceremony.”

OnS will join other finalists in London on 13 November, at a prestigious awards dinner and ceremony. Host for the evening, journalist, presenter and comedian, Alex Brooker, will announce the winners.

More information about all the Innovation Awards finalists, as well as how to book tickets to attend the ceremony, can be found at

Nov 8, 2019

Awarded for the creative development and scale-up of novel nano-coatings for energy saving and generation in heat transfer.

Dr Alexander Reip is CEO of Oxford nanoSystems Ltd, a company developing innovative nanocoatings to improve two phase heat transfer with an aim to improve the energy efficiency and reducing CO2 in everyday systems including air conditioning and refrigeration, energy generation and electronics cooling. 

Alex came to the company at its foundation in 2012 as CSO. He spent three years developing the company’s innovative nanoFLUX® coating technology, including co-writing its core patent, before being appointed CEO in 2015.

Within this role he has grown the company to over 13 people. He has established relationships with major worldwide manufacturers within heat exchanger technologies, waste heat recovery and electronics-cooling markets, whilst remaining highly involved in the scientific development of the nanoFLUX® process, reducing deposition duration and reliance on market-controlled resource costs.

He started up the company’s placement schemes to give a years’ experience to chemistry and engineering undergraduates and mentors chemistry undergraduates and early stage entrepreneurs. He won the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Oxford Trust and an SME Leadership Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2017

As well as being a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, he is part of the Institute of Directors “IoD 99” network of young entrepreneurs, member of the EPSRC Early Careers Forum and on the Science panel for the new DfE T-Levels.

Alex is thrilled to be the winner of this award.

Oct 8, 2019

The world needs and is demanding, new affordable, lightweight, robust and durable composite materials. This demand is being driven by the transportation and other high-value industries that want to improve performance, functionality and efficiency.

South Korea, the world’s 11th largest economy, is investing heavily to stimulate international collaboration in this field.
This October, Oxford nanoSystems together with 13 other advanced materials companies from across the UK will travel to South Korea as part of the next Global Business Innovation Programme (GBIP). The GBIP helps organisations to commercialise their technology by facilitating introductions to international partners interested in R&D and technology transfer collaboration opportunities or investment.

The companies will be supported through a structured and tailored programme of support before and after the visit. During the five day in-country programme they will meet South Korean officials and companies in Ulsan and Busan and attend ADEX Seoul 2019 with the aim of creating opportunities for technology collaboration.

Sep 30, 2019

Judges’ comments:

The winner’s NanoFlux technology provides a completely new, scientific alternative for manufacturers to improve the efficiency of heat transfer surfaces. What stood out was their bringing together of scientific knowledge and technical knowhow to create an essential product – new or retrofit – that can respond to the carbon neutral challenge 2030/50.

Winners’ comments

“We are really thrilled and surprised to have won an award which had so many impressive finalists. The Thames Valley area is such a hub for innovative and interesting STEM companies. Climate change is at the forefront of people’s minds and this is one of the driving forces behind us developing nanoFLUX coating technology, which can significantly increase heat transfer. Persistence is a very large part of creating successful technology. You need to have an open mind to be able to see different applications for a given product even if things don’t always look like they are going to work.”

Dr Alex Reip, CEO, Oxford nanoSystems

With many thanks to the organisers and sponsors of the Thames Valley Tech Awards