Gallium Nitride Research

Why this programme ?

  • The global market for Gallium Nitride Research will be worth USD 82 billion by 2024.
  • Pioneering upstream LED Research capabilities in Malaysia alongside industry and academic partners – shared facilities resources.
  • Positioning Malaysia to be the top 3 LED solutions provider in the world by 2020.
  • Creating a full LED ecosystem for Malaysia from the front-end to the back-end, supply chain and logistic.

Program highlights

Collaboration with Nobel prize winner, Professor Shuji Nakamura & University of Carlifornia Santa Barbara (UCSB)
First Malaysia grown epitaxial lighted up in July 2016
GaN Research to extend beyond solid state lighting into applications such as power devices, communications, horticulture.
A GaN Research Alliance to be formalised by 2020 to optimise utilisation of facilities for maximum impact.
Number of Specialised GaN labs in Malaysia - mirrored after Prof.Shuji's labs in UCSB.
Produced 70 GaN research experts and engineers.

Did you Know ?

  • Gallium does not occur in its natural elemental state, but is extracted from several minerals.
  • Discovered in 1875 by the french chemist Paul Emile (Francois) Lecoq de Boisbaudran while searching for the missing element between Aluminium and Indium on the Periodic Table.
  • Gallium is mostly utilised to make a single compound; gallium arsenide. It can turn electrical current into light; i.e utilised to make LEDs
  • In its purest extracted form, gallium is a vibrant silver color. As a solid, it is blue-gray.
  • Approximately 95% of gallium consumption is in the electronics industry. Gallium arsenide andgallium nitride represt about 98% of gallium consumption in the United States.