Jillian Buriak

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Jilian Buriak

Canada Research Chair in Nanomaterials Professor, Department of Chemistry University of Alberta National Institute for Nanotechnology, National Research Council

Dr. Jillian Buriak is manipulating nanomaterials in a whole new way to create next-generation photovoltaic technology. Through an innovative multidisciplinary approach with university and government collaborators from various fields, as well as an industry partner, Dr. Buriak is improving the efficiency of our existing solar cells and finding cheaper and better materials to make them.

Named a Canada Research Chair in 2004, her research into the smallest matter is having an enormous impact on multiple fields, including renewable energy, oil sands extraction and the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. In addition to her role at the University of Alberta, Dr. Buriak is also the Senior Research Officer at the National Institute for Nanotechnology and in 2007 she was appointed to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. She received her PhD in 1995 from the Université Louis Pasteur in France.

Dr. Buriak has won numerous awards for her distinguished career and numerous breakthroughs, including the Rutherford Medal of the Royal Society of Canada in 2005, American Chemical Society Pure Chemistry Award in 2003, and was named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 in 2004.