Geoffrey Ozin is an expert in the rapidly emerging field of nanochemistry. He draws on the principles of synthetic materials chemistry to develop nanomaterials with specific sizes, shapes, surface properties, defects and self-assembly properties designed to accomplish specific functions and uses. His work on photonic crystals led him to co-found Opalux, a company that produces materials for use in low-cost, energy-efficient, full-colour reflective displays that brighten in sunlight, food packaging labels that change colour when the contents are spoiled and colour-shifting materials suited for use in anti-counterfeit and tamper-proof devices. Ozin is known worldwide as an architect of the field of nanochemistry, in part due to a revolutionary research paper published two decades ago which precipitated a new way of thinking about and solving challenging real world problems. This year, his contributions were recognized with the Albert Einstein World Award of Science from the World Cultural Council.
Geoffrey Ozin is a University Professor, the institution’s highest honour for academic excellence, in the Department of Chemistry.