Every year, NSERC awards up to six Steacie Fellowships that are held for a two-year period. Successful fellows are relieved of teaching and administrative duties, so that they can devote all their time and energy to research.
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, recognized some of Canada’s top researchers in the fields of natural sciences and engineering in an official ceremony on the evening of February 16th, 2016 at Rideau Hall. He was joined by the Honourable Dr. Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, and Dr. B. Mario Pinto, President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), in presenting six prestigious prizes to worthy recipients.
Dr. Curtis Berlinguette was awarded the 2016 NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship for his work in designing new materials for next-generation solar cells that turn sunlight into electricity efficiently and cost-effectively. His team is also finding better ways to store this energy. Inspired by a plant’s ability to capture sunlight through photosynthesis and store the energy in chemical bonds, they are developing catalysts to convert sunlight directly into high-density fuels such as hydrogen.