“Self-Driving Labs for Materials Discovery” – Chemical Institute of Canada Virtual Talk

On Wednesday July 22nd, Phil gave a virtual talk to the Chemical Institute of Canada on “Self-Driving Labs for Materials Discovery”.

Far from being the nemesis portrayed in science fiction scenarios, artificial intelligence should be the most efficient and productive lab technician any researcher could ever want. As director of the National Research Council’s Materials and Clean Fuels Program, Phil De Luna has high expectations for the role that AI can play in accelerating the pace of innovation in this strategic area.

You can watch the recording of the talk here and below.

Keynote at Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference (CUTC)

On Saturday July 18th, Phil gave a Keynote speech at the 20th annual Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference (CUTC).

For two decades, CUTC has brought together students from across the country – creators, designers, engineers, entrepreneurs, budding scientists and young visionaries – to connect on technology development.

Phil virtually joined other technology development leaders and entrepreneurs from Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Shopify, and more.

Phil’s talk “Making the most of your twenties” was about describing Phil’s experiences and sharing some hard learned lessons about what it takes to make your twenties meaningful.

2020/2021 Mission Innovation Champion – Canada

Phil was just named the 2020/2021 Mission Champion for Canada!

Today he joined newly announced MI Champions from 21 other countries that represent 80% of the world’s clean energy R&D investment.

Launched in 2015, Mission Innovation is a global initiative to accelerate public and private clean energy innovation to address climate change.

The first cohort of Mission Innovation Champions was recognized in 2019 during the Mission Innovation Ministerial Meeting in Vancouver, Canada. At the Ministerial Meeting those 19 individuals were invited to meet with leaders, to celebrate their achievements as clean energy innovators. Today, the second year of the Mission Innovation Champions program recognizes and supports exceptional researchers and innovators who are developing novel ways of making energy cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable, and using it more efficiently. The Mission Innovation Champions programme calls worldwide attention to the most promising ideas from across the globe.

2020/2021 Action Canada Fellowship

Phil was just named as 1 of 15 Action Canada Fellows for the 2020-2021 cohort.

The Action Canada Fellowship is Canada’s top accelerator of policy leaders that aims to enhance emerging leaders’ understanding of the country and public policy choices for the future.

This Fellowship year will be a bit different for the 15 new Fellows due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Like most organizations, we will have to adjust and pivot to a dramatically changed global context and we are confident that we can offer a different but equally meaningful and rich Fellowship to the AC cohort of 2020/21 by adopting a suitable approach to converting our current program to a blended program format consisting of a mix of online plenary, small-group and individual sessions as well as hopefully a number of in-person study tours across Canada.

This year’s Fellows will also have an opportunity to work directly on policy solutions for rural and urban dimensions of the future of work in a post-pandemic world.

You see the whole list of fellows here.

New paper published in Nature!

Phil was just published as a co-author on “Accelerated discovery of CO2 electrocatalysts using active machine learning” in Nature.

This project was a collaboration with Carnegie Melon University and Phil’s PhD group at the University of Toronto where we used artificial intelligence to discover a new copper-aluminum catalyst for electrochemical CO2 conversion to ethylene.

This marks the last project that Phil was involved in during his PhD!

Mentor at Creative Destruction Lab – Matter Stream

Phil recently joined Creative Destruction Lab as a Mentor, helping early-stage cleantech entrepreneurs build successful startups. Phil is joining the Matter Stream, focused on bringing advanced materials to market.

The Matter Stream at CDL-Toronto will provide technical and business guidance, as well as access to capital, to entrepreneurs working on discovering, developing or recycling advanced materials across the value chain.

CDL startups work with mentors to sharpen objectives, prioritize time and resources, raise capital, and engage with experts working on the frontiers of research.

The startups attend up to five in-person objective-setting sessions between October and June. CDL is a non-profit organization. There are no fees for participation and CDL does not take any equity. Learn more about the CDL program.

Virtual OECD Meeting – Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, and Converging Technologies

Phil recently participated in a virtual OECD Meeting on April 20th, 2020 – the 11th Session of the Working Party on Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, and Converging Technologies.

Phil served as a commentator on a project on Collaborative Platforms – providing responses and reactions to work done on assessing collaborative platforms for advanced nanomaterials. The outcome of the working party will be a policy report on the dynamic development of collaborative platforms in global science and technology.

SustainED Webinar Interview on Clean Technology

On April 23rd, Phil participated in an a SustainED Webinar Interview on Clean Technology.

SustainED Group is a sustainability education platform that empowers youth-led actions. SustainED aims to equip future leaders with an innate sustainable mindset with targeting programming to high school students, university students, and young professionals.

You can see Phil’s interview and Webinar online here: https://www.sustainedgroup.org/past-webinars/phil-de-luna