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Kallol Mohanta, a faculty member from the PSG College of Technology in Coimbatore, India, visited the Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center as a Bhaskara Advanced Solar Energy Fellow of the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum.

Mohanta is an expert on thin film solar cell and organic electronics. He obtained his Ph.D. from Jadavpur University while working at the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science. After that, he traveled to Portugal as a postdoctoral fellow at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory. He also visited the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan and the University of Santiago de Compostella in Spain during that time. Mohanta is also associated with the PSG College of Technology as a faculty member. His works are primarily aimed at the utilization of low-cost nanomaterials and polymers for thin film solar cell applications.

The Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum, established under an agreement between the governments of India and the U.S. in March 2000, is an autonomous, not for profit society that promotes and catalyzes Indo-US bilateral collaborations in science, technology, engineering and biomedical research through substantive interaction among government, academia and industry. The Bhaskara Advanced Solar Energy Fellowship Program – a dynamic and transformative program has been developed to foster contacts between students and scientists from India and the United States. The objectives of the program are to provide an opportunity for the best and brightest Indian students and scientists to gain exposure and access to world-class research facilities in leading U.S. institutions and to pave the way for the next generation scientists and technologists from India to interact with American peers, thus helping to build long-term R&D linkages and collaborations.