Research/Areas of Interest: Clean energy, fuels and chemicals, experimental and computational catalysis


  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, United States, 2012
  • B.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India, 2006
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Composition Function Relations for Acid and Oxidation Catalysis on Polyoxometalate Clusters, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, United States, 2015


Prashant Deshlahra received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 2012, performing his dissertation research with Professors Eduardo Wolf and William Schneider on spectroscopic and computational probes of electric fields near catalyst-support interfaces. His postdoctoral research with Professor Enrique Iglesia at UC Berkeley was focused on mechanisms of dehydration and oxidative dehydrogenation reactions of alcohols on polyoxometalate catalysts. His research group at Tufts University seeks to develop better understanding of heterogeneous catalysis and its applications to problems relevant to energy and the environment.

Prashant Deshlahra's research seeks to establish accurate relations between accessible properties of solids and their ability to catalyze chemical reactions, and to use such relations for developing better catalysts and processes for efficient thermal and photo-assisted chemical transformations and energy conversion.