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Renewable Energy: Solar Fuels (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Solar Energy Conversion to Fuels


February 27-28, 2016


Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco
Lucca (Barga), Italy


Andreas Bachmeier & Lena Trotochaud

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Renewable Energy: Solar Fuels is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The 2016 Solar Fuels GRS welcomes young researchers to join us in Lucca, Italy to present their research on solar energy conversion to fuels, both in the form of oral presentations and posters. The meeting will provide a unique opportunity to network with peers and young star faculty members from around the globe in an intimate setting. The underlying theme of the meeting will focus on integrated systems for artificial photosynthesis and prospective speakers are encouraged to highlight how their work fits into this theme. Topics for talks and posters will cover all aspects of artificial photosynthesis, from light capture and carrier generation, charge transfer/separation at interfaces, and multi-electron catalysis to complete solar-fuel systems (including solar thermal) and scale-up. Insights from advanced and in situ characterization techniques, theory and systems modelling, and biological/bio-inspired/biomimetic systems will also be featured.    

The scientific program will not only highlight the current challenges in the field, but also emphasize that as we advance towards fully-functioning integrated systems, the lines between our individual areas of expertise do (and should) become blurred. The increasing demand for renewable energy on a global scale is not a need that any one of us will fulfill alone, and the 2016 Solar Fuels GRS provides the researchers who will soon lead the field with an opportunity to exchange ideas and form long-lasting relationships that are integral to the success of photosynthetic-inspired fuel production systems.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Renewable Energy: Solar Fuels" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

1:30 pm - 4:30 pmArrival and Check-in
3:00 pm - 3:15 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:15 pm - 4:00 pmKeynote Session: Integrated Systems for Artificial Photosynthesis
Discussion Leader: James Blakemore (University of Kansas, USA)
3:15 pm - 3:50 pmThomas Jaramillo (Stanford University, USA)
"Catalysts, Materials, and Devices for Solar Fuels"
3:50 pm - 4:00 pmDiscussion
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmClosing the Photosynthetic Cycle – Integrated Systems and Scale-Up
Discussion Leader: Jenny Yang (University of California, Irvine, USA)
5:30 pm - 5:45 pmDariusz Mitoraj (Ulm University, Germany)
"Visible Light-Driven Photooxidation of Water at Hybrid Photoanodes"
5:45 pm - 5:50 pmDiscussion
5:50 pm - 6:05 pmNicolas Kaeffer (Université Grenoble Alpes, France)
"Toward the Construction of Fully Molecular Photocathodes for Hydrogen Evolution"
6:05 pm - 6:10 pmDiscussion
6:10 pm - 6:25 pmGadiel Saper (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
"Photosystem II-Derived Electrical Current from Zombie Cyanobacterial Cells to Produce Hydrogen"
6:25 pm - 6:30 pmDiscussion
6:30 pm - 6:45 pmLihao Han (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland)
"Technical Feasibility and Optimal Material Combination in Mediated Particle Slurry Reactors for Solar-Driven Water Splitting"
6:45 pm - 6:50 pmDiscussion
6:50 pm - 7:05 pmShannon Bonke (Monash University, Australia)
"Renewable Fuels from Concentrated Solar Power: Towards Practical Artificial Photosynthesis"
7:05 pm - 7:10 pmDiscussion
7:10 pm - 7:30 pmGeneral Discussion
8:00 pmDinner
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amMulti-Electron Catalysis – Water Oxidation, Fuel Production, and Catalyst Integration
Discussion Leader: Yogesh Surendranath (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
9:00 am - 9:15 amMarsha Massey (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)
"Reactions of Electrophiles with a CO-Reduction Intermediate Ruthenium Hydroxymethyl Complex"
9:15 am - 9:20 amDiscussion
9:20 am - 9:35 amDavid Shaffer (Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA)
"Manipulating the Rate-Limiting Step in Water Oxidation Catalysis by Ruthenium Bipyridine-Dicarboxylate Complexes"
9:35 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 9:55 amThomas Porter (Université Paris Diderot, France)
"Mechanistic Investigations of Water Oxidation at Cobalt Oxide Based Thin Films Using Cyclic Voltammetry"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:15 amMikaela Görlin (Technical University of Berlin, Germany)
"Electrochemical Water Splitting Reaction Dynamics Investigated over Mixed Ni-Fe Oxides"
10:15 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:35 amMichaela Burke (University of Oregon, USA)
"Mixed Metal Oxygen Evolution Electrocatalysts: Revised Activity Trends and Applications in Alkaline Water Electrolysis"
10:35 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 11:00 amGeneral Discussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmEngineering Interfaces for Efficient Charge Generation, Electron-Hole Separation, and Carrier Utilization
Discussion Leader: Raffaella Buonsanti (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
1:30 pm - 1:45 pmDino Klotz (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
"Complementary Impedance Analysis with Electrical and Optical Perturbation of Hematite Photoanodes"
1:45 pm - 1:50 pmDiscussion
1:50 pm - 2:05 pmSean Berglund (Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie, Germany)
"Evaluation and Optimization of CuBi2O4 as a Photocathode Material for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting"
2:05 pm - 2:10 pmDiscussion
2:10 pm - 2:20 pmGeneral Discussion
2:20 pm - 2:30 pmClosing Remarks
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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