Phil De Luna, MSE PhD 1T9, honored with the Governor General’s Gold Medal

The Governor General’s Gold Medal was first awarded in 1873 by the Earl of Dufferin. This award has since become one of the most prestigious that a student at a Canadian educational institution may receive. The Gold Medal is awarded to three students who achieve the highest academic standing at the graduate level.

One of this year’s winners was Phil De Luna (MSE PhD 1T9). Congratulations!

Phil earned his PhD in Materials Science & Engineering working with Professor Ted Sargent. His doctoral research identified new electrocatalytic materials for the conversion 2 of carbon dioxide into renewable fuels and feedstocks. By the time he successfully defended his thesis, he had published 30 papers in top -tier journals such as Nature, Science, and Nature Chemistry. He had also acquired valuable industry experience, completing prestigious research internships at the IBM Research Center in New York and Toyota Research Institute in Silicon Valley. Phil recently accepted the position of Program Director of the Energy Materials Challenge Program at the National Research Council Canada.

Read more about Phil’s research work here.