Yuji Zhao

Prof. Yuji Zhao received the B.S. degree in Microelectronics from Fudan University, China in 2008, and the Ph.D degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 2012, after Nobel Laureate Professor Shuji Nakamura. He was an Assistant Project Scientist in the Materials Department and Solid State Lighting and Energy Center (SSLEC) at UCSB. He then joined ASU in August 2014, serving as a principal investigator before joining Rice University, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as an Associate Professor. Prof. Zhao has received 2019 Presidential Early Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), 2019 MIT TR 35 – China Award, 2017 ASU Fulton Outstanding Assistant Professor Award,  2016 DoD DTRA Young Investigator Award, 2015 NASA Early Career Faculty Award, and 2015 Bisgrove Scholar Career Faculty Award.

Prof. Zhao has worked extensively on III-nitride materials and devices, with more than 140 conference and journal publications, one book chapter, and over 20 patents, and has won Outstanding Research Award from UCSB SSLEC for a record four consecutive times (2010 to 2013). His work on III-nitride LEDs and lasers was recognized with a Most Cited Article of the Year Award from Applied Physics Express, an Editor’s Pick of the Year Award from Applied Physics Letters, a Best Paper Award from CLEO, and was featured in over 100 international news outlets with over 5 languages, including Science, Nature Photonics, Optical Society of America (OSA), Compound Semiconductors, and Yahoo.

Research Areas

III-nitride materials and devices


2014 Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara

2008, B.S. Microelectronics, Fudan University, China

Honors & Awards

2019 PECASE Award

2019 MIT TR 35 – China Award

2017 ASU Fulton Outstanding Assistant Professor Award

2016 DoD DTRA YIP Award

2015 NASA ECF Award

2015 SFAz Bisgrove Scholar Faculty Award


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