News for 2014

December 18, 2014

Ram Seshadri, professor of materials and of chemistry and biochemistry, was honored for his major contributions to developing structure-composition-property relations in functional inorganic oxides.

December 16, 2014
(Santa Barbara, California) — Adding yet another honor to a growing list of accolades, Shuji Nakamura, UC Santa Barbara’s 2014 Nobel laureate in physics, today was named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).
December 15, 2014

LISTEN to Alison van Diggelen's Radio Interview (audio file): from 12:30-16:00. Professor Steve DenBaars's interview took place at UCSB's Solid State Lighting & Energy Electronics Center. 

December 11, 2014
Award Ceremony Speech
December 11, 2014

Your Majesty, Royal Highnesses, Ladies and Gentlemen, Colleagues and Friends:

December 08, 2014

Professor Shuji Nakamura's Nobel lecture: "Shuji Nakamura - Nobel Lecture: Background Story of the Invention of Efficient Blue InGaN Light Emitting Diodes". Nobel Media AB 2014. Web. 8 Dec 2014. Video links on the UCTV website.

December 08, 2014
Background Story of the Invention of Efficient Blue InGaN Light Emitting Diodes
December 04, 2014

You can also watch the lectures at YouTube.

November 25, 2014

President Barack Obama welcomed the four American winners of this year's Nobel Prizes to the White House on Monday.

The four Nobel laureates Obama met with are:

-- U.S. researchers Eric Betzig and William Moerner, chemistry.

-- Japanese-born U.S. scientist Shuji Nakamura, physics.

-- U.S.-British scientist John O'Keefe split, medicine.

November 20, 2014

I'm thankful for the impact that LED Lighting has on the world – energy efficient, high quality, yet low-cost lighting can positively impact many people in need around the globe. Today, I hope that everyone can use efficient and sustainable LED Lighting to save energy!

November 02, 2014
Behind UC Santa Barbara Nobel laureate Shuji Nakamura’s breakthrough invention of the bright blue LED were years of toil and uncertainty
October 28, 2014

From the first oil lamp centuries ago to the recent white LED lamp, scientists have been striving to brighten up our homes and streets. Today, nearly one fourth of the world’s electricity consumption is used for lighting. 

October 24, 2014

UC Santa Barbara Nobel Laureate Shuji Nakamura has been selected to receive one of Japan’s highest honors: the 2014 Order of Culture Award.

October 22, 2014

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October 14, 2014

Materials professor Shuji Nakamura was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize for the invention of the blue light-emitting diode. (TV interview)

October 11, 2014
KEYT - KCOY - KKFX Senior Reporter John Palminteri interviews Professor Nakamura and students, live at UCSB. 
October 08, 2014
Video highlights of the news conference held Tuesday, Oct. 7, at UCSB to celebrate Professor Shuji Nakamura’s 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics
October 07, 2014

SANTA BARBARA, CA - OCTOBER 07: UC Santa Barbara scientist Shuji Nakamura (C) gives a tour of the lab after winning the 2014 Nobel Prize for physics for the invention of blue LED light October 07, 2014, in Santa Barbara, California. Nakamura and two Japanese scientists shared the prize for the invention of an efficient blue light-emitting diodes using semiconductors, which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

October 07, 2014

For 30 years, scientists had tried to create the blue diode.

October 07, 2014

Graduate students were understandably proud when they learned the news Tuesday that Dr. Nakamura, along with two Japanese scientists, had won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing efficient blue light-emitting diodes, or LEDs. 

October 07, 2014

Please watch this intimate interview and read a great story about Dr. Shuji Nakamura at You will hear his life story and see his portrait painted.

October 07, 2014

Santa Barbara Artist Holli Harmon interviewed Professor Shuji Nakamura Congratulations on the Nobel Prize, Shuji Nakamura!

October 05, 2014

Chris Van de Walle, Professor in the Materials Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has been appointed  the inaugural recipient of the Herbert Kroemer Endowed Chair in Materials Science.

September 09, 2014

Tara Owens, Financial Manager with SSLEEC, receives recognition for her 10-years of service at UCSB. 

Photo Credit:  Tony Mastres
September 09, 2014

U.S. News & World Report has once again included UC Santa Barbara in its annual listing of the “Top 30 Public National Universities” in the country, as well on its list of the “Best National Universities.”

September 04, 2014

Goleta-based Transphorm, an energy-efficiency company spun out of UC Santa Barbara, said it has been granted two patents that it believes could cover as much as 60% of its target market in power-conversion electronics.

September 03, 2014

Where is the best place to live? That is the question renowned inventor Shuji Nakamura asked his colleagues when he decided to emigrate. Where you live determines who your children will grow up with, and what you have nearby access to in terms of culture, education, recreation, health care, and work. For Shuji, the draw to Santa Barbara included its world-class university and technological hub.


September 03, 2014

Goodbye to Droop
Case closed: researchers discover the science behind the mystery of efficiency droop

Convergence (Issue 18, Summer 2014)
Magazine of Engineering and the Sciences at UC Santa Barbara

April 16, 2014

California state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson will be among the judges for the UC Santa Barbara Graduate Division’s Grad Slam Finals on Friday afternoon at Corwin Pavilion, it was confirmed Monday. The public is invited to attend.

April 16, 2014

Leah Kuritzky was the first presenter and she started off with a bang, or rather a flash, by lighting up the room with a prototype of a laser light. Leah hopes to maximize light efficiency and output, while reducing costs, which is critical in a country where 22% of the electricity goes toward lighting.

March 11, 2014

About this series: We take light for granted, but more than two billion people in the world go through their entire lives without reliable lighting. But that is changing, thanks in part to the brilliant discovery of UC Santa Barbara's Shuji Nakamura. This four-part series, made possible by UC Santa Barbara's Solid State Lighting and Energy Center, tells the story of Nakamura's determined effort to develop the white LED and the revolution in lighting that his discovery has brought to the world.

Debdeep Jena, Herbert Kroemer and Professor Umesh Mishra
February 07, 2014

University of Notre Dame Professor Debdeep Jena is pictured here with Nobel Laureate Herbert Kroemer and Professor Umesh Mishra. Professor Jena was an invited guest who gave a Nitrides Seminar on "New results on III-Nitride physics and devices using MBE heterostructures."

James Speck, Toufik Sadi, Jukka Tulkki, and Pyry Kivisaari
February 07, 2014

Professor James Speck, Dr. Toufik Sadi, Professor Jukka Tulkki, and Mr. Pyry Kivisaari are pictured here after the Special Nitrides Seminar. Dr. Toufik Sadi (Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland) gave a talk on "Emission enhancement and plasmonic losses in InGaN quantum wells coupled to metallic gratings," followed by Mr. Pyry Kivisaari (Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland and visiting researcher at UCSB) who gave a talk on " Monte Carlo-drift-diffusion simulation of electron current transport in III-N LEDs."

January 28, 2014

Professor Umesh Mishra is one of several directors in the New Nationwide Research and Manufacturing Consortiums. UCSB Joins New Nationwide Research and Manufacturing Consortium. The Next Generation Power Electronics Institute is one of three federally funded public-private consortia planned by President Obama to boost the U.S. economy.

January 27, 2014

University of California at Santa Barbara, TechConnect World-National Innovation Summit 2013, Washington, DC

January 21, 2014

Here is a video explaining "Wide bandgap semiconductor." You may have read in the news about how UCSB is a part of the new U.S. manufacturing innovation institute for the next generation of power electronics. This video will provide an inside look at why semiconductor tech is important for energy savings.