Dr. Murali Banavoth, Assistant Professor at School of Chemistry, University of Hyderabad (UoH) bags the international project worth (59 lakhs) from Indo-Korean Joint Programme of Cooperation in Science and Technology that is facilitating bilateral cooperation between scientists and researchers from the two countries by way of joint R&D projects and technical missions. The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science & Technology of Government of India and Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) of the Republic of Korea are the key agencies funding this projects and are dedicated to the implementation of the programme in India and the Republic of Korea (South Korea).

Through this joint project on solar energy ‘Single Crystal Perovskites: Telescoping Syntheses and its Goldilocks for High Efficiency Solar Cells’, Dr. Murali Banavoth is collaborating with one of the leading pioneers in Solar Cell research, Prof. Sang II Seok from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Ulsan, South Korea. Prof. Seok’s laboratory has accomplished the world’s best thin film perovskite solar cell photo conversion efficiency (certified 22.1%). With his outstanding foremost research in the perovskite single crystal solar cells, Dr. Banavoth is currently aiming to accomplish ambient stable, highly efficient, technologically important and commercially viable perovskite single crystal solar cell at an affordable cost.

Recently Dr. Banavoth has also been bestowed with a prestigious young scientist award from 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.