OECD Workshop on Advanced Materials in Braga, Portugal

Phil recently met with the OECD Advanced Materials working group in Braga.

The topic of the workshop was to share case studies on collaborative research platforms as well as discuss opportunities and challenges with collaborative platforms and their impact.

The outcome of this will be a report on collaborative platforms to inform governmental policies.

Forbes Under 30 Summit in Detroit

Phil recently attended the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Detroit, Michigan on October 26th to October 29th.

Phil was named to the 2019 Forbes Top 30 Under 30 -Energy list and nominated to the 2020 Forbes Top 30 Under 30 – Science list.

The 2019 Forbes Under 30 Summit is more an immersive experience than a static conference: a private music festival, A-list speakers, investor speed-pitching, industry-focused field trips, a legendary pub crawl, a world-famous food festival and a powerful day of community service.

Energy Materials Workshop at the Canadian Light Source

Phil recently gave a talk at the Canadian Light Source on Oct 25th in Saskatoon on Energy Materials and opportunities for collaboration with the National Research Council.

The Canadian Light Source is Canada’s national synchrotron light source facility. The CLS has a third-generation 2.9 GeV storage ring, and the building occupies a footprint the size of a football field and is used for advanced x-ray spectroscopy studies.

Verge 19 Conference in Oakland

Phil recently attended the Verge 19 conference in Oakland on October 22nd – October 24th to scout the latest in carbontech and hydrogen.

The VERGE 19 conference and expo is the platform for companies, cities and communities accelerating the clean economy. 

More than 3,000 leaders convened to explore scalable, cross-cutting solutions and to advance the most dynamic and influential markets driving a sustainable future.

Forbes Best of Canada Under 30 Innovators List

Phil was just featured on Forbes’ Best of Canada Top 30 Innovators List. This list was recently published on Forbes and consists of entrepreneurs, innovators, and artists who are all under 30 making an impact in their fields.

Alongside this list with Phil are some lesser-known names such as Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Alessia Cara, and Tyler Seguin.

You see the full list here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/marleycoyne/2019/10/10/best-of-canada-these-are-the-forbes-under-30-innovators-you-need-to-know/

Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) and G20’s Cleantech R&D Summit in Tokyo

Phil was in Tokyo this week to attend the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) and the G20 Cleantech R&D Summit. Both events brought international stakeholders to discuss the latest in clean technology and sustainable finance.

Work from Phil’s PhD was also nominated in ICEF’s Top 10 Innovations of 2019.

Article in the SDUK Broadsheet – FORGING

Phil was recently published in The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK) – a serial broadsheet publication produced by the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga, as part of The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea, a site-specific exhibition, public program, and publication series designed to expand perspectives on climate change through artistic practices, cultural inquiry, and political mobilization.

You can read the issue here.

Materials for Clean Fuels Challenge Program Launched!

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is excited to announce the Materials for Clean Fuels Challenge program, a 7-year collaborative research program that will develop technology to decarbonize Canada’s oil and gas and petrochemical sectors. It brings together Canada’s national labs at the NRC with academic and small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) collaborators.

The program seeks to develop high-risk, high-reward technologies at a low technology readiness level (1-5) towards prototype and demonstration. There is a strong emphasis on catalyst and membranes materials (and associated devices) for artificial photosynthesis and renewable fuels/chemical feedstock production.

The program focuses primarily on three themes:

  • CO2 conversion
  • industrial hydrogen, and
  • AI-accelerated materials discovery.

Additionally, NRC is currently building new capabilities on “automated materials discovery platforms”, combining AI and robotics to accelerate the pace of materials discovery.

The Materials for Clean Fuels Challenge program invites research performers to express their interest in collaborating with the NRC on this program at the following link by October 7th, 2019.

Express your interest here

Contribution funding is available to support the research costs of eligible collaborators including academic researchers and SMEs.

For more information on the program please contact Phil De Luna, Program Director at NRC.EnergyMaterials-MateriauxPourEnergie.CNRC@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca or visit our program page.

NRCan Workshop on Hydrogen – Aug 15

On August 15th Phil participated in a Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) Workshop – Hydrogen Opportunity Across the Canadian Economy.

Phil contributed to discussions with leading industry, academic, and government experts to help NRCan plan for a broad Canadian strategy on hydrogen.

Hydrogen has the potential to be one of the clean fuels of tomorrow and many of the world’s leading economies are researching heavily in this space. Hydrogen is also one of the main thrusts in the Materials for Clean Fuels (MCF) Challenge Program, the 7-year $57M collaborative research program that Phil is leading.