Team CERT is a multidisciplinary team of over 15 researchers based at the University of Toronto in Canada. We have a diverse background spanning chemistry, materials science, physics, photonics, and electrical engineering. We work to address key challenges in the field of renewable energy. Our group has certified 7 world-record efficiency quantum-dot solar cells, and remains a leader in solar-harvesting technology broadly. Our work on addressing the need for carbon-neutral fuel systems has focused on efficient reduction of atmospheric CO2 into usable carbon products. We have developed record performance catalysts for the reduction of CO2 into CO, and the evolution of O2 from H2O—two key reactions needed to realize this goal.
Our system provides the electrocatalytic conversion of CO2 into value added fuels and feedstocks using novel, high efficiency catalysts. Advances in catalyst design and performance have been achieved both for the anodic oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and the cathodic CO2 reduction reaction (CO2RR) using nanostructured materials. Our water splitting anode catalyst is made from cheap and common abundant earth metals in an easy scalable synthetic way. Our CO2 conversion catalyst is based on nanostructured metals synthesized using advanced materials processing techniques. We bring this together in a compact and scalable system which utilizes flow cell technology modified from state-of-the-art fuel cells.
About Team Leader
Phil De Luna
Md Golam Kibria
Pelayo Garcia de Arquer