About Nano Power Labs
Rochester Institute of Technology established the NanoPower Research Laboratories (NPRL) in 2001. The mission of these labs is to capitalize on the tremendous potential of nanomaterials and nanostructured devices in the areas of energy conversion, transmission, and storage. Research focus areas include carbon nanotube synthesis, advanced batteries, nanostructured multijunction photovolatics, polymer photovoltaics, thin film deposition technologies, and nano devices and systems. These efforts are organized into five groups.
The Polymer Photovoltaics Group, lead by Professor Christopher Collison (Chemistry Department) develops new chemistries and coating processes for bulk heterojunction polymer devices that employ dye sensitizers, carbon nanotubes, and other nanomaterials to enhance energy conversion efficiency.
The Photovoltaics & Nanomaterial Technologies Group, lead by Professor Seth Hubbard (Physics Department) develops high efficiency multijunction photovoltaics employing quantum dots, as well as cells optimized for high levels of light concentration.
The Carbon Nanotube & Advanced Battery Group, lead by Professor Brian Landi (Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Department) develops methods for synthesis and refinement of carbon nanotubes for use in lithium ion batteries, wires, and other devices in addition to other nanoparticle based battery technologies.
The Thin Film Technologies Group, lead by Dr. Alan Raisanen supports the work of other NPRL groups through refinement of laser vaporization, chemical vapor deposition, and physical vapor deposition techniques.
The Nano Devices and Systems Group, lead by Professor Paul Stiebitz (Golisano Institute for Sustainability) provides systems analysis and systems integration support for projects that combine multiple NPRL technologies or interface with other systems.
The NPRL have grown from an initial 1,100 square feet to over 6,000 square feet of research space located within the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. NPRL's multidisciplinary research team is comprised of five faculty and ten staff in addition to Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. students representing 14 academic programs.