Prashant Kamat

Prashant Kamat

Nanostructure Architectures, Energy Conversion, Environmental Remediation


Rev. John A. Zahm Professor of Science, University of Notre Dame
Professor, University of Notre Dame
Professional Specialist, University of Notre Dame
Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Texas, Austin
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Boston University
Scientist, Hindustan Lever Research Center, Bombay, India
Ph.D., in Physical Chemistry, Bombay University, India
M.S. in Chemistry, Bombay University, India
B.S. in Chemistry, Kamatak University, India

Selected Awards

Irving Langmuir Award in Chemical Physics, American Chemical Society
Chemical Research Society of India Medal
Fellow, American Chemical Society
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Fellow, The Electrochemical Society


Research Interests

The emphasis of our research is to elucidate the mechanistic and kinetic details of charge transfer processes in nanostructured assemblies with an objective to improve energy conversion efficiencies. Research projects in the following arease are currently being pursued.

  • Nanotechnology/Materials Chemistry. Metal and semiconductor nanostructures, Carbon Nanotubes and graphene based systems  (synthesis, characterization, and surface functionalization; optical properties, photoelectrochemistry; and sensor applications).
  • Solar Energy Conversion. Design of inorganic-organic nanoassemblies for light energy conversion, and Quantum dot photovoltaics.
  • Chemical Processes in Heterogeneous Media.Surface photochemical processes, Molecular clusters, Ultrafast radiation and photochemical events at mesoscale, Mechanism and kinetics of photoeffects at semiconductor/electrolyte interface.
  • Solar fuels: Semiconductor metal composites for photocatalytic hydrogen production, electrochemical and photoelectrochemical reduction of CO2

Recent Papers

Christians, J. A.; Kamat, P. V., Trap and Transfer. Two-Step Hole Injection Across the Sb2S3/CuSCN Interface in Solid State Solar Cells. ACS Nano, 2013,  7, 7967–7974. Link.
Chen, Y.-S.; Choi, H.; Kamat, P. V., Metal Cluster Sensitized Solar Cells. A New Class of Thiolated Gold Sensitizers Delivering Efficiency Greater Than 2%. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013,  135, 8822–8825.  Link.
Radich, J. G.; Kamat, P. V., Making Graphene Holey.  Gold Nanoparticle-Mediated Hydroxyl Radical Attack on Reduced Graphene Oxide. ACS Nano, 2013,  7, 5546-5557. Link.
Kamat, P. V., Quantum Dot Solar Cells. The Next Big Thing in Photovoltaics. J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2013,  4, 908–918.  Link.
Lightcap, I. V.; Kamat, P. V., Graphitic Design: Prospects of Graphene-Based Nanocomposites for Solar Energy Conversion, Storage, and Sensing. Accounts of Chemical Research, 2013,  46, 2235–2243. Link.
Santra, P.; Kamat, P. V., Tandem Layered Quantum Dot Solar Cells. Tuning the Photovoltaic Response with Luminescent Ternary Cadmium Chalcogenides. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013,  135, 877–885.  Link.
Also, please visit the Kamat Lab's PubMed list of publications.


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