The Kamat Group


Dr. Gary Zaiats

Gary Zaiats, received his B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering (2002), M.Sc. in Materials Engineering (2010) and Ph.D. in Chemistry (2015), all the degrees were obtained from Technion, Israel. Beside academic training, Gary worked on R&D projects for IDF where he focused on formulation of rubber blends, characterization and simulation (including failure analysis) under static loads at varying environmental conditions. During the PhD project, under supervision of Professor Efrat Lifshitz, he examined properties of PbSe/CdSe core/shell nanoparticles, including: morphology, stability, simulation of charge distribution and coupling to plasmonic excitation. Gary joined the group of Professor Prashant Kamat in July 2015 as a postdoctoral research associate. His current research focuses on understanding charge dynamics in multinary quantum dots for photoelectric applications. When Gary is not in the lab, he enjoys to spend a time with his family, travelling and running.

Dr. Subila Balakrishnan

Subila, received her Master's Degree in Applied Chemistry with first rank from Calicut University, India (2008) and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Thiruvananthapuram, India. Her thesis focused on 1) understanding the role of crystal structure, in dictating the optical properties of CdSe quantum dots 2) controlling the cation exchange reactions of CdSe quantum dots and 3) designing heterojunction nanorods with dissimilar semiconductors for tuning the charge transfer dynamics. She joined Prof. Kamat group as a post doctoral researcher in November 2015. Her current research focuses on studying the effect of doping on the photophysical properties of semiconductor quantum dots for photo-catalytic applications in addition to Perovskite quantum dots.