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Symposium EN05-Advances in Material, Catalyst and Device Design for Scalable Solar Fuel Production

Solar fuel production has made significant progress over the past couple of years, as research evolves from laboratory prototypes towards real-world applications. Accordingly, this symposium will focus on key emerging research directions including metal halide perovskite materials for artificial photosynthesis, earth abundant alternatives, system design and scalability, or high-throughput automation for material discovery. Several sessions will focus on lead halide perovskite for solar fuel production. Here, submissions are welcome on the use of perovskite materials in PV-electrolysis systems, as photocatalyst particles in suspension, or as photoelectrodes for H2 evolution, CO2 reduction and water oxidation. These sessions will bridge the gap between the fields of photovoltaics, quantum dots and solar fuels, providing a broad interest to researchers working on sustainable energy harvesting systems. These design principles apply to a vast range of solar fuel systems, hence sessions will be dedicated to lead-free, earth-abundant carbonaceous and oxide-based materials for light harvesting, photo- and electrocatalysis, as well as moisture protection. Discussions are welcome on the suitability of these approaches towards large-scale implementation, where focus will be placed on real-world benchmarking, stability, device integration, or reactor design. Here, submissions can address practical considerations on the end-of-life of devices, sustainable material sourcing and recycling. In addition, the symposium will touch upon state-of-the-art directions including experimental automation, high-throughput characterization and autonomous optimization, which will be crucial for the wide-spread implementation of solar fuel production systems.


Topics will include:

  • Metal halide perovskites for solar fuel production
  • Oxides and earth-abundant photoelectrode materials
  • Carbonaceous light absorbers and moisture protective layers
  • Automation and high-throughput experimentation for material discovery
  • Scalability and engineering challenges
  • Photo- and electrocatalysis, photoelectrodes, PV-electrolysis
  • Rational design of devices and reactor design
  • Scalable fabrication techniques: spray coating, roll-to-roll, 3D printing
  • Computational simulations and machine learning driven design of solar devices
  • Eco-design and circularity in design and production of solar devices
  • A tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned.

Invited Speakers (tentative):

  • Fatwa Abdi (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
  • Claire Carmalt (University College London, United Kingdom)
  • Todd Deutsch (National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA)
  • Kazunari Domen (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Robert Godin (The University of British Columbia, Canada)
  • Joanna Kargul (University of Warsaw, Poland)
  • Iain McCulloch (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
  • Yang Shao-Horn (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Byungha Shin (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea)
  • Ludmilla Steier (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
  • Magda Titirici (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
  • Francesca Toma (Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, Germany)
  • Peidong Yang (University of California, Berkeley, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Virgil Andrei
University of Cambridge
Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry
United Kingdom
No Phone for Symposium Organizer Provided , va291@cam.ac.uk

Demetra Achilleos
University College Dublin
School of Chemistry
Ireland
No Phone for Symposium Organizer Provided , demetra.achilleos@ucd.ie

Robert Hoye
University of Oxford
Department of Chemistry
United Kingdom

Katarzyna Sokol
Hydrogen to Worldwide INtegration
Belgium
No Phone for Symposium Organizer Provided , dr.katarzyna.sokol@h2win.com

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