Alumni Resnick Graduate Research Fellow
Vatsal graduated from Caltech with a PhD in aplied physics. received a BSc in engineering physics at UC Berkeley in 2013. His undergraduate research experience was focused on theory and simulation of x-ray free electron lasers, performing research at Livermore, Stanford, and Japan. He joined Caltech applied physics and the Bernardi group in the fall of 2014, to explore his interest in theoretical condensed matter physics and ab initio studies of material properties. His research project focused on the development and application of first principles calculations to investigate microscopic carrier dynamics and light emission in materials critical for LED technology. He aimed to provide new microscopic insights to ultimately guide the engineering of more efficient lighting devices, and to provide a framework which could be transferrable to compute carrier dynamics in other photovoltaic and semiconductor materials for sustainable technologies, such as solar cell, photoelectrocatalytic devices, and power electronics.
Vatsal is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at NASA/JPL.
RSI Research: Carrier Dynamics in Materials for Efficient Lighting from First Principles
Faculty Adviser: Marco Bernardi