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Dr. Phil De Luna is Program Director, Energy Materials Challenge Program at the National Research Council Canada

Event Date: 
Monday, March 25, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

A Story about CO2 Conversion & Rapid Career Pivoting

Electrocatalytic transformation of CO2 and H2O into chemical feedstocks offers the potential to reduce carbon emissions by shifting the chemical industry away from fossil fuel dependence. When coupled to renewable electricity sources, CO2 conversion into fuels also provides long-term seasonal storage of intermittent renewable electricity. Canada has quietly become a world leader in carbontech. This talk will present advances in electrocatalytic CO2 reduction from a nanostructured materials perspective. It will cover the journey from academic research on renewably-powered CO2 conversion, to rapid scale-up through the Carbon XPRIZE, and finally to the launch of a new National Research Council program on energy materials.

Phil De Luna is Program Director, Energy Materials Challenge Program at the National Research Council Canada. He is leading a $21M Canada-made program on breakthrough clean energy materials. He has published 34 papers with multiple in high-impact journals such as Science and Nature and has been featured in popular media such as Newsweek, the Independent, CBC, and more. De Luna is a finalist in the $20M Carbon XPRIZE competition to capture and convert the most CO2. For these efforts and more, he was named to the 2019 Forbes Top 30 Under 30 – Energy list.

Event Location: 
McMaster
Location Details: 
ABB-162