IEEE Photonics Society

Boston Photonics Society Chapter

Boston Chapter of the IEEE Photonics Society


March 11, 2021
7 PM

Online Seminar

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Ultraviolet Optoelectronics for a Better Living

Prof. Zetian Mi, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI


Prof. Zetian Mi, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Abstract:  Infectious diseases and water are some of the greatest, most urgent challenges of the 21st century. III-nitride ultraviolet (UV) light sources, including light emitting diodes (LEDs) and lasers, are the only alternative technology to replace conventional power-hungry, hazardous mercury lamps for disinfection and water purification. Recent studies showed that AlGaN-based UV-C LEDs can readily shred genetic material of viruses and bacterial and achieve 99.9% sterilization of SARS-COV-2. In this talk, I will present the recent advances of AlGaN and BN nanostructures and heterostructures and their applications in UV optoelectronics, including the first demonstration of mid and deep UV laser diodes and tunnel junction UV-C LEDs with significantly improved performance. The recent development of far-UV-C LEDs, in the wavelength range of 207-222 nm, will also be presented, which has shown to be faster and far more effective than traditional UV-C light (~265 nm) in preventing the transmission of microbial diseases, while causing virtually no harm to mammalian skin or eye.


Biography:  Zetian Mi is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received the PhD degree in Applied Physics at the University of Michigan in 2006. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of III-nitride semiconductors, LEDs, lasers, quantum photonics, solar fuels, and artificial photosynthesis. Prof. Mi has edited 2 books and published 12 book chapters, 25 patents/patent applications, more than 200 journal papers, and over 300 conference papers/presentations on these topics. He was a faculty member at McGill University from 2007 to 2016, where he received several awards, including the Hydro-Québec Nano-Engineering Scholar Award in 2009, the William Dawson Scholar Award in 2011, the Christophe Pierre Award for Research Excellence in 2012, and the Engineering Innovation Award in 2105. Prof. Mi has received the Young Investigator Award from the 27th North American Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) Conference in 2010, the Young Scientist Award from the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors in 2015, and the IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2020. Prof. Mi currently serves as the Editor of Progress in Quantum Electronics and Serial Editor of Semiconductors and Semimetals. He also served as the Associate Editor of IEEE J. Lightwave Technol. as well as the Chair of many international conferences, including the General Chair of IEEE Photonics Conference in 2020, Program Chair of IEEE Photonics Conference in 2019, General Chair of IEEE Photonics Society Summer Topicals Meeting in 2016-2017, and Co-Chair of International Symposium on Semiconductor Light Emitting Devices in 2017. Prof. Mi is a fellow of SPIE and OSA. Prof. Mi is a co-founder and member of Board of Directors of NS Nanotech, Inc.


This meeting begins at 7 PM Thursday, March 11th, 2021 and will be online only.  

The registration link will be posted two days prior to the seminar.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. This webinar will take place on Zoom and will be started 15 minutes early (at 6:45 EDT) to allow for technical troubleshooting. The seminar will begin at 7:00PM. For more information contact Keisuke Kojima, IEEE Boston Photonics Society chair at, or visit the IEEE Boston Photonics Society website at


Location:  Online Seminar

This meeting will take place online.