Dr. Kafafi is an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. She was previously a visiting scholar/professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern University, on sabbatical leave from the National Science Foundation (NSF). During the five years she spent at NSF, she held the position of the Director of the Division of Materials Research for three years. Dr. Kafafi spent 20 years at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) where she established and was the Head of the Organic Optoelectronics Section.
Dr. Kafafi published 240 manuscripts, review articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings as well as several US patents. She received the NRL Edison Patent Award for developing a simple and cost-effective method of patterning electrically conductive polymers and the R&D Magazine IR 100 Award for the invention of "cryolink" a cryogenic link that can move vertically and rotate under high vacuum at very low temperatures. She is the recipient of the NRL Commanding Officer’s Award for Achievements in the Field of Equal Employment Opportunity and the creation of a mentor program for scientists and engineers.
Dr. Kafafi is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Photonics for Energy. She serves on the International Advisory Board of the IEEE Photonics Journal, and the Conferences on "Spins in Organics" (SPINOS). She chairs the annual SPIE Symposium on Organic Photonics + Electronics, and the Conference on Organic Photovoltaics.
Dr. Kafafi is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Materials Research Society, the Optical Society of America, and SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics. She is a member of the American Chemical Society and Sigma Xi.
Dr. Kafafi is the Inaugural Deputy Editor for Chemical, Physical, Materials Sciences, and Engineering of Science Advances, the newly launched online, open access journal by Science.