Solar Fuels Network

The SFN aims to develop an effective community of solar fuels researchers from both academia and industry.  We seek to raise the profile of the UK solar fuels research community nationally and internationally, to promote collaboration and co-operation with other research disciplines, industry and international solar fuels programmes, and to contribute towards the development of a UK solar fuels technology and policy roadmap.


“Recent advances in the science underpinning solar driven fuels synthesis, and increasing appreciation of the need for a renewable fuel synthesis strategy, mean that the formation of the Solar Fuels Network is particularly timely. There is exciting research ongoing across the UK and worldwide addressing this challenge from many different perspectives and disciplines. A key role for the Network will be to help to bring this research together to maximise progress towards meeting our grand challenge of harnessing sunlight to achieve the cost effective and renewable synthesis of molecular fuels.”  James Durrant, SFN former Co-ordinator.


In order to meet our aims, we organise and support various activities and events, working with partner organisations including the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Energy community of the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), the Solar Fuels Institute (SOFI), and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Science and Innovation Network. Our activities include the organisation of workshops and conferences, PG symposia, public engagement events, and the publication of a regular newsletter. You can find a list of our upcoming events here, and a list of past events in the Events Archive.


The Network is led by an Advisory Board with members drawn from the across the UK’s solar fuels academic and industrial research community.  Its management team is based at University of Cambridge, and is led by Prof Erwin Reisner with Dr. Carla Casadevall and Dr. Annika Eisenschmidt as project managers (before Dr. Jenny Zhang) with support from Inger Lomax,  Taylor Uekert, and Chanon Pornrungroj from Reisner Group.


Membership of the SFN is free and available to both UK-based and international researchers.  Membership gives access to our events, workshops and seminars related to solar-driven fuels synthesis, and members receive a quarterly newsletter.  Bursaries are available for UK-based members for travel, outreach and public engagement, and bilateral exchange – visit the Funding page for more details.

Advisory Board Members

James Durrant – Imperial College London

Elizabeth Gibson – Newcastle University

Erwin Reisner (SFN Director) – University of Cambridge

Fraser Armstrong FRS – University of Oxford

Gianluca li Puma – Loughborough University
Ivan Parkin – University College London
Jeremy Shears – Shell

Junwang Tang – University College London
Lee Cronin – University of Glasgow
Geoff Kelsall – Imperial College London
Lionel Clarke – Shell

Mercedes Maroto-Valer – Heriot-Watt University

Nick Hooper – Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Peter Edwards FRS – University of Oxford

Richard Cogdell – University of Glasgow

Jason Riley – Imperial College London
Rob McIntyre – CristalGlobal

Robin Perutz – University of York
Bill Rutherford – Imperial College London

Tony Harriman – Newcastle University

Tony Vlcek – Queen Mary London

Rob Potter – Johnson Matthey

Moritz Kuehnel – Swansea University

Chris Bagley – Energy Generation & Supply KTN
Alexander Cowan – University of Liverpool
Anthony Harriman – University of Newcastle
Andrew Mills – Queens University, Belfast
Steph Pendlebury – Imperial College London
Chris Pickett – University of East Anglia

Message from the director

Professor Erwin Reisner

Dear Solar Fuels Network community, I am delighted to take over from James as the new director of the UK Solar Fuels Network! James and his team have done a fantastic job in launching this network and supporting the UK solar fuels research community. It brought the UK community together and has provided a friendly and supportive platform for interactions. The network will continue to act as such a forum for exchange within the UK and with our colleagues all over the world. We will also put a strong emphasis on interactions with industry and the government to accelerate the transition from lab curiosity to real-world science and reach out to related disciplines. As such, we have decided to engage closely with the EPSRC Supergen SuperSolar Hub as many opportunities will arise from cross-fertilisation between the photovoltaic and solar fuels communities - I am very much looking forward to this partnership. I am sure that our network will continue to flourish and I am looking forward to close interact with you in the next couple of years. See you soon, Erwin

Department of Chemistry
Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy

University of Liverpool,  UK

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