LED lighting products are saving massive amounts of energy and still have room to become more efficient. LED lighting technology also offers new lighting capabilities that can make people healthier, enable large scale production of plants and animals in controlled environments, and reduce ecological impacts of light in the environment (in addition to the environmental benefits of reduced energy consumption). This talk will discuss the basic optoelectronic device and materials science of state-of-the-art LEDs, new understanding of the health implications of lighting, and the latest understanding of plant physiological responses to light and the large-scale implementation of LED lighting for horticulture. In addition, the talk will touch on how LED technology can reduce skyglow and light pollution that can affect wildlife.
LED lighting technology is a unique opportunity to directly connect recent advancements in semiconductor materials (Nobel Prize Physics 2014) to human benefits in terms of environmental and ecological benefits, human health, and more efficient food production at a very large scale.
Dr. Morgan Pattison serves as consulting Senior Technical Advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy Lighting R&D Program through his consulting business SSLS, Inc. In this capacity, Morgan supervises the annually updated DOE Lighting Research and Development Opportunities document and the technical content for the annual DOE Lighting R&D Workshop. He also evaluates new LED technologies and application understanding for the DOE, including in human physiological responses to light and horticulture. Morgan has worked for the DOE Lighting R&D Program for over 12 years. Other SSLS clients have included government agencies, investors, product developers, growers, and lighting buyers. Morgan has a PhD in Materials Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara with thesis research on advanced LED device design and fabrication.