Dr. Mita Dasog obtained her B.Sc. degree in chemistry from the University of Saskatchewan and a Ph.D. degree in materials chemistry from the University of Alberta. During her Ph.D. work she investigated optical properties of silicon quantum dots and was able to tune the emission across the entire visible spectrum by solely altering the surface chemistry. The silicon quantum dots were investigated for various applications such as detecting nitroaromatic explosives, imaging cancer cells, and in light emitting diodes.
Her doctoral contributions were recognized by two major awards, the Canadian Society for Chemistry National Award for Outstanding Graduate Work in Inorganic Chemistry (2014) and the Canadian Council of University Chemistry Chairs Doctoral Award (2015) for the best chemistry doctoral thesis in Canada. She was also recognized by the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education as one of the “Top 25” young global investigators in sustainable research. As part of this award, she visited Technical University of Munich where she worked on conversion of CO2 and NOx gases into value-added materials.
Dr. Dasog carried out her postdoctoral work at the California Institute of Technology where she developed an experimental technique to profile light absorption and carrier generation in structured semiconductors.
Dr. Dasog is currently an Assistant Professor in the chemistry department at Dalhousie University. Her research focuses on the development of electro- and photo-catalysts from waste streams for generation of renewable energy. Dr. Dasog is actively involved in science outreach activities, promotion of gender equality in academia, engages with policy makers and was listed among the Top 150 Canadian Women in STEM fields by hEr VOLUTION, a non-profit organization.