Kamat named Fellow of Materials Research Society; recipient of Porter Medal

Author: Deanna Csomo Ferrell

A researcher in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry has been named a Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS), and also earned an award from a photochemistry organization. 

Prashant Kamat

Prashant Kamat, The Rev. John A. Zahm, C.S.C., Professor of Science, was honored by the MRS for distinguished research accomplishments and outstanding contributions to the advancement of materials research, worldwide. According to the organization, Fellow appointments each year are limited to up to 0.2% of the regular membership.

He also received The Porter Medal, awarded every two years by the European Photochemistry Association, the Inter-American Photochemistry Society, and the Asian and Oceanian Photochemistry Association. The medal is presented to the researcher who has contributed most to the subject of photochemistry with a particular emphasis on the more physical aspects. The medal is named for the late George Porter, Nobel laureate.

“Professor Kamat is a world-renowned leader in designing and characterizing new materials for capturing sunlight to create electricity or drive chemical transformations,” said Steven Corcelli, Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Studies and Faculty Development in College of Science, and the incoming chair in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. “His work aims to transform society by offering new approaches to clean and renewable energy and fuel.”

Kamat is affiliated with ND Energy, NDnano, and the Radiation Laboratory. Earlier this year he was named a Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate Web of Science.

“These latest awards show that the international scientific community holds Professor Kamat's work in the highest esteem,” Corcelli said. “His scholarship, scientific leadership, and commitment to bettering society are inspirational and tremendous assets to our department and the University.”