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Edward (Ted) Sargent

Professor Edward (Ted) Sargent was appointed Vice-President, International of the University of Toronto in June, 2016. Professor Sargent holds the rank of University Professor in the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. He also holds the Canada Research Chair in Nanotechnology, and is founder and CTO of InVisage Technologies (acquired in 2017) and QDSolar.

Professor Sargent’s research interests cover nanotechnology and its application in energy harvesting and energy storage. His research has been cited more than 23,000 times and has been disseminated in Nature, Science, Nature Materials, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Chemistry and Nature Photonics. His book The Dance of Molecules: How Nanotechnology is Changing Our Lives (Penguin) was published in Canada and the United States in 2005 and has been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Korean, and Arabic.

Professor Sargent is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science “…for distinguished contributions to the development of solar cells and light sensors based on solution-processed semiconductors;” and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers “… for contributions to colloidal quantum dot optoelectronic devices.” He is Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering for “…ground-breaking research in nanotechnology, applying novel quantum-tuned materials to the realization of full-spectrum solar cells and ultra sensitive light detectors. The impact of his work has been felt in industry through his formation of two start-up companies.”

Professor Sargent received his BScEng (Engineering Physics) degree from Queen’s University in 1995 and his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Photonics) from the University of Toronto in1998. He was appointed Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of Toronto in 1998; Associated Professor in 2002; Full Professor in 2005; and, until recently, was the Vice-Dean, Research for the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.