Phil De Luna

Program Director, Materials for Clean Fuels Challenge Program, National Research Council

Roles: Associate, Scientist

Sites: CDL-Paris, CDL-Toronto

Streams: Climate, Matter

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 a finalist in the Carbon XPRIZE, a $20M worldwide competition to capture and convert the most CO2 into something useful. This earned him a spot on the 2019 Forbes Top 30 Under 30 – Energy list. He was in the 2019 Creative Destruction Lab – Rockies Energy stream, and the Next36 where he raised $2M in non-dilutive funding for the XPRIZE venture.
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. He was a researcher at the IBM TJ Watson Research Center and the Toyota Research Institute where he worked on biosensing and machine learning for batteries and fuel cells respectively. De Luna has published over 30 papers in high-impact journals such as Science and Nature and is a Governor General Gold Medalist. His research has been featured in mainstream media such as CBC, Newsweek, The Independent, Vice, and others.