Kang is given the award for his outstanding early career work in the field of 2D electronics and is only the 2nd student from UCSB to receive the annual award in its 15-year history
“I am thrilled to receive this recognition from IEEE, and more so since it is the second time that a student from our group has won this highly competitive award,” said Kang. “I owe my success to the stimulating research environment in our group and to my advisor, Professor Kaustav Banerjee. I would like to thank him for his vision, mentorship and inspiration.”
Two-dimensional electronics emphasizes the electronic properties of materials — such as graphene — that are only a single atom thick. It is an emerging field of research that is notable because of the interesting new physics that emerges in two dimensions and the potential for discoveries and applications that can be derived from such materials.
“Jiahao’s doctoral research is focused on 2D materials, which is perhaps one of the most promising electronic material groups that can potentially replace conventional materials such as silicon and can revolutionize future generations of electronics, photonics and bioelectronics,” said Banerjee, a professor of electrical and computer engineering in UCSB’s College of Engineering.
According to Banerjee, Kang’s doctoral work spans fundamental materials physics, including the physics of contacts and interfaces to device design, and finally to experimental demonstration of applications uniquely enabled by these materials. “Among his several influential contributions, Jiahao has carried out crucial work on understanding the nature of electrical contacts to 2D materials, which has played an important role in achieving many significant results in this domain,” Banerjee said.
“I offer my sincere congratulations to Jiahao Kang for receiving this extraordinary student fellowship from the IEEE,” said Rod Alferness, dean of the College of Engineering. “It fills us with pride, both for him, and for Professor Banerjee and his laboratory, where student researchers receive the support and mentoring that enable them to reach the highest levels of achievement.”