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Polymer Photocatalysts for Solar Fuels Synthesis

13th – 14th April 2016, UCL

Organiser: Dr. Martijn Zwijnenburg (

University College London and the Solar Fuels Network jointly organised a two-day workshop at University College London on 13th and 14th April. The workshop focused on polymer photocatalysts in the widest sense of the word (e.g. conjugated polymers, carbon nitride, graphene oxide) and their application in photocatalytic water splitting and CO2 reduction. The aim was to bring together people working on these materials from a wide range of perspectives: material synthesis and characterisation, photocatalyst testing, transient spectroscopy and theory, as well people working on similar materials but for different applications (e.g. organic photovoltaics). All with the aim of moving the field forward and discussing the challenges and opportunities offered by polymer photocatalysts.

Amongst other people we expect contributions from the following groups:

Lotsch group (Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany)
Zhang group (Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany)
Sivula group (EPFL, Laussanne, Switzerland)
Cooper group (University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK)
Tang group (University College London, London, UK) 

For more information about the event, please contact Dr. Martijn Zwijnenburg at

Prizes for the best poster

The Solar Fuels Network and University College London would like to congratulate the prize winners!

The E&ES poster prize: Georgina Hutton & Benjamin Martindale, Reisner group, Cambridge, who had a joint poster. Poster title: Solar hydrogen production using carbon quantum dots and a molecular catalyst.

The CST poster prize: Run Li, Zhang group, Max Planck Institute for Polymer research, Mainz, Germany. Poster title: Photocatalytic Selective Bromination of Aromatic Compounds using Microporous Organic Polymers with Visible Light.



We are very grateful to the support of our sponsors for this workshop.

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