Deanna Csomo McCool | July 12, 2018
A Notre Dame chemistry professor well known for his contributions to the field of photoelectrochemistry and renewable energy research was honored with a tribute issue to him in one of the four journals of The Journal of Physical Chemistry, published by the American Chemical Society.
The June 28, 2018 issue featuring Prashant V. Kamat, the Rev. John A. Zahm, C.S.C., Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and concurrent professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, intentionally coincided with his 65th birthday just a few days later.
In addition to a tribute article about Kamat and his own written autobiographical notes, the edition contains 111 papers by others in the fields of renewable energy research, nanoscience, and nanotechnology.
“It’s an honor, and I’m really humbled by two things. First, because all of the papers are very high-quality papers on energy conversion and storage, and also because I was recognized by my own peers, friends, colleagues, and past researchers,” Kamat said. “Because of that, I find it is one of the best birthday gifts ever.”
Only about a dozen of the 156 issues published each year in the Journal of Physical Chemistry A/B/C are “Festshrift,” or tribute, issues. Gregory Hartland, also a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Notre Dame and a senior editor of The Journal of Physical Chemistry, edited the papers for Kamat’s Festschrift issue.
“This is an extraordinarily large number of papers for this type of issue, and shows the appreciation of the physical chemistry community for Professor Kamat’s work,” Hartland said.
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