Solid-State and Nano Seminar

Graphene based Green Electronics

Kaustav BanerjeeProfessor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Nanoelectronics Research LabUniversity of California - Santa Barbara

Energy-efficient electronic and photonic devices, circuits and systems can play an important role in reducing worldwide energy consumption and greenhouse gases. Hence, designing low-power and energy-efficient electronics or "green" electronics constitutes a key area for sustaining the irreversible growth of the global information technology industry. Achieving energy-efficiency is also crucial for remote area sensors and electronic circuits used in mobile applications for increasing the battery life. Moreover, efficient harvesting of solar energy through novel photovoltaic devices is critical for global scale reduction of enhanced greenhouse effect.
Graphene "“ composed of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal pattern, is the basic material for the family of low-dimensional allotropes of carbon known as carbon nanomaterials. These graphene based nanomaterials have extraordinary physical properties that can be exploited for their exciting prospects for a variety of applications. This talk will highlight and discuss the prospects of graphene based nanomaterials for designing next generation low-power, low-loss and ultra energy-efficient active and passive devices as well as for efficient harvesting of solar-energy, targeted for designing next-generation green electronics.

Kaustav Banerjee is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Nanoelectronics Research Lab at UC Santa Barbara. He is also an Affiliated Faculty with the California NanoSystems Institute and the Institute for Energy Efficiency at UCSB. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1999. Prior to joining the UCSB Faculty in 2002, he was a Research Associate at the Center for Integrated Systems in Stanford University. His research interests include nanometer-scale issues in VLSI as well as circuits and systems issues in emerging nanoelectronics. He is currently involved in exploring the physics, technology, and applications of low-dimensional nanomaterials for next-generation green electronics, photonics and bioelectronics. Prof. Banerjee is a Fellow of IEEE and also a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Electron Devices Society since 2008. His research is chronicled in over 250 publications and has been recognized with numerous awards and honors. He is one of five engineers worldwide to receive the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, in 2011. More information about him and his research can be found at:

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