Research Summary

Reactive CO2 capture; advanced nuclear fusion; flexible automation; membrane reactors


Harvard University, 2006, Postdoctoral Associate
Texas A&M University, 2004, Ph.D.
University of Alberta, 2000, B.Sc.

Research interests + projects

The Berlinguette Group designs and builds advanced electrochemical reactors to power the planet.

Reactive CO2 Capture  

Our program has pioneered electrochemical reactors that convert reactive CO2 capture solutions, generated from common air capture technologies, into fuels, chemicals, and building materials. We design electrocatalysts and membranes to build unique reactor configurations that will contribute to a carbon-neutral future.

Electrification of the chemical industry 

Electrification of the chemicals manufacturing sector is needed to reduce CO2 emissions.  Our team has invented a membrane reactor “Thor” that drives hydrogenation reactions using only water and electricity, and not at the high temperatures and pressures used by the industry today. Membrane reactors provide an opportunity to electrify and decarbonize the production of specialty chemicals, (bio)fuels, pharmaceuticals, and plastics.

Advanced nuclear fusion 

We build electrochemical reactors to study nuclear fusion reactions at lower temperatures than conventional fusion reactors. Our mission is to combine electrochemistry, materials science and nuclear physics to reduce the energy needed for fusion reactions. We hope to discover a low-cost clean energy source that can scale within the span of a human lifetime.

Flexible automation and self-driving labs: 

We build self-driving laboratories that combine flexible automation and artificial intelligence. Self-driving laboratories discover new materials faster than a human can. This approach will help us advance clean energy technologies from laboratory to market faster than ever before. Our flagship system, “Ada”, autonomously optimizes thin films and coatings for solar cells, electrolyzers, and other technologies.

Selected publications + presentations

Zhang, Z., Lees, E., Habibzadeh, F., Salvatore, D., Ren, S.,  Simpson, G., Wheeler, D., Liu, A., Berlinguette, C., PerovskiteVision: A Machine Vision Tool for Facilitating Multi-Objective Optimization of Large-Area Perovskite Photovoltaics. Energy Environ. Sci. 2022.[Text Wrapping Break] DOI: 10.1039/D1EE02608A

Berlinguette, C. P., Chiang, Y.-M., Munday, J. N., Schenkel, T., Fork, D. K., Koningstein, R., Trevithick, M. D. Revisiting the Cold Case of Cold Fusion. Nature, 570, 45-51, 2019. DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1256-6

MacLeod, B. P., Parlane, F. G. L., Morrissey, T. D., Häse, F., Roch, L., Dettelbach, K. E., Moreira, R., Yunker, L. P. E., Rooney, M. B., Deeth, J. R., Lai, V., Ng, G. J., Situ, H., Zhang, R. H., Elliott, M. S., Haley, T. H., Dvorak, D. J.,  Aspuru-Guzik, A., Hein, J. E., Berlinguette, C. P. Self-Driving Laboratory for Accelerated Discovery of Thin-Film Materials. Sci. Adv. 6 (20), eaaz8867, 2020.[Text Wrapping Break]DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aaz8867

MacLeod, B. P.; Parlane, F. G. L.; Brown, A. K.; Hein, J. E.*; Berlinguette, C. P.* “Flexible Automation Accelerates Materials Discovery.” Nat. Mater. 2021.[Text Wrapping Break]DOI: 10.1038/s41563-021-01156-3

Li, T.; Lees, E. W.; Goldman, M.; Salvatore, D. A.; Weekes, D. M.; Berlinguette, C. P.* “Electrolytic Conversion of Bicarbonate into CO in a Flow Cell.” Joule, 3 (6), 1487-1497, 2019.  DOI: 10.1016/j.joule.2019.05.021