CREST & UCSB to focus on R&D for LED sector.
collaborative effort, in conjunction with CRESTSymposium
2014 in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, Dato’ Azman Mahmud,
Chairman of CREST and Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Investment
Development Authority (MIDA) said Malaysia is among the largest in the world
for back-end processes in LED manufacturing. Hence, the tie-up is very important
and timely to provide the needed thrust to move the industry up the value
chain, he added.
The collaboration with UCSB was concluded
in just over a year following the visit of three UCSB professors – Dr. Shuji
Nakamura (2014 Nobel Prize Winner for Physics); Dr. Steven P. Denbaars,
Director of the Solid State Lighting Energy Centre; and Dr James Speck of the
Materials Department, to CREST late last year.
CREST Chief Executive Officer, Jaffri
Ibrahim, who held talks with the three eminent professors during the visit,
said the company is keen to develop the next generation of LED technology.
“It’s not just technical knowledge we are looking for but also the methodology
and culture that has allowed UCSB to be more than a typical academia-type
research centre but one that is more in tune with industry needs,” he said.
The tripartite collaboration involves the
academia (UCSB, Universti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Malaya (UM),
Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) and Monash University Malaysia), the industry
(various existing LED makers in Malaysia) and the government via CREST.
The joint initiative will focus on
epitaxial development (where additional layers of semiconductor crystals are
grown on the surface of a wafer).
Source: Bernama 18 Dec 2014, Crestand