ECE Professor Kaustav Banerjee’s research highlighted in The UCSB Current “Reinventing the Inductor” and other publications

March 8th, 2018

illustration of the intercalated multilayer-graphene inductor

A new materials-based approach by Banerjee yields a smaller, higher-performing alternative to the classic design

A basic building block of modern technology, inductors are everywhere: cellphones, laptops, radios, televisions, cars. And surprisingly, they are essentially the same today as in 1831, when they were first created by English scientist Michael Faraday.

The particularly large size of inductors made according to Faraday’s design are a limiting factor in delivering the miniaturized devices that will help realize the potential of the Internet of Things, which promises to connect people to some 50 billion objects by 2020. That lofty goal is expected to have an estimated economic impact between $2.7 and $6.2 trillion annually by 2025.

A team at UC Santa Barbara, led by Kaustav Banerjee, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has taken a materials-based approach to reinventing this fundamental component of modern electronics. The findings appear in the journal Nature Electronics published paper, “On-chip intercalated-graphene inductors for next-generation radio frequency electronics”

The UCSB Current “Reinventing the Inductor” (full article)

To learn more read UCSB College of Engineering News“Reinventing the Inductor — 200 Years Later”

Additional related articles:

Banerjee's COE Profile

Banerjee's Nanoelectronics Research Lab