A Nobel Prize Winner in Physics in 2014, prof. Shūji Nakamura, became the first member of the international expert panel of Materials Science & Engineering Centre of the ŁUKASIEWICZ Institute — Polish Centre for Technology Development PORT.
Professor Nakamura will help in selecting the best leaders of the Research Groups created at the Institute and will evaluate their work.
For the research projects initiated at Łukasiewicz — PORT, the competences of the leader of newly created international Research Groups are of key importance. The first task of the expert panel will therefore be to select the best specialists in the industry for the positions of Principal Investigator (Research Group leader) and to assess the research plan and development prospects for a given challenge. Establishing cooperation with professor Nakamura creates a real opportunity for Łukasiewicz — PORT to recruit the best scientists from abroad in the field of materials science and to properly assess the effects of their work from the perspective of world science.
The same process went through the candidates for group leaders in the field of biotechnology last December. The selection was made by a panel of external experts operating at Łukasiewicz — PORT for the needs of the Biotechnology Centre.
Both expert panels — for materials science and biotechnology — will also periodically evaluate the progress and effects of Research Groups' work.
Shūji Nakamura is a professor of engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. He pioneered research into light-producing semiconductor technology, including light-emitting diodes (LEDs). In his search for a cheap white light source (as a mixture of red, green and blue light), he invented an efficient blue light emitting diode (red and green LEDs were known before). In 2014, together with Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for this. He is also the creator of the so-called laser diode based blue laser, which is used in optical information recording systems, e.g. Blu-ray and HD DVD devices.
Professor Nakamura has received numerous awards for his works, including: Carl Zeiss Research Award (2000), Takeda Award (2002), Professor Jan Czochralski Award given by the European Materials Research Society (2007), Harvey Award (2009). He is the author or co-author of over 500 scientific articles, has over 200 US and over 300 Japanese patents.