Bob Karlicek

Director, Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA), Co-Director, Institute for Energy, the Built Environment, and Smart Systems (EBESS), and Professor


Dr. Robert F. Karlicek, Jr. is the Director of the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an NSF and industry funded program exploring advanced applications for next generation solid state lighting systems.  Prior to joining RPI, he spent over 30 years in industrial research and R&D management positions with corporations including AT&T Bell Labs, EMCORE, General Electric, Gore Photonics, Microsemi, Luminus Devices and SolidUV.  His technical experience includes epitaxial growth of high performance LEDs and lasers, advanced device fabrication and high power LED packaging, thermal management, control systems design and applications research in solid state lighting as well as other novel LED uses such as IR and UV LED applications, wireless communications using lighting (LiFi) and advanced LED display applications. 

Dr. Karlicek is well known globally as an LED industry expert, and is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops.  He obtained his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and has over 56 peer reviewed technical papers and 44 U.S. patents. He is the founder and president of SolidUV, Inc., and sits on the technical advisory boards of several high tech startup companies.

Education & Training

B.S. in Chemistry, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst IL (1973)

Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh (1979)


Primary Research Focus
Intelligent sensing platforms for building controls
Other Focus Areas

Advanced lighting systems, Advanced display technologies, Lighting and biological applications, Advanced sensor technology, Internet of Things, Optoelectronics


The following is a selection of recent publications in Scopus. Bob Karlicek has 114 indexed publications in the subjects of Physics and Astronomy, Materials Science, Engineering.

Raveen Rathnasinghe, Robert F. Karlicek, Michael Schotsaert, Mattheos Koffas, Brigitte L. Arduini, Sonia Jangra, Bowen Wang, Jason L. Davis, Mohammed Alnaggar, Anthony Costa, Richard Vincent, Adolfo García-Sastre, Deepak Vashishth, Priti Balchandani
Scientific Reports
, 11
, 2021
Tianna Kaye Woodstock, Robert F. Karlicek
IEEE Sensors Journal
, 20
, 2020
, pp.12364-12373
Lauren E. Hartstein, Arunas Tuzikas, Robert F. Karlicek
LEUKOS - Journal of Illuminating Engineering Society of North America
, 16
, 2020
, pp.289-301
Zhibo Guo, Collin Hitchcock, Robert F. Karlicek, Guanxi Piao, Yoshiki Yano, Shuuichi Koseki, Toshiya Tabuchi, Koh Matsumoto, Mayank Bulsara, T. Paul Chow
Physica Status Solidi (A) Applications and Materials Science
, 217
, 2020
Zhibo Guo, Mayank Bulsara, T. Paul Chow, Collin Hitchcock, Christian Wetzel, Robert F. Karlicek, Guanxi Piao, Yoshiki Yano, Shuuichi Koseki, Toshiya Tabuchi, Koh Matsumoto
IEEE Electron Device Letters
, 40
, 2019
, pp.1736-1739
Asif Chowdhury, Robert F. Karlicek, Mona M. Hella
Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems
, 2019-August
, 2019
, pp.1203-1206
Joseph D. Gleason, Meeko Oishi, Michelle Simkulet, Arunas Tuzikas, John P. Hanifin, George C. Brainard, S. R.J. Brueck, Robert F. Karlicek, Lee K. Brown
IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine
, 7
, 2019
L. E. Hartstein, M. T. Durniak, R. F. Karlicek, N. E. Berthier
Lighting Research and Technology
, 50
, 2018
, pp.1057-1069
Joseph D. Gleason, Meeko Oishi, Michelle Simkulet, Arunas Tuzikas, Lee K. Brown, S. R.J. Brueck, Robert F. Karlicek
Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS
, 2017
, pp.4317-4320

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