The NanoPower Research Lab (NPRL) is a research and development center dedicated to harnessing the power of nanomaterials for applications in energy conversion, energy storage, data and communication devices. Established in 2001, NPRL research focuses on the development of new materials and devices for power generation and storage as well as novel materials for photonic and optoelectronic applications.
Research is conducted under the supervision four principal investigators and alongside a full-time staff of scientists and research assistants. The laboratories span over 6,000 square feet of research space located on the RIT campus. The labs are equipped with a wet chemistry synthesis facility; a photovoltaic characterization facility; a thermal, spectroscopic, and microscopic characterization facility; battery testing lab; and a laser lab. The NPRL is internationally recognized for its capabilities in synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials.
NPRL’s expertise is unique in that not only do they focus on fundamental material research, but also advanced device research – from developing advanced photovoltaics to enhancing battery technology that better support these renewable energies and synthesizing new materials that will enable the advancement of these new technologies. NPRL’s leadership derives from broad working experience and knowledge across a variety of materials, applications as well as industries and government sponsors.