Dr. F. Pelayo Garcia de Arquer
Position: Director of Research, Emerging Optoelectronic Applications
Pelayo holds the M.Sc. in Photonics from Barcelona Tech University; the M.Eng. in Telecommunications from the University of Oviedo; and the M.Sc. in Mathematics from UNED. He completed his Ph.D. studies at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), where he explored the manipulation of nanomaterials for optoelectronic applications. He joined the Sargent group as a Connaught fellow to research into bio-inspired ideas for renewable energy applications such as the production of green fuels and CO2 recycling. He works with industrial partners on research in materials science, especially sensing and consumer electronics.
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 and demonstrated high-power mode-locked operation of this laser with sub-picosecond pulses. He joined UofT in 2004 and developed solution-processed infrared lasers. He joined an early stage venture capital backed company at which he was Manager of Research and Development. More recently, he is co-founder and CTO of QD Solar, Inc., which is commercializing next-generation high-efficiency lightweight solar cells. In his role at UofT, he currently liaises with industry and government to build sponsored research programs in optical sources and systems such as those based on lasers and modulators. He was named a Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher in 2018 and 2019.
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 UofT in 2015 on the topic of broad-spectrum solution-processed photovoltaics. During this time, he demonstrated colloidal quantum dot solar cells with record power conversion efficiencies. He leads a team based at the University of Toronto competing for the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a competition to demonstrate carbon utilization technologies. In his role at UofT, Alex is responsible for developing industrial and governmental partnerships for collaborative research, focusing especially on the storage of renewable energy in fuels and feedstocks.