NSF International: Engineering Research and Educational Collaboration with Peking University

October 08, 2010

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded a grant titled "International: Engineering Research and Educational Collaboration on gallium-nitride (GaN) lasers and light emitting diodes (LEDs)" to Xiaomin Jin, PI and Xiao-Hua (Helen) Yu, Co-PI for Sept 2011-Aug 2013. The total grant value is $147,775. This project builds upon a collaboration between PIs at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in the U.S. and partners from Peking University (PKU) in China established in 2006. NSF website: IRES 1029153

Based on previous collborative work, this project includes: 1) year-round research collaboration, 2) students' summer visit to PKU, and 3) undergraduate student involvement. The proposed research includes GaN LD/LED device level modeling and simulation, in addition to fabrication, testing, and control system design towards the implementation of a new class of efficient and intelligent lighting systems. This project has a strong research component and novelty, especially in GaN light emitter device energy conversion efficiency. Students will perform GaN LD/LED design simulations during the school year at Cal Poly and device fabrication at PKU during summer. This collaboration provides students a valuable opportunity to gain first-hand overseas educational experience and also helps them adapt to a global environment. Students from both universities will obtain an improved understanding of foreign cultures and language.

Photo: College of Physics Building, Peking University. Left to right: Fu Xing Xing (PhD student, PKU), Simeon Trieu (MS student, Cal Poly), Prof. Bei Zhang (Professor, State Key Laboratory for Mesoscopic Physics´╝îPeking University, Beijing 100871, PR China), and Xiong Chang (PhD student, PKU).