Solar Fuels Network Newsletter - Issue 14, August 2017
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Solar Fuels Network Newsletter

Issue 14, August 2017


Steph Pendlebury and Jenny Zhang, SFN Project Managers

Welcome to the 14th issue of the SFN newsletter! As mentioned in the last newsletter, the SFN is undergoing some changes. Steph will be handing over the project management of the Network to Jenny at the end of October. Linnea has now moved on to a new role at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College. We would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to her for all her hard work in the last years and wish her the very best best in her new role!

The first joint SFN-SuperSolar Symposium took place in last April and proved to be an excellent platform for the exchange of ideas from both communities. Many thanks to Prof Jenny Nelson, Prof Mike Walls, and Prof Erwin Reisner for chairing this event. You can read more about the event here and also find some excellent summaries of the science presented here. We hope to have more in the future, especially with the merge planned for next year.

Excitingly, a H2 festival will be taking place at UCL this September! It is free entry and all are welcome. There is still space for more research-related demonstration stalls! See below for more details. 

From the Director

Prof Erwin Reisner, University of Cambridge

Dear Solar Fuels Network community,
the SFN management is currently transitioning from Imperial College to Cambridge and we are preparing a roadmap for future activities. Closer interactions of the SFN with the EPSRC Supergen SuperSolar Hub have previously been announced and we have also started discussions with the EPSRC Catalysis Hub. We thereby hope to develop strong links to both the photovoltaics and catalysis communities and enable fruitful exchange between these fields of research. I am also pleased to introduce the new SFN management team members Jenny Zhang (new Project Manager) and Daniel Anton Garcia (Assistant Project Manager). They will take over from Steph and Linnea, who have provided invaluable support during the past five years and I wholeheartedly thank them for their excellent support and engagement! 

Upcoming Events

Hydrogen Festival

16 September 2017, UCL
UCL warmly invites you and members of the public to come check out its H2 and Sustainability Festival taking place in September! This festival aims to give the public a taste of not-so-distant future H2 technologies (there will be cars and open-air cinema powered by hydrogen) as well as demonstrations from labs around the UK on the latest H2 production strategies. This is a free event; see flyer above and the event webpage for more information. If your research group is interested in setting up a stall related to solar fuels at this festival, please contact Anna Hankin and Oscar Williams

Save the Date! 6th UK Solar Fuels Symposium

19-20 March 2018, University of York

Chaired by Prof Robin Perutz

Keynote invited talk: Prof Mike Wasielewski, Northwestern University, RSC Physical Organic Chemistry prize winner

Call for abstracts (presentations and posters) will be announced in the coming months.

Molecular Photophysics Symposium

10 October 2017, University of Newcastle
A one-day meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 10th 2017 at Newcastle University to discuss all matters relating to molecular photophysics. This is the second meeting in the series and will include contributions on artificial photosynthesis and solar fuels. Opportunities exist for poster presentation and for oral contributions. For further details see the event webpage or contact Prof. A. Harriman
A PhD position to work on artificial photosynthesis, starting from September 2017, is available at the University of Nantes. There is no need to speak French! Contact Prof. F. Odobel.
A PhD position is available at Swansea University from early 2018. The newly established group of Moritz Kuehnel is looking for an enthusiastic candidate to study fluorous supramolecular assemblies for solar fuels generation. Please contact Moritz Kuehnel for further details.

Upcoming Solar Fuels Themed Conferences and Events

  • 1st Ulm Symposium on Solar-Driven Chemistry - Ulm, Germany; 8th - 10th October 2017, link
  • 8th International Conference “Photosynthesis and Hydrogen Energy Research for Sustainability – 2017” - Hyderabad, India; 30th October - 4th November 2017, link
  • 11th EERA AMPEA Joint Programme Steering Committee AMPEA workshop: Photo- and Electro- Catalysis in Energy Conversion - Prague, Czech Republic; 20th - 21st November 2017, link
  • 3rd Molecules and Materials for Artificial Photosynthesis Conference - Cancun, Mexico; 2nd March - 5th March 2018, link
  • Designing (Photo-)Catalytic Materials: From Fundamentals to Applications (GRS) - Ventura, USA; 27th - 28th January 2018, link
  • Storing Solar Energy in Chemical Bonds: From Theory and Catalysis to Devices and Engineering (GRC) - Ventura, USA; 28th January - 2nd  February 2018, link

Mission Innovation: Accelerating the Clean Energy Revolution

Together with other participating companies, the UK government has committed to doubling funding on carbon mitigation R&D, targeting seven areas of which solar fuels is one, via the Mission Innovationstrategy. This is an excellent opportunity for the UK Solar Fuels and Artificial Photosynthesis research community. For more information click here or e-mail Prof Durrant.
Bursary Reports
The Solar Fuels Network has offered funding to UK-based members for various activities. Below you can read the reports written by the successful SFN bursary applicants.

Reports for travel bursaries:
Reports for bilateral exchange:
Reports for outreach and dissemination:
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