Symposium FH
Advanced Photocatalytic Materials for Energy Transition, Solar-driven Chemistry and Environmental Applications

Gabriele CENTI, University of Messina, Italy  (Convener)
Siglinda PERATHONER, University of Messina, Italy
Vincent ARTERO, CEA Grenoble, France
Detlef BAHNEMANN, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
Radim BERANEK, Ulm University, Germany
Carlo Alberto BIGNOZZI, University of Ferrara, Italy
Zhong CHEN, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Anthony S.T. CHIANG, National Central University, Taiwan
Wonyong CHOI, Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea
Paolo FORNASIERO, University of Trieste, Italy
Heinz FREI, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., USA
Zheng Xiao GUO, University College London, UK
Leif HAMMARSTROEM, Uppsala University, Sweden
Hiroshi IRIE, University of Yamanashi, Japan
Ladislav KAVAN, J.Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry, Czech Republic
Wojciech MACYK, Jagiellonian University, Poland
Guido MUL, University of Twente, Netherlands
Bunsho OHTANI, Hokkaido University, Japan
David F. OLLIS, North Carolina State University, USA
Alexander ORLOV, Stony Brook University, USA
Leonardo PALMISANO, Università di Palermo - DEIM, Italy
Hyunwoong PARK, Kyungpook National University, South Korea
Krishnan RAJESHWAR, University of Texas, Arlington, USA
Charles C. SORRELL, The University of New South Wales, Australia
Roel VAN DE KROL, Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin, Germany
Dunwei WANG, Boston College, USA
Jan AUGUSTYNSKI, University of Warsaw, Poland
Detlef BAHNEMANN, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
Jonathan BLOH, DECHEMA-Forschungsinstitut, Germany
Zhong CHEN, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Ib CHORKENDORFF, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Christophe COLBEAU-JUSTIN, Universite Paris-Sud, France
Peter CROZIER, Arizona State University, USA
Sandra DIRE, Università degli Studi di Trento, Italy
Sophia HAUSSENER, EPFL, Switzerland
Michael R. HOFFMANN, California Institute for Technology, USA
Wolfram JAEGERMANN, Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, Germany
Csaba JANAKY, University of Szeged, Hungary
Wojciech MACYK / Marcin KOBIELUSZ, Jagiellonian University, Poland
Bunsho OHTANI, Hokkaido University, Japan
Francesco PAOLUCCI / Giovanni VALENTI, University of Bologna, Italy
Hyunwoong PARK, Kyungpook National University, South Korea
Yaron PAZ, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Gregory S. ROHRER, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Ian SHARP / Chang-Ming JIANG, TU Munich, Germany
Jennifer STRUNK, Leibniz Institute for Catalysis, Germany
The use of solar energy to driven the chemical and energy processes, and the chemical storage of solar energy are the key elements to move to a low-carbon economy, sustainable society and to foster energy transition. For this reason, there is a fast-growing scientific interest on this subject, which is part of the general effort for a solar-driven chemistry and energy, the chemistry of the future. Realize this challenge requires the development of new ideas, concepts and innovative photocatalytic materials. Photocatalysts are widely utilized to clean and remediate our environment and their use in advanced devices to produce electrical energy or solar fuels in rapidly expanding. Semiconducting photocatalytic materials possess multi-functional properties, which allow their use in various areas from photocatalytic environmental remediation, water splitting for hydrogen fuel, CO2 reduction, self-cleaning coatings, electrochromic devices and sensors, and low cost solar cells. The nano-architecture design of these materials is of critical relevance to achieve these different functional characteristics and realize an efficient energy conversion. There is the need to gather together multiple competences to accelerate the development of these nanomaterials for solar energy and environmental applications.   
This Symposium aims to provide a multi-disciplinary forum for scientists, engineers and industry experts to break new ground in the discussion, and realize a cross fertilization and progress in the understanding of the design criteria for their use. Among the recent developments that will be highlighted in the symposium are advances in synthesis of novel materials with tailored nano-architecture; the preparation of thin films and nanostructures; the advanced characterization by experimental and theoretical methods of these materials and of their structure-performance relationships; processing techniques, device fabrication and stability; advances in environmental applications and in air quality improvement; novel concepts, technologies and materials for photocatalysis.
Session Topics

FH-1 Design elements and advanced concepts for photofunctional materials

  • Band-gap engineering of photocatalysts: optical, electronic, and catalytic modifications
  • Multiphoton band-gap engineering, photonic materials
  • Superhydrophilic, amphiphilic and antifogging surfaces
  • Hybrid photocatalytic nanomaterials, Heterojunctions
  • Optimizing interfaces in multilayer systems
  • New types of quantum-dots and robust sensitizers, antenna effects

FH-2 Understanding fundaments of photoinduced processes and charge transport

  • Charge transfer and recombination
  • Theoretical and computational investigation
  • Computational screening of new materials
  • Relation between nanostructure and photofunctional behavior
  • Photoelectrochemical devices

FH-3 Design approaches for advanced applications

  • Development of high surface area and porous photocatalytic materials and photoanodes
  • Photoactive nanodevices, hierarchical photoactive materials
  • Innovative materials for third generation solar cells (dye sensitized solar cells, quantum dot cells, tandem/multi-junction cells, hot-carrier cells, etc.)
  • Photocatalytic solar fuel (H2, CO2 reduction) generation
  • Selective photo-oxidations for organic synthesis, tandem systems
  • Environmental applications: air / water treatment, anti-bacterial surfaces
  • Photo-catalytic fuel cells, artificial leaf


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