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Materials Science and Solar Energy: Impact, Understanding and Scope

Dr. Anurag Roy
UK Research and Innovation Fellow
University of Exeter, UK

Date: Monday, 10 October 2022
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Bldg. 6/Room 125

Developing renewable, low-cost energy technologies is a critical scientific challenge for the 21st century. Dr Anurag's research focuses on developing new chemical approaches to solar energy materials, including photovoltaic, photocatalytic, solar energy conversion and smart glazing and passive cooling. His research focuses on creating affordable solar energy technologies and allied devices. He provides solutions to energy challenges that can lead us towards a sustainable future. The key subjects within the group include high-efficiency solar energy conversion and storage, concentrating photovoltaics, solar fuels, third-generation solar cells and allied devices. His collaboration with leading and emerging scientists who undertake interdisciplinary research on frontier issues of environment and sustainability, along with both national and international partners. His fundamental studies of new materials and device concepts aim to elucidate design principles and enable technological development. He is currently working on smart glazing development for an energy-saving built environment to control light transmission and infrared reflective coating to reduce heat loss and gain through the built environment's transparent envelope to improve the buildings' energy efficiency. His research also focuses on employing fabricated nanomaterials for renewable energy technologies, catalytic, photocatalytic and electrocatalytic applications.

Short Biography:
Dr Anurag Roy is a senior postdoctoral researcher in the Environment & Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn campus, U.K. He has a PhD in Chemistry from CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata, India, in 2019 under the DST-INSPIRE Fellowship, Government of India. Before pursuing his PhD studies, he worked as a research assistant at the Research and Development Centre, Tata Steel Limited, India. He has recently received the designator address of AMRSC as an Associate Member of the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry. He is also a fellow of the Indian Chemical Society (FICS), a member of the American Chemical Society, The International Solar Energy Society and the Institute of Technology (MIScT), UK, and a life membership holder in 5 international scientific communities. He has published 58 SCI articles (average impact factor of 4.2, h-index 16) and 3 book chapters. He has contributed to the UK’s Research Excellence Framework with impact factor publications >15. He has received various prestigious grants (worth approx. ~£2M) like Newton-Bhaba PhD Placement (University of Exeter’s first), U.K.-Suadi Arabia Challenge Fund -2022 (University of Exeter’s First), Agri-Tech Cornwall Passive Cooling, and EPSRC UKRI Smart Composite development funding that secured a total funding of ~£3M as PI and CoI. He has participated in 20+ international conferences, Invited Lectures 8, Oral presentations 12+, Poster presentations 10+, and received various awards like best oral presentation, young scientist, young researcher etc. He has also been selected for British Council’s Going Global Partnerships programme, which supports partnerships between universities, colleges, education policymakers, civil society organisations and industry partners in the UK and worldwide. Anurag's research track record implies under the UK Research and Innovation’s seven technology families with new technologies and specialist processes that enable cleaner ways to produce and sustainably use energy and direct the Impact of Case studies on GCRF themes, including the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal #7 - affordable and clean energy. 
All faculty, researchers and students are invited to attend.


10 Oct 2022


11:00 AM to 12:00 PM