Prashant V. Kamat

Prof. Prashant V. Kamat, University of Notre Dame received the Henry H. Storch Award in Energy Chemistry  which was presented by ACS President Mary Carroll and Randall Winans representing the Sponsor ENFL at the 2024 Spring ACS Meeting in New Orleans during the National Awards Banquet.

Sponsor: Endowed fund established by the ACS Division of Energy and Fuels

Citation: For advancing energy chemistry through the elucidation of the basic principles underlying light-induced charge-transfer processes in quantum-confined semiconductors, molecular systems, and their hybrids

Current position: Rev. John A. Zahm Professor of Science, University of Notre Dame

Education: BS, chemistry, Karnatak University Dharwad; MS and PhD, physical chemistry, University of Bombay

Kamat on his research area: “My journey into renewable energy research, which started in 1974 [when I was] a PhD student, continues today with the same rigor and passion. When I first started research, the utilization of photovoltaics was criticized as a fantasy. Today, we see renewable energy as part of our energy supply chain. It is a privilege to experience such a transformation during the period of my scientific career.”

What Kamat’s colleagues say: “Prashant has made exceptional contributions in interactions [between light and matter] in light-harvesting assemblies with organic sensitizers, semiconductor nanostructures, and nanocarbons. Over his three-decade-plus illustrious career, he has worked to build bridges between physical chemistry and materials science to develop these assemblies that promise cleaner and more efficient light energy conversion.”—Thomas E. Mallouk, University of Pennsylvania

Short Biography:

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 at the University of Notre Dame. He joined Notre Dame in 1983 after receiving PhD from Bombay University (1979) and postdoctoral research at Boston University (1979-1981) and University of Texas at Austin (1981-1983).  Professor Kamat has for more than four decades worked to build bridges between physical chemistry and material science to develop energy materials and hybrid assemblies that promise cleaner and more efficient light energy conversion. He has authored more than 500 peer reviewed scientific articles.


He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of ACS Energy Letters (2016-present). He has also served as the deputy editor of the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.He was awarded Honda-Fujishima Lectureship award by the Japanese Photochemical Society (2006), CRSI medal by the Chemical Research Society of India (2011) Langmuir lectureship award (2013), Smalley Award by the Electrochemical Society (2022), Porter Medal in Photochemistry (2022) and Henry H. Storch award by the ACS (2024).  He is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society (ECS), American Chemical Society (ACS), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Materials Research Society (MRS), and Pravasi Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy. 

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