Dr. David Pentreath Wilkinson is a Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. Dr. Wilkinson’s main research interests are in electrochemical and photochemical devices, energy conversion and storage materials, and processes to create clean and sustainable energy and water. He has more than 80 issued patents and 190 refereed articles, and a number of edited books and book chapters, covering innovative research in these fields. He has received a number of awards for his work, and he is a fellow of several organizations including the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Chemical Institute of Canada, and the Royal Society of Canada
Dr. Wilkinson received his B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from UBC in 1978, his Professional Engineering status in 1980, and his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Ottawa in 1987, where his graduate work was done with Professor Brian Conway in electrochemistry. Prior to joining the university in 2004 Dr. Wilkinson had more than 20 years of industrial experience in the areas of fuel cells and advanced lithium batteries. He has held a variety of leadership positions including being Associate Department Head, Executive Director of the UBC Clean Energy Research Center, Principal Research Officer and Senior Advisor with the National Research Council of Canada in Vancouver, Director and Vice President of Research and Development at Ballard Power Systems, and Section Leader for Chemistry at Moli Energy (now E-One Moli Energy). Dr. Wilkinson was an important part of the team that developed the first commercial rechargeable Lithium AA battery, and he is considered a pioneer in the development of the modern commercial PEM fuel cell. He is a co-founder and technical advisor for Mangrove Water Technologies, a company which was spun out from his research program with his graduate students Dr. Wilkinson is a board member of several organizations and is a regular keynote or plenary speaker at international conferences.