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American Association for Crystal Growth
Professor Xiaohang Li
Recipient of the 2018 Harold M. Manasevit Young Investigator Award

Dr. Tim Wernnicke
Recipient of the 2016 Harold M. Manasevit Young Investigator Award

Dr. Hannah Joyce
Recipient of the 2014 Harold M. Manasevit Young Investigator Award

Dr. Kimberly Dick-Thelander
Recipient of the 2012 Harold M. Manasevit Young Investigator Award


Harold M. Manasevit Young Investigator Award
Harold M. Manasevit, November 1, 1927 – March 25, 2008, pioneered metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE), or as Hal and many of his colleagues called it, metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) while employed at Autonetics, Division of North American Rockwell in the 1960’s. Hal created the term “MOCVD” to indicate that the chemical vapor deposition process was an extremely flexible approach and could be used to deposit a wide range of materials, including epitaxial, polycrystalline, and amorphous materials. Hal was the first to publish on the growth of III-V semiconductors by MOCVD in 1968, and subsequently reported the heteroepitaxial growth of GaAs, AlAs, AlGaAs, InP, InAlAs, AlN, GaN, and GaP, etc., on sapphire and other oxide substrates. In addition, he was the first to describe the heteroepitaxial growth of II-VI and IV-VI compound semiconductors on insulators and the first to produce superconducting films on insulators.

The impact of Hal’s work on MOCVD is truly extensive. Today, MOCVD is the dominant materials technology used for the production of light-emitting diodes, injection lasers, compound-semiconductor solar cells, advanced high-speed bipolar transistor electronics, avalanche photodiodes, as well as for the deposition of various coatings and thin films.  


Past Recipients
2022 Manasevit Award Recipient
Professor Maki Kushimoto
The 2022 Harold M. Manasevit Young Investigator Award will be presented to Professor Maki Kushimoto at ICMOVPE-XX, Stuttgart, Germany for seminal contributions to the development of the world’s shortest wavelength semiconductor laser diode. Professor Kushimoto is currently Lecturer in the Department of Electronics, Graduate School of Engineering, at Nagoya University. She has authored over 30 publications and 6 invited talks at conferences. 

The Harold M. Manasevit Young Investigator Award is supported and administered by the American Association for Crystal Growth and is sponsored in part by Lumileds, AIXTRON, EMD Performance Materials, Dockweiler Chemicals, GHO Ventures, Akzo Nobel, Mathieson-Trigas/Taiyo Nippon Sanso, VEECO, LayTec, and Dow Advanced Materials.