Solar Fuels Network Newsletter - Issue 15, November 2017
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Solar Fuels Network Newsletter

Issue 15, November 2017


Dr. Jenny Zhang and Daniel Anton Garcia

Welcome to the 15th issue of the SFN newsletter! As previously announced, the SFN has now been handed over to a new team headed by Professor Erwin Reisner in Cambridge. On behalf of the UK Solar Fuels research community, we would like to give heartfelt thanks to James, Steph and Lin, whose hard work and commitment to the quality of each SNF event, newsletter and general operation, have shaped the SFN into the success it is today. Steph Pendlebury has now an exciting new role as programme manager for the Centre for Plastic Electronics, and Linnea Luuppala is the education administrator for the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment. We wish them the very best in their new roles!

The registration for the 6th UK SFN symposium is now open! There are a number of talk and poster prizes to be won, so  don't forget to submit an abstract before 22nd of January.

Upcoming Events

6th UK Solar Fuels Symposium

Registration NOW OPEN!

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

Invited speakers: Sylvie Chardon-Noblat (Université Grenoble Alpes), Julea Butt (University of East Anglia) and Richard Douthwaite (University of York).

A £20 registration fee will be collected in cash upon arrival.

Deadline for abstract submissions 22nd January

Register HERE

Solar Fuels GRC

Storing Solar Energy in Chemical Bonds: From Theory and Catalysis to Devices and Engineering 

28th January - 2nd  February 2018, Ventura, US

Register HERE

Upcoming Solar Fuels Themed Conferences and Events

  • UK Catalysis Hub Winter Conference 2017 - Harwell Campus, UK; 14th - 15th December 2017, link
  • Advances in Fundamental Electrochemistry Applied to Catalysis, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, and Energy (Electrochemistry GRS) - Ventura, USA; 6th - 7th January 2018, link
  • Designing (Photo-)Catalytic Materials: From Fundamentals to Applications (Solar Fuels GRS) - Ventura, USA; 27th - 28th January 2018, link
  • 3rd Molecules and Materials for Artificial Photosynthesis Conference - Cancun, Mexico; 2nd March - 5th March 2018, link
  • 4th UK Energy Storage Conference (UKES2018) - Newcastle, UK; 20th- 22nd March 2018, link
  • SPEA10 - Almeria, Spain; 4th - 8th June 2018, link

Hydrogen Festival

The UCL Hydrogen Festival that took place on the 16th of September proved to be a success for all ages. As the first festival of its kind, the stalls catered for a varied audience: kids and adults alike got stuck into interactive demos revolving around hydrogen energy; everyone enjoyed the hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai car; and academics were able to share their research with the general public and with each other.

Catalysis Hub-SFN workshop

Key members of the UK Catalysis Hub and the Solar Fuels Network met for the first time at the Royal Society in London early October to explore new opportunities for collaborations between the two research communities. Read more about the meeting and the Catalysis Hub HERE.

UK Clean Growth Strategy

The UK Government has released its Clean Growth Strategy, which aims to make carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) a viable future option. It acknowledges, with the support of models, the possibility of a “hydrogen pathway” in which buildings and vehicles are powered by hydrogen to meet the energy targets. The initiative is currently running a £25 million project on using hydrogen as an alternative to natural gas. Supporting this, new policies will aim to increase incentives for use of ultra-low emission vehicles and hydrogen refuelling stations. For more info click HERE.
Positions available


The EPSRC CDT in Functional and Sustainable Nano (NanoDTC) at the University of Cambridge invites applications from top-class independent-thinking students for its multidisciplinary MRes + PhD programme in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, for an Oct 2018 start. Apply by 6th Dec 2017 to be considered in our first round of admission. For more information click HERE.
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