Yixin is a Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. Yixin writes, “I am deeply grateful for the honor and financial support the SVC Foundation has bestowed upon me with this SVC Foundation Scholarship. Since the beginning of my graduate studies three and half years ago, I have worked extensively with plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (PAMBE) to grow III-nitride nanostructures for renewable energy generation and optoelectronics applications. To realize devices with unprecedented levels of high efficiency and high impact, the nanostructures that I have designed and grown necessarily entail intricate bulk and interface properties, such as gradient p-type doping and atomically sharp superlattice interfaces, that can be tuned and studied only with high-precision growth techniques like PAMBE under pristine high vacuum conditions.
With the financial support and prestige afforded by this Scholarship, I am much more empowered to disseminate the various exciting research progress on the nanostructures I have grown under ultrahigh vacuum.