Director Amit Goyal

Amit Goyal.

Amit Goyal, Director, UB RENEW Institute

SUNY Distinguished Professor and SUNY Empire Innovation Professor

Emeritus Corporate Fellow, UT-Battelle/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Dr. Amit Goyal joined UB in January 2015 as the founding director of the RENEW Institute. He has developed clean energy technologies for more than two decades. He is known for his research in the area of large-area, low-cost, high performance, “flexible electronic” devices, including superconducting devices, photovoltaics, ferroelectrics, multiferroics, etc., as well as in 3D self-assembly of nanodots and nanorods for device applications.

Prior to joining UB, he was a corporate fellow, distinguished inventor and distinguished scientist at UT-Battelle/Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  He has more than 25 years’ experience managing diverse technical projects for multiple organizations. As founder, president and CEO of two companies -- TapeSolar Inc. and TexMat LLC -- he also has financial management experience interacting with venture capital firms and angel investors.

He is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and a Fellow of eight professional societies: the American Association for Advancement of Science, the Materials Research Society, the American Physical Society, the World Innovation Foundation, the American Society of Metals, the Institute of Physics, the American Ceramic Society and the World Technology Network.

Patents and Publications

Goyal has 88 issued patents comprising 70 U.S. patents and 18 international patents with more than 15 patents pending.

He has authored or co-authored more than 360 publications, given over 25 plenary, keynote talks and over 225 invited presentations in national and international conferences. Goyal has published over 45 invited papers and book chapters and has written or co-edited five books on high temperature superconductors and one book on the epitaxial growth of advanced functional materials.

His work is highly cited and a Thompson-Reuters’s Essential Science Indicators (ESI) ranked him as the most cited author worldwide during a recent analysis of citations and papers published in the field of high-temperature superconductivity between 1999-2009. 

Honors and Recognition

He has received numerous national and international awards and has been elected a fellow of nine professional societies: the National Academy of Inventors (NAI); the Materials Research Society (MRS); the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS); the American Physical Society (APS); the World Innovation Foundation (WIF); the American Society of Metals (ASM); the Institute of Physics (IOP); the American Ceramic Society (ACERS) and the World Technology Network (WTN).

His accolades include the presidential level Department of Energy E. O. Lawrence Award in the inaugural category of Energy Science & Innovation. The energy secretary bestows this award on behalf of the U.S. President.

He is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Other key honors include: ten R&D100 Awards which are widely regarded as the Oscars for innovation; three Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) awards for technology transfer; the 2012 World Technology Award in the materials category; 2010 R&D 100 Magazine’s Innovator of the Year Award; 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Technology; the 2008 Nano50TM Innovator Award; the 2007 Pride of India Gold Award; University of Rochester’s Distinguished Scholar Medal in 2007.

He also received: the U.S. Department of Energy Exceptional Accomplishment Award in 2005; UT-Battelle Inventor-of-the-Year in 2005 and 1999; the 2005 Global Indus Technovator Award; in 2001 the Energy-100 Award for the finest 100 scientific accomplishments of the U.S. Department of Energy since it opened its doors in 1977; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Technical Review TR100 Award; and the Lockheed-Martin NOVA Award for technical achievement in 1999.

Professional and Technical Achievements

Goyal serves on the National Academies Panel for reviewing the NIST Materials Measurement Laboratory, the National Academies Panel on reviewing the U.S. Army Research Laboratory in the area of Materials Science, the Fellows Advisory Committee, National Academy of Inventors (NAI), Scientific Advisory Board, Center for Nanomaterials at Argonne National Laboratory, Board of Governors for the New York Sea Grant and is a Member of the National Academies Intelligence Science and Technology Experts Group.

He serves on the editorial board of Nature Magazine's Scientific Reports, the Journal of the Korean Institute of Applied Superconductivity and Recent Patents in Materials Science.  He has also served on the editorial boards of Journal of Materials Research the Journal of the American Ceramics Society, NanoTech Briefs, Superconductor Science & Technology and as guest editor for the TMS publication, JOM.

He has organized many national and international conferences and workshops over the years and co-chaired the 2014 Fall Materials Research Society (MRS) meeting held in Boston, December, 2014.


Goyal received a B.Tech in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, an MS in mechanical and aerospace engineering and a PhD in materials science and engineering both from the University of Rochester. He received executive business training through the Sloan School of Management, MIT, an executive MBA from Purdue University and an international executive MBA from Tilburg University (The Netherlands).

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