Professor Shuji Nakamura to receive the 2020 NAS Award for the Industrial Application of Science

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

For “pioneering discoveries, synthesis and commercial development of Gallium nitride LEDs and their use in sustainable solid-state light sources, which are reducing global greenhouse gas emissions while also reducing costs to those adopting this technology,” Nakamura has been selected to receive the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) 2020 Award for the Industrial Application of Science. Presented triennially, the award, which this year focuses on sustainability, “recognizes applications in industry of significant achievements in science.”

“I am honored to get the NAS Award for Industrial Application of Science as it recognizes the huge impact of GaN LEDs and lasers,” said Nakamura, who also co-directs UC Santa Barbara’s Solid State Lighting & Energy Electronics Center. “LED lighting is over 80% energy efficient and saves consumers vast amounts on their electricity costs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. I’m also excited about emerging applications such as micro-LED displays and laser lighting — which is 100 times brighter than LEDs — and promises automobile headlamps, laser projectors, and a next generation of general illumination sources.” read more

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