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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Franco Gaspari

Associate Professor

Graduate Program Director


Faculty of Science

On the research side my main interests include emerging materials for application in the fields of renewable sustainable energy; third generation solar cells; thin film amorphous silicon, diamond-like carbon, silicon carbides, graphene/graphane, carbon nanotubes, and metal oxides, with a focus on interdisciplinary collaborations. As GPD of the Materials Science program I have contributed in the development of the curriculum for the program. I have also created and developed integration of Physics teaching for diverse audiences (in particular, Health Science and Forensic Science).

Contact information

Science Building - Room 4022
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

905.721.8668 ext. 2980

Research topics

  • Solar Cells
  • Photovoltaics
  • Carbon Materials
  • Smart Materials
  • Tritiated Silicon
  • Nanomaterials

Areas of expertise

  • Photovoltaics
  • Nanomaterials
  • Forensic Physics


Dr. Gaspari holds an undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Bologna, (Italy), and a M.Sc. and Ph. D. in Physics from the University of Toronto (Canada). Following 10 years as senior Research Associate at the Semiconductor and Photovoltaics lab at the University of Toronto, he is now an associate professor of Physics at Ontario Tech. Dr. Gaspari main research interests include emerging materials for application in the fields of renewable sustainable energy; third generation solar cells; thin film amorphous silicon, diamond-like carbon, silicon carbides, graphene and carbon nanotubes. In particular, the main objective of the experimental work is to grow and characterize novel materials that can be used in a variety of energy related applications, including: metal oxides as photo-catalytic electrodes, tritiated amorphous silicon and silicon-carbide for nuclear micro-batteries, hydrogenated silicon carbide for photovoltaic applications, etc. Recently, Dr. Gaspari has initiated a collaborative program with Chemistry and Engineering colleagues aimed at developing remote pollution monitoring sensors based on "smart" materials. Dr. Gaspari has published over 80 research articles and is the author or co-author of four patents and four book chapters.

Dr. Gaspari has received significant funding for his research from NSERC, CFI, OCE and several industrial partners and has received several invitations to present his work on energy materials and devices at prestigious international conferences. In teaching, Dr. Gaspari has served as Undergraduate Program Director for Physics from 2011 to 2013 and as Graduate Program Director for Materials Science (2009-2011, 2014-present). He has developed and taught four different undergraduate physics-based courses, including Forensic Physics Applications, Physics for the Health Sciences, Solar cells and Photovoltaics, and Materials Science. Dr. Gaspari was responsible for the establishment of the Graduate Program in Materials Science, where he contributed to the development of two core graduate courses.


  • Laurea (B.Sc. equivalent) University of Bologna (Italy) 1980
  • MSc University of Toronto 1985
  • PhD University of Toronto 1991

Courses taught

  • PHY 1010U – Physics I
  • PHY1040 – Physics for the Biosciences
  • PHY1810 - Physics for the Health Sciences
  • PHY4040U - Solar Energy and Photovoltaics
  • PHY4120 - Forensic Physics Applications
  • PHY4050 - Energy Systems
  • MTSC6010 – Physics and Chemistry of Materials (Graduate course)
  • MTSC6140 – Experimental Techniques in Materials Science (Graduate course)
  • MTSC6530 - Carbon Materials (Graduate course)
  • MTSC6020 – Advanced Topics in Materials Science (Graduate course)
  • ENVS3020 - Introductory Energy Science
  • CSCI1810U - Scientific Computing Tools for the Health Sciences
  • CSCI1000 – Scientific Computing Tools