Dr. Francis D’Souza, Distinguished Research Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Texas (UNT), is one of the most recent recipients of the prestigious Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) Medal. The award recognizes, promotes, and fosters talent in Chemistry and Chemical Sciences in order to improve the quality of Chemical Education at all levels.
Dr. D’Souza, an ECS member since 1993 and ECS Nanocarbons Division member since 2014, says he is honored to receive recognition from his motherland, in an article by UNT.
“Previous awardees have been from top-rated institutions across the globe. Getting this award while at UNT is something special for me,” says Dr. D’Souza.
According to UNT, his research covers wide areas of chemistry, nanophotonics, and materials science. His principal research interests include supra and nanomolecular chemistry of photosensitizer-carbon nanomaterials, advanced functional materials for light energy harvesting and photovoltaics, electrochemical and photochemical sensors and catalysts, and nanocomposite hybrid materials for energy storage and utilization.
At the University of North Texas, Dr. D’Souza enjoys working with both graduate and undergraduate students, mentoring them to become next generation of scientists. He is passionate about using his research to engage in scientific discussions with his group members and collaborators, often attending scientific meetings and presenting his research findings. He has also been involved in organizing national and international scientific meetings including at the Society.