As well, there is an ever-growing demand for increased power and sophistication in the satellite systems orbiting our planet, driven by our increasing reliance on high speed communication and data links. Research is Dr. Hubbard’s group is focused on energy generation though photovoltaics, low energy consumption optical devices enabled by nanomaterials, and heterogeneous integration of multifunctional devices that include on-board generation capabilities. Our focus is new materials synthesis, device modeling and simulation, solar and hybrid device fabrication and demonstrating proof-of-principle of devices that will deliver a major boost to the world’s pursuit of innovative and transformative energy conversion products.
The vision of our lab is to elevate the vast, and essentially free, solar energy resource to a viable and sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, and at the same time provide higher density and longer life sources of power to the space power community. We do this by developing new paradigms for photovoltaic conversion that enable use of highly efficient materials, at lower cost and in ways that have not yet been attempted.
Our team’s expertise lies in vapor phase epitaxy (VPE) of III-V photonic devices and nanostructures, bandgap engineering using epitaxial nanostructures, novel photovoltaic devices, optical and electrical characterization, simulation and testing. Funding is provided through multiple state and federal agencies as well as collaboration with small and medium businesses. Our work leverages students, faculty and industrial collaborators with a truly interdisciplinary nature spanning physics, engineering, materials science and chemistry. In addition, we have strived to use our research program to further strengthen our student’s training as well as enhance RIT educational outreach and industrial collaboration.