University of Southern California

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How to bring solar power to the masses

If Rehan Kapadia succeeds at his job, you could solar power your home for the price of a refrigerator. How will the USC Viterbi School of Engineering assistant professor achieve this feat in the seemingly intransigent economics that drive Moore’s law — ever smaller, ever faster, ever cheaper — to the end of the roadmap? Kapadia wants to shake things up: “It starts from a fundamental question — how do we make materials more scalable and low cost but also state of the art?”