Curtis Berlinguette

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Curtis Berlinguette

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Research and Teaching Interests

Solar Electricity 

With proven efficiencies now in excess of 13%, the dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) invented by Michael Grätzel in 1991 represents one of the most promising next-generation solar cell technologies.  This device relies on electron-transfer from a photo-excited dye to a thin mesoporous semiconducting film on conducting glass.  The dye molecule is subsequently reduced by a mediator, which, in turn, is regenerated at the cathode by electrons that migrate through the external load.  To help bring the bulk manufacture of DSSCs to fruition, we are improving cell performance and stability by designing robust cyclometalated ruthenium dyes with improved absorbance profiles in the lower-energy region of the solar spectrum.  We are also exploring ways to replace the expensive ruthenium chromophore using first-row transition metals and to replace conventional electrolytes in the DSSC.

Solar Fuels

The efficient conversion of sunlight into electricity is not the complete answer to the impending energy crisis - we need to be able to store and transport energy. In this regard, many have championed the hydrogen economy as a clean fuel, but hydrogen is currently derived from methane and other petroleum-based products. Our program is therefore set on designing molecular and heterogeneous electrocatalysts that are capable of extracting hydrogen from water.  Our group is particularly interesting in gaining mechanistic information surrounding the complicated reaction landscape of water splitting, and to apply this information to commercially viable catalysts.

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Office Room Number(s): 
A243
Office Phone Number: 
604-822-2293
Lab Room: 
CHEM A216 | CHBE209
Lab Phone: 
604 822-2293

Curriculum Vitae

Professional

  • 2017-present  Professor, University of British Columbia
  • 2013-2017      Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
  • 2011-2013      Associate Professor, University of Calgary
  • 2006-2011      Assistant Professor, University of Calgary

Education

  • Postdoctoral Associate, Harvard University, USA - 2004-2006
  • Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, Texas A&M University, USA - 2004
  • B.Sc., Chemistry, University of Alberta - 2000

Awards

  • 2016           RSC Rutherford Memorial Medal in Chemistry
  • 2016           NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship
  • 2016           Strem Chemicals Award for Pure or Applied Inorganic Chemistry
  • 2015           CIFAR Fellowship | 2015
  • 2014-2019  Canada Research Chair in Solar Energy Conversion
  • 2012           Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40
  • 2011           Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship
  • 2011           Canadian National Committee for the IUPAC Travel Award
  • 2008           Tier II Canada Research Chair in Energy Conversion
  • 2007           Alberta Ingenuity New Faculty Award

Publications

2017

Li, T. ; Kasahara, T. ; He, J. ; Dettelbach, K. E. ; Sammis, G. M. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Photoelectrochemical Oxidation Of Organic Substrates In Organic Media. Nature Communications 2017, 8, 390.
Dettelbach, K. E. ; Kolbeck, M. ; Huang, A. ; He, J. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Rapid Quantification Of Film Thickness And Metal Loading For Electrocatalytic Metal Oxide Films. Chemistry of Materials 2017, 29, 7272–7277.
Zhang, C. ; Zhang, X. ; Daly, K. ; Berlinguette, C. P. ; Trudel, S. Water Oxidation Catalysis: Tuning The Electrocatalytic Properties Of Amorphous Lanthanum Cobaltite Through Calcium Doping. ACS Catalysis 2017, 7, 6385–6391.
Li, T. ; Cao, Y. ; He, J. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Electrolytic Co2 Reduction In Tandem With Oxidative Organic Chemistry. ACS central science 2017, 3, 778–783.
Speck, F. D. ; Dettelbach, K. E. ; Sherbo, R. S. ; Salvatore, D. A. ; Huang, A. ; Berlinguette, C. P. On The Electrolytic Stability Of Iron-Nickel Oxides. Chem 2017, 2, 590–597.
Chen, K. Y. ; Du, C. ; Patrick, B. O. ; Berlinguette, C. P. High-Voltage Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Mediated By [Co (2, 2′-Bipyrimidine) 3] Z. Inorganic Chemistry 2017, 56, 2383–2386.
Chiykowski, V. A. ; Lam, B. ; Du, C. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Comparative Analysis Of Triarylamine And Phenothiazine Sensitizer Donor Units In Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. Chemical Communications 2017, 53, 2367–2370.
Chiykowski, V. A. ; Lam, B. ; Du, C. ; Berlinguette, C. P. On How Electron Density Affects The Redox Stability Of Phenothiazine Sensitizers On Semiconducting Surfaces. Chemical Communications 2017, 53, 2547–2550.
He, J. ; Dettelbach, K. E. ; Salvatore, D. A. ; Li, T. ; Berlinguette, C. P. High-Throughput Synthesis Of Mixed-Metal Electrocatalysts For Co2 Reduction. Angewandte Chemie 2017, 129, 6164–6168.
Salvatore, D. A. ; Peña, B. ; Dettelbach, K. E. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Photodeposited Ruthenium Dioxide Films For Oxygen Evolution Reaction Electrocatalysis. J. Mater. Chem. A 2017, 5, 1575–1580.

2016

Hudkins, J. R. ; Wheeler, D. G. ; Peña, B. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Rapid Prototyping Of Electrolyzer Flow Field Plates. Energy Environ. Sci. 2016, 9, 3417–3423.
Li, Y. C. ; Zhou, D. ; Yan, Z. ; Gonçalves, R. H. ; Salvatore, D. A. ; Berlinguette, C. P. ; Mallouk, T. E. Electrolysis Of Co2 To Syngas In Bipolar Membrane-Based Electrochemical Cells. ACS} Energy Letters 2016, 1, 1149–1153.
Li, T. ; He, J. ; Peña, B. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Exposure Of Wo3Photoanodes To Ultraviolet Light Enhances Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation. ACS} Applied Materials {&} Interfaces 2016, 8, 25010–25013.
Simon, S. J. C. ; Parlane, F. G. L. ; Swords, W. B. ; Kellett, C. W. ; Du, C. ; Lam, B. ; Dean, R. K. ; Hu, K. ; Meyer, G. J. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Halogen Bonding Promotes Higher Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Photovoltages. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2016, 138, 10406-10409.
Smith, R. D. L. ; Sherbo, R. S. ; Dettelbach, K. E. ; Berlinguette, C. P. On How Experimental Conditions Affect The Electrochemical Response Of Disordered Nickel Oxyhydroxide Films. CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS 2016, 28, 5635-5642.
Swords, W. B. ; Simon, S. J. C. ; Parlane, F. G. L. ; Dean, R. K. ; Kellett, C. W. ; Hu, K. ; Meyer, G. J. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Evidence For Interfacial Halogen Bonding. ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION 2016, 55, 5956-5960.
Smith, R. D. L. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Accounting For The Dynamic Oxidative Behavior Of Nickel Anodes. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2016, 138, 1561-1567.
Li, T. ; He, J. ; Pena, B. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Curing Bivo4 Photoanodes With Ultraviolet Light Enhances Photoelectrocatalysis. ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION 2016, 55, 1769-1772.
Zhang, C. ; Berlinguette, C. P. ; Trudel, S. Water Oxidation Catalysis: An Amorphous Quaternary Ba-Sr-Co-Fe Oxide As A Promising Electrocatalyst For The Oxygen-Evolution Reaction. CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS 2016, 52, 1513-1516.
Hu, K. ; Blair, A. D. ; Piechota, E. J. ; Schauer, P. A. ; Sampaio, R. N. ; Parlane, F. G. L. ; Meyer, G. J. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Kinetic Pathway For Interfacial Electron Transfer From A Semiconductor To A Molecule. Nat Chem 2016, 8, 853–859.

2015

Li, G. ; Hu, K. ; Robson, K. C. D. ; Gorelsky, S. I. ; Meyer, G. J. ; Berlinguette, C. P. ; Shatruk, M. Tris-Heteroleptic Ruthenium-Dipyrrinate Chromophores In A Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell. CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL 2015, 21, 2173-2181.
Asaduzzaman, A. Md; Wasylenko, D. ; Berlinguette, C. P. ; Schreckenbach, G. Substitution Effects On The Water Oxidation Of Ruthenium Catalysts: A Quantum-Chemical Look. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C 2015, 119, 242-250.
Salvatore, D. A. ; Dettelbach, K. E. ; Hudkins, J. R. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Near-Infrared–Driven Decomposition Of Metal Precursors Yields Amorphous Electrocatalytic Films. Science Advances 2015, 1.
Kurzman, J. A. ; Dettelbach, K. E. ; Martinolich, A. J. ; Berlinguette, C. P. ; Neilson, J. R. Structural Characteristics And Eutaxy In The Photo-Deposited Amorphous Iron Oxide Oxygen Evolution Catalyst. CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS 2015, 27, 3462-3470.
Cuijuan, Z. ; Fagan, R. D. ; Smith, R. D. L. ; Moore, S. A. ; Berlinguette, C. P. ; Trudel, S. Mapping The Performance Of Amorphous Ternary Metal Oxide Water Oxidation Catalysts Containing Aluminium. J. Mater. Chem. A 2015, 3, 756-761.

2014

Wood, C. J. ; Robson, K. C. D. ; Elliott, P. I. P. ; Berlinguette, C. P. ; Gibson, E. A. Novel Triphenylamine-Modified Ruthenium(Ii) Terpyridine Complexes For Nickel Oxide-Based Cathodic Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. RSC ADVANCES 2014, 4, 5782-5791.
Hu, K. ; Severin, H. A. ; Koivisto, B. D. ; Robson, K. C. D. ; Schott, E. ; Arratia-Perez, R. ; Meyer, G. J. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Direct Spectroscopic Evidence For Constituent Heteroatoms Enhancing Charge Recombination At A Tio2-Ruthenium Dye Interface. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C 2014, 118, 17079-17089.
Smith, R. D. L. ; Sporinova, B. ; Fagan, R. D. ; Trudel, S. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Facile Photochemical Preparation Of Amorphous Iridium Oxide Films For Water Oxidation Catalysis. CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS 2014, 26, 1654-1659.
Sinn, S. ; Schulze, B. ; Friebe, C. ; Brown, D. G. ; Jaeger, M. ; Altuntas, E. ; Kuebel, J. ; Guntner, O. ; Berlinguette, C. P. ; Dietzek, B. ; Schubert, U. S. Physicochemical Analysis Of Ruthenium(Ii) Sensitizers Of 1,2,3-Triazole-Derived Mesoionic Carbene And Cyclometalating Ligands. INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2014, 53, 2083-2095.
Sinn, S. ; Schulze, B. ; Friebe, C. ; Brown, D. G. ; Jaeger, M. ; Kuebel, J. ; Dietzek, B. ; Berlinguette, C. P. ; Schubert, U. S. A Heteroleptic Bis(Tridentate) Ruthenium(Ii) Platform Featuring An Anionic 1,2,3-Triazolate-Based Ligand For Application In The Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell. INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2014, 53, 1637-1645.
Hu, K. ; Robson, K. C. D. ; Beauvilliers, E. E. ; Schott, E. ; Zarate, X. ; Arratia-Perez, R. ; Berlinguette, C. P. ; Meyer, G. J. Intramolecular And Lateral Intermolecular Hole Transfer At The Sensitized Tio2 Interface. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2014, 136, 1034-1046.

2013

Wasylenko, D. J. ; Palmer, R. D. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Homogeneous Water Oxidation Catalysts Containing A Single Metal Site. CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS 2013, 49, 218-227.
Schulze, B. ; Brown, D. G. ; Robson, K. C. D. ; Friebe, C. ; Jaeger, M. ; Birckner, E. ; Berlinguette, C. P. ; Schubert, U. S. Cyclometalated Ruthenium(Ii) Complexes Featuring Tridentate Click-Derived Ligands For Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Applications. CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL 2013, 19, 14171-14180.
Smith, R. D. L. ; Prevot, M. S. ; Fagan, R. D. ; Trudel, S. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Water Oxidation Catalysis: Electrocatalytic Response To Metal Stoichiometry In Amorphous Metal Oxide Films Containing Iron, Cobalt, And Nickel. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2013, 135, 11580-11586.
Smith, R. D. L. ; Prevot, M. S. ; Fagan, R. D. ; Zhang, Z. ; Sedach, P. A. ; Siu, M. Kit Jack; Trudel, S. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Photochemical Route For Accessing Amorphous Metal Oxide Materials For Water Oxidation Catalysis. SCIENCE 2013, 340, 60-63.
Pogozhev, D. V. ; Bezdek, M. J. ; Schauer, P. A. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Ruthenium(Ii) Complexes Bearing A Naphthalimide Fragment: A Modular Dye Platform For The Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell. INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2013, 52, 3001-3006.
Brown, D. G. ; Schauer, P. A. ; Borau-Garcia, J. ; Fancy, B. R. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Stabilization Of Ruthenium Sensitizers To Tio2 Surfaces Through Cooperative Anchoring Groups. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2013, 135, 1692-1695.
Robson, K. C. D. ; Hu, K. ; Meyer, G. J. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Atomic Level Resolution Of Dye Regeneration In The Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2013, 135, 1961-1971.
Wasylenko, D. J. ; Tatlock, H. M. ; Bhandari, L. S. ; Gardinier, J. R. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer At A [Co-Ohx](Z) Unit In Aqueous Media: Evidence For A Concerted Mechanism. CHEMICAL SCIENCE 2013, 4, 734-738.

2012

Brown, D. G. ; Sanguantrakun, N. ; Schulze, B. ; Schubert, U. S. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Bis(Tridentate) Ruthenium-Terpyridine Complexes Featuring Microsecond Excited-State Lifetimes. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2012, 134, 12354-12357.
Bomben, P. G. ; Robson, K. C. D. ; Koivisto, B. D. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Cyclometalated Ruthenium Chromophores For The Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell. COORDINATION CHEMISTRY REVIEWS 2012, 256, 1438-1450.
Hu, K. ; Robson, K. C. D. ; Johansson, P. G. ; Berlinguette, C. P. ; Meyer, G. J. Intramolecular Hole Transfer At Sensitized Tio2 Interfaces. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2012, 134, 8352-8355.
Robson, K. C. D. ; Koivisto, B. D. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Derivatization Of Bichromic Cyclometalated Ru(Ii) Complexes With Hydrophobic Substituents. INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2012, 51, 1501-1507.
Li, G. ; Bomben, P. G. ; Robson, K. C. D. ; Gorelsky, S. I. ; Berlinguette, C. P. ; Shatruk, M. Ru Complexes Of Thienyl-Functionalized Dipyrrins As Ncs-Free Sensitizers For The Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell. CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS 2012, 48, 8790-8792.
Robson, K. C. D. ; Bomben, P. G. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Cycloruthenated Sensitizers: Improving The Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell With Classical Inorganic Chemistry Principles. DALTON TRANSACTIONS 2012, 41, 7814-7829.
Bomben, P. G. ; Borau-Garcia, J. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Three Is Not A Crowd: Efficient Sensitization Of Tio2 By A Bulky Trichromic Trisheteroleptic Cycloruthenated Dye. CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS 2012, 48, 5599-5601.
Wasylenko, D. J. ; Palmer, R. D. ; Schott, E. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Interrogation Of Electrocatalytic Water Oxidation Mediated By A Cobalt Complex. CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS 2012, 48, 2107-2109.

2011

Wasylenko, D. J. ; Ganesamoorthy, C. ; Borau-Garcia, J. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Electrochemical Evidence For Catalytic Water Oxidation Mediated By A High-Valent Cobalt Complex. CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS 2011, 47, 4249-4251.
Muise, S. S. R. ; Severin, H. A. ; Koivisto, B. D. ; Robson, K. C. D. ; Schott, E. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Regioselective C-H Activation Of Cyclometalated Bis-Tridentate Ruthenium Complexes. ORGANOMETALLICS 2011, 30, 6628-6635.
Ren, Y. ; Kan, W. Hay; Henderson, M. A. ; Bomben, P. G. ; Berlinguette, C. P. ; Thangadurai, V. ; Baumgartner, T. External-Stimuli Responsive Photophysics And Liquid Crystal Properties Of Self-Assembled ``phosphole-Lipids''. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2011, 133, 17014-17026.
Robson, K. C. D. ; Sporinova, B. ; Koivisto, B. D. ; Schott, E. ; Brown, D. G. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Systematic Modulation Of A Bichromic Cyclometalated Ruthenium(Ii) Scaffold Bearing A Redox-Active Triphenylamine Constituent. INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2011, 50, 6019-6028.
Robson, K. C. D. ; Koivisto, B. D. ; Yella, A. ; Sporinova, B. ; Nazeeruddin, M. K. ; Baumgartner, T. ; Graetzel, M. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Design And Development Of Functionalized Cyclometalated Ruthenium Chromophores For Light-Harvesting Applications. INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2011, 50, 5494-5508.
Wasylenko, D. J. ; Ganesamoorthy, C. ; Henderson, M. A. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Unraveling The Roles Of The Acid Medium, Experimental Probes, And Terminal Oxidant, (Nh4)(2)[Ce(No3)(6)], In The Study Of A Homogeneous Water Oxidation Catalyst. INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2011, 50, 3662-3672.
Bomben, P. G. ; Theriault, K. D. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Strategies For Optimizing The Performance Of Cyclometalated Ruthenium Sensitizers For Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2011, 1806-1814.
Bomben, P. G. ; Gordon, T. J. ; Schott, E. ; Berlinguette, C. P. A Trisheteroleptic Cyclometalated Ru-Ii Sensitizer That Enables High Power Output In A Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell. ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION 2011, 50, 10682-10685.

2010

Wasylenko, D. J. ; Ganesamoorthy, C. ; Henderson, M. A. ; Koivisto, B. D. ; Osthoff, H. D. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Electronic Modification Of The [Ru-Ii(Tpy)(Bpy)(Oh2)](2+) Scaffold: Effects On Catalytic Water Oxidation. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2010, 132, 16094-16106.
Gordon, T. J. ; Szabo, L. D. ; Linder, T. ; Berlinguette, C. P. ; Baumgartner, T. Structure-Property Relationships Of Acylated Asymmetric Dithienophospholes. COMPTES RENDUS CHIMIE 2010, 13, 971-979.
Wasylenko, D. J. ; Ganesamoorthy, C. ; Koivisto, B. D. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Examination Of Water Oxidation By Catalysts Containing Cofacial Metal Sites. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2010, 3135-3142.
Robson, K. C. D. ; Koivisto, B. D. ; Gordon, T. J. ; Baumgartner, T. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Triphenylamine-Modified Ruthenium(Ii) Terpyridine Complexes: Enhancement, Of Light Absorption By Conjugated Bridging Motifs. INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2010, 49, 5335-5337.
Wasylenko, D. J. ; Ganesamoorthy, C. ; Koivisto, B. D. ; Henderson, M. A. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Insight Into Water Oxidation By Mononuclear Polypyridyl Ru Catalysts. INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2010, 49, 2202-2209.
Sui, R. ; Young, J. L. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Sol-Gel Synthesis Of Linear Sn-Doped Tio2 Nanostructures. JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY 2010, 20, 498-503.
Sedach, P. A. ; Gordon, T. J. ; Sayed, S. Y. ; Fuerstenhaupt, T. ; Sui, R. ; Baumgartner, T. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Solution Growth Of Anatase Tio2 Nanowires From Transparent Conducting Glass Substrates. JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY 2010, 20, 5063-5069.

2009

Bomben, P. G. ; Robson, K. C. D. ; Sedach, P. A. ; Berlinguette, C. P. On The Viability Of Cyclometalated Ru(Ii) Complexes For Light-Harvesting Applications. INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2009, 48, 9631-9643.
Koivisto, B. D. ; Robson, K. C. D. ; Berlinguette, C. P. Systematic Manipulation Of The Light-Harvesting Properties For Tridentate Cyclometalated Ruthenium(Ii) Complexes. INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2009, 48, 9644-9652.
Ghosh, J. P. ; Sui, R. ; Langford, C. H. ; Achari, G. ; Berlinguette, C. P. A Comparison Of Several Nanoscale Photocatalysts In The Degradation Of A Common Pollutant Using Leds And Conventional Uv Light. WATER RESEARCH 2009, 43, 4499-4506.