Solar Energy and Device Expert, Dr. Mahesh Gangishetty, Joins MSU Chemistry as an Assistant Professor

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We are pleased to announce that Dr. Mahesh Gangishetty from the Rowland Institute at Harvard University will be joining our department this fall! He is an expert in perovskite materials synthesis, their inclusion in the fabrication of photovoltaic (PVs) solar cells and light emitting diodes (LEDs), and the spectroscopic characterization of the devices. He will meet a critical need within the Center for Emergent Molecular Optoelectronics (CEMO) and experimental physical chemistry at MSU.

Dr. Mahesh Gangishetty earned his M.Sc. in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology in Roorkee and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.  After an incredibly successful doctoral career involving Dye Sensitized (DSSC-PVs) and Perovskite Solar Cell Photovoltaics (PSSC-PVs), he was selected as a Rowland Institute Research Scholar Postdoctoral appointee at Harvard University with Rowland Fellow, Dr. Daniel Congreve. His post-doctoral work resulted in remarkable accomplishments for improving perovskite light emitting diodes (LEDs) in collaboration with a neighboring research group.

Dr. Gangishetty’s expertise in synthesis, device fabrication and characterization of DSSC and
PSSC Photovoltaics (PVs) and Quantum Dot Light Emitting Diodes (QD - LEDs) will be deployed in setting up a fully functional device research laboratory as part of CEMO. His research will focus on exitonic materials and devices for energy conversion, including the near-infrared spectrum for up-conversion. “Gangishetty’s fully functional device fabrication lab will meet a critical need of CEMO, and it will position MSU as a center of excellence in the optoelectronics universe,” said Dr. Keith Hollis, associate professor of chemistry. “His expertise will multiply the productivity and impact of CEMO by expanding collaborations with researchers in chemistry and physics, in addition to cross college team building with several engineering departments and partner institutions.”

Dr. Gangishetty, with 20 peer-reviewed publications and over 1200 citations, will compete immediately for major research funding from NSF, DoE, DoD, NIH, and related institutes and foundations for energy research.  Department Head and Professor Dennis Smith said, “His research area, demonstrated success in mentoring students, and ability to teach a wide variety of undergraduate and advanced courses makes Dr. Gangishetty an extraordinary asset and addition to our department.”

Please join us in congratulating Mahesh and in welcoming him to the Department of Chemistry!

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