Awardee Interviews | Biography: Rehan Kapadia

Rehan Kapadia

Rehan Kapadia, University of Southern California, “For pioneering work in hot-electron emission and electrochemical devices”
Professor Kapadia joined the faculty of the University of Southern California in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in July 2014. He received his bachelors in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008, and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. During his time at Berkeley, he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and winner of the David J. Sakrison Memorial Prize for outstanding research. He has also been awarded an Air Force Young Investigator Grant. His interests lie at the intersection of material science and electrical engineering focusing on non-equilibrium electron devices, and materials growth technologies for next-generation electronic and photonic devices. Recent research highlights include (i) the discovery of hot-electron emission processes in graphene, (ii) demonstration of high quantum efficiency hot-electron driven hydrogen reduction, and (iii) growth of low-temperature growth of high-mobility III-Vs on non-epitaxial substrates. Additionally, he is the co-director of a recently created Center for Integrated Electronics and Biological Organisms (CIEBOrg) at USC, focused on fusing electronics and biological organisms at the cell and tissue level.