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Phil De Luna    

Founder of CERT Technologies & Energy Material Program Director at the Canadian National Research Council

Phil De Luna (Ph.D, Materials Science) is a world-leading expert in carbon conversion technologies, artificial photosynthesis, clean energy materials, and machine learning for materials discovery.

Phil is currently serving as Program Director, Energy Materials Challenge Program at the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada. He sets the outcomes, and builds and leads a multi-disciplinary, collaborative research team to develop made-in-Canada novel materials to produce clean and sustainable energy over seven years.

De Luna was named to the 2019 Forbes Top 30 Under 30 – Energy list, is a NSERC Canada Graduate Scholar, a Massey College Junior Fellow, a Mission Innovation advisor for the National Research Council, and a CIFAR Bio-Inspired Solar Energy Graduate Student Fellow. He is also currently in the Creative Destruction Lab – Rockies Energy stream, a highly competitive technology accelerator program, and the Next36, Canada’s premier entrepreneurship program.

He earned his BSc from the University of Windsor before earning his MSc at the University of Ottawa. De Luna has been a visiting researcher at Stanford, UC Berkeley, the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and the Canadian Light Source.

De Luna earned a highly competitive research internship at the IBM TJ Watson Research Center in the summer of 2016 and the Toyota Research Institute in the summer of 2018 where he worked on biosensing and machine learning for batteries and fuel cells respectively.

He has published in many high-impact journals such as Nature, Nature Chemistry, Nature Catalysis, Science, Nano Letters, Science Advances, and ACS Catalysis to name a few. His research has been cited more than 1200 times.

De Luna, along with his team at the Sargent lab, are 1 of 10 finalists worldwide in the $20M Carbon XPRIZE and 1 of 20 semi-finalists worldwide in the $7M OCE Solutions 2030 Challenge. He also serves as a scientific advisor to the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada where he contributes to several Mission Innovation Challenges.


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