CREST: Seven Years Of Leading The Wave

JAFFRI Ibrahim (pic) is sitting behind his desk holding an almost nondescript white box with a surface that is punctured by a bright blue light.

“The light is up to one hundred times brighter than the brightest light you can find today,” observes Jaffri. “And it takes a quarter of the energy to power it.”

The CEO of Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST) is talking about the blue LED, made in part with an epitaxy of gallium nitride on a substrate of the same material. “We started by saying in 2012, that (we) wanted to do front-end research on epitaxy,” he says. “We have the capability today.”