Ultraviolet semiconductor technologies for COVID-19 and beyond

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COVID-19 is a wake-up call for public health and safety. Since the pandemic began, the ultraviolet (UV) technologies have been widely employed in numerous places to contain and eliminate the viruses. Although UV light is nonchemical and does not contaminate the environment, however, most of the UV light today comes from the toxic mercury lamps. In our lab and many institutions in the world, researchers are developing semiconductor-based UV technologies that are compact, reliable, and nontoxic. This seminar shows the research background and briefly discusses the research progress made by our team in a few key areas including material growth, physics, and device fabrication for UV lasers, LEDs, and photodetectors.

Brief Biography

Xiaohang Li is an ECE faculty and affiliated with the Applied Physics program at KAUST. He received B.S. degree in Applied Physics from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Afterwards, he received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University and Georgia Institute of Technology, respectively. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Harold M. Manasevit Young Investigator Award from the American Association for Crystal Growth, the SPIE D. J. Lovell Scholarship, the Edison Prize from the Edison Innovation Foundation, the IEEE Photonics Graduate Student Fellowship, and the 40 under 40 Award from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also an Associate Editor of the OSA Photonics Research.

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