15 September 2022
BluGlass joins UCSB’s Solid-State Lighting & Energy Electronics Center consortium
BluGlass Ltd of Silverwater, Australia – which has developed proprietary low-temperature, low-hydrogen remote-plasma chemical vapor deposition (RPCVD) technology for manufacturing devices such as laser diodes, next-generation LEDs and micro-LEDs for industrial, defence, display and scientific markets – has joined the University of California, Santa Barbara’s (UCSB) Solid-State Lighting & Energy Electronics Center (SSLEEC) consortium, recognizing the firm’s innovation in RPCVD epitaxy growth, novel laser architectures, and longer-wavelength gallium nitride (GaN) devices.
The SSLEEC is an invitation-only collaboration between industry leaders and UCSB’s GaN researchers, including blue LED inventor and Nobel Laureate professor Shuji Nakamura and professor Steven DenBaars. The consortium focuses on the development of new semiconductor technologies for energy-efficient lighting, disinfection, advanced mobile displays, augmented and virtual reality, communication, and power electronics. The SSLEEC works in collaboration and across scientific disciplines to address the most challenging problems in critical and timely areas of research.
The SSLEEC has been researching materials growth, simulation, characterization, device design and fabrication for high-efficiency LEDs and laser diodes for more than 15 years. It is said to be one of the most successful business models between universities and industry partners in the sector, producing more than 150 patents over the past six years.
Consortium membership provides BluGlass with access to UCSB’s faculty, facilities and specialist GaN researchers, which is expected to be invaluable in accelerating product development roadmaps for its blue and green laser diodes.
Photo: BluGlass president Jim Haden (center) with professor Steven DenBaars (left) and professor Shuji Nakamura (right), with several SSLEEC post-docs, including BluGlass laser diode scientist Ryan Anderson (far left).
“We are delighted to be invited to join the world’s leading GaN industry and academic consortium, which is a testament to the cutting-edge development being conducted at BluGlass,” says the firm’s president Jim Haden. “Our membership enables us to leverage the expertise of industry pioneers Drs Shuji Nakamura and Steven DenBaars; and to fast-track our advanced product roadmaps. It also enhances our credibility with potential customers and partners, reinforcing our expertise in GaN laser diodes,” he adds.
“I believe that RPCVD technology has huge advantages for the next generation of GaN advanced semiconductor devices,” comments Nakamura.