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Peter Rupnowski develops novel in-line, nondestructive techniques for quality control and monitoring of advanced materials used in the low- and high-temperature fuel cells and Li-ion batteries. The methods investigated include hyper-spectral, high-resolution optical and thermal imaging for webs conveyed through roll-to-roll system, and active thermography for detection of electrolyte shorts and fatal cracks in ceramic parts.

In his previous assignment at Dow Corning and NREL, Peter worked on the development of novel crystal growth techniques, and on electro-optical, fracture, and defect characterization for silicon wafers and solar cells. Peter is a corecipient of an R&D 100 Award in 2011 and has authored a few U.S. patents,and numerous journal and conference publications, which were cited more than 550 times.

Research Interests

In-line quality control and monitoring of web-line materials

High-volume manufacturing using roll-to-roll systems

Materials for low- and high-temperature fuel cells and electrolyzers

Materials for Li-ion batteries

Development of high-speed, in-line diagnostic techniques

Active thermography 

Professional Experience

Scientist, NREL (2005–2011 and 2014–present)
Silicon Wafer Specialist, Dow Corning (2011–2013) 
Graduate Research Assistant, University of Denver (2001–2004) 
Guest Editor, Journal of Photovoltaic Materials and Devices 

Education/Academic Qualification

PhD, Materials Science, University of Denver

Master, Mechanical Engineering, Wroclaw University of Technology


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