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Nobel laureate Shuji Nakamura is awarded the 2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP)

January 18th, 2018

photo of Shuji Nakamura The materials and ECE professor, who is also the research director for UCSB’s Solid State Lighting & Energy Electronics Center, recognized in the Lifetime Achievement category for his outstanding record of achievement in the renewable energy and sustainability sectors”

“The 2018 Zayed Future Energy Award recognizes the global impact of solid-state lighting technology on both the climate and the citizens of our planet, and I am honored that my work in this field is again being highlighted,” Nakamura said.

A winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics, Nakamura is one of three individuals credited for creating he highly sought bright-blue LED. That advance paved the way for the white LED — technology that is now at the heart of many energy-efficient applications, including interior and exterior lighting, displays and automotive headlamps. The use of LED lights has revolutionized energy savings, making it possible to reduce fossil fuel use and carbon footprints. Their durability has also enabled the provision of lighting under inhospitable conditions and in places where traditional energy infrastructure is not available.

“It is altogether fitting that Shuji Nakamura should continue to receive recognition in the form of prestigious awards, such as the Zayed Future Energy Prize, for his enormous contributions to energy-efficient solid-state lighting,” said Rod Alferness, dean of the UCSB College of Engineering. “He continues to bring tremendous energy, creativity and diligence to his work, and to provide indispensable mentorship to UCSB graduate students.”

Nakamura received his award at a ceremony held in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

The UCSB Current – "An Outstanding Record" (full article)

Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP)

Nakamura's COE Profile