Mita  Dasog

Associate Professor and Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Research Chair

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Phone: (902) 494-4245
Mailing Address: 
Department of Chemistry
Dalhousie University
6243 Alumni Crescent
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Nanomaterials
  • Solar energy
  • Catalysis
  • Plasmonics
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Solid-state chemistry


  • BSc: University of Saskatchewan
  • PhD: University of Alberta
  • PDF: California Institute of Technology

Research Interests

Dasog lab research group focuses on the development of photocatalysts, electrocatalysts, porous nanomaterials, and plasmonic nanostructures using solid-state methods. We study the reaction mechanisms and the influence of reaction parameters on product formation during solid-state syntheses to better engineer the nanomaterials for their intended applications. The synthesized nanomaterials are used for chemical fuel production (hydrogen), solar-driven desalination, water treatment, and sensing.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Member of the College of the Royal Society Canada, 2021
  • Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Research Chair, 2021
  • Nova Scotia Discovery Centre Emerging Professional Award, 2020
  • Member of the Global Young Academy, 2020
  • President’s Emerging Investigator Research Excellence Award, 2019

Selected Publications

  • “Photocatalytic Hydrogen Generation Using Mesoporous Silicon Nanoparticles: The Influence of Magnesiothermic Reduction Conditions and Nanoparticle Aging on the Catalytic Activity.” I. S. Curtis, R. J. Willis and M. Dasog* (Nanoscale, 2021, 13, 2685 – 2692)
  • “TiN, ZrN, and HfN Nanoparticles on Nanoporous Aluminum Oxide Membranes for Solar-Driven Water Evaporation and Desalination.” E. Traver, R. A. Karaballi, Y. Esfahani Monfared, H. Daurie, G. A. Gagnon, and M. Dasog* (ACS Applied Nano Materials, 2020, 3, 2787 – 2794)
  • “High Surface Area Mesoporous Silicon Nanoparticles Prepared via Two-Step Magnesiothermic Reduction for Stoichiometric CO2 to CH3OH Conversion.” S. A. Martell, Y. Lai, E. Traver, J. MacInnis, D. D. Richards, S. MacQuarrie, and M. Dasog* (ACS Applied Nano Materials, 2019, 2, 5713 – 5719)
  • “Synthesis of Plasmonic Group-4 Nitride Nanocrystals via Solid-State Metathesis.” R. A. Karaballi, G. Humagain, B. R. A. Fleishman, and M. Dasog* (Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2019, 58, 3147 – 3150)
  • “Highly-Efficient, Biochar-derived Molybdenum Carbide Hydrogen Evolution Electrocatalyst.” G. Humagain, K. MacDougal, J. MacInnis, J. M. Lowe, R. H. Coridan, S. MacQuarrie, and M. Dasog* (Advanced Energy Materials, 2018, 8, 1801461)