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.
- fundamentals of light capturing and conversion
- water oxidation catalysis
- proton and CO2 reduction catalysis
- interfacing molecules and materials for photosynthesis
- complete cells for the generation of solar fuels
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.
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.
Student Bursaries Available!
We have $800 student awards available. Please submit an abstract via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), for short-talk or poster consideration, before November 30th. The chairs will select the successful students shortly after this date.
2018 MMAP Poster & Oral Presentation Prizes
The conference chairs will be awarding 3 poster cash prizes and 3 oral presentation cash prizes at the meeting. To be in with a chance of winning, please submit your abstract before the appliciable deadlines.
Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity for students! Register an academic at the standard rate of $1,798 and bring a student for only $745. Unfortunately, Postdocs are not eligible. Both registration packages include; accommodation for the 02, 03, 04 March 2018 (on a shared basis for students, note guest rooms are open plan) and a 24hour all-inclusive food and beverage package for the conference period. Once registered, please contact Jack Peters (email@example.com) to obtain a special registration link for your student.
Confirmed Plenary Speakers
Heinz Frei (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
HIERARCHICAL NANOSCALE ASSEMBLIES FOR THE PHOTOCATALYTIC REDUCTION OF CO2 BY H2O
Dirk Guldi (Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg)
MOLECULAR SINGLET FISSION IN PENTACENE MATERIALS
Osamu Ishitani (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
PHOTOCATALYTIC CO2 REDUCTION
Can Li (DICP, China)
Ron Naaman (Weizmann Institute of Science)
THE ROLE OF THE ELECTRON SPIN POLARIZATION IN WATER SPLITTING
Kirk Schanze (University of Texas at San Antonio)
CHROMOPHORE-CATALYST ASSEMBLIES FOR SOLAR FUELS
Confirmed Invited Speakers
Victor Batista (Yale University)
Gary Brudvig (Yale University)
Jason Cooper (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
NEW PERSPECTIVES ON THE TRANSIENT ABSORPTION SPECTRUM OF MATERIALS
Tanja Cuk (UC Berkeley)
Filippo De Angelis (CNR-ISTM)
ORIGIN OF HIGH OPEN CIRCUIT VOLTAGE IN METAL-HALIDE PEROVSKITE SOLAR CELLS EMPLOYED IN PV-DRIVEN WATER SPLITTING
Victor de la Pena (IMDEA)
NEW ADVANCES IN CO2 PHOTOREDUCTION VI ARTIFICIAL PHOTOSYNTHESIS
Claudia Delgado (Eurecat)
Dominik Eder (TU Wien)
Dennis Friedrich (Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin)
CHARGE CARRIER DYNAMICS IN METAL OXIDES ABSORBERS FOR SOLAR FUEL PRODUCTION
Etsuko Fujita (Brookhaven National Laboratory)
HYDROGEN PRODUCTION AND STORAGE
Qingfeng Ge (Southern Illinois University)
TURNING THE OXYGEN AFFINITY FOR SELECTIVE ELECTROCHEMICAL REDUCTION OF CO2
Sayantani Ghosh (UC Merced)
PHOTOCATALYTIC WATER-SPLITTING DRIVEN BY PLASMONIC INTERACTIONS IN N-TYPE LOW DIMENSIONAL SEMICONDUCTORS INTERFACED WITH METALLIC NANOPARTICLES
Jinghua Guo (Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory)
Yung-Jung Hsu (National Chiao Tung University)
SEMICONDUCTOR NANOHETEROSTRUCTURES FOR PHOTOCONVERSION APPLICATIONS
Takahiko Kojima (The University of Tsukuba, Japan)
PHOTOCATALYTIC CO2 REDUCTION AND H2 EVOLUTION USING Ni(II) COMPLEXES AS CATALYSTS
Coleman Kronawitter (University of California, Davis)
Connie Lu (University of Minnesota)
INNOVATING BIMETALLIC ACTIVE SITES FOR SMALL-MOLECULE CATALYSIS
Tong-Bu Lu (Sun Yat-Sen University)
Xiaojun Lv (Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry)
ENHANCED WATER SPLITTING ACTIVITY USING THE NOBLE METAL FREE CATALYSTS
Dongling Ma (Institut national de la recherche scientifique)
James Muckerman (Brookhaven National Laboratory)
DEVELOPMENT OF A DFT MODEL OF THE MECHANISM OF SYNGAS PRODUCTION BY [Ru(tpy)(Mebim-py)(OH2)]2+ (tpy = 2,2′:6′,2′′-terpyridine; Mebim-py = 3-methyl-1-pyridyl-benzimidazol-2-ylidene) IN WATER
Karen Mulfort (Argonne National Laboratory)
MECHANISTIC INSIGHT INTO H2 PHOTOCATALYSIS BY A MOLECULAR COBALT MACROCYCLE
Elizabeth Papish (The University of Alabama)
CARBON DIOXIDE REDUCTION USING EARTH ABUNDANT METALS AND PROTON RESPONSIVE PYRIDINOL BASED PINCER LIGANDS
Mariachiara Pastore (Université de Lorraine & CNRS)
FIRST PRINCIPLE MODELING OF MATERIALS AND INTERFACES FOR SOLAR WATER SPLITTING
Greta Ricarda Patzke (University of Zurich)
COBALT-BASED CUBANE WATER OXIDATION CATALYSTS WITH EDGE-SITE MOTIFS: BRINDGING THE GAP BETWEEN MOLECULAR AND HETEROGENEOUS CATALYSIS)
Yuan Ping (UC Santa Cruz)
Albert Poater (Universitat de Girona)
HOW THE O-O BOND FORMATION TAKES PLACES IN HOMOGENEOUS WOC
Jungki Ryu (UNIST)
MODULAR PHOTOELECTROCHEMICAL DEVICES FOR SOLAR-TO-CHEMICAL CONVERSION
Sven Schneider (University of Göttingen)
CHEMICAL TRANSFORMATIONS OF N2
Menny Shalom (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
GRAPHITIC CARBON NITRIDE LAYERS AS LIGHT-HARVESTING SEMICONDUCTORS FOR PHOTOELECTROCHEMICAL CELLS
Daniel Strongin (Temple University)
THEORY AND COMPUTATION WORKING WITH EXPERIMENT TO UNDERSTAND AND IMPROVE WATER SPLITTING CATALYSIS
Kazuhiro Takanabe (KAUST)
Lionel Vayssieres (Xi’an Jiaotong University, China)
ON THE STABILITY & PERFORMANCE OF LOW-COST DEVICES FOR SOLAR HYDROGEN GENERATION
Lichang Wang (Southern Illinois University)
UNDERSTANDING AND DESIGNING WANNIER EXCITONS IN ORGANIC MOLECULES
Rong Xu (Nanyang Technological University)
O2 EVOLUTION CATALYST DESIGN FROM METAL-ORGANIC MOLECULAR PRECURSORS
Shihe Yang (Hong Kong University)
NANOMATERIAL STRUCTURES AND INTERFACES FOR SOLAR FUEL PRODUCTION
Xuan Zhao (University of Memphis)
ELECTRONIC AND STERIC EFFECTS ON CATALYTIC H2 PRODUCTION BY COBALT COMPLEXES WITH PENTADENTATE LIGANDS
All registration fees include 3 nights accommodation and meals during the conference period. Exact inclusions are detailed below.
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
University of Texas at San Antonio
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
University of Erlangen
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS)
University of California Merced
National Chiao Tung University
Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST)
University of Tsukuba
Greta Ricarda Patzke
University of Zurich
Southern Illinois University
Southern Illinois University
The University of Alabama
University of Memphis
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva
Although the programme has not yet been released, we are able to confirm that the conference should begin no earlier than 14:45 with opening comments on 2nd March 2018. Registration and a welcome lunch should be available from 14:00. The conference will conclude no later than 12:00 on 5th March 2018.
Fiesta Americana Condesa
Blvd.Kukulkán km 16.5 Zona Hotelera,
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!
- 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 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.
Cancun International airport is just a short 20-minute journey from the Fiesta Americana Condesa and is easily accessible from almost every country in the world with many major international airlines providing direct or interconnecting flights on a daily basis.
Canada Transfers are a reputable and trustworthy DMC based in Cancun. The Canada Transfers team will be on hand to provide a seamless transfer service to and from Cancun International Airport. Canada Transfers will manage and confirm all transportation bookings. To arrange transportation please use the online booking facility (see link below).
Private Transportation Booking:
The private transfer service vehicles can accommodate a maximum of 10 people, plus luggage. Private Transportation prices to and from Cancun International Airport and to and from the Fiesta Americana Condesa hotel are as follows:
Unit for 1 - 3 Passengers- $30.00 usd (one way) / $48.00 usd (round trip)
Unit for 4 - 7 Passengers- $35.00 usd (one way) / $57.00 usd (round trip)
Unit for 8 - 10 Passengers- $44.00 usd (one way) / $71.00 usd (round trip)
(Prices do not include gratuity)
*please note prices will increase after December 31st 2017
-Private van with bilingual driver
-Amenities on arrival (Bottled water per person and facial fresh towels)
In the event of any delays or cancellations, please ensure you contact Canada Transfers at least 24hours in advance; if Canada Transfers are not informed within 24hours full cancellation charges will apply (Not notified of flight cancellation: 100% penalty charge, No-Shows: 100% penalty charge).
Upon arrival at the airport, please exit the terminal building and look for ‘Fusion Conferences’ signage where a member of the Canada Transfers team will greet you and escort you to the group transportation. For more information please see the Canada Transfers arrival guide.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Printed confirmation of arrival and return transfers must be printed and handed to the driver.
Please use the following link to make reservations:
Payment can be made online via Paypal (4% commission charge) or cash to the driver upon arrival.
** Please note that Fusion Conferences is not responsible for any bookings made with Canada Transfers as transportation is not included within the registration package **
If you have any questions regarding private transfers, please contact Canada Transfers directly:
Telephone: 011 52 (998) 886 2049
Super Shuttle Service
If a private transfer isn’t of interest, then please visit the Super Shuttle website for more information regarding shuttle services, prices start from $10.
Super Shuttle website: https://www.supershuttle.com/locations/cancuncun/
** Please note that Fusion Conferences is not responsible for any bookings made with Super Shuttle as transportation is not included within the registration package **
Details will be available at a later date.
To Be Announced
Talk Deadline: 30 Nov 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: 30 November 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
2018 MMAP Oral Presentation Prizes
The conference chairs will be awarding 3 oral presenter cash prizes. To be in with a chance of winning, submit your abstract by 30th November.
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. A $750 bursary will be split between the 3 winners.
The Journal of Materials Chemistry A are also awarding a free annual online subscription to each winner.