Fritz Prinz serves on the faculties of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. He also holds the Finmeccanica Professorship in the School of Engineering. He obtained his PhD in Physics at the University of Vienna, Austria.

Dr Prinz’s current work focuses on scaling effects and quantum confinement phenomena for energy conversion. His graduate students study mass transport phenomena across thin membranes such as oxide films and lipid bi-layers. In their research, the Prinz group employs Scanning Probe Microscopy, Impedance Spectroscopy, and Quantum Modeling. In his laboratory, prototype fuel cells, solar cells, and batteries serve to test new concepts and novel material structures.