Prashant Kamat receives Henry H. Storch Award in Energy Chemistry

Author: John LeSage

Prashant Kamat

Prashant Kamat, the Rev. John A. Zahm, C.S.C, Professor of Science, has added yet another accomplishment to his long list of accolades.

Kamat was recently honored by the American Chemical Society (ACS) with the 2024 Henry H. Storch Award in Energy Chemistry, which is one of the awards bestowed annually by the ACS across all chemistry disciplines. This prestigious award is given to a researcher who has made an outstanding contribution to the understanding of the world’s energy and chemical challenges, according to the ACS website.

Kamat received this award for his long-standing work in both solar energy conversion and solar fuels. Specifically, he focuses on the electric properties of atomic structures (“nanoscale assemblies”) in order to improve energy conversion from one form to another. This research has powerful implications for maximizing the efficiency of solar panels—driving down their cost and making a large-scale transition to renewables easier.

Besides his current award, Kamat’s research has been well-recognized by many other organizations. He is currently a fellow in the American Chemical Society, the Electrochemical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, among others. In addition, Thomson Reuters has described Kamat as one of their “Most Cited Researchers” for several years.