Phil De Luna is an award-winning materials scientist, carbontech entrepreneur, and thought leader

Phil is currently based in Toronto and is a Director at the National Research Council of Canada

The many hats I wear …


Phil currently leads a $57M collaborative research program focused on decarbonizing Canada. His areas of expertise includes CO2 conversion, hydrogen production, and AI for materials discovery.


Phil was a Carbon XPRIZE finalist and co-founder of a carbontech venture that converts CO2 to ethylene. He helped raise $2M in non-dilutive funding. He was named to the 2019 Forbes Top 30 Under 30 – Energy list.

Thought Leader

Phil develops impactful policy recommendations as an Action Canada Fellow, with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, and the OECD. Topics include the future of work, leadership diversity, and collaborative research platforms.


Phil is an executive leader, serving as Vice Chair, Board of Directors of CMC Research Institutes, a carbontech non-profit. He is also a mentor at Creative Destruction Lab, an accelerator focused on bringing science-based startups to life.

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