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Prof. Thomas Baumgartner

Acting Director 
Professor of Chemistry | Associate Head (Research), Department of Chemistry
Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation


Research Areas: Organic Photovoltaics | Organic Charge Storage | Solar Fuels
Dr. Baumgartner’s research toward sustainable energy applications centers around the integration of phosphorus in organic conjugated materials. His group’s synthetic materials approach to solar energy conversion and storage involves application in bulk-heterojunction as well as DSSCs, next to catalytic systems capable of splitting water as fuel. To this end, his contributions have proven that the versatile nature of phosphorus offers considerable advantages for the development of unique and highly tunable functional materials. Baumgartner has been recognized for his innovative work with prestigious national and international awards.


Thomas Baumgartner

Prof. Warren E. Piers

Professor of Chemistry | Canada Research Chair in the Mechanisms of Homogeneous Catalytic Reactions
Fellow, Royal Society of Canada | Fellow, Canada Council Killam Research Fellow, 2012-2014
Research Areas: Solar Fuels | Organic Photovoltaics 
Dr. Piers is one of Canada’s leading researchers in the field of organometallic catalysis.  A highly cited scientist with over 20 years of experience, he has recently been awarded the prestigious Canada Council Killam Research Fellowship to develop organometallic approaches to catalytic water splitting.  This fundamental work will contribute to the emergence of practical schemes for societal adoption of sustainable non-carbon energy sources.  Piers has been recognized nationally and internationally with several awards most notably by his election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2006.

Warren Piers

Prof. Todd Sutherland

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Research Areas: Organic photovoltaics | Liquid Crystals
Dr. Sutherland’s research team explores the use of organic materials to convert sunlight to electricity. Our approaches entwines self-assembly into each project such that large macro-scale structures can be realized from simple building blocks, which will give access to very large area solar cells. The self-assembled structures should also provide a substantial step forward in improving the charge carrying ability of organic materials. Our group synthesizes different p-type (light harvesting) and n-type (electron carrying) molecules and assesses their performance by optical and electrochemical techniques.
Todd Sutherland

Prof. Simon Trudel

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Research Areas: Solar Fuels | Nanomaterials
Dr. Trudel's research focuses on the use of metal oxide semiconductor thin films to capture sunlight and efficiently store its energy in the chemical bonds of hydrogen gas, using plain water as a raw material supply. Dr. Trudel's expertise lies in the synthesis and characterization of novel amorphous metal oxide thin films and nanocomposites, relying on cost-effective and highly scalable technologies which are compatible with current semiconductor industry practices. His group's interests lie in tuning these nanoscaled solid-state materials to optimize light-harvesting, and promote facile catalytic splitting of water into fuel.
Simon Trudel

Prof. Paul Barclay

Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Institute for Quantum Information Science and NRC National Institute for Nanotechnology |  Alberta Innovates Scholar

Research Areas: Photonics | Nanotechnology | Nanofabrication
Dr. Barclay’s research group creates nanophotonic structures designed to enhance light-matter interactions, and to efficiently collect and manipulate photons. By combining nanophotonic devices with photovoltaic and light harvesting materials, the efficiency of solar cells can be increased without expanding their physical size. Dr. Barclay has expertise in using nanofabrication tools to pattern a wide range of materials with subwavelength features, and in using numerical modeling to tailor the design of these features for applications such as trapping light.
Paul Barclay

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