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. A native of Binaga,
India, he earned the masters (1974) and doctoral degree (1979) in
Chemistry from the
Professor Kamat’s 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.. He has directed DOE funded solar photochemistry research for the past 20 years. In addition to large multidisciplinary interdepartmental and research center programs, he has actively worked with industry-sponsored research. He has served on many national panels on nanotechnology and energy conversion processes. He has published more than 400 scientific papers that have been well received by the scientific community (27000+ citations). and has an h-index of 93. Science Watch of ISI included him among the Top 100 chemists of the decade 2000-2010.In 2010, Kamat was named by the American Chemical Society as the deputy editor of , the
The lost beach of Binaga!
Binaga beach, known for its risk-free and wide seashore, attracts people from far and wide. Situated about four kilometres away from Karwar, Binaga beach captures the attention with its natural beauty, cleanliness and calm environment. Since the Indian Navy took over this area for the Naval base development, the natives and other visitors have lost access to the beach and its surroundings. Sea Bird Naval project which has virtually occupied the entire place leaving a bitter taste in all those who come in search of some tranquility.