Prashant V. Kamat

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Radiation Laboratory and

Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame IN 46556

Email: Tel.(574) 631-5411 Fax (574)631-8068


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 Physical Chemistry from the Bombay University, and carried out his postdoctoral research at Boston University (1979-1981) and University of Texas at Austin (1981-1983).   He joined Notre Dame in 1983. Professor Kamat has for 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

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, metal halide perovskites 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 450 scientific papers that have been well received by the scientific community (52000+ citations). and  has an h-index of  121.  Science Watch of ISI included him among the Top  100 chemists of the decade  2000-2010 and included among Most Cited Chemists in 2014, 2015, 2016.

In 2016, Kamat was named by the American Chemical Society as the Editor-in-Chief of new journal, ACS Energy Letters. Earlier,  he served as a deputy editor of  the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters from 2010-2016. He is a member of the advisory board of scientific journals, Chemical Reviews,Proceedings of the Indian National Academy, J. Colloid & Interface Science, Research on Chemical Intermediates, Applied Electrochemistry and Interface.  He was awarded Honda-Fujishima Lectureship award by the Japanese Photochemical Society in 2006,  CRSI medal by the Chemical Research Society of India in 2011, and Langmuir Lectureship award in . He is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society,  AAAS, and the American Chemical Society (ACS). He was elected as a Pravasi Fellow of the Indian NationalScience Academy in 2015. 


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Binaga Beach

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.


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