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IICT scientist selected for NASI Young Scientist Award

Our Bureau, Hyderabad
Thursday, August 9, 2012, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

Dr Surya Prakash Singh, a young scientist from Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Hyderabad has been selected for National Academy of Sciences (NASI) young scientist platinum jubilee award for the year 2012. This is the first time a scientist from IICT gets this award.

Recognizing his remarkable contributions in the field of Chemical Sciences and for his valuable research work on “dye based solar cell” using organic compounds, NASI has selected Dr Surya Prakash Singh, from Inorganic and Physical Chemistry division of the IICT at Hyderabad for the most prestigious ‘Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Award-2012’.

NASI, the earliest science academy in India, selects bright and young scientists below the age of 35 years for this award every year to recognize significant contributions in their respective areas of research.

Conveying his feelings for being selected for the award, Dr Singh said, “It is a great honour. I am really happy for being recognized for my work. And thank all those who had been supporting me all through my research work.”

Elaborating further on his research work, Singh said, “My research work is on making a dye based solar cell using an organic compound which is similar to that of chlorophyll in plants. As chlorophyll generates energy by taking light from sun, in the same way the organic dye can also be used to harvest electrical energy from the sun light. This dye can be embedded into ‘dye sensitive solar cells’ to generate electricity similar to silicon based solar cells.”

The research work is almost complete and by next year the dye based solar cell can come into the market. “At present we are working on the durability of the dye cell which is only 2-3 years. We want to increase its durability for at least 5-10 years. We are also planning to collaborate with some companies such as Moser bear to manufacture the dye based solar cells on a commercial scale,” said Dr Singh.

In India, there are no factory manufacturing solar cells; and almost 99 per cent solar cells are imported from other countries. And moreover the silicon based solar cells are very costly and unaffordable by the common man. Once the dye based solar cells come into the market we can generate electricity at a very low cost, informed the scientist.

During the past few years of his research, Dr Singh has published over 60 research papers in renowned journals and has five patents to his credit.


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