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Molecules and Materials for Artificial Photosynthesis

06 Feb 14 - 09 Feb 14

Cancun, Mexico


The replacement of fossil fuels by a clean and renewable energy source is one of the most urgent and challenging issues our society is facing today, which is why intense research is devoted to this topic recently. Nature has been using sunlight as the primary energy input to oxidize water and generate carbohydrates (a solar fuel) for over a billion years. Inspired, but not constrained, by nature, artificial systems can be designed to capture light and oxidize water and reduce protons or other organic compounds to generate useful chemical fuels. Significant progress has been made recently in artificial photosynthesis based on molecular chemistry and material science.  However, developments in these two areas have occurred more independently than what is perhaps desired. In the present meeting, we will bring together researchers in these two scientific communities to explore possible synergistic effects of “fusion” between molecular and materials systems.

The primary topics to be covered in our conference will include:

a)      fundamentals of light capturing and conversion

b)      water oxidation catalysis

c)      proton and CO2 reduction catalysis

d)      interfacing molecules and materials for photosynthesis

e)      complete cells for the generation of solar fuels

Confirmed Plenary Speakers

Professor Thomas Meyer
University of North Carolina

Professor Victor Salvador Batista
Yale University

Professor Joseph Hupp
Northwestern University, Illinois

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Professor Leone Spiccia
Monash University

Professor Morris Bullock
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Professor Lionel Vayssieres
Xian Jiaotong University

Professor Guozhong Cao
Washington University

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Professor Xuan Zhao
University of Memphis

Professor Martin Albrecht
University College Dublin

Professor Dunwei Wang
Merkert Chemistry Center, Boston College

Dr Elder de la Rosa-Cruz
Centro de Investigaciones en Optica A. C., México

Professor Dongling Ma
University of Quebec

Professor Tim Lian
Emory University

Professor Qingfeng Ge
Southern Illinois University

Professor Yun Hang Hu
Michigan Technological University

Professor Tzarara Lopez-Luke
Centro de Investigaciones en Óptica A.C.

Professor Krishnan Rajeshwar
University of Texas

Professor Jeanne McHale
Washington State University

Professor Yat Li
University of Califoria, Santa Cruz

Professor Samuel Mao
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Professsor Curtis Paul Berlinguette
University of Calgary

Professor Patrick Holland
University of Rochester

Professor Masayuki Yagi
Niigata University

Professor Sascha Ott
Uppsala University

Professor T C Lau
City University of Hong Kong

Professor Timofei Privalov
Stockholm Universit

Professor Siddhartha Das
Utah State University

Professor Alceo Macchioni
Università di Perugia

Professor Marie-Noelle Collomb
Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble

Professor Vincent Ko
City University of Hong Kong

Dr Junko Yano
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Professor Deli Wang
University of California, San Diego

Professor Yiping Zhao
University of Georgia

Dr Etsuko Fujita
Brookhaven National Laboratory 




10:00 - 20:50 THURSDAY, 6 FEBRUARY
10:00 - 10:15 Opening Speech
10:15 - 10:55 Thomas Meyer Solar Water Splitting in a Dye Sensitized Photoelectrosynthesis Cell
10:55 - 11:25 Chi-Chiu Ko New Classes Of Readily Tunable Photosensitizers: Luminescent Rhenium(I) Diimine Complexes
11:25 - 11:35 Discussion
11:35 - 12:05 Siddartha Das Making Catalysts Fast, Extremely Robust, Inexpensive, Well-Defined At Å-Scale, All At Once: Beginning Of A Molecular-Material Journey
12:05 - 12:35 Curtis Berlinguett Amorphous Phases of Mixed-Metal Oxides Tailored for Clean Hydrogen Production
12:35 - 14:15 Welcome Lunch
14:15 - 16:30 Free Time
16:30 - 17:10 Lionel Vayssieres All-Oxide Heteronanostructures For Solar Hydrogen Generation
17:10 - 17:40 Etsuko Fujita Alternatives To Direct Photochemical Co2 Reduction: Co2 Hydrogenation By Bioinspired Complexes And Biomass-Derived
17:40 - 18:10 Dunwei Wang Improving Hematite-based Water Splitting by Forming Homo- and Hetero-junctions at the Nanoscale
18:10 - 18:40 Oleg Prezhdo Quantum Dots – Artifical Atoms, Large Molecules Or Small Pieces Of Bulk? Insights From Time-Domain Ab Initio Studies
18:40 - 18:50 Refreshments
18:50 - 19:20 Jeanne McHale Two-Electron Oxidation Of Betalain Dye Sensitizers On Tio2
19:20 - 19:50 Qingfeng Ge Catalytic Methanol Synthesis From Co2 Hydrogenation
19:50 - 20:20 Tzarara Lopez-Luke Photovoltaic And Thermo-Electric Properties Of Hybrid P3ht- Bi2s3, Tio2/Bi2s3/Cds/Zns And Ag-Bi2s3 Nanorods.
20:20 - 00:00 Dinner at Leisure and Free Time
08:20 - 20:00 FRIDAY, 7 FEBRUARY
08:20 - 08:30 Opening Speech/Chair
08:30 - 09:10 Victor Batista Studies of Natural and Artificial Photosynthetic Systems
09:10 - 09:40 Masayuki Yagi Newly synthesized dinuclear ruthenium complexes with variable bridged and non-bridged oxoes as an active catalyst for water oxidation
09:40 - 09:55 Discussion
09:55 - 10:25 Alceo Macchioni Iridium Coordination Complexes as Efficient (pre)Catalysts for Water Oxidation
10:25 - 10:55 Martin Albrecht Mesoionic Carbenes: A Versatile Platform For Efficient Molecular Water Oxidation
10:55 - 11:15 Refreshments
11:15 - 11:45 Dennis Hetterscheid Iridium Catalysts For Catalytic Water Oxidation
11:45 - 12:15 Douglas Grotjahn Bifunctional Catalysts For Hydrogen and Oxygen Chemistry
12:15 - 12:45 Justine Roth Competitive Oxygen Isotope Effects Upon Water Oxidation
12:45 - 16:30 Lunch at Leisure and Free Time
16:30 - 17:10 Guozhong Cao Engineering Nanomaterials And Interfaces For Energy Conversion And Storage
17:10 - 17:40 Dongling Ma Developing Plasmonic Nanostructures Towards Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity
17:40 - 18:10 Deli Wang Low Cost Earth Abundant Materials for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting
18:10 - 18:40 Yat Li Oxygen-Deficient Metal Oxide Nanostructured Electrodes For Solar Hydrogen Generation
18:40 - 20:00 Poster Session and Cocktails
20:00 - 00:00 Dinner at Leisure and Free Time
08:20 - 20:25 SATURDAY, 8 FEBRUARY
08:20 - 08:30 Opening Speech/Chair
08:30 - 09:10 James Durrant Charge Carrier Dynamics In Metal Oxide Photoelectrodes
09:10 - 09:40 Tanja Cuk The Role of Fast Charge Dynamics in the Water Oxidation Reaction
09:40 - 09:55 Discussion
09:55 - 10:25 Tianquan Lian Solar Energy Conversion Using Artificial Atoms, Molecules And Solids
10:25 - 10:55 Junko Yano Water Oxidation In Natural And Artificial Photosynthesis Studied Using X-Ray Spectroscopy
10:55 - 11:15 Refreshments
11:15 - 11:45 Elder De la Rosa Quantum dots sensitized TiO2 solar cells prepared by SILAR and electrophoresis method
11:45 - 12:15 Ken Sakai Molecular catalysts and devices for photoinduced water splitting
12:15 - 12:30 Flash Presentations
12:30 - 16:30 Lunch at Leisure and Free Time
16:30 - 17:10 Morris Bullock Design And Development Of Molecular Electroctalysts For Production Of Hydrogen And Oxidation Of Hydrogen: Shoving Protons Around With Pendant Amines
17:10 - 17:40 Sascha Ott Tracking Catalyst Intermediates In Homogenous And Heterogenous Molecular Systems
17:40 - 18:10 Patrick Holland Hydrogen Generation From Water Using Earth-Abundant Catalysts
18:10 - 18:40 Marie-Noëlle Collomb Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production With Molecular Systems: From Homogeneous Solution In Pure Water To The Development Of A Nio-Based Photocathode
18:40 - 18:45 Refreshments
18:45 - 19:25 Joseph Hupp Cluster-based Catalysts for Solar Fuels
19:25 - 19:55 Yun Hang Hu 3d Graphene For Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
19:55 - 20:25 Wilson Smith
20:25 - 21:00 Free Time
21:00 - 00:00 Gala Dinner
08:20 - 13:15 SUNDAY, 9 FEBRUARY
08:20 - 08:30 Opening Speech/Chair
08:30 - 09:10 Leone Spiccia Water Oxidation Catalysis – From Molecules To Materials
09:10 - 09:40 Zetian Mi High Efficiency Overall Water Splitting Using III-Nitride Nanowire Arrays: A Step Closer to Artificial Photosynthesis
09:40 - 09:55 Discusssion
09:55 - 10:25 Greta Patzke Oxides And Oxoclusters For Solar Fuels
10:25 - 10:55 Marten Ahlquist Studies And Prediction Of Robust Catalysts For Water Oxidation
10:55 - 11:05 Refreshments
11:05 - 11:35 Tai-Chu Lau Water Oxidation Catalyzed Earth-Abundant Metal Complexes
11:35 - 12:05 Xaun Zhao Electro- and Photocatalytic H2 Production by Metal Complexes with Pentadentate Ligands
12:05 - 12:45 Craig Hill New methods to probe molecular water oxidation catalyst stability
12:45 - 13:00 Closing Remarks/Chair


Plenary Speakers

Invited Speakers

  • Dr Xuan Zhao
    Assist Prof, University of Memphis
  • Professor Masayuki Yagi
    Professor, Niigata University
  • Professor Jeanne McHale
    Professor, Washington State University
  • Professor Martin Albrecht
    Professor of Chemistry, University College Dublin
  • Prof. Sid Das
    Assistant Professor, Utah State University
  • Dr. Chi-Chiu Ko
    Associate Professor, Department of Biology and Chemistry, City University of Hong Kong
  • Prof. Alceo Macchioni
    Professor of Chemistry, University of Perugia
  • Professor Patrick Holland
    Professor of Chemistry, Yale University
  • Professor Dunwei Wang
    Associate Professor, Boston College
  • Professor Zetian Mi
    Associate Professor, McGill University
  • Dr Dennis Hetterscheid
    Assistant Professor, Leiden University
  • Prof. Dongling Ma
    Prof., Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS)
  • Dr. Etsuko Fujita
    Senior Chemist, Group Leader, Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Director of Research CNRS Marie-Noëlle Collomb
    Research Director at the CNRS, Université Joseph Fourier
  • Prof. Curtis Berlinguette
    Professor, The University of British Columbia
  • Dr Sascha Ott
    Assoc. Prof., Uppsala University
  • professor Tai-Chu Lau
    Professor, Department of biology and Chemistry, City University of Hong Kong
  • Dr. Junko Yano
    Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Assistant Professor Tanja Cuk
    Assistant Professor, Chemistry Department, UC Berkeley
  • Dr Elder De la Rosa
    Dr, Centro de Investigaciones en Optica
  • Professor Tianquan Lian
    PRofessor, Emory University
  • Dr. Yat Li
    Associate Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Dr Tzarara Lopez-Luke
    CIO, Centro de investigaciones en Optica
  • Prof. Dr. Greta Ricarda Patzke
    Inorganic Chemistry, University of Zurich
  • Professor Qingfeng Ge
    Professor, Southern Illinois University
  • Professor Yun Hang Hu
    Charles and Carroll McArthur Endowed Chair Professor, Michigan Technological Univertsity
  • Prof. Deli Wang
    Associate Professor, University of California San Diego
  • Professor Oleg Prezhdo
    Professor, University of Rochester
  • Professor Justine Roth
    Professor, Johns Hopkins University
  • Prof. Douglas Grotjahn
    Professor, San Diego State University
  • Dr. Marten Ahlquist
    Associate Professor, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Wilson Smith
    Assistant Professor, Delft University of Technology
  • Professor Ken Sakai
    Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, Kyushu University


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