Graduate Scholarships and Post-doctoral Fellowships Available

The materials chemistry research group encourages top-rank post doctoral fellows, both national and international, to apply for the elite Banting and Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships to support their work in our group.

The applications can be found on the Banting and Vanier websites.

We also encourage Marie-Curie and Alexander von Humbolt fellows as well as other top rank international graduate and post-graduate scholars holding research fellowships to apply for positions in our group.

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Increasing the Supply of Renewable Electricity Creates Potential Energy Storage Applications for Synthetic Fuels

With the push towards renewable power generation and electrification, energy storage will likely require improvements to facilitate the increased electricity generation. In this op-ed, Prof. Ozin describes the potential for CO2 derived hydrocarbons as one of several energy storage techniques of the future.

An early version of the article can be read here.

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Battery Power: Electricity and Chemicals from CO2

Different CO2 utilization technologies are currently of interest as it is unlikely for just one technology to be the solution for climate change, but rather the combination of many sustainable technologies. In this op-ed, Geoff introduces the concept of Li-CO2 batteries as a utilization of CO2. The battery is proposed to reversibly cycle between Li + CO2 and Li2CO3 + C for charging and discharging.

This article can be read on the Advanced Science News website.

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Vision of a Sustainable Future

In order to minimize the effects of climate change, net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions must be reduced to zero. In this op-ed, Geoff details how GHG-emitting technologies are being displaced by more environmentally friendly technologies, but also touches on some GHG-emitting technologies that will be more difficult to replace.

The full article can be read on the Advanced Science News website.

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One-Pot Solar Fuels

In the inaugural issue of Joule, Geoff provided a commentary on Prof. Steinfeld’s work on CO2 reduction. Their current photo-thermal reactor design implementing a CeO2 catalyst is described with insight into the chemistry of how the originally multistep process has been reduced into a single step process.

The full article can be read on the Joule website.

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A Case for CO2-Sourced Sustainable Synthetic Fuels

In this op-ed, Geoff makes a case for CO2 sourced synthetic fuels despite the growing electrification trend in transportation. Key points in the production-use-end life cycle of each path is highlighted for considering whether the production and use of CO2 sourced fuels can be more efficient than renewable energy driven electrification.

The full article can be read here.

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50 Years of Materials Research and Still Searching

In celebration of Geoff’s 74th birthday, a vignette of his past 50 years of scientific contributions is featured. Geoff’s work on nanochemistry began with with the controlled nucleation and growth of ‘naked’ metal atoms in cryogenic conditions and has since expanded towards self-assembly of materials over all length scales including: bio-inspired nanomaterials, mesoporous silicas and organosilicas, photonic crystals, silicon nanocrystals, and many more.

The full article can be read here.

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Never Say Never

With the development of an all electric autonomous cargo ship by Kongsberg and Yara International, is the need for synthetic CO2-based fuels diminishing? In this op-ed, Geoff discusses the state of electrification and the continued need for CO2-based fuels.

The full article can be read on the Advanced Science News website.

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Congratulations two Jia!!

Congratulations to Jia on her two recently published papers! Her review published in ChemSocRev covers the broad field of how defects in metal oxides play a role in the heterogeneous catalytic hydrogenation of CO2.
Her paper published in Avanced Science summarized her work on controlling the selectivity of CO and CH4 production from CO2 reduction by tuning the size of Pd nanoparticles supported on Nb2O5.

The full article can be read on the Advanced Science and ChemSocRev websites

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Gigaton CO2 Conversion

In this op-ed, Geoff outlines the roadmap to achieving CO2 utilization on a gigaton scale, detailing four missions: to utilize atmospheric CO2, recycle CO2 from combustion sources, prevent CO2 being released into the atmosphere, and boost CO2 sinks on the ocean and land.
A modular CO2 refinery developed by Ineratec is highlighted, enabling Lego like assembly of small to industrial scale CO2 refineries

The full article can be read here.

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H2 Storage in Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers

Despite hydrogen having the largest known gravimetric energy storage capacity (33kWh/kg), its storage requires prohibitively low temperatures or high pressures. In this op-ed, Geoff describes the use of liquid organic hydrogen carriers to effectively access hydrogen hydrogen storage.

The full article can be read here.

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