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Prashant V Kamat

Prashant Kamat

Contact Info

Phone: 574-631-5411
Office: 206/235 Radiation Lab


College of Engineering Concurrent Professor

Summary of Activities/Interests

Our research efforts in recent years have focused on the topics related to semiconductor & metal nanoclusters, photoresponsive organic-inorganic hybrid nanoassemblies, solar cells and surface photochemistry and radiation chemistry. The main emphasis of our research is to elucidate the mechanistic and kinetic details of charge transfer processes in heterogeneous assemblies with an objective to improve energy conversion efficencies. Our recent work in the area of chromophore functionalized metal nanoparticles and improved catalytic activity of semiconductor-metal-graphene composites is a significant contribution towards the development of novel heterogeneous systems for light energy conversion.

Advanced Nano Materials: Metal and semiconductor nanostructures, Molecular Clusters & Carbon nanostructures (Carbon nanotubes and fullerenes)

- Synthesis, characterization, and surface functionalization, Optical properties, Photoelectrochemistry, and Sensor applications.

Solar Energy Conversion: Quantum Dot Solar Cells, Design of inorganic-organic nanoassemblies for light energy conversion,

- Surface photochemical processes, molecular clusters, ultrafast photophysical 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

- Understanding the role of cocatalysts, plasmonic effects, electrocatalysis


B.S. Karnatak University, India (1972)

M.S. Bombay University, India (1974)

Ph.D. Bombay University, India (1979)



Kamat, P. V.; Tvrdy, K.; Baker, D. R.; Radich, J. G. Beyond Photovoltaics: Semiconductor Nanoarchitectures for Liquid Junction Solar Cells. Chem. Rev. 2010, 110, 6664–6688.

Kamat, P. V. Boosting the Efficiency of Quantum Dot Sensitized Solar Cells Through Modulation of Interfacial Charge Transfer. . Acc. Chem. Res. 2012, 45, 1906–1915.

Kamat, P. V. Manipulation of Charge Transfer Across Semiconductor Interface. A Criterion that Cannot be Ignored in Photocatalyst Design. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2012, 3, 663-672.

Lightcap, I. V.; Kamat, P. V. Fortification of CdSe Quantum Dots with Graphene Oxide. Excited State Interactions and Light Energy Conversion. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 7109–7116.

Choi, H.; Santra, P. K.; Kamat, P. V. Synchronized Energy and Electron Transfer Processes in Covalently Linked CdSe-Squaraine Dye-TiO2 Light Harvesting Assembly. ACS Nano 2012, 6, 5718–5726.

Genovese, M. P.; Lightcap, I. V.; Kamat, P. V. Sun-Believable Solar Paint. A Transformative One-Step Approach for Designing Nanocrystalline Solar Cells. ACS Nano 2012, 6, 865–872.

Lightcap, I. V.; Murphy, S.; Schumer, T.; Kamat, P. V. Electron Hopping Through Single-to-Few Layer Graphene Oxide Films. Photocatalytically Activated  Metal Nanoparticle Deposition. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2012, 3, 1453-1458.

Radich, J. G.; Kamat, P. V. Origin of Reduced Graphene Oxide Enhancements in Electrochemical Energy Storage. ACS Catalysis 2012, 2, 807-816.