TIER 1 Canada Research Chair in Solar Fuels

Geoff’s Tier 1 Canada Research position has been renewed for a third term until 2021!

The goal of the research is to discover materials and processes which have the capacity to transform carbon dioxide, water and sunlight to carbon monoxide, methane or methanol at a technologically significant efficiency, scale and cost. If this ‘leaf mimic’ can be realized experimentally it will serve two purposes by providing a renewable alternative to fossil fuels and removing instead of adding, greenhouse gas to our atmosphere, thereby ameliorating the energy, climate and environmental concerns facing humanity today.

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Dr. Ozin Featured in Departmental ‘Eureka Moments’

Professor Ozin was recently featured in a video series by Emeritus University Professor Bryan Jones highlighting the pioneering research achievements of faculty members in the Dept. of Chemistry over the previous decades. In the video, Geoff reminisces about Eureka moments that have taken place over the last 45 years in our research group.

The full video is available on the Department of Chemistry website

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CO2: Conflict or Harmony

In his latest article, Professor Ozin talks about society’s relationship with CO2 and whether we can begin utilising it as a carbon source and not treat it as a waste product.

The full essay is available on the Materials Views website

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Solar Refinery: Can we have our carbon cake and eat it too?

Professor Ozin discusses the work of Dr. Christos Maravelias and the concept of solar refinery for turning CO2 into hydrocarbons

The full version of the latest opinion piece can be found on the Materials Views website

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Charge of the Sunlight Brigade

In his latest Materials Views opinion article, Professor Ozin makes a connection between solar fuels research and Alfred Lord Tennyson’s classic poem Charge of the Light Brigade.

The full essay can be found here

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Advanced Material Research News Article

Professor Ozin’s Research News article in Advanced Materials has appeared online. In it, Geoff discusses the latest developments in CO2 capture and conversion technology and whether they can effectively mitigate climate change.

The full article can be found here

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Exploring the Possibilities and Limitations of a Nanomaterials Genome

The graphic art shows a Word Cloud depiction of the Nano World which considers how the whole human brain creates, stores and transforms concepts of Nanochemistry, assembling concepts of the Nanomaterials Genome in new ways and to useful products. As implied by this image, the letter size in the right brain reflects the frequency of the top 200-400 words presented in this Concept article in Small. Imagine merging these words and the associative images they evoke as cerebral hemispheric specializations are integrated enabling the realization of our intuitions, inventions and innovations. Word Cloud software has been created by wordle.net © IBM Corporation and Jonathan Feinberg. The rapid development of nanomaterials science and technology nowadays calls for a multifunctional data system, namely the Nanomaterials Genome. It is designed for intelligent and convenient categorizing, organizing, sifting, sorting, and integrating pertinent information about the known nanomaterials, and utilizing this information to explore the unknown in scientifically and technologically innovative ways, ultimately to benefit society. Inspired by work on the Human Genome project, which began in 1989 together with motivation from the recent emergence of the Materials Genome project initiated in 2011 and the Nanoinformatics Roadmap 2020 instigated in 2010, we envision the development of a Nanomaterials Genome (NMG) database and possible peripherals with the most advanced data-mining tools that leverage inference engines to help create, connect and interpret patterns of nanomaterials information. The NMG would enable the realization of our intuitions, inventions and innovations to be applied to the development of next generation energy materials for solar cells, fuel cells, batteries and supercapacitors and biomedical materials for diagnostics, therapeutics and imaging, organ, skin and bone replacement and repair.

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New Front Cover in Small

Our group’s latest work on Si nanocrystals has been featured on the inside front cover of Small!

Adding a sulfur atom to allylbenzene is shown by J. Rinck, G. A. Ozin, and co-workers to boost the photoluminescence quantum yield of colloidal dispersions of silicon nanocrystals capped with allylphenylsulfide. On page 335, it allows investigation of their oxidative stability as a function of size and duration of exposure to air. The illustration depicts the allyphenylsulfide capping groups on the surface of the silicon nanocrystals, and the reaction of the nanocrystals with O2 and H2O molecules in air, forming surface silicon oxide and silicon hydroxide groups.

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Latest Materials Views NanoChannel Essay

Professor Ozin discusses the elite journal publishing landscape and the emergence of Advanced Science in his latest opinion piece.

The full essay can be found here

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Nanochemist Geoffrey Ozin and Artist Todd Siler discussing ArtNano Innovations

Prof. Ozin and art-science collaborator Todd Siler discuss the progress of their joint project ArtNano Innovations in the following video

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