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NanoPower Research Labs

Research Group Leaders

Prof. Paul Stiebitz

Prof. Paul Stiebitz is NPRL's Interim Director and 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, and came out of retirement in 2007 to help establish the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. Prior to joining Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at 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. Chistopher Collison

Dr. Christopher Collison obtained his Ph.D. (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 Associate 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

Dr. Seth Hubbard is an Associate 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 and is a recipient of the 2013 RIT Trustee’s Scholarship Award. 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. Brain J. Landi

Dr. Gabrielle Gaustad is an Assistant Professor in Golisano Institute for Sustainability. She holds a Ph.D. in Material Science and an MS Computation for Design and Optimization from MIT and a B.S. in Ceramic Engineering Alfred University. Her research focuses on increasing end-of-life materials recovery through operational, technological, policy, and manufacturing strategies such as: identifying and removing barriers and disincentives to secondary usage; evaluating effective technologies for “upgrading” secondary materials; designing and selecting recycling-friendly products; creating economically efficient usage strategies enabling efficient collection and logistics; identifying undervalued secondary materials; and preventing “down-cycling” through improved recycling operational practices informing recycling system legislation and policies.

Dr. Brain J. Landi

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 GroupGroup and is a recipient of the 2013 RIT Trustee’s Scholarship Award. 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.