Dr. Murali Banavoth, Assistant Professor at Solar Cells & Photonics Research Laboratory, School of Chemistry, University of Hyderabad (UoH) bags the project (53 lakhs) from Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) a body under Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India.

The financial Sanction is made for the research project titled “Design and Development of Highly Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells by Engineering the Non-Conventional Novel Hole Transporting Inter layers”. This project is sanctioned under Empowerment and Equity Opportunities for Excellence in Science. (Taskforce Committee).

The scheme, Empowerment and Equity Opportunities for Excellence in Science (EMEQ) is aimed at providing research support to scientists belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe in undertaking research in newly emerging and frontier areas of science and engineering and thus to involve them in the National Science and Technology development process.

Recently Dr. Banavoth has also been bestowed with the prestigious young scientist awards 105th Indian Science Congress on March 20th 2018 and also from the International society for Energy, Environment and Sustainability on Jan 1st 2018. Earlier in July 2017, he was awarded the Young Scientist for 2nd BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) meeting held during July 11-15, 2017 at Hangzhou, China.

Dr. Murali Banavoth after obtaining his Ph.D., from Indian Institute of Science, moved to King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) at Solar Center as a postdoctoral associate and carried out pioneering work in the field of hybrid functional materials for solar harvesting. Dr. Banavoth’s contribution to the photovoltaic (Solar Cells) research is evident from his outstanding 45 publications in Nature, Advanced Materials, JACS, Angew. Chem., etc. are a few to name. He is also currently the Editor of few prestigious journals like Frontiers in Optics and Photonics, Frontiers in Physics etc.