Solar Fuels Network Newsletter Autumn 2022
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31st Solar Fuels Network Newsletter
Dr. Glenda Wall, SFN Project Manager/Administrator
Professor Alex Cowan, SFN Director

Welcome to the 31st edition of our SFN newsletter for Autumn 2022.

Following the lifting of COVID restrictions we were happy to see so many of our Members face-to-face at our 10th Symposium in Newcastle.  An overview of our Symposium together with details of our prize winners and sponsors is included.

Also in this Newsletter we would draw your attention to a number of interesting job opportunities.
News from the Network's Director
Professor Alex Cowan

It was wonderful to meet with colleagues again for the annual Solar Fuels symposium to hear great talks and engage in lively discussion at the posters. The event was a great success with 90+ registrants and we are extremely grateful to the chair, and event host Dr Shafeer Kalathil for his excellent organisation of the meeting. We also wish to thank the University of Northumbria and all sponsors for their generosity which helps keep the registrations costs of these events so low.

Alongside a report on the symposium, in this newsletter you will find details of a number of new studentships and research positions that are available in the field of solar fuels and we encourage you to share these with colleagues as widely as possible.

I’m sure that many of you will be aware that the Solar Fuels Network has been funded as part of the UKRI SuperSolar Supergen hub. As this funding period draws to a close we do enter a period of uncertainty but the Network team is determined to keep activities running as much as is possible during the interim period. At this point I want to pay particular thanks to our Network's advisory board who have been working with us to develop new plans and we are hopeful that we will be able to report on new developments in the next newsletter.

With best wishes
SFN 10th Symposium

The 10th Solar Fuel Network (SFN) Symposium and Early Career Event was held on 14-15 July 2022 at Northumbria University, Newcastle hosted by Dr Shafeer Kalathil. The first day had 14 oral presentations including 3 keynote speakers, Prof James Durrant from Imperial College, Prof Julea Butt from University of East Anglia, and Dr Jenny Zhang from University of Cambridge and 2 invited speakers, Dr Seb Sprick from University of Strathclyde, and Dr Anabel E. Lanterna from University of Nottingham. Around 100 delegates have attended the event in person and the event discussed recent research updates in the field of solar fuels/chemicals with a focus on solar biohybrids. There was an advisory board meeting on the first day to discuss the current and future activities of SFN. Early career researchers participated in the event by presenting their research through oral and poster presentations. The ECR day discussed fundamental science to commercial applications of solar fuel/chemical research with the aim of net zero target with 18 oral presentations including an invited speaker, Dr Motiar Rahman from University of Cambridge.

The event was sponsored by Energy Futures, Northumbria University and SUPERGEN SuperSolar. Prizes were given by the Royal Society of Chemistry journals Chemical Science, Energy and Environmental Science, and Journal Materials Chemistry A for the best poster presentations and ECR talks.

Prize winners (left to right): Best posters - Tianhao He, Imperial College, London and Chao Li, Liverpool University with Professor Alex Cowan (SFN Director) and best ECR talk winner - Santiago Rodriguez Jimenez, University of Cambridge with Dr Shafeer Kalathil (Symposium organiser Northumbria University).
Job Opportunities
Computational PostDoc Positions at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
The Houle group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) focuses on multiscale reaction-diffusion modeling of complex chemical systems. Current projects are described on the group website.  Please search by the job requisition number.  Position 1: The Center for High Precision Patterning Science (CHiPPS), a DOE Energy Frontier Research Center, postdoctoral researcher position (requisition 96836). Position 2: Postdoc to develop detailed coupled reaction-transport stochastic kinetics models for sunlight-driven water oxidation on oxide semiconductor surfaces (requisition 96834). These postdoc computational positions are available immediately, and any interested candidates are invited to apply. Please contact Frances Houle ( with any questions.

3 PhD studentships in Reisner Lab, University of Cambridge
(deadline 2 Dec 2022):
PhD studentship in Organic Chemistry
PhD studentship in Biochemistry
PhD studentship in Chemistry
3 Postdoc positions in Reisner Lab, University of Cambridge
(deadline 12 Dec 2022):
Postdoc position in Organic Chemistry
Postdoc position in Physical Chemistry
Postdoc position in Biochemistry

Reisner Lab, University of Cambridge Laboratory Manager
This position will be be advertised shortly, details will be advertised on the Reisner Lab web site.

Fully Funded PhD Creissen Labs, Keele University
Creissen Labs have one fully funded  PhD position with a start date of Januar 2023.  Full details.

Research Associate in Thermo-electrochemical Energy Storage, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
The PDRA will conduct core experimental and theoretical tasks for the objectives set for the EPSRC-funded project entitled 'Heat Utilisation via Thermally Regenerative Electrochemical System'. Full details.

PDRA in Carbon Dioxide Electrochemistry, University of Liverpool
A research position working on a proof of concept project on carbon dioxide to ethylene at low pH is available. Full details.
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