SF Bay Area Nanotechnology Council


Graphene: The magic material of this century

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Noon – 1  pm
Texas Instruments (TI) Auditorium E-1
2900 Semiconductor Drive
Santa Clara, CA

Admission FREE, RSVP here by Monday October 19 at 5PM.


TITLE: Graphene: The magic material of this century
SPEAKER: Dr. Ashok K. Kapoor, Vice President, Silicon Valley operations of PhotonIC Corp


This talk will cover the promise of graphene in various fields starting with semiconductor devices and extending to photonics, energy storage, various sensors and MEMS, and biomedical applications. Graphene was first synthesized in a laboratory in 2003 by Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov in the University of Manchester and theseresearchers won a Nobel prize for their work in 2010. The market for graphene has been growing very rapidly, havingreached $9M in 2014. This talk will cover the material properties of graphene which make it special and explore some of the applications going beyond the typical transistors.

Ashok K. Kapoor received the B.Tech. degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India, in 1973, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, in 1979 and 1981, respectively. He started his career working for the Fairchild Research Center, PaloAlto, CA, as a Member of the Research Staff. Later, he worked for Hewlett Packard integrated circuit research group, at LSI LOGIC where he managed the Device Technology Group which included device modeling, TCAD, and device reliability and also managed the testing laboratory and at National Semiconductor Corp as the Director of Research. Since 2001, he has cofounded multiple startups, including Sensitron to develop systems based on wireless networked sensor, SemiSolutions which worked on leakage reduction in nanoscale MOS transistors and in, 2005, he cofounded DSM Solutions to develop complementary JFET technology for lowpower VLSI, and worked as the Chief Technology Officer. In 2011, he joined APIC/Photonic Corp to head the Silicon Valley Operations, working on integration of photonic with CMOS as the founder of the Silicon Valley Operations of the company.Also, he manages the technical collaboration with Universities for the company. He was deeply involved with the research consortium SRC in various capacities during early 1990s, as a Member of the Executive Technical Advisory Board from 1992to 1996. In 1995, he was elected as the CoChair of the Executive Technical Advisor Board of the SRC where he helped set direction of the research funding . He was also a Member of the SIA Roadmap Committee from its initiation until 1997. He has coauthored over 30 publications and is listed as an inventor or coinventor of over 100 U.S. patents. He was the recipient of the Inventor of the Year Award from LSI Logic in 1995. Dr. Kapoor is a member of the IEEE Electron Devices Society, photonic society, Optical Society of America, Material Research Society, and Sigma Xi. His current research is centered onhigh performance silicon photonics.


  • 11:30 am – Registration & light lunch (pizza & drinks)
  • Noon – Presentation & Questions/Answers
  • 1:00 pm – Adjourn

Please RSVP here by Monday October 19 at 5PM.

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