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Registration Deadlines

Early bird – 22 Sep 2017

Talk Submission – 22 Sep 2017

Last Chance – 05 Jan 2018

Poster Submission – 05 Jan 2018

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3rd Molecules and Materials for Artificial Photosynthesis Conference

02 Mar 2018 - 05 Mar 2018

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.

Key Sessions

  1. fundamentals of light capturing and conversion
  2. water oxidation catalysis
  3. proton and CO2 reduction catalysis
  4. interfacing molecules and materials for photosynthesis
  5. complete cells for the generation of solar fuels

Target Audience

This conference will appeal to researchers from both molecular and materials communities interested in the latest findings for artificial photosynthesis. We expect to see attandance from Professors, Postdocs and Graduate Students from across these disciplines.

Learning Objectives

To exchange ideas and get updated on the state-of-the art of the field of artificial photosynthesis based on molecular and bulk as well as nanostructured materials.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers

Heinz Frei (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
Dirk Guldi (Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg)
Osamu Ishitani (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Can Li
(DICP, China)
Ron Naaman (Weizmann Institute of Science)
Kirk Schanze (University of Texas at San Antonio)

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Victor Batista (Yale University)
Gary Brudvig
(Yale University)
Jason Cooper (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
Tanja Cuk (UC Berkeley)
Filippo De Angelis (CNR-ISTM)
Victor de la Pena (IMDEA)
Dominik Eder (TU Wien)
Pingyun Feng (UC Riverside)
Etsuko Fujita (Brookhaven National Laboratory)
Qingfeng Ge (Southern Illinois University)
Sayantani Ghosh (UC Merced)
Jinghua Guo (Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory)
Yung-Jung Hsu (National Chiao Tung University)
Takahiko Kojima (The University of Tsukuba, Japan)
Connie Lu (University of Minnesota)
Tong-Bu Lu (Sun Yat-Sen University)
Dongling Ma (Institut national de la recherche scientifique)
Zetian Mi (University of Michigan)
James Muckerman (Brookhaven National Laboratory)
Karen Mulfort (Argonne National Laboratory)
John Papanikolas (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Mariachiara Pastore (Université de Lorraine & CNRS)
Yuan Ping (UC Santa Cruz)
Anna Maria Petrozza (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia)
Sven Schneider (University of Göttingen)
Menny Shalom (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
Daniel Strongin (Temple University)
Kazuhiro Takanabe (KAUST)
Lionel Vayssieres (Xi’an Jiaotong University, China)
Lichang Wang (Southern Illinois University)
Rong Xu (Nanyang Technological University)
Shihe Yang (Hong Kong University)
Xuan Zhao (University of Memphis)





All registration fees include 3 nights accommodation and meals during the conference period. Exact inclusions are detailed below.

Early Bird Full
Extra Night
Extra Night
Academic $1,748.00 $1,798.00 $626.00 $284.00 $292.00 $71.00
Industry $1,748.00 $1,798.00 $626.00 $284.00 $292.00 $71.00
Student $1,490.00 $1,540.00 $626.00 $284.00 $292.00 $71.00

Additional night prices are per person, per night. Accompanying persons are not permitted access to the conference.

Accompanying child fees and extra night child fees are applicable for children aged 5-12 years of age. Children aged 13 years and older are classified as an adult at this venue (Fiesta Americana Condesa). 

What's Included in our Registration Fees?

The Fiesta Americana Condesa, Cancun offers a 24hour all inclusive service. Our registration and additional adult/child fees are inclusive of the following;

- Accommodation for 3 Nights (02, 03 and 04 March 2018).
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner – available at all restaurants according to operational hours or programmed events.
- International Bar available by the glass in restaurants and bars according to operational hours.
- Pool snacks and International Bar available by the glass at Pool Area.
- Minibar including: soft drinks, domestic beer, bottled water and coffee. Refreshed daily.
- 24 Hour Room Service.
- In Room amenity – Bottle of wine, per room, per stay.
- Gala Night Entry (includes an open bar).
- Complimentary WI-FI throughout the hotel.

Additional nights (per person) are inclusive of the following;

- Accommodation for 1 Night
- Lunch on day of arrival
- Dinner on day of arrival
- Breakfast on day of departure
- International bar available by the glass in restaurants and bars from lunch on day of arrival until breakfast on day of departure


Plenary Speakers

  • Kirk Schanze
    Kirk Schanze
    University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Osamu Ishitani
    Osamu Ishitani
    Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • Heinz Frei
    Heinz Frei
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Invited Speakers

  • Jason Cooper
    Jason Cooper
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Etsuko Fujita
    Etsuko Fujita
    Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • James Muckerman
    James Muckerman
    Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Dongling Ma
    Dongling Ma
    Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS)
  • Mariachiara Pastore
    Mariachiara Pastore
  • sayantani ghosh
    sayantani ghosh
    University of California Merced




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Fiesta Americana Condesa

Cancun, Mexico

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Venue Rating
5 Stars
US Dollar (USD)
Fiesta Americana Condesa,
Blvd.Kukulkán km 16.5 Zona Hotelera,
Nearest Airport
Cancun International Airport

Hotel Details

This stylish hotel features contemporary Mexican architecture, including one of the largest and most impressive thatched-roof "palapas" in the entire country. There are cultural activities, arts and crafts and sports programs to keep you constantly entertained, plus time to relax and enjoy the Mayan culture, soak up the Caribbean sunshine and revel in the international ambiance that settles in after the sun goes down.

Throughout your stay delegates will enjoy a full meal plan, inclusive of beverages. Take your pick from the aromatic Asian delights at Kaumbu, traditional fare at El Mexicano, delicious international cuisine at Kalmia Buffet or perhaps sample the sumptuous Italian dishes at Rosato. There are also several other dining opportunities such as the Cevichería, Pizzeria, Sushi Corner, pool and lounge bar areas. The Gala Night with either a Mayan or Caribbean theme takes place on the third evening of the conference with a mouth-watering feast of local cuisine, an open bar and amazing local entertainment.  We welcome all delegates and their accompanying persons to the Gala Night – a truly fun filled night not to be missed!

Hotel Facilities

  • Lagoon Pool
  • Extensive Health Club and Spa
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms and throughout hotel and conference areas

The Fiesta Americana Condesa, Cancun is the 2015 Winner of the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and also received the Travellers Choice Award in 2014. 

The remains of ancient Mayan cities are scattered throughout the Yucatan Peninsula and no trip to Cancun would be complete without a visit to these majestic temples and pyramids set amongst lush tropical vegetation. We will be working very closely with a reputable tour company who will be organising trips to Tulum, Chichen Itza, Coba and Xcaret to name a few, some of which may require a full day. Full day excursions will be arranged pre or post conference and may be on an individual or group booking so we would recommend booking extra nights to extend your stay as early as possible to avoid disappointment should these excursions be of interest to you and/or your party. For further information please contact us.


Fiesta Americana Condesa

Cancun, Mexico

Venue Rating
5 Stars
US Dollar (USD)
Nearest Airport
Cancun International Airport

Location Details

Cancun is a delightful combination of natural beauty, islands, ecological reserves and white sandy beaches. However, besides sun, sand and sea, this destination also offers an infinite variety of underwater activities to choose from: the diving, snorkelling and fishing here are outstanding and you will find an undersea world packed with tropical fish that live on the second largest barrier reef in the world. Sports enthusiasts might choose one of the many eco-tourism activities, such as cycling or hiking through the tropical forest or kayaking through mangroves, or something a little more adventuresome, like zip lining through the treetops.

Apart from the more well-known ancient Mayan archealogical sites such as Tulum, Cobá and Chichén Itzá you may like to visit the Aktun Chen caverns, voted one of the Top 10 underwater walks by National Geographic described as a truly magical experience.


Details will be available at a later date.


Details will be available at a later date.

Group Activities

To Be Announced

Oral Presenters

Talk Deadline: 22 Sep 2017

We have a number of oral opportunities available at this meeting. To be considered for a talk, please register for the conference and you will be able to submit your abstract online and monitor the status of your abstract through your Fusion account. Please use the abstract template provided and ensure your abstract is no longer than one page in length. Any abstracts exceeding this size may be cut short during print.

Please take note of the oral submission deadline: 22 September 2017

Please check the conference programme carefully to note your presentation time (inclusive of Q&A) should you be accepted for an oral presentation. We recommend you check our website regularly as the conference approaches. Regular programme updates will be released under the ‘Programme’ tab on the conference page.

Your Presentation on the Day

If you have prepared some slides to accompanying your talk please ensure you bring these with you on a USB or portable file saving device.

For those presenting on the first day, please email your slides to us so we can have everything prepared and ready for the first session. Please email your slides to: admin@fusion-conferences.com

On the day of your presentation please make yourself known to the AV team who will be available in the conference room. If you have any animations or videos we do advise to run through the presentation with the AV tech to make sure everything is compatible. We also advise that all speakers make themselves known to the AV tech in the conference room immediately before your session beings. The AV tech will apply your microphone and provide a laser pointer should you have an accompanying presentation. We prefer speakers to use our master laptop to run presentations from, however, if you prefer to use your own laptop, please notify us in advance.

It is important that all speakers adhere to their presentation time and respect their fellow presenters. A visual traffic light aide will be available to warn presenters and the audience as your time decreases.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to approach our AV tech or a member of the Fusion team.

Helpful Tips for Presentation Slides

Aspect Ratio: 4:3 in Presenter View, Landscape in Orientation
Font Size: Minimum font size used should be 24pt. 
File Type: Please save your presentation in PPT or PPTS format. 
Video Clips: Please save these separately and do not build them into the PowerPoint. Videos will be played via the AV control desk using the master laptop.

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Poster Deadline: 05 Jan 2018

We have a number of poster opportunities available at this meeting. To be considered for a poster presentation, please register for the conference and you will be able to submit your abstract online and monitor the status of your abstract through your Fusion account. Please use the abstract template provided and ensure your abstract is no longer than one page in length. Any abstracts exceeding this size may be cut short during print.

Please take note of the poster submission deadline: 05 January 2018 

Our poster boards can accommodate a maximum poster size of A0 (1189H x 841W mm), portrait in orientation. Posters exceeding this size may not fit on the poster boards provided and therefore we may be unable to display your poster, so please kindly keep to these measurements.

Displaying & Presenting Your Poster

During conference registration if you are presenting a poster please request a poster number from the registration desk. Please do not put up your poster without notifying a member of the Fusion team. Certain adhesive agents are not permitted at some venues therefore; Fusion will be the sole provider of all poster fixings.

You can display your poster from registration. Your poster can remain on display for the entire duration of the conference and we ask that posters are taken down on the final day of the meeting. The poster session is usually scheduled on Day 3, but please check the official programme for exact timings. Refreshments will be provided and the poster prizes will be awarded during the conference Gala Night that evening. 

2018 MMAP Poster Prize

The conference chairs will be awarding 3 poster prizes for the best poster display and presentation. To be in with a chance of winning, submit your poster by 05 January 2018. The following prizes will be awarded. 1st Place $350, 2nd Place $250, 3rd Place $150. 
The Journal of Materials Chemistry A are also awarding a free annual online subscription to each winner. 


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