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Renewable Energy: Solar Fuels
Gordon Research Conference

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


January 28 - February 2, 2018


Ventura Beach Marriott
Ventura, CA Site Information


Gary W. Brudvig & James R. Durrant

Vice Chairs:
Clifford P. Kubiak & Xile Hu

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by December 31, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

Harnessing sunlight to drive the synthesis of molecular fuels and chemical feedstocks – artificial photosynthesis – has enormous potential as a scalable approach for reducing our dependence on fossil fuel resources. Research in this field has greatly accelerated since the start of the Gordon Research Conference series on "Renewable Energy: Solar Fuels" in 2007, for example in the areas of light absorbers and catalysts for splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen, and reducing carbon dioxide to carbon based fuels. The 2018 GRC conference will explore the latest progress in meeting this challenge, reporting both state of the art materials, catalyst and system performance, and discussing advances in our understanding of their function. It will include sessions focused on molecular and inorganic catalysts, biohybrid systems and lessons to be learnt from biological catalysis, on new light absorbers and photocatalysts, on integration into photoelectrochemical devices and on the engineering and systems level challenges required to develop viable technologies. The Conference will bring together young and established investigators who are at the forefront of their fields to explore these interdisciplinary themes. Participants, including students and postdocs, are encouraged to present their results in poster sessions, and some poster presenters will be selected for short talks. The collegial atmosphere of this Conference, with programmed discussion sessions and informal gatherings in the afternoons and evenings, provides a unique international forum in which the academic and industrial scientists can exchange ideas to advance the field of renewable energy.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Renewable Energy: Solar Fuels" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


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Session Titles

The Conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by July 1, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Photocatalytic Devices
  • Molecular Catalysis
  • Water Oxidation
  • Inorganic Catalysis
  • Biohybrid Systems
  • Light Absorbers and Photocatalysts
  • Systems and Engineering
  • Semiconductors and Devices
  • New Directions in Solar Fuels Research
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