Solar Fuels Network Newsletter - Issue 13, April 2017
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Solar Fuels Network Newsletter
Issue 13, April 2017


Steph Pendlebury, SFN Project Manager, Imperial College London  

Five years have passed since the formation of a UK Solar Fuels Network was first discussed. In those five years our research community has grown considerably in numbers, connections and strength. The SFN has been a real driving force behind this. Key to this success have been the events we’ve organised (15 over the last four years, plus the joint SFN-SuperSolar symposium on 26th April, and the 6th UK Solar Fuels Symposium in 2018), and the bursaries that we’ve awarded. In total the SFN has awarded 11 Outreach Bursaries, 13 Bilateral Exchange Bursaries, and 155 Travel Bursaries to date. These events and bursaries have particularly benefitted early career researchers, allowing them to network with and present their results to researchers from all over the UK, Europe and internationally. The excitement, fascination and great potential for a low-carbon future that Solar Fuels elicits has been shared with the public at numerous events. The SFN has also successfully raised the profile of UK research in this field both at home and overseas.
We are now entering an exciting new phase, in partnership with SuperSolar. I would like to thank James Durrant for his leadership, engagement and vision during his directorship of the SFN. We are delighted that Erwin Reisner is now taking the SFN forward into the future!  

Upcoming Events

Joint Solar Fuels Network and
SuperSolar Symposium:
Materials for Solar Energy Conversion

Wednesday 26 April 2017
Imperial College London
This symposium is the first event to be hosted jointly by the Solar Fuels Network and the EPSRC solar energy consortium, SuperSolar. The aim of the meeting is to bring the UK PV and solar fuels communities together to discuss shared interests around fundamental aspects of materials for solar energy conversion. The symposium will feature invited presentations from research leaders in both fields. This is an excellent opportunity for SFN and SuperSolar members to get together to discuss the latest advances in the field of solar energy conversion.

Confirmed invited speakers:
  • Prof Mark van Schilfgaarde, King’s College London
  • Prof Andy Cooper, University of Liverpool
  • Prof Neil Robertson, University of Edinburgh
  • Prof Upul Wijayantha, Loughborough University
  • Prof David Fermin, Bristol University
  • Prof Jenny Nelson, Imperial College London
  • Prof James Durrant, Imperial College London
  • Dr Elizabeth Gibson, Newcastle University
  • Dr Erwin Reisner, University of Cambridge
Prizes Awarded at 5th UK Solar Fuels Symposium
Over one hundred researchers from across the UK and overseas gathered at Newcastle University on 26th and 27th January 2017 for the 5th UK Solar Fuels Symposium, chaired by Dr Pau Farras and Prof Andy Benniston.  
Continue reading here
The Solar Fuels Network Bursaries will end in the end of April 2017
The Solar Fuels Network Bursary scheme will end at the end of April. Funding has been available to UK-based members (including PhD students, post-docs, fellows and PIs) for various activities. Continue reading here
Two open positions at the University of Zurich, Switzerland
- Postdoctoral Fellow in Materials Chemistry: Solar Water Splitting - link
- PhD Position in Solar Energy Materials at University of Zurich - link
Application deadline: 1st May 2017
Bursary Reports
The Solar Fuels Network has offered funding to UK-based members for various solar fuels related activities. Below you can read the reports written by the successful SFN bursary applicants.
Travel bursary reports:
Bilateral exchange bursary reports:

Upcoming Solar Fuels Themed Conferences and Events

  • Photoelectrochemistry of semiconductors at the nanoscale: 
    from fundamental aspects to practical applications
    - Szeged, Hungary; 23-26 April 2017, link
  • ISF-2 Conference - San Diego, USA; 6-10 July 2017, link
  • Catalysis for Renewable Sources: Fuel, Energy, Chemicals (CRS-4) - Adriatic Riviera, Gabicce Mare, Italy; 4 – 8 September 2017, link
  • New and Advanced Materials and Technologies in Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development - Cancun, Mexico; 22-26 October 2017, link
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