Phil De Luna

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Phil De Luna

Alumnus, PhD, Materials Science & Engineering, GG Gold Medal Recipient


Phil De Luna is currently Program Director, Energy Materials Challenge Program at the National Research Council Canada. He is leading a $21 M multi-disciplinary program to develop innovative Canada-made clean energy materials that lower GHG emissions. He earned his PhD in Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto working with Prof. Edward Sargent where he discovered new electrocatalytic materials for the conversion of carbon dioxide into renewable fuels and feedstocks. He has published 30 papers in high-impact journals such as Nature, Science, Nature Chemistry, Nature Catalysis, and more. De Luna is an NSERC Canada Graduate Scholar, a Massey College Junior Fellow, a Mission Innovation advisor for the National Research Council of Canada, and a CIFAR Bio-Inspired Solar Energy Graduate Student Fellow. He has held competitive research internships at IBM Research Center in New York, Toyota Research Institute in Silicon Valley, and was a visiting researcher at University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University. He is currently a finalist (1 of 5 globally) in the $20M Carbon XPRIZE competition to capture and convert the most C02 into a useful product. He was recently named to the 2019 Forbes Top 30 Under 30- Energy list.