Yatendra S. CHAUDHARY, PhD in Chemistry (India)

Yatendra earned a PhD in Chemistry from the Dayalbagh Educational Institute, India, and is currently working as a senior scientist at the CSIR Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology in Bhubaneswar, India. His academic research focuses on solar fuels and nanomaterial.

Current position: Senior Scientist at the CSIR Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology, India

Research focus: Solar fuel generation and nanomaterial

From 2010 to 2012 he worked as a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, and designed enzyme-semiconductor based photocatalysts for visible light driven CO2 reduction and H2 production.

For his achievements, Dr Chaudhary was awarded a Green Talent in 2011. The jury was impressed by his research of functional hybrid nanostructures for photo electrochemical water splitting. In 2013 he received the CSIR Young Scientist Award in Chemical Sciences. He has also been the leader of various projects funded by MNRE, CSIR, and SERB and is a reviewer for many RSC and ACS journals. He has edited a book “Solar Fuel Generation” 1st Ed. New York: CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group, 2017.

2013 Awarded CSIR Young Scientist Award in Chemical Sciences
2010 Awarded Marie Curie Research Fellowship (2010-2012)

CV as submitted for the Green Talents award (2011): 

University of Oxford, Great Britain

Research focus: Solar-Radiation-Driven Generation of Solar Fuels

The harvesting of solar radiation may lead to a sustainable future, and that is why Dr Yatendra Singh Chaudhary from India is dedicating his research to its applications, such as the generation of energy-rich compounds (e.g. solar fuels) and the optimised exploitation of other natural resources.

Dr Chaudhary, a Marie Curie Fellow at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford, is responding to what he calls the obvious need to exploit and store solar energy, and he is particularly interested in the splitting of water into hydrogen and oxygen.

While earning a PhD at Dayalbagh Educational Institute in Agra, India, he focused on this area, namely he investigated nanostructured semiconductor photocatalysts for efficient solar-driven water-splitting to produce hydrogen. He also sought to understand the relationship between the size and morphology of photocatalysts and their photoelectrochemical behaviour.

Dr Chaudhary was involved in the development of adhere-synthetic apatite coating on titanium and titanium alloy surfaces with improved mechanical strength while working as a scientist at the Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology (CSIR) in Bhubaneswar, India. His peer-reviewed publications include a recent paper on the effect of morphologies on corrosion behaviour of nanostructured hydroxyapatitetitania scaffolds.

In 2006, he visited Germany to attend the 18th Nobel Laureate Meeting with young scientists in chemistry held in Lindau, a meeting for transferring knowledge between generations and reflecting on current scientific matters. During the trip, he became fascinated by a symbol of Germany's commitment to sustainability and renewable energy – the windmills he saw dotting the landscape.

Dr Chaudhary impressed the jury with his research into functional hybrid nanostructures for photoelectrochemical water-splitting. It also noted his scientific achievements and interdisciplinary approach to the research.

Dr Chaudhary is looking forward to returning to Germany to visit research institutes focused on sustainability and to explore the possibility of interdisciplinary, joint projects with German scientists. "Germany is a key location for advanced sustainability research," he said, adding, "I want to find out more about work being performed in Germany on solar water splitting and CO2 reduction."