Geoffrey Ozin

About Geoffrey Ozin

Geoffrey A. Ozin received a B.Sc. in chemistry from King’s College London in 1965 and a D.Phil. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Oxford in 1967. He was ICI Fellow at the University of Southampton from 1967 to 1969 before joining the University of Toronto in 1969; he became Full Professor in 1977 and University Professor in 2001 and has been named Government of Canada Research Chair in Materials Chemistry. He is Honorary Professorial Fellow at The Royal Institution of Great Britain and University College London and Guest Professor at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. More details are available at the research group’s homepage.

Is semiconductor photocatalysis photochemical or thermochemical or both? (and do we care?)

Figure 2. Is your photocatalytic reaction powered by light or heat or both? Graphical illustration courtesy of Chenxi Qian.

Professor Ozin addresses a fundamental concern in the field of photocatalysis.

Real or Artifact: CO2 Photo-Catalysis versus Carbon Contamination

Leaf Mimic - Fact or Fiction. Graphic illustration courtesy of Chenxi Qian.

Geoff Ozin asks if carbon dioxide capture and utilization, a potential solution to the CO2 problem, is feasible with today’s photo-conversion technology.

A Fossil Fuel Free World

Illustration depicting how the leaf’s photosynthetic machinery for processing carbon dioxide, water and sunlight to solar fuels such as carbon monoxide, methane and methanol, is integrated into the nanoworld. Graphical illustration courtesy of Chexi Qian.

Professor Ozin explores the repercussions of giving up our fossil fuel addiction.

Todd Siler’s Nano World – Think Billionths of a Meter

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Guest writer Professor Geoff Ozin tells us about the inaugural ArtNano show which will be held at The Armory Show, Pier 94, New York, on March 6-9th.

Nanochemistry Reproducibility

Size-separated, color-tunable, colloidally-stable, allylbenzene-capped silicon nanocrystals. Image: Melanie Mastronardi.

Guest writer Geoffrey Ozin, of the University of Toronto, addresses the difficult problem of reproducing synthesis results in nanochemistry.

Climate Conundrum

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Sustainability – solar fuels from the sun, not fossil fuels from the earth.

Fuel from the Sun

Imagine life in a ‘clean house gas’ rather than a ‘green house gas’ world; this will require a change of human behavior from that practiced in the Anthropocene era where the Earth’s ecosystems have been negatively impacted by humans to the Sustanocene age where humans strive to heal the Earth through renewable technologies to make things better. Image: Todd Siler and Geoffrey Ozin - ArtNanoInnovations.

Professor Geoff Ozin on his “super leaf” challenge – producing fuel by matching nature.

Nanomaterials kaleidoscope: building a nanochemistry periodic table

Image copyright Todd Siler ArtNano Innovations.

In a new piece, Prof. Geoffrey Ozin makes his case for a new kind of combinatorial strategy for nanomaterials based on the idea of nanochemistry DNA.

Nature’s Nanomaterials – To Be or Not to Be Bioinspired?

Synthetic sea shells.

How much does materials science stand to gain from Nature? Professor Ozin gives his take on the progress of biomimetics.

Nanochemistry Prescience?

Nanomaterials paradigm

Professor Ozin looks back at the predictions for the field of nanochemistry he made 20 years ago; where has nanotechnology gone since?