Phil De Luna (Ph.D, Materials Science) is a world-leading expert in carbon conversion technologies, artificial photosynthesis, clean energy materials, and machine learning for materials discovery.
De Luna is currently serving as Program Director, Materials for Clean Fuels Challenge Program at the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada. He leads a multi-disciplinary collaborative 7-year $57M research program to develop made-in-Canada novel materials to produce clean and sustainable energy. He is the youngest director in NRC’s over 100 year history.
De Luna was named to the 2019 Forbes Top 30 Under 30 – Energy list, 2019 GreenBiz Top 30 Under 30, is a Governor General’s Gold Medalist, NSERC Canada Graduate Scholar, a Massey College Junior Fellow, and a CIFAR Bio-Inspired Solar Energy Graduate Student Fellow. He was in the 2019 Creative Destruction Lab – Rockies Energy stream, a highly competitive technology accelerator program, and the Next36, Canada’s premier entrepreneurship program.
De Luna earned his BSc Chemistry from the University of Windsor before earning his MSc Chemistry at the University of Ottawa. He has been a visiting scholar at Stanford, UC Berkeley, the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and the Canadian Light Source.
De Luna earned highly competitive research internships at the IBM TJ Watson Research Center in the summer of 2016 and the Toyota Research Institute in the summer of 2018 where he worked on biosensing and machine learning for batteries and fuel cells respectively.
De Luna has published in many high-impact journals such as Science, Nature, Nature Chemistry, Nature Catalysis, Joule, Nano Letters, Science Advances, and ACS Catalysis to name a few. His research has been cited more than 2000 times.
De Luna, along with his team at the Sargent lab, were 1 of 10 finalists worldwide in the $20M Carbon XPRIZE and 1 of 20 semi-finalists worldwide in the $7M OCE Solutions 2030 Challenge.
De Luna enjoys exploring new cities, bouldering, longboarding, live music in small intimate venues, watching Raptor’s games, and cooking delicious food. On weekends you can find Phil roaming the streets of Toronto listening to the newest Drake songs.