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Materials for Clean Fuels

December 4, 2020 from 10:00 am11:00 am

Zoom Webinar with Phil De Luna
National Research Council of Canada
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada


The Government of Canada, along with other countries and private companies, have signaled its commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050. This monumental transition will require new technologies, policies, and innovations that are not yet available at scale. Oil & gas, heavy industry, and transportation account for the majority of GHG emissions in Canada and the technologies needed to disrupt these industries are mostly pre-commercial. This talk will cover the Materials for Clean Fuels Challenge Program, an ambitious collaborative research program at the National Research Council of Canada (Canada’s national lab system). It will discuss the program’s three main thrusts – CO2 conversion, hydrogen production, and artificial intelligence for materials discovery. The talk will conclude with an early-career retrospective and advice on how to make impact.



Phil De Luna is currently leading a world-class 7-year $57M collaborative research program on Canada-made clean energy technology as a Program Director at the National Research Council of Canada. His mandate is to develop transformative technologies to help Canada achieve net-zero GHG emissions by 2050. His moonshot is to make renewable fuels and chemicals from air and water.

De Luna is a pioneering carbontech expert with experience spanning cutting-edge topics such as carbon capture and conversion technologies and artificial intelligence for materials discovery. His research has been published in high-impact journals such as Nature and Science and has been covered by mainstream media such as Newsweek, CBC, Forbes, Popular Science, etc.

Phil was named to the 2019 Forbes Top 30 Under 30 – Energy list and was a finalist (1 of 10 worldwide) in the $20M Carbon XPRIZE. He holds a PhD from the University of Toronto in Materials Science & Engineering where he was a Governor General Gold Medalist. He is a member of the board of directors of CMC Research Institutes, a carbontech non-profit, member of the OECD Advanced Materials steering committee, and member of the working group on AI ethics and sustainable development goals for the Canadian Commission at UNESCO. He is also a Mission Innovation Champion for Canada, an Action Canada Fellow, and a Creative Destruction Lab Mentor.

Learn more at phildeluna.com


For Zoom information please contact dei-info@udel.edu



December 4, 2020
10:00 am — 11:00 am