Frontiers Conference at the University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh researchers play a leading role in a White House conference, co-hosted by Pitt and Carnegie Mellon, on the future of innovation.

Prashant Kumta

  • Edward R. Weidlein Chair Professor
  • Engineering Director, Center for Craniofacial Regeneration
  • Founding Director, Center for Complex Engineered Multifunctional Materials Next Generation Energy Conversion and Storage Technologies Laboratory


Kumta’s research involves alternative green energy sources, including direct methanol fuel cells as power sources for consumer electronic devices as well as for remote and auxiliary power units for transportation; hydrogen as an alternative fuel produced by water electrolysis; supercapacitors, energy storage devices capable of delivering large amounts of electrical charge in a short time interval; biosensors, using carbon nanotubes as scaffolding for tissue engineering; developing nanomaterials for gene delivery and biotechnology, specifically calcium phosphate cements for bone regeneration; non-viral gene and protein delivery; and using calcium phosphate nanoparticles for targeted gene delivery.