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James Durrant has handed SFN Directorship to Erwin Reisner

At the end of April 2017, James Durrant (Imperial College London) formally handed SFN Directorship to Erwin Reisner (University of Cambridge). This had been previously announced at the 5th UK Solar Fuels Symposium. The Solar Fuels Network is extremely pleased to welcome Erwin as the new Director.

The Solar Fuels Network is also delighted to announce its new partnership with the SuperSolar Supergen (Director: Prof Mike Walls, Loughborough University)

Erwin Resiner, SFN Director commented: “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”

Erwin was born and raised in Austria and obtained his university education at the University of Vienna (Diploma in 2002 and PhD in 2005 with Prof Bernhard K. Keppler). He subsequently worked as an Erwin Schrödinger postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (with Prof Stephen J Lippard) and a Research Associate at the University of Oxford (with Prof Fraser A. Armstrong FRS). He joined the University of Cambridge as a University Lecturer and EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow in 2010. He is currently a University Reader in Energy and Sustainability (and Fellow of St. John’s College), a co-director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable and Functional Nano, and the head of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Sustainable SynGas Chemistry. His group develops cross-disciplinary approaches to artificial photosynthesis by combining chemical biology, synthetic chemistry, materials chemistry and engineering. For more information see: The SFN team are excited to work with Erwin and we look forward to turning over a “new leaf” with SFN activities.

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