Dr. Carrick M. Eggleston
Specialization: Solar Energy Materials, Geochemistry
Home institution in US: University of Wyoming, Laramie
Host Institution in India: University of Pondicherry, Puducherry       
Start date/Month in India: November/December 2012
Duration of grant: 5 months

Brief Bio:
Dr. Carrick Eggleston is a professor of geology and geophysics at the University of Wyoming, where he is also adjunct faculty and associate director of the Center for Photoconversion and Catalysis in the School of Energy Resources. He earned a B.A. in earth science from Dartmouth College, New Hampshire and a Ph.D. in applied earth sciences from Stanford University, California. Dr. Eggleston was a postdoctoral research scientist at the Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (1991-1994) and at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (1994-1995) prior to joining the faculty at the University of Wyoming. He was also a visiting professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland (2005-2006) and the Universite Henri Poincare in Nancy, France (2005-2006). Current research subjects include quantum dot sensitized oxide nanowire solar cells and naturally-occurring solar cells that play a role in geochemical and environmental processes. Dr. Eggleston enjoys music, hiking, skiing and traveling with his family. He also puts renewable energy ideals into practice at an off-grid, solar, thermal, passive solar and solar photovoltaic off-grid cabin at an altitude of 2500 meters in the nearby mountains.

Dr. Eggleston’s Fulbright research project, “Developing Inexpensive Nanomaterials for Alternative Energy Applications,” involves research on inexpensive nanocrystalline materials for photocatalytic solar devices in collaboration with Pondicherry University’s Madanjeet School for Green Energy Technologies. India has a vast rural population whose energy comes from non-commercial sources and could benefit from local-scale solar energy. Indian scientists have thus been early to recognize the potential of inexpensive nanocrystalline materials in next-generation solar fuels technology. As part of training studies to work in this field of technology, Dr. Eggleston will also teach a course entitled, “Nanocrystalline Semiconductors in Alternative Energy Systems” for the Mandajeet School.