Prashant Jain




Professor Jain received his B.Tech. from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai, India in 2003 and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Georgia Tech in 2008. During 2008, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard and from 2009-2011 a Miller Fellow at UC Berkeley. He joined the University of Illinois faculty as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2011. He has affiliations with the Materials Research Lab, the Department of Physics and the Beckman Institute. His research interests are in nano-optics and molecular imaging with the goal of understanding and controlling energy transport, light-matter interactions, and chemical transformations on nanometer length scales.


2017: Kavli Emerging Leader in Chemistry and Lecturer ACS, American Vacuum Society Prairie Chapter Early Career Award, UIUC Campus Distinguished Promotion Award, I. C. Gunsalus Scholar; 2016: UIUC Center for Advanced Studies Beckman Fellow; 2015: NSF CAREER Award, Journal of Physical Chemistry C Lectureship, 3M Nontenured Faculty Award; 2014: Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Young Investigator Award, ACS/PRF Doctoral New Investigator; 2013: DuPont Young Professor, Unilever Award for Outstanding Young Investigator, ACS Colloid and Surface Chemistry Division, US Frontiers of Engineering, National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Engineering Educate-to-Innovate Program Innovator, Golden Jubilee Visiting Fellowship, Institute of Chemical Technology, IChemE Energy Award, Highly Commended Technology, Google Solve for [X] Moonshot Thinkers/Speakers; 2012: MIT Technology Review TR35, IACAT Faculty Fellow.

TEACHING HONORS: 2015 SCS Faculty Teaching Award, UIUC List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by their Students (multiple times in 2012-16 for all four courses taught), Graduated four Ph.D. students and one master's student.



Catalysis: Atomistic elucidation of heterogeneous catalysts and photocatalysts by super-resolution imaging

Plasmonics: Using plasmonics for artificial photosynthesis and optical probing of chemical reactions

Solid-State Chemistry: Understanding phase transitions for designing new materials for batteries and sorbents


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