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Renewable Energy: Solar Fuels (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Designing (Photo-)Catalytic Materials: From Fundamentals to Applications


January 27-28, 2018


Ventura Beach Marriott
Ventura, CA Site Information


Marsha D. Massey & Christian Dette

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by December 30, 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.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by October 27, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Renewable Energy: Solar Fuels presents a unique forum specifically for graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and other scientific researchers with comparable experience to contribute and share new ideas in the dynamic field of renewable energy research.

The 2018 GRS on Renewable Energy: Solar Fuels in Ventura, CA, invites graduate students and post-docs to present their research both in the form of oral and poster presentations. The meeting will provide a unique opportunity to talk about research, network with leading scientists in the field and gain knowledge about industry experiences. The topics in this meeting will discuss the variety of challenges in solar energy production and storage. This meeting will thereby focus on materials design: from fundamentals to applications. This includes research pertaining to catalysis, materials development, molecular devices, and integrated systems.

This year's Renewable Energy: Solar Fuels GRS will also feature a career development forum to encourage connections across academia, industry, and government. Attendees will be encouraged to engage invited senior scientists in discussions about career paths and potential collaborations for the future.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by October 27, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Program Format

Saturday Sunday
  • Introductory Comments: 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Introductory Science Session: 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Poster Session I: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Dinner: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Evening Science Session: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Breakfast: 7:30 am - 8:30 am
  • Morning Science Session: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Poster Session II: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Lunch: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Concluding Science Session: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Evaluation Period: 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Program for related GRC begins: 6:00 pm

Related Meeting

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

Meeting Program

The Conference Chair is currently developing an outline of the program components for this GRS. This information will be available by July 1, 2017. Please check back for updates.
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