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Fudan Advisory Professor Shuji Nakamura Wins Nobel Prize in Physics



Staffan Normark, permanent secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, announced the winners of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics, at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, capital of Sweden, Oct. 7, 2014. Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for their invention of blue light-emitting diodes, a new energy efficient and environmentally friendly light source, the award-giving body announced Tuesday. Among them, Shuji Nakamura, who has been hailed as ‘Father of Blue Light’, is also the Advisory Professor of Fudan University.


Early in 2009, Shuji Nakamura was conferred Advisory Professorship of Fudan University by Yang Yuliang, the President of Fudan. His joining is expected to promote Fudan’s research in semiconductor lighting and development of the illuminating source and lighting related science. Cao Jianlin, Vice Minister of Ministry of Science and Technology, placed great hopes on Shuji Nakamura’s joining in Fudan, and expected that the fourth – generation illuminating source can be invented in Fudan. As one of the pioneers who lead the area of the international semiconductor lighting areas, Shuji Nakamura has been paying close attention to the education and research of illuminating source and lighting in China.


In October 2010, he was appointed as member of the Academic Advisory Board of the School of Information Science and Technology, Fudan University. “Professor Shuji Nakamura suggested us to put more effort in the research on illuminating source and lighting when he attended the School’s International Advisory Board Meeting years ago. He devotes himself in both academic research and industrial development, which is the most obvious feature of his winning. He insisted on developing and utilizing techniques to fulfill the application of theories,” said Professor Lirong Zheng, Dean of the School.


Liangyao Chen, Professor in Optical Science of the School, commented on Shuji Nakamura’s success, “they made a breakthrough in theory, and more importantly, they solve the problem of fabricating the device by new material techniques.” He added, “Shuji Nakamura studied the blue diode in company at first. He knew well the mechanism of thin film growth and optimized the MOCVD technique to grow thin film. At that time, many scientists gave up a further research in GaN thin film growth due to the bad quality of the grown GaN thin film. But Shuji Nakamura could grow a fine GaN thin film by optimizing the thin film growth method little by little till a breakthrough.”


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