News for 2015

December 15, 2015

Four UCSB Engineering Faculty Named to National Academy of Inventors Professors John Bowers, Craig Hawker, Umesh Mishra and Galen Stucky are recognized for the impacts of their research and innovation. 

December 08, 2015

Send your resume to Dr. Tal Margalith, Executive Director of Technology at Solid State Lighting and Energy Electronics Center (SSLEEC) by 1/31/2016. 


December 07, 2015

In late November, the DOE also scaled up its investments in green energy R&D solutions.

November 24, 2015

JCCI's 31st Annual Dinner - Over 900 Esteemed Guests Honor the Enduring Friendship between the U.S. & Japan

November 23, 2015

President’s Research Network Aims to Keep Advanced Technology Manufacturing in U.S.

Photo: Matt Perko, University of California, Santa Barbara.
October 26, 2015

Asian Scientist Magazine catches up with Nobel laureate Shuji Nakamura as he reflects on his own journey of discovery and where his company, Soraa, will be taking LEDs next. 

Read more from Asian Scientist Magazine. 

October 21, 2015

"We viewed developing a highly smooth e-beam-deposited ITO intracavity contact as critical part of improving our VCSEL perfornace and yield," John Leonard is quoted. 

October 14, 2015

The 2015 Asia Society Asia Game Changers: (L to R): Shuji Nakamura, Aasif Mandvi, Mariam al-Mansouri, Kiran Bir Sethi, Li Cunxin, Manny Pacquiao, Chanda Kochhar, and Lei Jun. Photographed on October 13, 2015. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)

October 12, 2015


The Global Energy Prize laureate, Shuji Nakamura, participated in ASAHI World Environmental Forum-2015 that was held in Tokyo for the 8th time. He held a Special Talk “Contributing to the Global Environment through Innovation in Technology.”

October 12, 2015

Four Nobel laureates among those who gathered on the South Coast to talk about the subject of light say we are just scratching the surface of what’s possible in the field.

It was a conference looking at the latest advances in the technology.  Some of the leading researchers in the field are based at UC Santa Barbara.


KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with some of the researchers.

October 09, 2015
The State of Light
October 01, 2015

October 1, 2015

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) researchers have developed polarized white light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that do not use phosphors [S. J. Kowsz et al, Appl. Phys. Lett., vol107, p101104, 2015].

September 29, 2015

I’m constantly amazed by the innovative thinking and entrepreneurial drive of our faculty, staff and students at the University of California.

September 29, 2015

To celebrate the International Year of Light, UC Santa Barbara’s College of Engineering and Institute for Energy Efficiency (IEE) are hosting a symposium Thursday, Oct. 8, from 1 to 7:30 p.m., in the campus’s Corwin Pavilion. The event is free and open to the public.

September 16, 2015

Asia Society link:

August 28, 2015

Big Picture Science – Shocking Ideas: Siddha Pimputkar / Blue LEDs


August 27, 2015

UCSB Professor Completes Grueling Mountain Bike Ride, Raises Awareness for Education Non-Profit

August 13, 2015

Professor Shuji Nakamura is featured. 


August 13, 2015

National Inventors Hall of Fame Inducts Next Class of Innovators 

Shuji Nakamura invented the blue, green, and white light emitting diode (LED) allowing for a full-spectrum of LED light that can now be used in countless applications.

July 30, 2015

Turkish article featuring Professor Shuji Nakamura with Bilge Imer, Assist. Prof. at Metu University (UCSB Materials alumnae)

June 24, 2015

Let there be LED lights! The lights on the vaulted ceiling of the Library's 4th Floor are now LED rather than fluorescent. Brighter AND more energy-efficient.

June 22, 2015
The University of California recently earned the distinction of having the highest number of utility patents granted in 2014, with 
June 22, 2015

A material used to make power-saving light bulbs is gaining momentum in the world of semiconductors. KKR & Co. is the latest to place a bet.


June 19, 2015

The Global Energy Prize was awarded on June 19, 2015 at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum. 

June 10, 2015

When mentioning the names Shinya Yamanaka and Shuji Nakamura, some might recognize them as Nobel laureates. Yamanaka, a Japanese physician, won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his research into adult skin cells, while Japanese-American physicist Nakamura received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014 for inventing environmentally friendly blue light-emitting diodes.

June 01, 2015

"Efficient and stable laser-driven white lighting" Kristin A. Denault, Michael Cantore, Shuji Nakamura, Steven P. DenBaars, et al. AIP Advances 3, 072107 (2013)

May 28, 2015

The US American Professor, Dr. Shuji Nakamura, originally from Japan, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2014 for the development of the blue light emitting diode (LED) and the laser diode.

Together with Dr. Helmut Erdl, Dr. Abdel Hanafi developed the BMW laser light technology and received the renowned Leibinger Innovation Award in 2014 for his achievement. 

May 26, 2015

Isla Vista Remembers 

May 12, 2015


Research the world's greatest inventors, and discover your own potential.


Shuji Nakamura

Blue LED

Patent No. 5,290,393


May 09, 2015

Two scientists in this article will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame on May 12th in Washington D.C. Shuji Nakamura invented the blue LED; Jaap Haartsen, Bluetooth. Guess what their favorite color is? You'll find out at the end of the article!

April 23, 2015

In recognition of his groundbreaking work in LED (light-emitting diode) technology, UC Santa Barbara materials professor Shuji Nakamura has been chosen as a 2015 Global Energy Prize Laureate. The prestigious Russian award “honors outstanding achievements in energy research and technology from around the world that are helping address the world’s various and pressing energy challenges.”

April 09, 2015

If you have access to Japanese television/cable, Shuji Nakamura's documentary, THE LIGHT, will appear on the National Geographic Channel. Dates of the show: April 30 & May 2. The attached link has 2 previews of the show.

March 31, 2015
A Better, Greener World
March 23, 2015

Professor Shuji Nakamura received the Distinguished Scie

March 20, 2015

PASADENA, Cal. (Mar. 20, 2015) – The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) held its Induction Ceremony at the Athenaeum, California Institute of Technology.

February 19, 2015

“I’m extremely honored,” said Van de Walle, of the endowment named after Herbert Kroemer, UCSB emeritus professor and 2000 Nobel Laureate.

February 17, 2015

UCSB's Bulk GaN research team and Aalto visitors: Dr. Pyry Kivisaari, Mr. Lauri Riuttanen, & Professor Jukka Tulkki.

Aalto University - Speaker #1

Dr. Pyry Kivisaari, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Computational Science

“Bipolar Monte Carlo simulation of current transport in III-N LEDs”


Aalto University - Speaker #2

Mr. Lauri Riuttanen, Department of Micro and Nanosciences

February 03, 2015
National Inventors Hall of Fame announces its 2015 class By Matt McFarland January 29   The National Inventors Hall of Fame will be inducting 14 members to its 2015 class, including the creators of Bluetooth and the light-emitting diode (LED).   The new members will be honored in a series of events May 11-13 in the Washington, D.C. area.   
January 22, 2015
Physics World collection containing 10 of its best features on light (including Shuji Nakamura) is now available digitally.    All 10 stories:   
January 06, 2015
Inventors of LEDs Win 2015 Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering