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Buriak is Professor of Chemistry, Canada Research Chair of Nanomaterials, and Senior Research Officer of the National Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Alberta, Canada. She previously served as Associate Editor for ACS Nano.
Her research interests encompass nanoscience and materials chemistry, with a focus on the design, characterization, and integration of nanomaterials and semiconductor materials for applications ranging from photovoltaics and renewable energy to nanomedicine and catalysis.
She is known for her work developing flexible, lightweight, silicon-free solar cells made from nanoparticles. By spraying a plastic surface with the nanomaterials and running it through a laminator, she’s able to create a transparent electrode that act as solar cells. Since the cells are flexible, they could be incorporated into any number of surfaces, such as clothing or window blinds.
Dr. Buriak is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK). She is the recipient of the ACS Pure Chemistry Award, the Fresenius Award, the E. W. R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship, and the 2005 Rutherford Memorial Medal in Chemistry.