Affiliation: BC Materials, ES
Keywords: Sustainable Energy, Photovoltaics, Molecular solar cells, Energy Storage, Electrochemistry, Physical Chemistry, Electron transfer reaction, Photo-electrochemistry.
Born and brought up in India, studied Materials Chemistry (2002) and finished his Ph.D. (2006). Subsequently he moved to the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, as Alexander von Humboldt Fellow to work on surface and interface studies of electrodeposited layers in ionic liquids by scanning probe microscopy. He was a regular visitor at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, where he developed nanoporous films for metal-free electro-catalysis and new redox shuttle. In 2011 he accepted the offer as program head of new concept in photovoltaics and advanced materials and was the strategic hire for the Abengoa Research, a corporate research centre of multinational energy based conglomerate Abengoa. He is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, board member of Journals, and recently his work was endorsed by European research council consolidator grant (2016). He is the inventor of 7 family of patents (23 patents), the impact of work led to the invitation to speak at many conferences and institutional seminars. His work has been summarized in >100 articles, along with many popular science articles, and the publications list reflects his diverse field of interest in the domain of physical chemistry, nanotechnology and materials science. In summer 2017, he accepted the call from Ikerbasque to work as professor at Basque centre for materials, applications and Nanostructures. His research mission is the development of new materials for energy storage and conversion application.