Research Fellows Turned Entrepreneurs to Support Colleagues

Anyone who has ever built a complex precision instrument knows how much work is involved to make it run accurately. Dr Kampwerth started Open Instruments to take successful high-performance laboratory developments, refine them and to make them available for the broader R&D community. This is especially important as not every research group has the capacity to develop specialised measurement instruments from ground up.

This vision is broadly shared by Dr Kampwerth’s colleagues. A few with exceptional technical talent and spare time, have joined in since inception of the company. These are our team members today:

Dr. Henner Kampwerth

Dr. Henner Kampwerth

Founder and Director


Prior to founding OI, Henner led several $1 million+ international research projects and has overseen the management of three laser laboratories in the past eight years. His academic career includes five patents and 53 academic publications, and he is passionate about elegant engineering solutions of the highest quality.

Dr. Michael Pollard

Dr. Michael Pollard

Research & Development


Michael’s academic career includes one patent, 16 academic publications, the Sir William Siemens Medal and over seven years of hands-on experience with optics and laser systems.

Angus Keenan

Angus Keenan



Angus has extensive experience setting up solar manufacturing plants in multiple countries, before he returned to Australia to build and run UNSW’s Solar Industrial Research Facility, with the goal of commercializing research. Angus enjoys learning and analyzing different use cases for solar research and prototypes, and turning these into practical applications. 

We would also like to acknowledge the former contributions of Mr Nabi Genc as electrical designer and Mr Alejandro Bona as industrial designer.

Founders in Residence (FiR) at The University of New South Wales


Member of Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC)

UNSW’s industrial partner in ‘Ultra-sensitive scientific absorption- spectrometers’, ACAP Round 3, RG123662LQ

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UNSW’s industrial partner in Commercial prototyping of a Photothermal Deflection Spectrometer, TechVouchers NSW

Our Philosophy

We embrace the merits of the ‘open’ concept


Open Technical Drawings

We believe that you, as the customer, should be able to maintain, repair or modify the system yourself. Of course, you don’t have to, but some customers prefer this for reasons of timing and cost. We are happy to share the technical drawings with you to make this possible, free of charge.


Open to Industry Standards

We believe in the merits of following industry standards. This is important once you choose to maintain, repair or modify the system yourself. Components that follow industry standards will be widely available from various manufacturers, will be available for many years and available for a good price.
We see our business model in building great equipment, not in selling you overpriced generic components, such as light bulbs and lenses.

Of course, will we sell you parts that are unique to the system, but our aim is to keep prices reasonable.


Open to Mixing and Matching Hardware

You have the right to exchange the main building blocks of our systems for whatever seems suitable to you. To make this possible, we fully disclose information that will allow you to integrate components from other manufacturers.

For example, you might already have an advanced tunable laser, which would be the ideal light source for what you want to measure. You can do so with our PDS system, and we will advise you how to do it to the best of our ability. Of course, this also includes instructions on how to modify our software accordingly.

Disclaimer to Modifications
Please note that modifying the equipment might affect the warranty. The warranty of the PDS system will be voided if some of the precision alignment is modified. Any re-calibration of the optics by us will involve additional costs.