• Mitsch Lecture in Chemistry 2017

    2017 3M/Ronald A. Mitsch Lecture in Chemistry

    Meeting the Clean Energy Demand with Nanotechnology

    Guest Lecturer

    Prashant Kamat

    Prashant V. Kamat
    Professor of science, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Radiation Laboratory, University of Notre Dame

    Friday, April 21 at 12:45 p.m.
    Sundin Music Hall, 1531 Hewitt Avenue,
    Saint Paul, Minnesota

    The abundant light energy that we receive from the sun can be readily converted into electrical energy or chemical energy. While silicon solar cell technology is becoming competitive in power generation, new advanced materials are needed to meet the clean energy demand. Recent advances in nanotechnology have championed many new materials to capture and convert light energy. Semiconductor nanostructures with tunable photoresponse can capture the visible and near IR photons quite effectively. Assembling semiconductor nanostructures on electrode surfaces in a controlled fashion is an attractive approach for designing next generation solar cells. The key advantage of semiconductor nanostructures lies in designing thin film solar cells with low temperature processing. These advantages significantly decrease the energy payback time since less energy is consumed (and hence a lower carbon footprint is created) during their manufacture. Thin film solar cells are now considered the potential contender for photovoltaics. Light induced charge carrier generation and transport across interfaces, which are important in the operation of solar cells, will be discussed.

    Prashant V. Kamat is a Rev. John A. Zahm, CSC, Professor of Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Radiation Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame. He is also a concurrent professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Kamat earned his doctoral degree in physical chemistry from Bombay University in 1979. He conducted postdoctoral research at Boston University and the University of Texas at Austin. In 1983, he joined Notre Dame, where he has worked for nearly three decades developing advanced nanomaterials that promise cleaner and more efficient light energy conversion.

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