For our May Luncheon Seminar and in celebration of fifteen years since the opening of Roppongi Hills, we welcome Professor Hiroshi Amano of Nagoya University.
One of Professor Amano’s greatest contributions to science is his participation in the discovery and practical application of blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs), allowing bright illumination with low power consumption. He, along with Professors Isamu Akasaki of Meijo University and Shuji Nakamura of the University of California, Santa Barbara, were awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work.
Though red and green LEDs were developed in the 1960s and 1970s, blue LEDs presented a greater challenge. By unlocking the third primary color of light, they brought about a revolution in lighting technology, and these more efficient LEDs made their way into all sorts of applications – from interior lighting to smartphone liquid crystal display panels.
The Nobel Foundation lauded the team’s work, saying “the LED lamp holds great promise for increasing the quality of life for over 1.5 billion people around the world who lack access to electricity grids. Due to low power requirements it can be powered by cheap local solar power.”
Join us as Professor Amano discusses the development of the blue LED – a thirty-year project – including some untold stories. He will also expound on the societal impact of LEDs, and their contribution to the creation of new industries.
Hiroshi Amano received his BE, ME and DE degree in 1983, 1985 and 1989, respectively, from Nagoya University. From 1988 to 1992, he was a research associate at Nagoya University. In 1992, he moved to Meijo University, where he was an assistant professor, associate professor from 1998 till 2002, and professor from 2002 till 2010. He moved to Nagoya University, where he was a professor of Graduate School of Engineering from 2011 till 2015. On Oct. 1, 2015, he became a director of Center for Integrated Research of Future Electronics, Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability, Nagoya University. He has also been the director of the Akasaki Research Center (Akasaki Institute), Nagoya University since 2011.
During his doctoral program at the Nagoya University Graduate School of Engineering, he was able to realize high-quality epitaxially grown GaN film with metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE), p-type GaN filmdoped with Mg while conducting research with Professor Akasaki.For the first time in history, he established the technology necessary for the production of blue LEDs, thus performing a great achievement the development of the high-luminosity blue LED.
He is currently developing technologies for the fabrication of high-efficiency power semiconductor development and new energy-saving devices at Nagoya University. He has over 552 publications, and 32 patents. Prof. Amano shared the Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 with Prof. Isamu Akasaki and Prof. Shuji Nakamura "for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources"
Date: May 10, 2018
Fee: ¥7,000 per person (Lunch, seminar)
* Drinks not included.
* Cash payment required.
* Meal service after the seminar will not be provided.
* The event will be in Japanese ONLY.
* Families of Club Members are welcome to attend this event.
For reservations and inquiries call 03-6406-6010 (Dining Reservations 9:30-21:00)