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Researchers win Franco-Taiwanese science award for simulation tool

11/24/2023 02:01 PM
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Photo courtesy of the NSTC
Photo courtesy of the NSTC

Taipei, Nov. 24 (CNA) The Franco-Taiwanese Scientific Grand Prize this year was awarded to Wu Yuh-renn (吳育任) and Marcel Filoche for their joint development of a simulation tool that has been widely adopted by LED-related firms and academia, at a ceremony in Paris on Wednesday.

Wu, director of National Taiwan University's Graduate Institute of Photonics and Optoelectronics, specializes in the physics of electronic devices and develops tools for numerical simulation, the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) said in a news release Thursday.

His research focuses on nitride-based light emitting diodes (LEDs), organic LEDs, solar cells, high-mobility transistors, and devices based on two-dimensional materials, the NSTC said.

Meanwhile, Filoche, a research director at the Langevin Institute, a joint research unit run by the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Industrial Physics and Chemistry Higher Educational Institution in Paris, specializes in the physics of complex and disordered geometries.

In recent years, the French scientist has developed the mathematical theory of the localization landscape that enables the calculation of wave behavior in materials with a disordered structure.

Working together, Wu and Filoche successfully developed a tool to efficiently simulate three-dimensional quantum transport in devices based on disordered alloys, the NSTC said.

Their findings have since been widely adopted by LED-related firms and academia around the world, it said.

According to Filoche, the Franco-Taiwanese Scientific Grand Prize helps promote scientific and technological cooperation between Taiwan and France, as well as inspiring more innovation.

Echoing the French researcher, Wu said the two sides have been cooperating in scientific research for decades, and that both parties can continue making progress in key areas together.

The award carries a cash prize of 38,200 euros (US$41,630).

The Franco-Taiwanese Scientific Grand Prize, founded in 1999, is an annual award for researchers in France and Taiwan. It can be awarded to scientists in any field but prioritizes research that facilitates collaboration between Taiwan and France.

(By Chang Ai and Ko Lin)

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