Solar Fuels Network Newsletter
Issue 7, June 2015


Steph Pendlebury, SFN Project Manager, Imperial College London  

Welcome to the seventh Solar Fuels Network newsletter!  Included in this issue are reports on the joint Solar Fuels Network-Semiconductor Photochemistry Network workshop, held at Imperial College on 1st April.  I’d like to thank the chairs of this meeting, Prof Andrew Mills (Queen’s University Belfast) and Prof Jason Riley (Imperial College), for making this such a successful meeting.  There are also reports from PhD students and post-docs who received SFN Travel Bursaries to attend the excellent ISF-1 Conference in Sweden. 

Abstract submission for the upcoming SFN discussion meeting, “Solar Fuels: Moving from Materials to Devices” has now closed.  However, registration is still open!  The deadline for registration for the main International Discussion Meeting (7-8 July, chaired by Prof Jim Barber) is Sunday 21st  June.  All are welcome at this event (students, post-docs, professors, industry researchers…); we’ve kept the registration fees very low so that as many people as possible can join the discussions!  There is also a free Early Career Researchers’ Symposium, for post-graduate students and post-docs, on Monday 6th June (deadline for registration: 25th June).  Attendees at the ECRS are strongly encouraged to register for the main Discussion Meeting too; it will be an excellent opportunity for early career researchers to meet many of the world leaders in this field.

As usual, the Newsletter finishes with a list of upcoming conferences and meetings that may be of interest to the Community.  Do send any articles, adverts for upcoming meetings, or information about PhD/post-doc positions to Linnea ( for inclusion in future Newsletter.  Remember, 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:

Upcoming Events

For more information please visit:

All welcome!
Register here: student registration (£85), or non-student registration (£160)

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Reports for the Semiconductor Photochemistry and Solar Fuels Workshop 

1st April 2015, Imperial College London

The Solar Fuels Network and the UK & Ireland Semiconductor Photochemistry Network organised a joint workshop in April 2015 at Imperial College London.  The key aim of the event was, through a series of representative presentations, to bring researchers in the two related fields of semiconductor photocatalysis and solar fuels together to address common scientific goals. Thank you for everyone who attended and contributed towards the event. 

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

Reports for the 1st International
Solar Fuels Conference

April 26 – May 1, 2015 in Uppsala, Sweden

The Solar Fuels Network was an official sponsor of the ISF-1 Conference held in Uppsala. SFN offered funding for PhD students and early career researchers to attend the conference. You can read their reports of this meeting here.

Bilateral Exchange Bursary:
Visit to North China Electric Power University (NCEPU)

Oluwafunmilola Ola
Heriot-Watt University

Solar Fuels Network Bilateral Collaboration Grant was crucial to enable me travel to Beijing, China to undertake a scholarly visit at North China Electric Power University (NCEPU) for one month. ... You can read Oluwafunmilola’s report here


Changes  to SFN Bursaries

Solar Fuels Network offers funding to UK-based members (including PhD students, post-docs, fellows and PIs) for various activities. There are three types of bursaries available: outreach, bilateral exchange, and travel & accommodation (the latter is restricted to post-graduate students and post-docs). There has been some changes to the amounts that can be claimed and the guidelines of what can be claimed.

Travel Bursary - the amounts that can be applied for are as follows:
  • up to £200 for UK conferences/symposia (including the July International Discussion Meeting and ECRS)
  • up to £500 for international conferences and summer/winter schools (for ISF-1 and Gordon Research conferences/seminars the bursary covers travel & registration fees, rather than travel & accommodation)
  • up to £700 for JCAP summer/winter school
Travel Bursaries, Outreach Bursaries and Lab Visit Bursaries - Restrictions on what can be claimed: 
  • Subsistence (food/drink) is not covered.
  • We will not refund paper tickets for London Underground or bus journeys – use Oyster or contactless payment instead.  
  • Taxi journeys will only be refunded if there is no viable public transport option.  
  • The limit for accommodation is £105/night outside London and £150/night within London (including VAT).

SFN Publishes Solar Fuels Vision Statement

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, is available to download here. 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. This Vision Statement was produced with the intention that SFN members and others working in this field could use and adapt it for their own purposes.

SOFI Knowledge Map launched


Solar Fuels Institute (SOFI) is giving you access a continually improving tool, designed and constructed to accelerate the field of solar fuels research through standardization and easy retrieval of essential data.

The Knowledge Map is much more than just a publication search platform. It’s a database built on a unique, community-driven taxonomy.

Field-specific metrics, identified and vetted by leaders of the field, are recorded alongside peer-reviewed publications. Participate in SOFI's Knowledge map and be a part of a community directly responsible for standardizing results and protocols. Imagine if facts were no longer embedded in PDFs. Researchers from around the world could more easily compare and discover results. To find out more, visit SOFI's website.

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.

Keynote speakers:
  • Prof. Gary Brudvig, Yale University, New Haven (US)
  • Prof. Devens Gust, Arizona State University, Tempe (US)
  • Prof. Leif Hammarström, Uppsala University, Uppsala (SE)
  • Dr. Judy Hirst, MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit, Cambridge (GB)
  • Prof. Osamu Ishitani, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo (JP)
  • Prof. Roel van de Krol, Institute for Solar Fuels, Berlin (DE)
  • Prof. Daniel Nocera, Harvard University, Cambridge (US)
  • Dr. Nicolas Plumeré, Ruhr-Universität, Bochum (DE)
Registration (limited places):
Closing date of registration: 17th August

Chair: Dr. E. Reisner
Organisers: Ms J. Leung & Dr. J. Warnan
Contact: /

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.
  • Science behind CO2 Capture and Conversion - Cuba; 24-28 June 2015, link
  • UK Catalysis Hub Conference - Oxfordshire; 2 July 2015, link
  • 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
  • 12th International Conference on Material Chemistry (MC12) - University of York, UK; 20-23 July 2015, link
  • Perspect-H2O General Meeting 2015 - Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland; 2-4 September 2015, link
  • ISACS17: Challenges in Chemical Renewable Energy  - Rio de Janeiro; 8-11 September 2015link
  • Faraday Discussion: Supramolecular Photochemistry  - Cambridge, UK; 15-17 September 2015, link
  • Christian Doppler Symposium on Solar Fuels - Cambridge, UK; 18 September 2015, link
Please note that travel bursary applications are not restricted to the conferences/symposia listed here.
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