Fixing Carbon Dioxide Editorial

Geoff’s latest Materials Views editorial comments on the urgent need for government and private investment in CO2 fixation strategies. With transformative transitions in energy generation typically taking decades to fully implement, Geoff makes the point that we need to accelerate this timeline to avoid climate catastrophes for future generations.

The full article can be found on the Materials Views website

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Perspective on Nanochemistry in C&EN News

Dr. Ozin was invited to write a perspective article on the field of nanochemistry in the ACS’ weekly magazine, C&EN News. It looks at the formation and evolution of the field and identifies areas where the “nano advantage” can be applied in the future.

The full article can be found on the C&EN News website

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Heterogeneous FLP Work Published in JACS

Our group’s theoretical and experimental study (in collaboration with researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology) on the photoexcitation of indium oxide surfaces and their observed activity for reduction of CO2 to CO in the presence of H2 has just been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Congratulations to Kulbir, Laura, and Joel!

The full article can be found on the JACS website with a subscription.

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New Opinion Editorial: Global CO2 Utilization Strategy

Professor Ozin’s latest Materials Views opinion editorial deals with the parallels between reducing anthropogenic climate change and previous large-scale collaborations that have had huge impacts on society.

The full article can be found on the Materials Views website

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Special 50th Materials Views Article

Professor Ozin has written a special golden 50th anniversary editorial article for Wiley’s Materials Views website. In it, Geoff discusses his current passion – the creation of the University of Toronto Solar Fuels Cluster.

The full article can be found on the Materials Views website

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Chenxi Qian wins Science-as-Art Prize at MRS Fall Meeting

Ozin group Ph.D. student Chenxi Qian was awarded a prestigious 2nd place award in the Science as Art competition at the 2015 Fall Meeting of Materials Research Society. Congratulations CQ!

Galleries from past winners can be viewed on the MRS website

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Solar Fuels Cluster Awarded Connaught Global Challenge Award

The University of Toronto Solar Fuels Cluster led by Professor Geoff Ozin has been awarded the prestigious $1M Connaught Global Challenge Award. Financed by the $105M Connaught Fund, the award is geared to funding research that addresses the grand challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. The funding support runs from Sep 2015 to Dec 2017.

More information including an interview with Prof. Ozin can be found on the U of T website

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ArtNano Work Featured in New Exhibit

The exhibition “Exo-Evolution” presented at the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany, sets its focus on the artistic application of new technologies, offering views of the future and the past with its modules. With new tools and meta-tools, data and metadata, man creates a new exo-universe. By not only leaving the field of engineering culture to the sciences, art follows up to other epistemic systems, which explain and change the world. This new form of art aims for solutions like the exo-evolution itself and thus itself becomes part of the exo-evolution.

The exhibition focuses on the artistic use of new technologies and opens up views into the future, in various modules. It shows us our new reality, which is shaped by 3-D printers and robots, cyborgs and chimeras, molecules and gene pools, wearable technologies and medical miracles, synthetic life forms, bionic suits and silicon retinas, artificial tissue and repair techniques, and new discoveries in space research, molecular biology, neurology, genetics, and quantum information science.

Visions and solutions for twentieth-century problems are presented, such as that under development at the University of Toronto by the Solar Fuels Research Cluster spearheaded by Professor Geoffrey Ozin. They passionately believe that CO2 should be viewed as an asset not a liability. The art-science exhibit portrays a strategy for utilizing CO2 on a global scale for making chemicals, polymers and fuels to combat the climate crisis. This strategy offers an appealing and cost-effective solution to the intertwined challenges of climate change, renewable energy and environmental pollution facing humanity today,
www.artnanoinnovations.com.

More information about the exhibit can be found here

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Geoff Receives 2015 RSC Centenary Prize

Professor Ozin was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Centenary Prize for 2015. The prize is awarded to outstanding chemists, who are also exceptional communicators, from overseas to give lectures in the British Isles. The Centenary Prize was founded in 1947 to commemorate the centenary of the Chemical Society in 1841. In 1980, the Chemical Society and the Royal Institute of Chemistry, together with the Faraday Society and the Society for Analytical Chemistry, became the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The 2015 Prize was awarded to Professor Geoffrey Ozin for his work in defining, enabling and popularising a chemical approach to nanomaterials for innovative nanotechnology in advanced materials and biomedical science. He delivered Centenary Lectures at Cambridge University and Imperial College London University on the subject of ‘Solar Powered CO2 to Fuel’ and he attended the RSC Award Ceremony that was held in Manchester Cathedral where he received a medal, certificate and monetary prize. Congratulations!

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Is there enough Pt for a Hydrogen Economy?

Geoff’s latest Materials Views NanoChannel opinion article has been posted online. In it, Geoff answers the question of whether platinum metal is abundant enough and economically viable to act as a co-catalyst in a potential hydrogen economy.

The full article can be found on the Materials Views website

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