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Joseph Ociepa at the University of Wroclaw in Poland in 1981
1981 at the University of Wroclaw in Poland
2014 at the OCI Vacuum Microengineering facility in London, Ontario
2014 at OCI Vacuum Microengineering facility in London, Ontario, Canada
The OCI Vacuum Microengineering team.
The OCIVM team / Integrated MBE system with 7 deposition sources and in-situ characterization, 2016

Our Story

The world of technology is evolving due to new applications of physics and chemistry laws which remain constant. Our company's continuous dedication to physics based products allows us to participate in this process by developing state-of-the art instrumentation for characterization and synthesis of nanoscale materials.

OCI Vacuum Microengineering Inc. was founded in 1990 by Jozef G. Ociepa in London, Ontario to commercialize surface science analytical instrumentation including low energy electron diffraction (LEED) and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES).

From the onset of his career, Dr. Jozef Ociepa has been involved with surface science and instrument fabrication surrounding this field. While completing his PhD work, he constructed a glass reverse view LEED-AES apparatus. He studied under Prof. Stefan Mroz who pioneered this technique in Poland.

Dr. Ociepa completed his PhD in 1981 at the University of Wroclaw in Poland and then continued post-doctoral research at Clausthal Unversity in Germany under Professor Ernest Bauer. In 1986, Dr. Ociepa moved to Canada and worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Manitoba and the University of Western Ontario.

Today, OCI Vacuum Microengineering Inc. continues with a commitment to research, development and production of high quality analytical instrumentation as well as striving to provide exceptional customer service.

Product Development Timeline

  • 1990 - LEED-AES Optics
  • 1995 - LEED-AES Software
  • 1997 - Auger Depth Profiling
  • 1998 - MCP-LEED Optics
  • 2002 - Digital Controller
  • 2006 - FemtoLEED
  • 2008 - Mini-LEED
  • 2012 - UHV-LEED-AES System, Spherical chamber 18" (400mm), Large samples characterization- 2" (50mm)
  • 2016 - Integrated MBE system with in-situ characterization tools: LEED-AES, RHEED and XPS, 7 deposition sources
A University of Waterloo Honours Physics Student, Minoring in Astrophysics, with an OCI Vacuum Microengineering UHV System, a green LEED pattern visible on the system's monitor.

Community Contribution

Collaboration with Educational Institutions

We are an innovative company offering real hands-on science employment and educational opportunities for students and institutions. We work with local scientists, professors and educational institutions, co-operating on various projects of interest in research and development.

  • collaboration with universities, professors and students
  • engagement in various pressing scientific interest focus projects
  • opportunities for emerging scientists and engineers to gain real life practical hands-on science experience
  • internships, co-ops, placements for undergraduate and graduate students
  • sharing reseach and development data with scientific community at large

Hands-on Opportunities

We regularly take on science and engineering undergraduates students in physics, chemistry, electronics, nano-technology and mechanical engineering from various universities for four-month and eight-month interships. Visit our Co-op Opportunities page for more information on placements and current placement opportunities.

Current Project

  • Development of new materials and interfaces for high-energy density Li-based energy storage

Previous Projects

  • High-Efficiency Solar Energy Harvesting Windows Shutters, funded by Innovative Solution Canada, Phase 1 (2021).
  • Surface Debye temperature as defect measure for epitaxial thin films, collaboration with Department of Physics and Astronomy, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada (2020)
  • Low energy electron and positron diffraction using ultra-sensitive delay-line detector, collaboration with Institute of Materials Structure Science, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) in Japan and RoentDek Handels GmbH in Germany ( 2017-2019)
  • Nano-Thin Film Composition Analyzer (NTFCA) based on Auger electron spectroscopy (2017-2018)
  • Development of the instruments, recipes, and process to reduce oxidation effects of the residual water vapor on the quality and performance of Low-E thin film glass for energy-saving windows, collaboration with NRC - London, Ontario, Canada (2013-2014).
  • Low energy electron diffraction using an electronic delay-line detector, collaboration with Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA and RoentDek Handels GmbH in Germany (2004-2006)
  • Time-resolved Spectro-Imaging for materials and chemical analysis by asynchronous charge-coupled device technology, Chemistry Department, Waterloo University (2000-2001)