Mrinal Dutta is at present working as a Ramanujan Fellow (Scientist) in the Inorganic Photovoltaic Devices Group of the Advanced Materials Division at the National Physical Laboratory, India. He received his PhD from the Department of Solid State Physics at Jadavpur University, India, in 2011, having previously obtained his BSc and MSc degrees in physics from the University of Burdwan, India, in 2003 and 2005 respectively. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of MANA at the National Institute for Materials Science in Tsukuba, Japan from 2011 to 2014, and also in the National Solar Energy Center of the Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, from 2016 to 2017.
His expertise spans several fields of nanotechnology, especially energy harvesting, energy storage, optoelectronics and waste water treatment. He also has experience of working with several deposition reactors by physical and chemical processes. So far he has contributed 33 research papers to reputed international and national journals, with another three conference papers and one book chapter in Advances in Silicon Solar Cells (Springer). Two patents have already been filed based on his works.
At present he is involved in the development of novel nanostructure Si-based solar cell architectures that can harvest solar energy more efficiently at reduced production costs compared to their commercially available planar counterparts. He has experience in fabricating perovskite and organic solar cells, which have great future prospects in view of solar energy harvesting.
He has recently started collaborative work with Purdue University, USA, and the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai. He is also interested in the synthesis and characterization of various inorganic nanoparticles and nanowires for energy generation, storage and nano-electronics applications, as well as the use of functionalized Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) for various electronic and optoelectronic device applications.