University of Notre Dame, US
Prashant V. Kamat is a Rev. John A. Zahm, C.S.C., Professor of Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Radiation Laboratory and Concurrent Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Joined Notre Dame in 1983, he has nearly three decades worked to build bridges between physical chemistry and material science by developing advanced nanomaterials for cleaner and more efficient light energy conversion.
His research has made significant contributions to four areas: (1) Photoinduced catalytic processes using semiconductor and metal nanoparticles, nanostructures and nanocomposites, (2) Development of light energy harvesting assemblies (e.g., quantum dots and inorganic-organic hybrid assemblies) for next generation solar cells, (3) Utilization of carbon nanostructures (SWCNT and graphene) as conducting scaffolds to collect and transport charge carriers in solar cells and fuel cells, and (4) Environmental remediation using advanced oxidation processes and chemical sensors. In addition to large multidisciplinary interdepartmental and research center programs, he has actively worked with industry-sponsored research. He has published more than 450 scientific papers that have been well received by the scientific community (35000+ citations) and has an h-index of 102. In 2010, Kamat was named by the American Chemical Society (ACS) as the deputy editor of the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.