UK universities demonstrate advanced SSL research at euroLED 2008

Universities funded by the UK government to conduct R&D related to solid-state lighting will showcase their work at the upcoming euroLED event in early June.

EPSRC, the UK Government's leading funding agency for research and development in engineering and the physical sciences, has expanded its presence at the euroLED 2008 exhibition by hosting a UK academic pavilion, with the aim of demonstrating the very best of British solid-state lighting research and development.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) work in partnership with universities to invest in scientific discovery and innovation in order to meet the needs of industry and society. Nicolas Guernion, Senior Electronics and Optoelectronics Sector Manager in EPSRC commented, “Raising awareness in the business communities of the research EPSRC funds in solid-state lighting technologies is vitally important for the exploitation of the world-class research undertaken in the UK, and euroLEDs is an excellent platform for EPSRC to deliver just that”.

Nina Blackmore, euroLED Conference Director, commented, “the strategic partnership forged after EPSRC’s enthusiastic participation in euroLED 2007 has been key in increasing academic interest this year, and the EPSRC pavilion will showcase cutting-edge SSL technology research”.

Six outstanding academic institutions will be showcased on the UK Pavilion, including the Universities of Bath, Cambridge, Nottingham, Sheffield and Strathclyde. Their collective expertise includes state-of-the-art epitaxial growth and device fabrication of gallium nitride semiconductors, through to research into the key issues limiting the widespread adoption of LEDs in homes and offices, such as efficiency, lighting quality, lifetime and cost. Many of the aforementioned research groups have an impressive record of industry collaboration and are exhibiting their world class research activities for the first time at the event.

Geoff Archenhold, Founder and Conference Chair of euroLED commented, “EPSRC is actively supporting great UK research In III-V semiconductors and the pavilion demonstrates the world class work being undertaken, including understanding of how to reduce defect densities in LEDs, development of improved high brightness LEDs and high power short wavelength UV LEDs. Such academic work is vital to increasing the efficiency of LEDs for general lighting and perhaps one day it will lead to the 300 lumen per watt white LED!”

For more information about how to register for the euroLED Conference and Exhibition, please go to www.euroled.org or contact eveg@astonsciencepark.co.uk.

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