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December 2008

November 2008

  • Holiday Light Exchange
    11/20/2008 - 12/19/2008 12:00 AM
    Location: City Hall
    130 Cremona Drive
    Goleta, California 93117
  • 2008 Contest Image Gallery, Optics & Photonics News
    InGaN light-emitting diode with micro cones on the substrates, submitted by Hisashi Masui, UCSB.
  • Energy-Saving Bulbs to Light Up the Future
    Deutsche Welle - Nov. 16, 2008
    Almost 20 percent of all the energy produced in the world is used to power lights. Energy-saving bulbs could help -- though so far the ones on the market aren't quite up to par.
  • Enter the Allosphere
    The Santa Barbara Independent - Nov. 6, 2008
    Inside UCSB’s Three-Dimensional Immersive Theater, the 21st Century Face of Our Discipline-Bending University
  • Holst Memorial Lecture 2008 by led-expert Nakamura (invitation )
    Technische Universiteit Eindhoven - Nov. 5, 2008
    The Holst Memorial Lecture 2008, on November 20th, will be given by professor Shuji Nakamura. He gained world fame when he developed the first blue light emitting diode (led). The Holst Memorial Lecture is an annual lecture organized by Philips Research and the TU/e.

October 2008

  • Dr. Shuji Nakamura recieves the 2008 Prince of Asturias Foundation's Technical and Scientific Research Award
    Dr. Shuji Nakamura is one of five recipients of the 2008 Prince of Asturias Foundation's Technical and Scientific Research Award. The award ceremonies took place in Oviedo, Spain. Photos: courtesy of Prince of Asturias Foundation.

    2008 Prince of Asturias Foundation's Technical and Scientific Research Awards Ceremony Slideshow

    Prince of Asturias Foundation
    The Prince of Asturias Foundation has conferred its Awards ever since 1981; they are intended to acknowledge scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanitarian work carried out internationally by individuals, groups or organizations in the following eight categories: communication and humanities, social sciences, arts, letters, scientific and technical research, international cooperation, concord and sports.
  • UCSB discovery illuminates LED droop debate (pdf) - Oct. 9, 2008
    The University of California, Santa Barbara, has added further ammunition to the discussion surrounding LED droop, the external quantum efficiency decline seen at higher drive currents.

September 2008

  • Science and Engineering Council of Santa Barbara: September Luncheon
    Science and Engineering Council of Santa Barbara: September 11 Luncheon presents UCSB Technology Management Program and 2008 Winners of the New Venture Competition, including Troy Baker, Founder and CTO, Nitride Solutions.
  • "The 30th JJAP Paper Award" was awarded to UCSB researchers and professors at the Oyo Butsuri Gakkai at Chubu University, Japan on September 3, 2008. JJAP recognized: Demonstration of Nonpolar mPlane InGaN/GaN Laser Diode.

    Coauthors of the first m-plain LD were:
    Mathew C. Schmidt, Kwang-Choong Kim, Robert M. Farrell, Daniel F. Feezell, Daniel A. Cohen, James S. Speck, Steven P. DenBaars, and Makoto Saito.Blue Laser Group

 August 2008

  • A special guest speaker from Paul-Drude-Institut für Festkörperelektronik of Berlin, Germany presented at the August 14, 2008 Nitrides Seminar.

    Dr. Henning Riechert gave a presentation on “MBE growth of GaN nanowires by catalyst-assisted and by catalyst-free growth.”na

 July 2008

  • The greenest colleges of them all
    Los Angeles Times - Blogs
  • Cheaper White-Light LEDs
    Technology Review - Tuesday, July 29, 2008
    Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are better than compact fluorescent bulbs--LEDs use less energy, last longer, and contain no toxic mercury--but for general white-light illumination, they're still far too expensive for mass adoption. Now, researchers at Purdue University have taken a step toward making white LEDs with cheaper materials.
  • LED leader - Professor invents efficient lights
    Pacific Coast Business Times - Friday, 25 July 2008
    UCSB Professor Shuji Nakamura revolutionized the lighting industry with his LEDs.
  • UCSB's Nakamura to receive Prince of Asturias Award
    Semiconductor Today Vol. 3, Issue 5
    Professor Shuji Nakamura (director of University of California, Santa Barbara's Solid-State Lighting and Energy Center) is to receive the 2008 Prince of Asturias Award (Technical and Scientific Research category).

June 2008

  • McCain Lays Out 'Nonpartisan' Energy Options (pdf)
    Tuesday, June 24, 2008
    Energy Roundtable
    Photo taken from Noozhawk (pdf)
    Matthew Tirrell, dean of the University of California, Santa Barbara College of Engineering and founder of the school's Institute for Energy Efficiency, concurred with McCain that cutting demand should be a chief focus of any government action. "There are a tremendous number of ways technology can contribute" to energy independence, Tirrell said, urging McCain to support economic incentives for "less obvious" research and development pursuits such as semiconductor-powered lighting and improved control systems at energy plants. "Some can build great businesses pursuing energy efficiency," he said.
  • Three guest speakers from Tohoku University of Sendai, Japan recently presented at two Nitrides Seminar events.
    Tuesday, June 24, 2008

    On June 19, 2008, Dr. Jun-Seok Ha presented on "A Novel Buffer Layer of CrN for GaN Epitaxy and Its Application to Vertical LEDs by Chemical Lift-Off Process"

    On June 24, 2008, Dr. Takafumi Yao and Dr. Sang Hyun Lee gave a presentation on “Growth and Optical Properties of ZnO Nanostructures.”

  • Alternative Light Source Pioneer Nakamura Lauded by Spanish Prince (pdf)
    Monday, June 9, 2008
    Ever wondered what a world without light bulbs would be like? Shuji Nakamura has. Director of the Solid-State Lighting and Energy Center, Nakamura has pioneered the search for alternate sources of light, bringing us closer to such a world. On June 4, the distinguished professor was one of five scientists announced as this year’s winners of the Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research.
  • UC Santa Barbara Professor Shuji Nakamura to receive Prince of Asturias Award
    June 4, 2008
    Professor Shuji Nakamura, Director of UC Santa Barbara’s Solid-State Lighting and Energy Center, has been named a recipient of the 2008 Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research. Each recipient of the prestigious award is presented with a medal and a Joan Miro sculpture commissioned specifically for the awards; the recipients in each category also share a €50,000 (US$77,000) stipend.

 May 2008

  • Emilio F. Bumatay Memorial Fellowship Presentation at the May 29, 2008 Nitrides Seminar

    In memory of his father, Mr. Ernie G. Bumatay and his wife, Rebecca Bumatay, have donated $1,000 to establish the Emilio F. Bumatay Memorial Fellowship for a 1st or 2nd year graduate student working on LED lighting in support of UCSB's Solid State Lighting and Energy Center.

    Ingrid Koslow is the recipient of the Emilio F. Bumatay Memorial Fellowship.

    Ingrid is a first year graduate student in the Materials Department. She is involved in Engineers Without Borders Lighting Group, whose project is to develop affordable solar-powered LED lanterns that can be used by villagers in Ghana to light their homes, schools and community centers. Prior to coming to UCSB, Ingrid attended the University of British Columbia where she received the Arthur Crooker Prize for Experimental Physics.


    Emilio F. Bumatay Memorial Fellowship Presentation
  • Making the leap - Pupils jump from classroom to real-world business (pdf)
    May 26, 2008
    The $10,000 Most Fundable prize and $5,000 Dow Materials Use prize both went to Nitride Solutions, which also took top honors at the Spirit of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development, or SEED, National Collegiate Forum in March.
  • That's why they call it the blues (pdf)
    May 25. 2008 9:00PM
    In 1993, while working for an obscure Japanese chemical company, Nakamura beat scientists working for multinationals like IBM to create the world’s first light-emitting diode (LED) producing blue light. With red and green LEDs already available, this completed the trio needed to produce any colour using these tiny, cheap and low-energy sources of light.
  • Two guest speakers from Tohoku University of Sendai, Japan spoke at the May 23, 2008 Nitrides Seminar.

    Dr. Katsushi Fujii gave a presentation on "Hydrogen Evolution of III-nitride Semiconductors by Photoelectrochemical Reactions." Dr. Takashi Itoh gave a presentation on "In Situ Raman Photo-electrochemistry for GaN electrodes in aqueous solutions."


    Visitors from Tohoku University


    Visitors from Tohoku University
  • LED University
    UCSB currently has 23 BetaLED streetlights installed as a test string and is evaluating converting to LED streetlights campus-wide. Energy savings from the pilot project are reported at 44 percent.
  • Venture Competition is Nothing Personal, Just Business (pdf)
    Daily Nexus - Tuesday, May 20, 2008
    Last Tuesday, the ninth annual New Venture Competition was held at the UCen’s Corwin Pavilion...The award for the Most Fundable Idea category went to Nitride Solutions. The team plans to manufacture highly efficient and long lasting ultraviolet light emitting diodes, which will have the potential to sterilize water and process food and are not currently available for commercial use.
  • UCSB Technology Management Program - the 9th Annual New Venture Competition
    Tuesday, May 13, 2008
    Troy Baker (SSLEC postdoc) and his business partner David Pricco take the two top prizes in Technology Management Program’s 2008 New Venture Competition on May 13, 2008. Nitride Solutions are recipients of the “Most Fundable Idea” and the “Dow Materials Use” awards.
  • LED lights shine at saving energy in tech gear (pdf)
    Monday, May 5, 2008
    The same innovation that makes laptop screens thinner turns out to be one of the best energy-saving technologies on Earth - and it's all thanks to new tricks that make it possible to create more illumination using the most humble member of the semiconductor family, the light-emitting diode, or LED.

April 2008

  • Evelyn Hu elected to the National Academy of Sciences
    April 29th, 2008
    WASHINGTON -- The National Academy of Sciences today announced the election of 72 new members and 18 foreign associates from 9 countries in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
  • Recognition of Yukina Warner's 20 years of service to UCSB. Photo was taken at the 04/24/2008 Nitrides Seminar.
  • The LED Illumination Revolution Mark P. Mills 02.27.08, 5:05 PM ET
    About 12 billion electric lights on the planet use Edison bulbs; a third are in the U.S. So, lighting up the world consumes about 2 trillion kilowatt-hours annually, or one-eighth of all electric power. This takes a lot of fuel: the equivalent of nearly a billion tons of coal annually. In the U.S., half of that is in fact coal. Or, in oil-equivalent terms, U.S. lighting uses the equivalent of 50% of the energy used by all cars on American roads.
  • Universities Switch to LED Lighting to Help Save Energy, Reduce Costs and Protect the Environment
    DURHAM, NC, APRIL 22, 2008
    U.C. Santa Barbara installed 23 LED streetlights from BetaLED on a campus street and reports that compared to its traditional streetlights, it is achieving a 44 percent reduction in energy use as well as better light distribution and color rendition.
  • Materials Department Chair elected Fellow of the Materials Research Society
    April 8, 2008
    James S. Speck, Chair of the Materials Department in the College of Engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the Materials Research Society, "for seminal studies of strain relaxation in epitaxial films, and for the development of molecular beam epitaxial growth of GaN, and applications of nonpolar orientations of GaN."

March 2008

February 2008

  • MC-CAM and SSLEC reception in honor of Dr. Fumio Orito
    Friday, February 29, 2008
    Dr. Fumio Orito and Chancellor Henry Yang
  • Institute for Energy Efficiency launched at UCSB
    Santa Barbara, CA, February 28, 2008
    A new Institute for Energy Efficiency was launched today at UC Santa Barbara. The UCSB institute is under the direction of Professor John Bowers of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and will involve approximately 50 faculty members from multiple disciplines on the campus.

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