Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame



Prashant Kamat

Office:  235 Radiation Research Building

Phone:  574-631-5411


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Current Positions
Rev. John A. Zahm Professor of Science, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Radiation Laboratory
Concurrent Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, Bombay University, India
M.S., Chemistry, Bombay University, India
B.S., Chemistry, Kamatak University, India

Research Interests
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. His 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 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 (40,000+ citations).

Key Words
Solar Cells, Photovoltaics, Semiconductors, Nanostructures, Nanoparticles, Photocatalysis Electrocatalysis, Energy Storage, Environmental Remediation, Renewables

Relevant Energy Publications

  1. Alam, R.; Lightcap, I. V.; Karwacki, C. J.; Kamat, P. V., Sense and Shoot: Simultaneous Detection and Degradation of Low Level Contaminants Using Graphene Based Smart Material Assembly. ACS Nano 2014, 8, 7272-7278.
  2. Y Itzhaik, T Bendikov, D Hines, PV Kamat, H Cohen, G Hodes, Band Diagram and Effects of the KSCN Treatment in TiO2/Sb2S3/CuSCN ETA Cells.The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 120 (1), 31-41.
  3. JS Manser, MI Saidaminov, JA Christians, OM Bakr, PV Kamat, Making and Breaking of Lead Halide Perovskites. Acc. Chem. Res., 2016, 49 (2), pp 330–338, DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.5b00455.
  4. Z Guo, S Yoon, JS Manser, PV Kamat, T Luo, Structural Phase-and Degradation-Dependent Thermal Conductivity of CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Thin Films. J. Phys. Chem. C, 2016, 120 (12), pp 6394–6401, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b00513.
  5. Kamat, Scholes, Quantum Dots Continue to Shine Brightly, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2016, 7 (3), pp 584–585, 2016. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.6b00077.
  6. Weixin Huang, Joseph S. Manser, Prashant Kamat, Sylwia Ptasinska, Evolution of Chemical Composition, Morphology, and Photovoltaic Efficiency of CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite under Ambient Conditions, Chem. Mater., 2016, 28 (1), pp 303–311, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.5b04122.
  7. Rabeda Alam, Molly Labine, Christopher J. Karwacki, and Prashant Kamat, Modulation of Cu2–xS Nanocrystal Plasmon Resonance through Reversible Photoinduced Electron Transfer, ACS Nano, 2016, 10 (2), pp 2880–2886. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.5b08066.