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CO2 Innovation: CO2 Chemistry and Engineering Solutions to Climate Change

Professor Ozin has written numerous opinion editorials for Materials Views about hot button issues in nanochemistry. The 55 opinion editorials published so far have been organized by Geoff into a compendium of essays focusing on CO2. The full compendium of … Continue reading

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Photo-desalination: There is more than One Way of Winning the Battle against Climate Change

In our Advanced Energy Materials 2016 paper, we have successfully synthesized ultra-black TiO2-x nanoparticles for water evaporation by coating and superhydrophobization of them on a stainless steel mesh. Increase of x in TiO2-x resulted in a darker material leading to … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Ab, Mo and Paul on the publication of their latest paper in ChemNanoCat entitled “photocatalytic properties of all four polymorphs of nanostructured iron oxyhydroxides”

In this work we report for the first time a comparative study of the physical, electronic and photocatalytic properties of all four polymorphs of nanostructured iron oxyhydroxides. In brief, we synthesized all four polymorphs of nanostructured iron oxyhydroxides, namely; goethite … Continue reading

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Some like it Hot: Carbon Dioxide Reduction: Visible and Near-Infrared Photothermal Catalyzed Hydrogenation of Gaseous CO2 over Nanostructured Pd@Nb2O5

Geoffry A. Ozin and co-workers demonstrate that the reverse water gas shift (RWGS) reaction, driven by a visible and near infrared responsive Pd@Nb2O5 is thermally activated with measured conversion rates as high as 1.8 mmol gcat−1 h−1, Advanced Science, 2016, … Continue reading

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CO2 on the Brain

Geoff’s latest Materials Views details the cognitive effects CO2 has on humans, referring back to two public health studies done in 2012 and 2015. Reductions in decision-making performance is observed in CO2 levels as low as 1000 ppm which is … Continue reading

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Laura Reyes, Common Sense Chemist

Laura Reyes has been featured in a recent ACCN article for her involvement in green chemistry. Her role with the Green Chemistry Initiative (GCI) at UofT and her PhD project focused on investigating how CO2 and H2 interact with the … Continue reading

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Join the War on Climate Change!

The Transformative Research to Combat Climate Change Challenge Workshop will be hosted by UofT on Wednesday October 12. This workshop will focus on converting CO2 to value-added products to enable energy security, environment protection, and climate control. More information can … Continue reading

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Metadynamics-Biased ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Study of Heterogeneous CO2 Reduction via Surface Frustrated Lewis Pairs

Congratulations to Mireille Ghoussoub for publishing her first paper entitled “Metadynamics-Biased ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Study of Heterogeneous CO2 Reduction via Surface Frustrated Lewis Pairs” in the elite journal ACS Catalysis. Mireille investigated theoretically the effect of temperature on the … Continue reading

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Prof. Ozin is Honored in the Fifth Annual Edith M. Flanigen Honeywell UOP Invitational Lecture in Material Science Series

Edith M. Flanigen joined Union Carbide in 1952 after earning her Master of Science in inorganic chemistry from Syracuse University. Her breakthrough discovery and development of molecular sieves led to significant advances in inorganic materials and the petrochemical industry. The … Continue reading

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Nanostructured Indium Oxide Coated Silicon Nanowire Arrays: A Hybrid Photothermal/Photochemical Approach to Solar Fuels

A paper by Laura, Paul, and Abdinoor reports the use of a hybrid catalyst consisting of In2O3-x(OH)y grown on an ultrablack vertically aligned Si nanowire support to reduce CO2 to CO. The ultrablack support improves light harvesting efficiency by converting … Continue reading

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