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Public lecture on physics Nobel Prize for LEDs on Monday

By Sara Golin

Hongxing Jiang, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Texas Tech University, will present a special lecture highlighting the 2014 Nobel Prize in physics from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, in 101 Cardwell Hall.

Jiang will provide an overview of the history and development of the blue/white light-emitting diode, or LED, as well as the current status and influence of LED lighting and future applications. His lecture will be of interest to all students, faculty and staff, regardless of physics knowledge.

Jiang earned a Bachelor of Science in physics in 1981 from Fudan University, China and a doctorate in physics in 1986 from Syracuse University. He began his 20-year tenure at K-State in 1988 as assistant professor and advanced to university distinguished professor. While at K-State, Jiang has researched the advancement of III-nitride technologies, including blue/white LEDs.

He currently co-directs the Nanophotonics Center at Texas Tech University and is the inaugural Edward E. Whitacre Jr. endowed chair and Horn university distinguished professor. Jiang's current research covers a broad spectrum and deals with basic to applied material synthesis, device fabrication and fundamental physics. He produced 380 journal publications, holds 21 patents in the area of compound semiconductors, has edited nine books and delivered more than 100 invited talks. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America.