Prof. Kaustav Banerjee, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

Short biography: Kaustav Banerjee is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Nanoelectronics Research Lab at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Initially trained as a physicist, 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 during 1999-2001. His research interests include nanometer-scale issues in CMOS VLSI as well as emerging nanoelectronics. Prof. Banerjee's ideas and innovations chronicled in over 250 publications have not only received thousands of citations but also have played a decisive role in steering worldwide research. He was elected a Fellow of IEEE in Fall 2011, and has served as a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Electron Devices Society since 2008. Prof. Banerjee is one of five engineers worldwide to receive the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, in 2011 for his outstanding contributions in nanoelectronics. More information about him and his research can be found at:

Title: 2D Electronics: Graphene and Beyond

Abstract: 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 unique prospects of graphene based nanomaterials for designing next generation low-power, low-loss and ultra energy-efficient active and passive devices targeted for designing next-generation "green electronics". The discovery of Graphene has also opened up a new era for a wide range of 2D nanomaterials and their unprecedented electronic applications. This talk will also provide a brief overview of such materials and related opportunities, especially in the electronics domain.