Dr. Sjoerd Hoogland
Position: Director of Research, Technology and Innovation
Dr. Sjoerd Hoogland has a Masters Degree in Physics from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He holds a Ph.D. in Laser Physics from the University of Southampton, where he conducted research on optically pumped vertical external cavity surface emitting lasers. Here, he demonstrated for the first time high power mode-locked operation of this laser with sub-picosecond pulses. His Ph.D. thesis was awarded by the Institute of Physics, Quantum Electronics, and Photonics group. In 2004 Dr. Hoogland joined Professor Ted Sargent’s group, where he developed the first paint-on infrared laser which was awarded to be one of the NSERC top 50 discoveries of 2006. Subsequently, Dr. Hoogland joined an early stage venture capital funded company where he held the position as Manager of Research and Development. His current research in Professor Ted Sargent’s group involves investigation and development of novel opto-electronic devices based on infrared colloidal quantum dots. Dr. Hoogland has numerous publications in world-leading journals and conferences and his work has been cited more than 5000 times.
Dr. Alex Ip
Position: Director, Research and Partnerships
Alex received his B.Sc. in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University in 2009. He completed his Ph.D. studies at the Sargent group in 2015 on the topic of broad-spectrum solution processed photovoltaics. During this time, he demonstrated a colloidal quantum dot solar cell with record power conversion efficiency. Alex has been published in top scientific journals and been cited over 3000 times. Alex also leads a team based at the University of Toronto in the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a global competition to demonstrate carbon utilization technologies. In the Sargent group, Alex is responsible for developing industrial and governmental partnerships for collaborative research.