Dr. Curtis P. Berlinguette was among 13 new UBC Canada Research Chairs recently announced. He has already held a Tier II Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Energy Conversion at the University of Calgary, prior to his move to UBC as Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical & Biological Engineering.
His new CRC is in Solar Energy Conversion and he leads a research team working on solar energy conversion that is designing new materials to convert sunlight into electricity, and finding economically viable ways to store the energy in clean hydrogen fuels.
Dr. Berlinguette has built up an internationally recognized research program in the area of solar energy conversion. His work has included the development of light-harvesting materials for an advanced class of solar cell known as “dye-sensitized solar cells.” The other main component of his research program is aimed at developing economically viable ways of storing solar electricity as high density fuels, such as hydrogen. He has authored over 50 scientific articles, delivered over 100 invited international talks, and has been recognized with a prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship as well as one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2012.