Solar Fuels Network Newsletter
Issue 12, October 2016


Steph Pendlebury, SFN Project Manager, Imperial College London  

Welcome to the twelfth Solar Fuels Network newsletter!  We’re excited to announce that registration has just opened for the 5th UK Solar Fuels Symposium and PG Afternoon, on 26 and 27 January 2017!  This Symposium is chaired by Dr Pau Ferras and Prof Andy Benniston, and will be hosted by Newcastle University.  There’s a very exciting list of invited speakers – see below for more details.  We invite abstracts for oral and poster presentations from academics, postdocs and students.

This Newsletter also includes a summary of the 2nd UK-Japan bilateral meeting, PhD studentship adverts, reports of events that students and post-docs have attended, and a list of upcoming conferences and meetings that may be of interest to the Solar Fuels Community.  Please do send any articles, adverts for upcoming meetings, or information about PhD/post-doc positions to Linnea ( for inclusion in future Newsletters.  Remember, you can invite any colleagues, students or collaborators (from academia or industry) who work in solar fuels and closely related research areas to join the Network:


5th UK Solar Fuels Symposium and
Postgraduate Afternoon 

Thursday 26th – Friday 27th January 2017
Newcastle University

Confirmed invited speakers include:
  • Professor Devens Gust, Arizona State University, US
  • Dr Sophia Haussener, EPFL, Switzerland
  • Dr Mark Symes, University of Glasgow
  • Dr Martijn A. Zwijnenburg, University College London
In addition, Professor Michael Grätzel (EPFL, Switzerland) will give a presentation within the frame of the RSC Centenary Prize lecture tour.

The postgraduate symposium will be held on the afternoon of Thursday 26th January. The 5th UK Solar Fuels Symposium will be 9:30 am to 6:00 pm on Friday 27th January. Both events are free for Solar Fuels Network members.

Organisers: Dr Pau Farràs Costa and Prof Andrew Benniston

For more information about the event and how to register please visit 


Pathways to Solar Hydrogen Technologies
June 13th – 17th 2016
The Netherlands
By Katherine Orchard and Timothy Rosser

Read Kathrine's and Timothy's report here.
Bilateral Exchange Bursary
Visit to the FEAM Photocatalysis centre 
By Raul Quesada Cabrera
Swiss Symposium and Summer School 2016
Solar Light to Chemical Energy Conversion

By Charles Creissen
Bilateral Exchange with JCAP and Lewis Research Group
CalTech, California USA 
By Franky Bedoya-Lora
5th HRSMC Photochemistry School: “Photochemistry, Fundamentals and Applications” 
27th-31st August 2016
The Netherlands

By Ben Jarman

Read Ben's report here. 
6th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress
10-15th September 2016

By Habib Ullah
Outreach and Dissemination Bursaries - Towards a career in Chemistry 
By Dr Anna Reynal

Read Anna's reports below:
79th Harden Conference: Oxygen Evolution and Reduction – Common Principles
Innsbruck, 16-20th April 2016
Katarzyna Sokol 


Final Report of Solar Driven Fuel
Synthesis Workshop:
Materials, Understanding and
Reactor Design 

Following the 1st UK-Japan bilateral workshop on Solar Fuels in September 2014, the 2nd UK-Japan Workshop on Solar Fuels and CO2 Conversion was held on 23-24 June 2016 in Tokyo. The workshop was organised by Prof. Osamu Ishitani (Tokyo Institute of Tech), Prof. Akihiko Kudo (Tokyo university of Science), Erwin Reisner and Junwang Tang. The workshop was sponsored by the SFN, RSC, FCO and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

The final report of the workshop is available to download here

PhD Studentship: Materials/Biophysical Chemistry at University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge invites applications for a 4-year PhD studentship to work with Dr Erwin Reisner on a project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) on semi-artificial photosynthesis. A significant part of the project aims to design and synthesise photoactive/electroactive materials that can 'wire' enzymes to artificial photosynthetic systems. Biophysical and spectroelectrochemical techniques will be used to study the protein-surface interface and to guide design.

For more information please visit

PhD Studentships in Chemistry - Developing New Materials for Tandem Dye-sensitized Solar Cells– CY033 

Three fully funded Chemistry PhD studentships are available from 2017 to develop new ways to use chemistry to convert sunlight into electricity or chemical fuel. The students will join Dr Gibson’s team on the pTYPE project which explores new transparent p-type semiconductors that will make dye-sensitized solar cells (DSC) a vastly more efficient and a realistic prospect for carbon-free energy generation worldwide.
  • 1 starts on the 9 January 2017 for 3 years
  • 2 start on the 25 September 2017 for 3 years
Deadline for applications is the 1st December 2016.

For more information please visit:

Europe Section Heinz Gerischer Award

EXTENDED Nomination Deadline: Nov. 1, 2016

On behalf of ECS Europe Section, you are kindly invited to nominate qualified candidate(s) for the Heinz Gerischer Award.

The Europe Section Heinz Gerischer Award was established in 2001 to recognize an individual or a small group of individuals (no more than 3) who have made an outstanding contribution to the science of semiconductor electrochemistry and photoelectrochemistry. The award consists of a scroll and a 2,000 EUR prize. The next award will be presented at the 232nd ECS Meeting in National Harbor, MD in October 2017. Explore the full award details on the ECS web site prior to completing the electronic application.

The Europe Section Heinz Gerischer Award is part of the ECS Honors & Awards Program, one that has recognized professional and volunteer achievement within our multi-disciplinary sciences for decades. Learn more about various forms of ECS recognition and those who share the spotlight as past award winners.

Upcoming Solar Fuels Themed Conferences and Events

Travel bursaries (up to £500) are now available for post-docs, as well as PhD students. Applications must be submitted at least three weeks before the event applied for.
  • EERA Annual Conference - Birmingham, UK; 24-25 November 2016, link
  • 5th UK Solar Fuels Symposium and Postgraduate Afternoon - Newcastle University, UK; 26-27 January 2017, link
  • Artificial Photosynthesis: Faraday Discussion - Kyoto, Japan; 28 February–2 March 2017, link
  • PEC/photocatalysis symposium at the 253rd ACS meeting - San Francisco, USA; 2-6 April 2017, link
  • 2nd International Solar Fuels (ISF-2) Conference - San Diego, USA; 6-10 July 2017, link
Please note that travel bursary applications are not restricted to the conferences/symposia listed here.
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