Dr. Swapnil B. Ambade was born in India in the year 1981 in the family of Chemical Engineers. He grew up in an environment surrounded by Chemical Engineering and was obviously motivated to choose Chemical Engineering as his career. He did his under-graduation in Chemical Engineering from University of Pune’s highly prestigious “Vishwakarma Institute of Technology”. A proud alumnus of Vishwakarma Institute of Technology, Pune, Dr. Swapnil was motivated towards research at the very early days of his undergraduate studies.
A curious young researcher in him inspired him to join Semiconductor research group of Vishwakarma Institute of Technology, led by his first mentor Dr. Rajaram S. Mane. In the year 2004, Dr. Swapnil’s mentor, Dr. Rajaram S. Mane, joined Prof. Han Sung-Hwan’s (Presently, Head, Chemistry Department) research group at Hanyang University, Seoul. This obviously opened opportunities for Dr. Swapnil to connect with Korean research. This first visit to Korea raised lot of excitement in Dr. Swapnil who by this time had completely made up his mind to pursue research as his career.
In 2006, Dr. Swapnil joined Prof. M. G. Takawale’s (former Vice-Chancellor) energy research group as a master’s student, in University of Pune’s School of Energy Studies, where he pursued his Masters of Technology in Energy Studies (M.Tech, Energy). During his master’s he had an opportunity to work as a graduate student collaborator in Government of India’s National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune where he underwent training on “Nanotechnologies for Renewable Energy” under eminent scientist, Dr. Satish Ogale. In the final stage of his masters’, he revisited Prof. Han Sung-Hwan’s laboratory to work on his masters’ thesis that was entitled “ZnO Nanoplates-Based Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Solar Cells”. His four months stay at Hanyang University was quite fruitful and his master’s thesis was applauded by many experts in University of Pune.
After his Masters, Dr. Swapnil joined Prof. Soo-Hyoung Lee’s research group of “Organic Optoelectronic Materials” at Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, Korea for his doctoral (Ph.D) studies. Fundamentally an expert in inorganic metal oxides, his Ph.D research focused on Interfacial Engineering of Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Solar Cells. Dr. Swapnil was awarded Ph.D degree in August 2014 and he further continued working as a BK21Plus Post-doctoral Research Fellow under the able guidance of Prof. Lee Soo-Hyoung where he is presently working on “Organically-functionalized metal oxides for Optoelectronics”.
Overall, Dr. Swapnil is a passionate, dedicated researcher and has vast experience (~10 years) in the areas of hybrid optoelectronics. To his credit, he has authored 31 SCI publications and is a scientific reviewer to many reputed journals in the areas of optoelectronics. He is a member of American Chemical Society (ACS) and recently joined ACS-Korea Chapter. Dr. Swapnil collaborates intensively with many research groups across the globe from India, UK, China and has wonderful research synergy with researchers from Korea.
A complete family man, Dr. Swapnil has a four years old daughter and his wife Anjira is presently pursuing Ph.D in Cardiovascular Injuries from Chonbuk National University. Dr. Swapnil is based in Jeonju for the last 8 years and is an admirer of Korean culture. A state-level basketball and cricket player, Dr. Swapnil is a passionate sportsman. A philanthropist by nature, Swapnil is a keen believer in the philosophy of “Love for humanity is the best religion”.
As a scientist, his aim in life is to help provide society clean and sustainable energy solutions [http://cen.acs.org/articles/91/i24/Growing-CEN.html]