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  1. Pang, Y., Li, J., Wang, Z., Tan, C. S., Hsieh, P. L., Zhuang, T. T., Liang, Z. Q., Zou, C., Wang, X., De Luna, P., Edwards, J. P., Xu, Y., Li, F., Dinh, C. T., Zhong, M., Lou, Y., Wu, D., Chen, L. J., Sargent, E. H., & Sinton, D. Efficient electrocatalytic conversion of carbon monoxide to propanol using fragmented copper.
    Nature Catalysis, 2018, DOI: 10.1038/s41929-019-0225-7
  2. Dinh, C. T.,* Jain, A.,* de Arquer, F. P. G.,* De Luna, P., Wang, N., Zheng, X., Cai, J., Gregory, B. Z., Voznyy O., Zhang, B., Liu, M., Sinton, D., Crumlin, E. J., & Sargent, E. H. Multi-Site Catalysts Destabilize Water Molecules and Achieve High-Activity Neutral Hydrogen Evolution.
    Nature Energy. 2018, DOI: 10.1038/s41560-018-0296-8
  3. Li, J.,* Che, F.,* Pang, Y.,* Zou, C.,* Howe, J. Y., Burdynyn, T., Edwards, J. P., Wang, Y., Li, F., De Luna, P., Dinh, C. T., Zhuang, T. T., Saidaminov, M. I., Cheng, S., Wu, T., Finfrock, Y. Z., Ma, L., Hsieh, S. H., Liu, Y., Botton, G., Pong, W. F., Du, X., Guo J., Sham, T. K., Sargent, E. H., & Sinton, D. Copper adparticle enabled selective electrosynthesis of n-propanol.
    Nature Communications. 2018, 9, 4614
  4. Zhuang, T. T.,* Pang, Y.,* Liang, Z. Q., Li, Y., Tan, C. S., Li, J., Din, C. T., De Luna, P., Hsieh, P. L., Burdyny, T., Li, H. H., Liu, M., Wang, Y., Li, F., Proppe, A., Johnston, A., Wu, Z. Y., Zheng, Y. R., Ip, A. H., Tan, H., Chen, L. J., Yu, S. H., Kelly, S. O., Sinton, D., & Sargent, E. H. Copper nanocavities confine intermediates for efficient electrosynthesis of C3 alcohol fuels from carbon monoxide.
    Nature Catalysis. 2018, 1, 945-951
  5. Ross, M. B., Li, Yi., De Luna, P., Kim, D., Sargent, E. H., & Yang, P. Electrocatalytic Rate Alignment Enhances Syngas Generation.
    Joule. 2018, DOI: 10.1016/j.joule.2018.09.013
  6. Kibria, M. G., Dinh, C. T., Seifitokaldani, A., De Luna, P., Burdyny, T., Quintero-Bermudez, R., Ross, M. B., Bushuyev, O. S., de Arquer, F. P. G., Yang, P., Sinton, D., & Sargent, E. H.  A Surface Reconstruction Route to High Productivity and Selectivity in CO2 Electroreduction Toward C2+ Hydrocarbons.
    Advanced Materials. 2018, 1804867
  7. Liang, Z.,* Zhuang, T.,* Seifitokaldani, A., Tan C. S., Li, Y., De Luna, P., Huang, C. W., Hsieh, P. L., Dinh, C. T., Wang, Y., Quintero-Bermudez, R., Zhou, Y., Li, J., Chen, P., Pang, Y., Lo, S. C., Chen, L. J., Tan, H., Xu, Z., Zhao, S., & Sargent, E. H. Copper-on-nitride enhances the stable electrosynthesis of multi-carbon products from CO2.
    Nature Communications. 2018, 9, 3828
  8. De Luna, P., Liang, W., Mallick, A., Shekhah, O., Garcia de Arquer,  F. P., Proppe, A.,  Todorovic, P., Kelley, S. O., Sargent, E. H., & Eddaoudi, M. Metal-Organic Framework Thin Films on High-Curvature Nanostructures Towards Tandem Electrocatalysis
    ACS Applied Materials Interfaces2018, 10 (37), 31225–31232
  9. Nam, D. H., Bushuyev, O. S., Li, J., De Luna, P., Seifitokaldani, A., Dinh, C. T., Garcia de Arquer, F. P., Wang, Y., Liang, Z., Proppe, A. H., Tan, C. S., Todorovic, P., Shekhah, O., Gabardo, C. M.,  Jo, J. W., Choi, J., Choi, M. J., Baek, S. W., Kim, J., Sinton, D., Kelley, S. O., Eddaoudi, M., & Sargent, E. H. Metal-Organic Frameworks Mediate Cu Coordination for Selective CO2 Electroreduction
    Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2018, 140 (36), 11378–11386
  10. García de Arquer, F. P.,* Bushuyev, O. S.,* De Luna, P.,* Dinh, C. T., Seifitokaldani, A., Saidaminov, M. I., Quan, L. N., Proppe, A., Kibria, M. G., Kelley, S., Sinton, D., & Sargent, E. H. 2D Metal Oxyhalide-Derived Catalysts for Efficient CO2 Electroreduction.
    Advanced Materials. 2018, 1802858
  11. Zhou, Y.,* Che, F.,* Liu, M.,* Zou, C., Liang, Z.Q., De Luna, P., Yuan, H., Li, J., Wang, Z., Chen, P., Bladt, E., Quintero-Bermudez, R., Sham, T. K., Bals, S., Hofkens, J., Sinton, D., Chen, G., & Sargent, E. H. Dopant-induced electron localization drives CO2 reduction to C2 hydrocarbons.
    Nature Chemistry. 2018, 10, 974–980
  12. Zhuang, T.,* Liang, Z.Q.,* Seifitokaldani, A.,* Li, Y., De Luna, P., Burdyny, T., Meng, F., Quintero-Bermudez, R., Dinh, C.T., Zhong, M., Che, F.L., Zhang, B., Li, J., Chen, P.N., Zheng, X.L., Liang, H.Y., Ge, W.N., Ye, B.J., Sinton, D., Yu, S.H., & Sargent, E.H. Steering post-C-C coupling selectivity enables high efficiency electroreduction of carbon dioxide to multi-carbon alcohols.
    Nature Catalysis
    . 2018, 1, 421–428
  13. Dinh, C. T.,* Burdyny, T.,* Kibria, M.,* Seifitokaldani, A.,* Gabardo, C., de Arquer, F. P. G., Kiani, A., Edwards, J., De Luna, P., Bushuyev, O., Zou, C., Quintero-Bermudez, R., Pang, Y., Sinton, D., & Sargent E. H. Sustained high-selectivity CO2electroreduction to ethylene via hydroxide-mediated catalysis at an abrupt reaction interface.
    . 2018, 360 (6390), 783-787
  14. He, S., Zhang, Y., Qiu, L., Zhang, L., Zhang B., Xie, Y., Pan, J., Chen, P., Song, H., Hu, Y., Wang, B., Dinh, C. T., De Luna, P., Banis, M. N., Wang, Z., Sham, T. K., Gong, X., Peng, H., Sargent, E. H. Chemical‐to‐Electricity Carbon: Water Device
    Advanced Materials. 2018, 1707635
  15. Bushuyev, O.S.*, De Luna, P.*, Dinh, C.T., Tao, L., Saur, G., van de Lagemaat, J., Kelley, S. O., Sargent, E.H. What should we make with CO2 and how can we make it?
    Joule. 2018, 2 (5), 825-832
  16. De Luna, P.*, Quintero-Bermudez, R.*, Dinh, C. T., Ross, M. B., Bushuyev, O., Todorovic, P., Regier, T., Yang, P., & Sargent, E. H. Electro-redeposited catalysts control morphology and oxidation state for selective carbon dioxide reduction.
    Nature Catalysis. 2018, 1 (2), 103-110
  17. De Luna, P., Wei, J. N., Bengio, Y., Aspuru-Guzik, A., & Sargent, E. H.  Use machine learning to find energy materials.
    Nature. 2017, 552 (7683), 23-25
  18. Zheng, X.*, Zhang, B.*, De Luna, P.*, Liang, Y., Comin, R., Voznyy, O., Garcia de Arquer, F. P., Liu M., Dinh, C.T., Dynes, J., Regier, T., Xin, H. L., Prendergast, D., Du, X., & Sargent, E. H. Theory-driven design of high-valence metal sites for water oxidation confirmed using in-situ soft X-ray absorption.
    Nature Chemistry. 2017, 10 (2), 149-154
  19. Zheng, X.*, De Luna, P.*, Garcia de Arquer, F. P., Zhang, B., Becknell, N., Ross, M., Liu, M., Banis, M. N., Voznyy, O., Dinh, C.T., Zhuang, T., Du, X., Yang, P., & Sargent, E. H. Sulfur-modulated tin sites enable efficient electrochemical reduction of CO2 to formate.
    Joule. 2017, 1 (4), 794-805
  20. Coskun, H., Aljabour A., De Luna, P., Farka D., Greunz, T., Stifter, D., Kus, M., Zheng, X., Liu, M., Sariciftci, N. S., Sargent, E. H., & Stadler, P. Biofunctionalized conductive polymers enable efficient CO2 electroreduction.
    Science Advances. 2017, 3 (8), e1700686
  21. Ross, M. B., Dinh, C. T., Li, Yi., Kim, D., De Luna, P., Sargent, E. H., & Yang, P. Cu-Enrichment of Nanostructured Catalysts Enables Designer Syngas Electrosynthesis from CO2.
    Journal of American Chemical Society. 2017, 139 (27), 9359–9363
  22. Klinkova, A., De Luna, P., Sargent, E. H., Kumacheva, E., & Cherepanov, P. V. Enhanced electrocatalytic performance of palladium nanoparticles with high energy surfaces in formic acid oxidation.
    Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 2017, 5, 11582-11585
  23. De Luna, P., Mahshid, S., Das, J., Luan, B., Sargent, E. H., Kelley, S. O., Zhou, R. High-Curvature Nanostructuring Enhances Probe Display for Biomolecular Detection.
    Nano Letters. 2017, 17 (2), 1289–1295
  24. Zhang, W., Ye, C., De Luna, P., Zhou, R. Snatching the Ligand or Destroying the Structure: Disruption of WW Domain by Phosphorene.
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 2017, 121 (2), 1362–1370
  25. Gu, Z., De Luna, P., Yang, Z., Zhou, R. (2017). Structural Influence of Proteins Upon Adsorption to MoS2 Nanomaterials: Comparison of MoS2 Force Field Parameters.
    Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 19, 3039-3045
  26. Klinkova, A.*, De Luna, P.*, Dinh, C.T., Voznyy, O., Larin, E.M., Kumacheva, E., Sargent, E.H. Rational Design of Efficient Palladium Catalysts for Electroreduction of Carbon Dioxide to Formate.
    ACS Catalysis2016, 6 (12),  8115-8120
  27. Liu, M.*, Pang Y.*, Zhang, B.*, De Luna, P.*, Voznyy, O., Xu, J., Zheng, X., Dinh, C.T., Fan, F., Cao, C., García de Arquer, F. P., Safaei, T. S., Mepham, A., Klinkova, A., Kumacheva, E., Filleter, T., Sinton, D., Kelley S. O., & Sargent, E. H. Enhanced Electrocatalytic CO2 Reduction via Field-Induced Reagent Concentration.
    Nature. 2016, 537 (7620), 383-386
  28. Briard, J.G*, Fernandez, M.*, De Luna, P., Woo, T.K., Ben, R.N. QSAR Accelerated Discovery of Potent Ice Recrystallization Inhibitors.
    Scientific Reports
    . 2016, 
    (6), 26403 
  29. Zhang, B., Zheng, X., Voznyy, O., Comin, R., Bajdich, M., García-Melchor, M., Xu, J., Liu, M., García de Arquer, F. P., Dinh, C.T., Fan, F., Yuan, M., Yassitepe, E., Janmohamed, A., Chen, N., Reiger, T., Han, L., Liu, P., Li, Y., De Luna, P., Xin, H.L., Zheng, L., Vojvodic, A., & Sargent, E.H. Homogeneously-Dispersed Multi-Metal Oxygen-Evolving Catalysts.
    Science. 2016, 352 (6283), 333-337
  30. Nandi, S., De Luna, P., Daff T.D., Liu, M., Buchanan, W., Hawari, A.I., Woo, T.K., Vaidhyanathan, R. A Single Ligand Ultra-Microporous MOF with Exceptional CO2 Capacity and Selectivity.
    Science Advances. 2015, 1 (11),  e1500421
  31. De Luna, P., Bushnel, E. A., & Gauld, J. W.  A Molecular Dynamics Examination on Mutation Induced Catalase Activity in Coral Allene Oxide Synthase.
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 2013, 117 (47), 14635–14641
  32. De Luna, P., Bushnell, E. A., & Gauld, J. W. A Density Functional Theory Investigation into the Binding of the Antioxidants Ergothioneine and Ovothiol to Copper.
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry A2013117 (19), 4057–4065
  33. Ion, B. F., Bushnell, E. A., De Luna, P., & Gauld, J. W. A Molecular Dynamics (MD) and Quantum Mechanics/Molecular Mechanics (QM/MM) Study on Ornithine Cyclodeaminase (OCD): A Tale of Two Iminiums.
    International Journal of Molecular Sciences201213(10), 12994-13011.


  • 2019 Forbes Top 30 Under 30 – Energy, Forbes (Nov. 2018)
  • First Place GMCA Consulting Case Competition, University of Toronto (May. 2018)
  • Catherall Travel Award, Massey College (Feb. 2017)
  • Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement Award, NSERC (Dec. 2016)
  • Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship, NSERC (Mar. 2016)
  • Nominated Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25, Starfish Canada (Mar. 2016)
  • Atsumi Ohno Scholarship, University of Toronto (Aug. 2015)
  • Dr. Yu Scholarship, University of Ottawa (Feb. 2015)
  • Social Outcry Winner, Telfer Trading Competition (Jan. 2015)
  • uOttawa Teaching Assistant Award, University of Ottawa (Sept. 2014)
  • Top Poster Prize Award at the Carbon Management Canada (CMC) Annual Conference in Banff, Alberta (May 2014)
  • Honourable Mention Poster Award at the Transformational Technologies in Materials Science (TTMS) Summer School, University of Wisconsin-Madison. ( May 2014)
  • Tito Scaiano Graduate Scholarship, University of Ottawa (Nov. 2013)
  • Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Undergraduate Excellence Award, University of Windsor ( May 2013)
  • Top Undergraduate Poster Award, 25th Canadian Symposium for Theoretical and Computational Chemistry (CSTCC) (July 2012)
  • Entrance Scholarship/Outstanding Scholars Award, University of Windsor (Sept. 2009)


  1. Boron-Doped Copper Catalysts for Efficient Conversion of CO2 to Multi-carbon Hydrocarbons, 10003535, 2018
  2. Electrocatalysts Exhibiting Field-induced Reagent Concentration, U.S Patent Application, 62370037, 2016

Presentations and Lectures

  1. De Luna, P.,  Nanostructured Electrocatlaysts for CO2 Conversion. Waterloo Nanotechnology Conference, Waterloo. November 18th, 2018. [Invited Lecture]
  2. De Luna, P., Accelerated Design of Materials for Artificial Photosynthesis and Solar Fuels. National Research Council, Ottawa. May 17th, 2018. [Invited Lecture]
  3. De Luna, P., Catalyst Electro-Redeposition for Selective CO2 Reduction. Total SA Montreal Meeting, Montreal. April 25th, 2018. [Talk]
  4. De Luna, P., CIFAR Bio-inspired Solar Energy Meeting, Toronto,  March 25th, 2018 [Talk]
  5. De Luna, P., University of Waterloo, Invited Seminar, February 7th, 2018 [Invited Lecture]
  6. De Luna, P., Catalyst Electro-Redeposition for Selective CO2 Reduction. Gordon Research Seminar on Solar Fuels, Ventura Beach. Jan 28th, 2018 [Talk]
  7. Sargent, T., De Luna, P., Bio-Inspired Solar Energy. University of Toronto BioZone Symposium, Toronto. Nov 10th, 2017. [Talk]
  8. De Luna, P., Solar Fuels and the Future of Renewable Energy. SKULE Alumni Association Seminar, Toronto. Nov 8th, 2017. [Talk]
  9. De Luna, P., Efficient CO2 Reduction via Field Induced Reagent Concentration. 100th Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference, Toronto. May 31st, 2017. [Talk]
  10. Sargent, E.S., De Luna, P., Renewable Fuels and Feedstocks, Energy Storage Through CO2 Reduction. CIFAR Machine Learning for Energy Materials Discovery Workshop, BostonMay 30th, 2017. [Talk]
  11. De Luna, P., CO2 Conversion Catalysts from Renewable Energy. KAUST Solar Conference, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology. Nov 2nd, 2016 [Poster]
  12. De Luna, P., Efficient Catalysts for CO2 Conversion: In-Situ and Experimental Techniques. CIFAR Bio-inspired Solar Energy, Montreal. October 29th, 2016 [Talk]
  13. De Luna, P., CO2 Electroreduction via Field Induced Reagent Concentration. CIFAR Bio-inspired Solar Energy, Vancouver. May 12th, 2016 [Talk]
  14. De Luna, P., Voznyy, O., Solar Fuels: How Plants Can Teach Us How to Convert CO2 Into Fuels. IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center Invited Talk, New York. January 4th, 2016 [Talk]
  15. De Luna, P., CO2 Reduction Catalysts: Enhancements from Nanoscale Field Induced Reagent Concentration. CIFAR Bio-inspired Solar Fuels, San Francisco. December 12th, 2015 [Poster]
  16. De Luna, P., Graduate Studies: What am I Doing Here? University of Windsor Outreach Talk, Windsor. November 30th, 2015 [Talk]
  17. De Luna, P., How Computational QSAR Aids in the Search for Ice Recrystalliation Inhibitors for Cryopreservation of Blood. 98th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Ottawa. June 17th, 2015. [Talk]
  18. De Luna, P., Big Things Come in Small Packages: Probing Ultramicroporous Metal Organic Frameworks with Simulation. 98th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Ottawa. June 15th, 2015. [Poster]
  19. De Luna, P., Collaboratory on Energy Research and Policy Energy Literacy Assessment. Thousand Islands Research Conference, Ottawa. October 24th, 2014. [Talk]
  20. De Luna, P., How Computational QSAR Aids in the Search for Ice Recrystalliation Inhibitors for Cryopreservation of Blood. Centre for Catalysis and Research Innovation Seminar, Ottawa. October 9th, 2014. [Talk]
  21. De Luna, P., 3-D QSAR Descriptor Generation for Ice Recrystallization Inhibitors for Cryogenics. International Congress on Physical Organic Chemistry 22, Ottawa. August 10-15, 20154. [Poster]
  22. De Luna, P., High-Throughput Computational Screening of Metal Organic Frameworks for CO2 Capture and Sequestration. Carbon Management Canada (CMC) Conference, Banff. May 25 – 27th, 2014. [Poster]
  23. De Luna, P., Synergetic Experimental and 3D-QSAR Screening of Ice Recrystallization Inhibitors for Organ and Blood Preservation. Transformational Technologies in Materials Science (TTMS) Summer School, Madison. May 18-22nd, 2014. [Poster]
  24. De Luna, P., Coral Allene Oxide Synthase: A Mutagenic Computational Study on Enzymatic Catalysis, 41st Southern Ontario Undergraduate Student Chemistry Conference (SOUSCC), Hamilton. March 3oth, 2013. [Talk]
  25. De Luna, P., A DFT Assessment of Ovothiol and Ergothioneine Binding to Copper. Poster Presentation. 25th Canadian Symposium for Theoretical and Computational Chemistry (CSTCC), Guelph. July 22 – 27th, 2012. [Poster]