UCSB earns industry attention for its research to change how we use light.
by Sophia Fischer
The way we light our homes, our cars and even our crops is changing thanks to the research being done by groups like UC Santa Barbara’s Solid State Lighting & Energy Electronics Center (SSLEEC).
Among the conference presenters was Srabanti Chowdhury M.S. ’08, Ph.D. ’10. Chowdhury, associate professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC Davis, is developing solutions for next generation electronics. All electronics including lighting, air-conditioning, computers and motion control devices rely on energy conversion in order to operate. Her research focuses on the use of diamond, gallium oxide and gallium nitride materials for next generation power and other emerging electronics to reduce the energy wasted as heat during conversion.
“We’ve had big milestones that prove that diamond is a promising candidate,” Chowdhury said. “It has challenges, but we are seeing development from when I first started this work. Diamond’s performance is solid.”
Chowdhury has more than 23 patents (18 issued) on gallium nitride and diamond-based devices and technologies and has earned recognition for her work. Among the many awards and grants she has received are the 2015 National Science Foundation CAREER Award for early-career researchers, and the 2016 Young Scientist Award from the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors. She has been published in more than 45 journals and presented her work at multiple conferences.