Christian Wetzel


Is a recognized leader in the research and development of LED-based solid-state lighting. His research spans the materials physics and epitaxial growth of wide bandgap group-III nitrides, their device design and metrology. His work contributes to substantial worldwide energy savings by means of higher efficiency lighting and emerging power electronics. With a PhD from Technical University Munich, Wetzel held research appointments at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Meijo University, Japan, the labs of the 2014 Nobel Prize winners in Physics. Pursuing the goal of high efficiency green LEDs Wetzel worked in industry as a project manager before joining RPI's Future Chips Constellation in 2004. Since then, Wetzel has chaired numerous conferences on the topics of his work, received recognizing awards by the U.S. Department of Energy and serves as active officer in academic societies. At RPI Wetzel is an active member of the Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications ERC and pursues new research initiatives in energy efficiency topics with faculty across the Troy campus. To further our research we collaborate across the science and engineering disciplines, with industry and government laboratories.
Lists of Scholarly Works

Other affililations: Materials Science and Engineering


Other Focus Areas

Electronic Band Structure, Group III Nitrides, Solar Cell Junctions, Power Electronics , Solid State Lighting, Solar Fuels


The following is a selection of recent publications in Scopus. Christian Wetzel has 189 indexed publications in the subjects of Physics and Astronomy, Materials Science, and Engineering.

José Cardoso, Nabiha Ben Sedrine, Przemysław Jóźwik, Miguel C. Sequeira, Christian M. Wetzel, Clara Grygiel, Katharina Lorenz, Teresa Monteiro, Maria Rosário P. Correia
Journal of Materials Chemistry C
, 9
, 2021
, pp.8809-8818
Hideyuki Itakura, Toshihumi Nomura, Naoki Arita, Narihito Okada, Christian M. Wetzel, T. Paul Chow, Kazuyuki Tadatomo
AIP Advances
, 10
, 2020
Jennifer Howell-Clark, Zhibo Guo, Christian Wetzel, T. Paul Chow, Piao Guanxi, Yoshiki Yano, Toshiya Tabuchi, Koh Matsumoto
Solid-State Electronics
, 162
, 2019
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
S. C. Lee, E. J. Peterson, Y. B. Jiang, C. Wetzel, S. R.J. Brueck
Crystal Growth and Design
, 19
, 2019
, pp.5046-5053
S. C. Lee, Y. B. Jiang, M. Durniak, C. Wetzel, S. R.J. Brueck
, 30
, 2019
Yanwen Chen, Tianmeng Wang, Zhipeng Li, Huanbin Li, Tao Ye, Christian Wetzel, Hanying Li, Su Fei Shi
Scientific Reports
, 8
, 2018
Yang Li, Tianmeng Wang, Han Wang, Zhipeng Li, Yanwen Chen, Damien West, Raman Sankar, Rajesh K. Ulaganathan, Fangcheng Chou, Christian Wetzel, Cheng Yan Xu, Shengbai Zhang, Su Fei Shi
Nano Letters
, 18
, 2018
, pp.5078-5084
Yang Li, Tianmeng Wang, Meng Wu, Ting Cao, Yanwen Chen, Raman Sankar, Rajesh K. Ulaganathan, Fangcheng Chou, Christian Wetzel, Cheng Yan Xu, Steven G. Louie, Su Fei Shi
2D Materials
, 5
, 2018
Nicusor Iftimia, Junichiro Kono, Christian Wetzel, Siddharth Ramachandran, Yurii A. Vlasov, Jonathan D. Zuegel
2017 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO 2017 - Proceedings
, 2017-January
, 2017
, pp.1

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