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:

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 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.

Convocation at UofT!

Phil recently attended convocation at the University of Toronto where he earned his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering last December.

Phil finished his PhD in 3 years and published over 30 papers during that time.