Prof. Dinesh Kabra Appointed the Forbes Marshall Chair in Energy Science and Engineering

About the Donor

The Forbes Marshall Chair in Energy Science and Engineering has been set up with a generous donation from Forbes Marshall Private Limited. The Chair Professorship is being driven by Dr. Naushad Forbes, Co-Chairman of Forbes Marshall, India's leading Steam Engineering and Control Instrumentation firm. He also chairs the Steam Engineering Companies within the group.

The vision of this chair is to initiate new academic programmes and consolidate existing programs in Energy Science and Engineering at IIT Bombay. The Chair’s aim is also to improve IIT Bombay’s interaction with the industry through consultancy work and continuing education programmes in this sector.

Forbes Marshall Private Limited is also a sponsor of M.Tech. Programme at IIT Bombay.

About the Appointee:

Prof. Dinesh Kabra, Professor, Department of Physics

Prof. Dinesh Kabra is currently the Forbes and Marshall Chair Professor of Energy Science and Engineering and Professor in the Department of Physics at IIT Bombay.

Prof. Kabra is the faculty in charge of emerging PV technologies at the National Centre for Photovoltaic Research and Education (NCPRE) at IIT Bombay and is also a faculty member at the Centre for Semiconductors for Innovations and Technologies (SEMIX).

Before joining the IIT Bombay, Prof. Kabra was an independent Herchel Smith Research Fellow at Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge (UCAM), UK. He was also an honorary postdoctoral fellow of Trinity Hall College, University of Cambridge, UK. He did his Ph.D. at JNCASR, Bengaluru.

His research is focused on energy materials and devices like Single Junction and Tandem Solar Cells, Transparent PV, Indoor PV, and Optoelectronic Devices. He is an expert in transferring the fundamental photo-physics and device physics of emerging photonic materials into the design of high-performance devices.

Prof. Kabra has won several awards and accolades during his professional career. These include winning the DST Solar Challenge Award in 2022, the Early Research Achiever Award 2015, and the Best Paper Award 2016 from the Industrial Research and Consultancy Centre, IIT Bombay.

Prof. Kabra has been an invited speaker at several reputed national and international conferences related to his field of research. He is a reviewer for various national and international funding agencies. His research group has published articles in more than 125 peer-reviewed reputed publications and includes more than 12 international and national patents, many of them licensed and tech-transferred to industries in the domain of energy and optoelectronics.