Geoffrey A. Ozin, Chemistry Department, University of Toronto
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported in October 2013 that it is 95% certain humans are the cause of anthropogenic climate change from carbon dioxide greenhouse gas emitted into the atmosphere. It is now more urgent than ever before that government, industry and business stakeholders around the world invest in long-term research on artificial photosynthesis the aim of which is to discover materials that can harness solar energy and transform carbon dioxide into an energy rich fuel, mimicking the way photosynthetic organisms harvest sunlight and capture carbon dioxide to drive life-sustaining biochemical processes. This paradigm of utilizing carbon dioxide as a source of fuel rather than treating it as a waste product, promises a new era of sustainability by gifting humanity with an unlimited supply of carbon neutral solar fuels from the sun rather than depleting the finite source of legacy fossil fuels from the earth and replacing them with increasing amounts of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere.
Geoffrey Ozin studied at King’s College London and Oriel College Oxford University, before completing an ICI Postdoctoral Fellowship at Southampton University. Currently he is the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Materials Chemistry and Nanochemistry and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Toronto. Internationally he is Distinguished Research Professor at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Global Chair at the University of Bath. He is renowned for pioneering research and teaching accomplishments in nanochemistry that defined, established and popularized this rapidly expanding trans-disciplinary field, a cornerstone of modern chemistry and a foundation for innovative nanotechnology in materials science, engineering and medicine