Research Group Leaders
Prof. Paul Stiebitz is NPRL's Interim Director and Associate Professor in Golisano Institute for Sustainability where he also serves as Associate Academic Director. He also leads NPRL's Nano Devices and Systems Group. Professor Stiebitz's expertise is in systems engineering, systems analysis and product development. He was cofounder of RIT's Masters in Product Development program and founding director of the Multidisciplinary Engineering Design Program. Prior to joining RIT in 1984, Professor Stiebitz spent 15 years in industry where he developed optical systems for copiers and managed systems and reliability engineering groups.
Dr. Christopher Collison obtained his PhD (Dr. Garry Rumbles) in Chemistry from Imperial College, London studying the excited States in Poly(para-Phenylene-Vinylene) Derivatives. He then moved to the University of Rochester (UR) for a post-doctoral research position (Professor Lewis Rothberg) where he continued to investigate the transient absorption, fluorescence lifetimes and aggregation phenomena of conjugated polymers targeted for organic LEDs. After spells as a Photophysics Research Scientist at UR and Applications Scientist with Spectra-Physics/Richardson Grating Laboratory, he is now Assistant Professor of Chemistry and the Polymer Photovoltaics Group Leader in the NanoPower Research Laboratory, both at Rochester Institute of Technology. Dr. Collison's current research interests include the improvement of organic photovoltaics through mechanistic understanding and prescription of optimized devices, device nanomorphology, molecular photophysics, charge mobility, organic field effect transistors and the improved dispersion and manipulation of single-walled carbon nanotubes in solvents for application in photovoltaic devices and chemical sensors.
Dr. Seth Hubbard is an Assistant Professor of Physics at RIT and leads NPRL's Photovoltaics & Nanomaterial Technologies Group. He also holds appointments as Extended Graduate Faculty in Microsystems Engineering and in the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. Prior to joining RIT, he was an NRC Post-Doctoral Scholar at the NASA Glenn Research Center. He is former member of the III-V Integrated Device and Circuit Group at the University of Michigan where he was a NASA Graduate Student Fellow. His work there involved Metal Organic Vapor Phase Epitaxy (MOVPE) growth and characterization of III-V heterostructures for application in electronic devices. He is currently working on the design, growth, fabrication and characterization of third generation terrestrial and space solar power devices. Professor Hubbard received his B.S. in Physics from Drexel University, his M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics from Case Western Reserve University, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Michigan. He has recently been awarded the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) to support his research in strain balanced quantum dots for high concentration solar photovoltaics" within NanoPower Research Laboratories
Dr. Brian J. Landi is an Assistant Professor of chemical engineering and graduate faculty of sustainability at RIT and leads NPRL's Carbon Nanotube & Advanced Battery Group. He has worked as a researcher at the Schering Plough Research Institute, Mayo Clinic, and NASA Glenn Research Center. Dr. Landi has recently been involved with establishing standardized metrics for carbon nanotube purity assessment as well as engaging in the synthesis and application of carbon nanotubes for power transmission wires and lithium ion batteries. He has co-authored over 65 publications and has four patents pending. He earned a B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Microsystems Engineering from R.I.T.
Dr. Alan Raisanen leads NPRL's Thin Film Technologies group and is also is the Associate Director of the Semiconductor Micro-systems Fabrication Laboratory and a Distinguished Researcher at RIT. Dr. Raisanen was a research assistant at the University of Minnesota where he received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, concentrating on metallization and diffusion barrier technologies for II-VI optical detector materials. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Xerox Wilson Research Center he worked on optical and electronic characterization of III-V materials and metal interfaces. For 7 years he continued work at Xerox as a Microelectronics engineer in the thermal inkjet business unit. He is an expert in process development, equipment engineering, yield management, failure analysis and manufacturing support.