Forty years of materials innovation serves as the foundation of our Client Services. Our efforts are guided by the needs of our clients and shaped by the expertise of our researchers.
Dr. Nan-Xing Hu is a Research Fellow with the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC). Since joining the center in 1994, he has been conducting materials research for a range of industrial applications, including organic electronics, xerographic consumables, and more recently in clean energy. Nan-Xing is one of the most prolific inventors in Xerox, being a named inventor over 280 U.S. patents. His technical innovation has been recognized in many awards, including the prestigious XIG (Xerox Innovative Group) Excellence in Science and Technology Award in 2011 for successful implementation of long-life photoreceptor technologies, The Anne Mulcahy Inventor Award (the highest Xerox intellectual award named in honor of Xerox retired chairman and chief executive officer Anne Mulcahy) in 2010, and The Excellence in Science and Technology Award in 1995 for his innovations in the design of high performance OLED materials.
Nan-Xing received his B.Sc. in applied chemistry from East China University of Science and Technology (Shanghai, China) and Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Hiroshima University (Japan).
Sarah Vella is a Principal Scientist who joined XRCC in 2010. Her research has focused on the development of functional materials, as well as device fabrication, characterization, and validation for 3D printing and printed electronics. Sarah has led a number of project initiatives at XRCC including enabling technologies for photoreceptor overcoats and the development of a range of printable electronic inks. Sarah has also led and delivered a number of client projects related to printed electronic devices. She is currently leading one of the CCAMM projects with the NRC developing a sensing system using 3D printable piezoelectric materials. She is an author on 17 published articles and an inventor on over 50 US patents. Prior to joining XRCC, Sarah was an NSERC post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University working for Prof. George M. Whitesides in materials science. Sarah received her Ph.D. in 2006 from the University of Windsor, Canada, with Prof. Stephen J. Loeb studying supramolecular organic chemistry.
System Design Engineering Manager
As the System Design Engineering Manager, Yujie and her team specialize in novel system development through functional material synthesis and formulation, system design, and process engineering, aimed at integrating scientific and engineering concepts and binging them to practice.
Since joining XRCC in 2017, she has played a vital role in supporting the Centre’s printed electronics and CleanTech projects. Yujie has a PhD in Chemistry from McMaster University and was awarded an Ontario Centre of Excellence Talent Edge Fellowship in 2018. She is named on 7 patents and has authored 11 peer-reviewed articles.
Pilot Plant Manager
Leonard is Manager of the Pilot Plant and Engineering Support Group at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada. His group works closely with Scale-up Engineering group to optimize, scale up and commercialize chemical processes. Leonard received his B. Sc. (Petro Chemical Engineering) from Polytechnic University of Tirana( Albania). He is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Leonard joined XRCC in 1998.
Advanced Materials Manager
As the Advanced Materials Manager, Sepehr oversees the research and development of new materials designed for a variety of applications including printed electronics, clean-tech, additive manufacturing and xerography. He leads both Xerox and external client projects across a variety of disciplines and recently helped spearhead Xerox’s research in the area of latex design for aqueous inks. He also acts as a liaison between XRCC and other research centers.
Prior to joining XRCC, Sepehr worked in the Toronto’s startup ecosystem. He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto with a focus on polymer and colloidal systems. Sepehr also is a PMP certified project manager.