Assistant Professor Prashant Nagpal's research focuses on development of novel nanostructured building blocks for nano-optics and electronics, self-assembled nanoparticles assemblies, and nanoparticle inks for understanding fundamental interactions between electromagnetic waves, and for applications in renewable energy and biological sensing. He completed his PhD in 2009 in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota working with Professor David Norris, and then held a postdoctoral research position at the Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics in Los Alamos National Laboratory with Dr. Victor Klimov. Prashant has published several high-profile papers in the broader areas of plasmonics, metamaterials, biological sensing and understanding charge transport in films made from semiconductor nanoparticle inks. He has also organized and chaired symposia in several international conferences like Material Research Society (MRS), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and American Vacuum Society (AVS). He has also given invited talks in different universities and international conferences on applications of nanomaterials for renewable energy. His work has been recognized for making fundamental contributions to these fields and has also won some important awards and honors for the same. When he is not working, Prashant enjoys camping and hiking.