The 2021 competition is now closed. The work was so impressive that the judges awarded a third grand prize winner! Congratulations to the following students — be sure to check out their work on Tuesday, February 2.


The following students will give a brief presentation on their work during the workshop and participate in the poster session.

Ruqayah Bhuiyan, University of Georgia
Lettuce Tolerates Fluctuating Light, Potentially Reducing Energy Costs in Controlled Environment Agriculture

Yunping Huang, University of Washington
Green Syntheses of Stable and Efficient Organic Dyes for Organic Hybrid Light-Emitting Diodes

J. Mundinger, Penn State University
The Visual Experience of Fine Art Under Low Illuminance



The following students will participate in the poster session.

Nathan Eylands, Cornell University
Influence of Far-Red Intensity During the Seedling Stage on Photomorphogenic Characteristics in Leafy Greens

Rugved Kore, Penn State University
Color Characterization of an RGB Projector for Lighting Application Efficacy

Yi-Chia Tsai, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Next-Generation Green Light-Emitting Diodes by Novel Cubic III-Nitrides


GRADUATE STUDENTS: Connect with top researchers and industry thought leaders February 1–4 to show your work!

Since 2003, the DOE Lighting R&D Workshop has drawn the best and brightest in the industry to share the latest on lighting technology advances. And each year, the popular poster session offers one-on-one interaction between presenters and attendees to network, exchange ideas, and help accelerate lighting innovations.

The 2021 Lighting R&D Workshop will be a free virtual event, and the poster session will remain a cornerstone for robust discussion among researchers.

Students are invited to submit abstracts to be considered for the poster competition. Abstracts should highlight work to shape the future of lighting, which may also include unique luminaire or design concepts that address a problem with today’s lighting solutions.

Two Grand Prize Winners will be selected to give a presentation of their work during the workshop and to participate in the virtual poster session on Tuesday, February 2. Honorable Mentions will be selected to participate in the virtual poster session.

Check out the full competition details for participation criteria, submission instructions, and other important information. Submissions due Friday, December 4.

Questions? Email


Three images side by side of students and their posters. The first and third image have a student pointing out details of a poster to someone; the middle image has two females facing the camera with a winner's certificate.

Talking about [my] work helped solidify future directions and also helped me establish contacts with people in industry, a few of which pioneered the work I was presenting.” -- Clayton Cozzan, 2017 winner

"I enjoyed the opportunity to talk with a variety of people about my research. Posters are a great way to meet people at a conference, and I think it was a great way to help us students meet people from industry, including people I probably wouldn't have approached otherwise.” -- Stacy Kowsz, 2016 winner


Controlled growth of self-assembled InGaN quantum dots using templates of quantum-size-controlled photo-electrochemical etched quantum dots
Syed Ahmed Al Muyeed, Lehigh University

The impact of output capacitor aging under constant and cycled temperature conditions on LED driver lifetime
A.P. Sachintha G. De Vas Gunawardena, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Perovskite-on-polymer light diffusing downconverter powders

Caicai Zhang, University of Central Florida

Identifying an efficient, thermally robust inorganic phosphor host via machine learning
Ya Zhuo, University of Houston


Stable, cost-effective perovskite-polymer composites as tunable downconverters for tailored lighting

Juan (Rachel) He, University of Central Florida

Kirigami-based three-dimensional OLED concepts for architectural lighting
Taehwan Kim, Penn State University

CMOS-compatible plenoptic detector for LED lighting applications
Shima Nezhadbadeh, University of New Mexico

Efficient light extraction of organic light-emitting diodes on a fully solution-processed flexible substrate
Kwing Tong, University of California, Los Angeles


Privacy-preserving person tracking and coarse pose estimation for smart lighting systems

Indrani Bhattacharya, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

High efficacy, high color quality hybrid white OLEDS incorporating red quantum dots with narrow emission bands
Hao Chen, University of Central Florida

Phosphor geometries and luminaires for laser-driven white lighting applications
Clayton Cozzan, University of California, Santa Barbara

Privacy-preserving indoor localization via light transport analysis
Jinyuan Zhao, Boston University


Adding ultraviolet radiation to solid state lighting for growing and post-harvest storage of plants

Ignas Gaska, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Adaptive lighting control for health and wellness
Joseph Gleason, University of New Mexico

Monolithic optically pumped and electrically injected III-nitride devices for polarized white light emission
Stacy Kowsz, University of California, Santa Barbara

High-speed visible light communication utilizing laser-based solid-state lighting
Changmin Lee, University of California, Santa Barbara

Tip-tilt-piston micromirror with integrated large range variable focus for smart lighting systems
Jessica Morrison, Boston University

InGaN-GaNAs ‘interface quantum well’ for long-wavelength emission
Chee Keong Tan, Lehigh University

Hybrid MOCVD/MBE GaN tunnel junctions
Ben Yonkee, University of California, Santa Barbara