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New Horticulture Light Modules Accelerate Indoor Plant-Growth Research

— LESA and GLASE are taking the guesswork out of tunable irradiant growth efficacy research for indoor farming–

Troy, NY (May 6. 2019) – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) today announced new lighting modules being developed at the Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) Center in collaboration with the Greenhouse Lighting & Systems Engineering (GLASE) consortium, showing real promise for advanced control over the spectral distribution of color-mixing lights for horticulture research.

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Former GE Global Research Sr. Scientist Peter Bonitatibus Newest LESA Faculty Researcher

Bonitatibus’ work in nanoparticle engineering will support LESA’s research in high refractive index materials as part of the Center’s fundamental research.

(Troy, New York) The LESA Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is proud to announce the addition of Rensselaer Professor Peter Bonitatibus from the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology as its newest faculty researcher.

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Creating Healthier Spaces with ‘Smarter’ Disinfecting LEDs

–The convergence of continuous disinfection and IoT/Connected Technologies to be focus of  presentation at 2019 Strategies in Light 20th Anniversary Conference–

Troy, NY (February 25, 2019) – Imagine the lighting in a food processing facility detecting the presence of E. coli, or lighting in a gym detecting MRSA, or lighting in a kitchen detecting salmonella. Then imagine that lighting system safely and effectively targeting and killing those deadly germs. The promising new frontier of smart technologies optimizing the antibacterial capacity of LEDs will be the focus of a presentation by two experts in the field.

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LESA Researcher First to Receive DOE Manufacturing Innovator Challenge Award

(Troy, New York) Rensselaer doctoral graduate and LESA researcher Michael Deagen (’18) is the winner of the 2019 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Manufacturing Innovator Challenge competition for crowdsourced solid-state lighting (SSL) manufacturing concepts. The Manufacturing Innovator Challenge competition is a new contest launched by the DOE last October and Deagen is the first recipient for his submission entitled, “Layer-by-Layer Stamping for Developing Next-Generation Optical Waveguides.”
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LESA’s Pod Sensors Enable Powerful Time of Flight Tracking

Time of Flight (ToF) sensing uses the speed of light to measure distance. It plays an essential role in technologies ranging from safe, autonomous self-driving cars to smart phones with facial recognition capabilities. The LESA Center has pioneered and patented (US9,363,859) the use of lighting-based ToF for privacy preserving indoor occupant position measurement. LESA’s precise pattern recognition methodology led to the development of extremely robust and proprietary algorithms that enable its ToF sensors to detect and respond to changes in occupancy instantly.
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Accolades

LESA Center Featured in Illuminating Engineering Society Faculty Showcase

LESA faculty and researchers provide insights and expertise into the groundbreaking research being done at the Center on the topics of cognition, VLC communication, efficient buildings, plant science and healthcare in a recent IES faculty showcase video series. To find out what differentiates LESA from other research facilities, watch the segments here.

LESA Director Interviewed for Strategies in Light Spotlight by LEDs Magazine

Dr. Robert Karlicek and Vital Vio’s CEO Colleen Costello discuss how LEDs connect the dots between disinfection and smart lighting in recent interview for LEDs Magazine. To read the interview, click here.

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LESA Graduate research work published in Soft Matter for nano-transfer Adhesion work.

Michael Deagen (’18) discusses the size effects in plasma-enhanced nano-transfer adhesion. His work explores a new process of combing plasma bonding and layer-by-layer transfer molding that drives both techniques to the nanoscale. To learn more, click here.

LESA Researcher Explores LEDs for Photons, Physiology and Food

Dr. George “Bud” Brainard with colleagues from Thomas Jefferson University explore how the color, intensity, and distribution of light can now be controlled with unprecedented precision, enabling light to be used both as a signal for specific physiological responses in humans and plants and as an efficient fuel for fresh food production in recent article in Nature Magazine. To learn more, click here.

LESA Research on Circadian Function Featured in Physiology & Behavior Journal

Dr. Hanifin from Thomas Jefferson University published for his work on randomized trial of polychromatic blue-enriched light for circadian phase shifting, melatonin suppression, and alerting responses. To learn more, click here.

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