Vidhya Chakrapani

Vidhya Chakrapani
Assistant Professor
Contact Information
Office: Ricketts 133
Phone: 518-276-4402
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 2007
M.S. Chemical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 2004
B.S. Chem. & Electrochem. Eng., Central Electrochemical Research Institute, 2001
Professor Chakrapani joined RPI in January 2013 as an assistant professor after working in Tokyo Electron Technology Center from 2011-2013. Prior to her work in industry, she was a postdoctoral fellow in Georgia Institute of Technology (2010-2011), Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory (2009-2010), and University of Louisville (2007-2009).
Research Interests
Semiconductor Electrochemistry, Advanced materials, Quantum dot solar cells, Ultrafast spectroscopy, Li ion batteries, optical and electronic properties of Group III- Nitrides
Current Research
Professor Chakrapani's primary research focus is on semiconductor electrochemistry, especially the study of energy and charge transfer processes occurring at the semiconductor/electrolyte interface. These reactions play a vital role in several important technological processes, ranging from energy scavenging by photoelectrochemical solar cells to energy storage by Li-ion batteries. Improvements in device performance require understanding the physics of the semiconductor excitonic transitions and the chemistry of the interfacial processes. The work in her lab is highly interdisciplinary in nature, and spans fundamental studies of interfacial phenomena, spectroscopic techniques in ultrafast time scaleówhich probe excited state transitions, synthesis of nanomaterials, and fabrication of photoelectrochemical solar cells, energy efficient smart windows, and Li-ion batteries for energy storage.