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New technique could lead to cheaper, more efficient solar power and LEDs

U of T experts suggest crystalized materials may hold wide commercial potential
Marit Mitchell

U of T experts are shining new light on an emerging family of solar-absorbing materials that could lead to cheaper and more efficient solar panels and LEDs.

The materials, called perovskites, are particularly good at absorbing visible light, but had never been studied in their purest form: as perfect single crystals.

Using a new technique, researchers grew large, pure perovskite crystals and studied how electrons move through the material as light is converted to electricity.

Global warming research: strong storms to become stronger, weak storms to become weaker

University of Toronto study finds atmosphere will adapt to hotter, wetter climate
Sean Bettam

A study led by atmospheric physicists at the University of Toronto finds that global warming will not lead to an overall increasingly stormy atmosphere, a topic debated by scientists for decades.

Instead, strong storms will become stronger while weak storms become weaker, and the cumulative result of the number of storms will remain unchanged.

U of T Engineering celebrates record number of female first-year students

Women now account for 30.6 per cent of first-year students in U of T engineering programs – a record for the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering and a number that surpasses all other Ontario universities.

It is the only engineering school in Ontario with female first-year enrolment of more than 30 per cent. National figures are expected later this year from Engineers Canada.

Remembering Joseph L. Rotman (1935-2015)

Joseph Rotman, a leading Canadian businessman, philanthropist and one of U of T’s greatest champions, has passed away at age 80

Joseph Rotman once said, “Science empowers us; the humanities teach us to use that power wisely.”

Mr. Rotman, who was one of Canada’s leading innovators and philanthropists, died in Toronto on January 27th, just weeks after his 80th birthday. He leaves a great legacy in a wide array of fields, including business, health care, the arts and higher education.

Michael Wilson re-elected chancellor

The Honourable Michael H. Wilson has been re-elected to serve a second term as chancellor of the University of Toronto.

“It is a very great privilege to serve as chancellor of my alma mater, the University of Toronto,” said Chancellor Wilson. “Our brilliant students, alumni, faculty, and staff are a constant source of inspiration, and it is immensely enjoyable to support them in their work and to celebrate their accomplishments. I am very grateful to the College of Electors for their confidence in me.”

Look what happens when researchers from one of the world's top ten computer science departments launch a startup

Elizabeth Monier-Williams

MaRS Innovation and the University of Toronto have announced that the founders of Granata Decision Systems Inc., a graduate of the University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) start-up incubator program, have joined Google Inc.

Want to kickstart the Canadian economy? Try "indovation", says U of T prof

Dilip Soman explains how necessity can be the mother of innovation
Terry Lavender

University of Toronto president Meric Gertler is visiting India from January 27 to 31, on his first visit to south Asia since becoming president. 

Meet the TA named to Forbes' 30 under 30 list

“The study of science has led humankind to incredible technological and social advancements,” says PhD candidate Christine Le
Jessica Lewis

It was a natural childhood curiosity about the world around her – sparked by Bill Nye the Science Guy, The Magic School Bus and Popular Mechanics for Kids – that got Christine Le interested in pursuing a career in science. Now, the PhD candidate in organic chemistry at the University of Toronto has been named to ForbesTop 30 Under 30 list in the science and health category.

Planets outside our solar system more hospitable to life than we'd thought

Sean Bettam

A study by astrophysicists at the University of Toronto suggests that exoplanets – planets outside our solar system – are more likely to have liquid water and be more habitable than we thought.

New Orders of Canada awarded to members of U of T community

They are University of Toronto alumni, faculty and honorary grads – writers, doctors, lawyers, philanthropists and scholars.  Now, they are also some of the country’s newest recipients of the Order of Canada. 

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