Geoffrey Ozin

Professor, University of Toronto

Role: Scientist

Site: CDL-Toronto

Stream: Matter

Professor Geoffrey Ozin studied at King’s College London and Oriel College Oxford University, before completing an ICI Postdoctoral Fellowship at Southampton University. Currently he is the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Materials Chemistry, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Toronto, and a Founding Fellow of the Nanoscience Team at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Internationally he is an Honorary Professor at The Royal Institution Great Britain and University College London, External Advisor for the London Centre for Nanotechnology, Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Surface and Colloid Science Potsdam, and Guest Professor at the Centre for Functional Nanostructures at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

He is considered to be the father of Nanochemistry. His career’s work, which include pioneering studies of new classes of nanomaterials, mesoporous materials, photonic crystals and most recently nanomachines, epitomizes how leading-edge research in Nanochemistry can be most effectively directed towards solving contemporary challenges in Nanotechnology and how these contributions have brought true benefit and well being to mankind. His visionary paper “Nanochemistry – Synthesis in Diminishing Dimensions” (Advanced Materials, 1992, 4, 612) stimulated a whole new field.

He has pioneered the field of Nanochemistry with landmark papers that defined synthetic strategies, self-assembly protocols, experimental and theoretical methods for making and understanding structure, property and function relations of new classes of nanomaterials, and showed the way to harness their chemical and physical attributes for a myriad of advanced applications, exemplified most recently by his invention of photonic ink and elastic ink, two new and exciting photonic crystal technologies being developed by Opalux Inc., a new company of which he is a co-founder,