MuraliBanavoth, Assistant Professor at Solar Cells and Photonics Research Laboratory, School of Chemistry, University of Hyderabad, has been selected to receive the DST Nano-Mission National Research Award in Nanoscience and Technology – Young Career Award-2019 for outstanding contributions to the advancement of Nanoscience and Technology.
Young Career Award scheme aims to provide quick research support to the young researchers who are in their early career for pursuing exciting and innovative research in frontier areas of science and engineering.
The selection will be based on the recommendations of an Expert Committee that will be constituted by the Board. If desired by the Expert Committee, the applicants may be called for personal discussion.
The Early Career Research for the purpose of the program refers to the first assignment of the applicant in a regular capacity in a recognized academic institution or national laboratory or any other recognized R & D institution in India.
The Early Career Research Award is a one-time award and carries a research grant up to Rs. 50 Lakhs (excluding overheads) for a period of three years.
The research grant covers equipment, manpower, consumables, manpower, travel and contingency apart from overheads.
According to a university press release, the prestigious award search cum selection committee was chaired by Prof.CNR Rao under the Nano Mission, Government of India. Dr.Banavoth will receive this award at Nano India-2019 Biennial National Conference. The flagship scientific event of Nano Mission programme by the DST ‘Nano India’ this year will be hosted by Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala.
The award constitutes a citation with a cash prize of Rs. 50,000. Dr.Banavoth was earlier selected as Young Scientist for BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) in 2017 and the International Society for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (ISEES) Young Scientist Award in 2018. His research interests are broadly classified as organic, inorganic, and hybrid solar cells and photovoltaics.