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Solar Fuels Network Newsletter
Issue 6, March 2015

Welcome

Steph Pendlebury, SFN Project Manager, Imperial College London      

Welcome to the sixth Solar Fuels Network newsletter!  We are excited to announce that registration and abstract submission for our International Discussion Meeting, “Solar Fuels: Moving from Materials to Devices” (at the Royal Society in London, 7-8 July) registration will open in the next few days – watch this space!  See below for more details and the link to register.  There will also be a free Early Career Researchers’ Symposium with the same theme on Monday 6th July at Imperial College, organised by Dr Anna Hankin and Dr Laia Francas.  But the next meeting will be a joint SFN-UK & Ireland Semiconductor Photochemistry workshop on 1st April: “Semiconductor Photochemistry and Solar Fuels”; registration and abstract submission are open.

We also have reports on the 3rd UK Solar Fuels Symposium and PG Symposium, held at the Edinburgh Conference Centre in January, and a list of upcoming conferences and meetings.  Please do invite any colleagues, students or collaborators (from academia or industry) who work in solar fuels and closely related research areas to join the Network: solarfuelsnetwork.com/membership.

I’d like to thank the organisers of the 3rd UK Solar Fuels Symposium and PG Symposium, Prof Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Prof Richard Cogdell and Claire Osborne, for all their hard work in making this meeting so successful.  The standard of talks and poster presentations at the PG Symposium was extremely high, making the judges’ jobs very difficult!  However, we congratulate Jan Rongé (University of Cambridge) for winning the oral presentation prize for his talk, “Solar Fuel from Air and Sunlight”, and Mark Forster (University of Liverpool) for the poster prize with his poster, “Elucidating charge carrier dynamics on advanced hematite (Fe2O3) photoelectrodes”.  Honourable mentions go to Emily Glover (UCL) and Wei Li (University of Liverpool) for their talks.  Thanks to the RSC’s Energy & Environmental Science and Chemical Science journals for sponsoring the prizes.  The main symposium had an excellent mix of science and engineering talks, including invited talks from Profs Adam Lee (Aston University), Lee Cronin (University of Glasgow), Jeffery Wu (National Taiwan University) and Hugo de Lasa (Western Ontario University).  You can find reports of this meeting from PhD students and postdocs who received SFN travel bursaries further down.

Upcoming Events

For more information please visit: http://solarfuelsnetwork.com/event/spc-solar-fuels/ 

For more information please visit: http://solarfuelsnetwork.com/event/idm-materials-to-devices/

For more information please visit: http://solarfuelsnetwork.com/event/idm-ecrs/

Reports

Reports for the 3rd UK Solar Fuels Symposium 
Heriot-Watt University

20th January 2015


You can read the reports of this meeting from PhD students and postdocs who received SFN travel bursaries here.

Collaborative Visit to FEUP (Porto)

David Palm, University of Cambridge


Across the field of solar fuels research, there is little standardization of the systems and conditions in which we test and compare novel materials. As a Master’s student in the group of Dr. Erwin Reisner at the University of Cambridge’s Department of Chemistry, I have been tasked with developing a standard photoelectrochemical (PEC) reactor for use in testing materials and catalysts being developed by our group.... You can read David's report here.

2014 MRS Fall Meeting

Dr Veronica Celorrio
Bristol University


The 2014 Fall Meeting of the Materials Research Society took place from November 30 to December 5, 2014, in Boston (Massachusetts). A materials conference could not be hold on a better place since the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which is one of the leading institutions worldwide on materials research, was just on the other side of the Charles river... You can read Veronicas report here

News

SFN Publishes Solar Fuels Vision Statement


We  are proud to launch this Solar Fuels Vision statement, outlining the challenges and opportunities for the UK in this field, and what the UK’s Solar Fuels research priorities should be. This document was produced by UK academics and industry representatives involved in solar fuels research during discussions facilitated by the Knowledge Transfer Network and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Download the vision document here: UK Solar Fuels Vision Statement 
You can read reports of the meeting by some of the attendees here

Outreach

Funding 


The Solar Fuels Network supports outreach and public engagement activities with a theme of solar fuels/artificial photosynthesis. Steph Pendlebury leads a network of people from all over the UK involved in planning and developing these activities – please contact her for more information. We have a library of various demonstrations, hands-on activities and games, posters, hand-outs and information that can be used for events such as science festivals. Funding is also available to UK-based members of the SFN for outreach and public engagement.

3rd UK Solar Fuels Symposium & PG Symposium

I’d  like to thank the organisers of the 3rd UK Solar Fuels Symposium and PG Symposium, Prof Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Prof Richard Cogdell and Claire Osborne, for all their hard work in making this meeting so successful.  The standard of talks and poster presentations at the PG Symposium was extremely high, making the judges’ jobs very difficult!  However, we congratulate Jan Rongé (University of Cambridge) for winning the oral presentation prize for his talk, “Solar Fuel from Air and Sunlight”, and Mark Forster (University of Liverpool) for the poster prize with his poster, “Elucidating charge carrier dynamics on advanced hematite (Fe2O3) photoelectrodes”.  Honourable mentions go to Emily Glover (UCL) and Wei Li (University of Liverpool) for their talks.  Thanks to the RSC’s Energy & Environmental Science and Chemical Science journals for sponsoring the prizes.  The main symposium had an excellent mix of science and engineering talks, including invited talks from Profs Adam Lee (Aston University), Lee Cronin (University of Glasgow), Jeffery Wu (National Taiwan University) and Hugo de Lasa (Western Ontario University).  You can find reports of this meeting from PhD students and postdocs who received SFN travel bursaries here.


1st International
Solar Fuels Conference (ISF-1) 

April 26 – May 1, 2015 in Uppsala, Sweden
 

Registration has now opened for the 1st International Solar Fuels Conference (ISF-1) in Uppsala, Sweden, April 26–May 1, 2015. The aim is that this shall become the first meeting in a new conference series that will rotate on a biannual basis between organizers around the world. The conference will bring together scientists working with both biological and chemical approaches to utilize solar energy for direct fuel production. A list of confirmed speakers is available on the website . PhD students, post-docs and other young scientists are invited to present their research at ISF-1 Young, which will provide a forum for young scientists to present and discuss their research amongst each other in a more informal atmosphere, including oral presentations selected from abstracts and invited senior keynote speakers. In addition, poster-sessions, lab-tours, a party and other social activities will provide enough room for building up a strong network amongst each other.

The SFN is an official sponsor of this conference; travel bursaries  (up to £500 towards the cost of registration fees and travel) are available for PhD students and early-career postdocs - application deadline 2nd April.

CLEAN ELECTRICITY FROM
PHOTOVOLTAICS
2nd Edition

edited by Mary D Archer (Imperial College, UK) &
Martin A Green (University of New South Wales, Australia)



The second edition of Clean Electricity from Photovoltaics, first published in 2001, provides an updated account of the underlying science, technology and market prospects for photovoltaics. All areas have advanced considerably in the decade since the first edition was published multicrystalline silicon cell efficiencies have made impressive advances, thin-film CdTe cells have established a decisive market presence, and organic photovoltaics hold out the prospect of economical large-scale power production.

If you would like to order a copy please complete this form and send it to any of our offices or order online @ www.worldscientific.com


Printed Photovoltaics:
From Materials to Manufacture

20-21 April 2015, Swansea, UK
 

Printed Photovoltaics: From Materials to Manufacture, is a two day workshop to discuss the challenge and opportunities for printed PV technologies, including perovskites, organic and hybrid devices. Topics to be discussed include materials and device function, processing and stability, and scaleup towards  manufacturable technologies.

Registration: Please register via the conference website:

https://sersolar.eventbrite.co.uk, where you can also submit your poster abstract to sersolar@swansea.ac.uk. The conference fee is £150 or £80 for students. 

Conference chair:
Professor James Durrant
Imperial College London and Sêr Solar chair, Swansea University
Organizing committee/co-chairs:
Matt Carnie (Sêr Solar)
Cécile Charbonneau (Sêr Solar)
Matthew Davies (Sêr Solar)
Wing Chung Tsoi (Sêr Solar)
Industrial Engagement Chair:
Silvia Villarroya-Lidon (Sêr Solar)


Confirmed Invited speakers:
Aldo Di Carlo (University of Rome)
Hans Egelhaaf (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)
Michael Grätzel (EPFL)
Saif Haque (Imperial College London)
David Lidzey (Sheffield University)
Paul Meredith (University of Queensland)
Jenny Nelson (Imperial College London)
Michael Niggemann (eight19)
Brian O’Regan (Swansea University)
Henry Snaith (University of Oxford)
Mark Spratt (GCell)
Trystan Watson (Swansea University)

Please visit the Sêr Solar conference page at https://sersolar.eventbrite.co.uk for further details

Christian Doppler Symposium on Solar Fuels

18th September 2015
St John’s College, Cambridge

 

The Reisner group warmly invites you to attend the 2015 Christian Doppler Symposium on Solar Fuels on 18th September 2015 at St John’s College, Cambridge. This one-day symposium will bring together leaders in the field of solar fuels as well as selected young emerging researchers (post-doctorates and PhDs) to speak about recent advances in their research. Confirmed speakers include Gary Brudvig (USA), Devens Gust (USA), Roel van de Krol (Germany), Osamu Ishitani (Japan), Dan Nocera (USA) and Nicolas Plumeré (Germany). Registration is free and a link to registration with more details about the event will be provided in the next Solar Fuels Network newsletter.

Upcoming Solar Fuels Themed Conferences and Events


We are pleased to announce that travel bursaries (up to £500) are now available for post-docs, as well as PhD students.
  • SFN-SPC Joint Meeting: “Semiconductor Photochemistry and Solar Fuels”Imperial College London; 1 April 2015link
  • MRS Spring Meeting - San Francisco, 6-10 April 2015, link
  • 1st International Solar Fuels Conference & ISF-1 Young - Uppsala, 26 April-1 May 2015, link
  • International Conference EST (Energy, Science and Technology) 2015 - Karlsruhe, Germany; 20-22 May 2015, link
  • International Symposium on Energy Conversion and Storage  (RSC) - Beijing; 31 May-1 June 2015link
  • SFN International Discussion Meeting “Solar Fuels: from Materials to Devices” and PG Symposium - London, 6-8 July 2015, link
  • UKERC International Energy Summer School, Wyboston; UK; 5-10 Julylink
  • Faraday Discussion: Solid Oxide Electrolysis: Fuels & Feedstocks from Air & Water  - York, UK; 13-15 July 2015, link
  • 1st Chemistry in Energy Conference  - Edinburgh, UK; 20-22 July 2015link
  • ISACS17: Challenges in Chemical Renewable Energy  - Rio de Janeiro; 8-11 September 2015link
  • Faraday Discussion: Supramolecular Photochemistry  - Cambridge, UK; 15-17 September 2015, link
Please note that travel bursary applications are not restricted to the conferences/symposia listed here.
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