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Bold questions and brilliant minds converge at CIFAR’s Virtual Talks.

Free, and open to the public, join us as we bring high-impact research from CIFAR’s fellows, chairs, scholars and advisors to the forefront.

The COVID-19 pandemic led to worldwide lockdowns that helped to decrease carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, but only temporarily. As global CO2 levels continue to be an ever-increasing threat, leading scientists are working to find innovative clean-energy solutions.

Join Bio-inspired Solar Energy program members Curtis Berlinguette (University of British Columbia), Co-Director, and Yogesh Surendranath (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar, as they discuss how to solve the global CO2 problem.


Curtis Berlinguette leads a research program fully dedicated to solar energy conversion schemes, including the design of novel nanoscale materials for advanced solar cells, and the development of economically viable ways to store solar electricity as high-density fuels such as hydrogen.





Yogesh (Yogi) Surendranath is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds dual bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and physics from the University of Virginia and a PhD in inorganic chemistry from MIT.  His research group aims to use renewable electricity to rearrange chemical bonds by controlling interfacial reactivity at the molecular level. Professor Surendranath has authored over 50 publications and is the recipient of young investigator awards from the NSF, DOE, Air Force, and Toyota. He is also a Sloan Foundation Fellow and Cottrell Scholar.