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Prashant Kamat

Prashant V Kamat


Phone: 574-631-5411

Office: 206/235 Radiation Lab


Ph.D, Bombay University, India, 1979

M.S., Bombay University, India, 1974

B.S., Karnatak University, India, 1972



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.

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


Notre Dame faculty members named to top one percent of highly cited researchers list for 2018

February 5, 2019

Professors Martin Haenggi and Prashant V. Kamat have been named to the Clarivate Analytics’ 2018 Highly Cited Researchers list.

Kamat honored for contributions to renewable energy research

July 10, 2018

Prashant V. Kamat, the Rev. John A. Zahm, C.S.C., Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and concurrent professr in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has been honored for his contributions to the field of photoelectrochemistry and renewable energy research in a special issue of The Journal of Physical Chemistry, published by the American Chemical Society.

Notre Dame Faculty Named among the Top One Percent of Highly Cited Researchers

December 18, 2017

Two University of Notre Dame researchers – Martin Haenggi and Prashant V. Kamat – have been named to Clarivate Analytics’ 2017 Highly Cited Researchers list.

Kamat Becomes Editor-in-Chief of ACS Energy Letters

February 23, 2016

Prashant Kamat, the Rev. John A. Zahm Professor of Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Radiation Laboratory and concurrent professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, will serve as the inaugural editor-in-chief of ACS Energy Letters, a new peer-reviewed journal from the American Chemical Society.

Kamat Named a Pravasi Fellow

November 4, 2014

Prashant Kamat, the Rev. John A. Zahm, C.S.C., Professor of Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and concurrent professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been elected a Prevasi Fellow by the Indian National Science Academy. Kamat was selected for his “most pioneering contributions to the world of science.” His fellowship will begin January 1, 2015.