Dr. Devin Todd joins PICS as a Researcher-in-Residence focusing on Negative Emissions Technologies (NETs). NETs are strategies which extract CO2 from the atmosphere and trap it in recalcitrant carbon products. They are a necessary complement to emissions reductions and decarbonization strategies if we are to achieve zero net GHG emissions and mitigate the worst impacts of climate change. Devin is excited to be part of the PICS Theme Partnership Program on Solid Carbon, which investigates renewable-powered direct air capture of CO2 combined with permanent geosequestration in offshore basalt formations.
Devin is committed to the development of solutions addressing sustainability and climate change. Prior to joining PICS, he worked with start-ups and investors to advance and triage their cleantech projects. He brings practical know-how and scientific depth to R&D – with an aim on early stage feasibility and technoeconomics of novel technologies. He holds a PhD and a BASc in Mechanical Engineering from UBC. His dissertation focused on PEM fuel cells, featuring the development of methods for: in-/ex-situ characterization; and transport layer synthesis with controlled morphology. He is the recipient of NSERC graduate scholarships and has published in the peer-review literature.