The 2022 competition is now closed. Congratulations to the following students — be sure to check out their work in the Virtual Poster Forum, and hear the Grand Prize winners discuss their projects in the opening session on Tuesday, February 1.

Shruti Hariyani, University of Houston

Advancing human-centric lighting

Hannah Moon, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
Using electroretinograms to characterize the retinal response of endangered Hawaiian seabirds to different light spectra

Sangjun Jeong, Texas A&M University

Far-red light and temperature interactively affect plant morphology, yield, and light use efficiency in indoor lettuce and basil production

Chen Mo, Penn State University
Sidewall passivation for micro-LEDs

Akila Udage, Rensselaer Polytechnic University
Evaluation of 3D printed antenna performance for lighting fixtures


STUDENTS: Connect with top researchers and industry thought leaders January 31–February 3 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 2022 Lighting R&D Workshop will be a free virtual event, and the poster session will remain a cornerstone for robust discussion among researchers.

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. Honorable Mentions will be selected to participate in the virtual poster session.

To enter, submit an abstract highlighting your work to shape the future of lighting. Check out the full competition details for participation criteria, submission instructions, and other important information.

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, past 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, past winner


Lettuce tolerates fluctuating light, potentially reducing energy costs in controlled environment agriculture
Ruqayah Bhuiyan, University of Georgia

Green syntheses of stable and efficient organic dyes for organic hybrid light-emitting diodes
Yunping Huang, University of Washington

The visual experience of fine art under low illuminance
J. Mundinger, Penn State University


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