International Solar Fuels Conference 2021

We are delighted to support the International Solar Fuels conference 2021, organized by the Royal Society of Chemistry in conjunction with the University of Grenoble and Uppsala University. This conference will take place online from the 26th – 29th July 2021.

The main conference will be preceded by the Young conference, which aims to give as many young researchers as possible the opportunity to present. This will also include keynote talks from mentoring experts, and careers advice from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The programme will explore all aspects of direct solar fuel production, combining biological, molecular and solid state approaches. The main themes include:

  • Multi-electron/multi-proton catalysis (homogeneous, heterogeneous, enzymatic and bioinspired processes)
  • Light-harvesting and light-driven processes
  • Photoelectrochemistry
  • Photobiological approaches
  • Metabolic engineering
  • Devices and demonstration: robustness, sustainability and upscale

Submit your oral abstract to the mainconference or the Young conference before 06 April 2021

Submit your poster abstract to the main conference or the Young conference by 7 June 2021

Find out more and register here

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Announcing the new Editor-in-Chief of Sustainable Energy & Fuels – Garry Rumbles

Announcing Garry Rumbles as Sustainable Energy & Fuels Editor-in-ChiefGarry Rumbles is a Senior Research Fellow in the Chemistry and Nanoscience Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and an adjoint Professor of Chemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder. More widely, he is the Associate Director for Research in the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), a joint energy institute between NREL and the University, and holds a visiting Professorial Chair at Imperial College, London. Garry is a photochemist and physical chemist whose research focusses on the harvesting of solar energy for the production of electricity, fuels and chemicals in molecular and polymeric systems.

“With a view to increasing the diversity of editors, contributors, advisory board, and readers, I’m excited to work to further build the reputation of Sustainable Energy & Fuels in the energy and chemistry space” – Garry Rumbles

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our previous, and founding, Editor-in-Chief, Professor James Durrant, for his service to the journal. James says: “As Editor-in-Chief I am proud to have overseen the establishment and growth of Sustainable Energy & Fuels since its launch four years ago and am delighted that Garry Rumbles is now taking over the role. I very much look forward to seeing the journal develop further under his excellent leadership.”

Garry has selected some of his favourite research from the past year to share with you. Read these papers now for free until the end of March 2021:

Sustainable Energy & FuelsInterfacial analysis of a PEM electrolyzer using X-ray computed tomography
Emily Leonard, Andrew D. Shum, Nemanja Danilovic, Christopher Capuano, Katherine E. Ayers, Lalit M. Pant, Adam Z. Weber, Xianghui Xiao, Dilworth Y. Parkinson and Iryna V. Zenyuk*

How one-photon can induce water splitting into hydrogen peroxide and hydrogen by aluminum porphyrins. Rationale of the thermodynamics
Fazalurahman Kuttassery, Siby Mathew, Hiroshi Tachibanaa and Haruo Inoue*

Determining the sequence and backbone structure of “semi-statistical” copolymers as donor–acceptor polymers in organic solar cells
Samuel S. Lawton, Daniel Warr, Luís M. A. Perdigão, Yujing Chang, Agnieszka Pron, Giovanni Costantini ORCID and David M. Haddleton*

Effect of synthesis pH and EDTA on iron hexacyanoferrate for sodium-ion batteries
Zachary G. Neale, Chaofeng Liu and Guozhong Cao*

Recent advances of nonprecious and bifunctional electrocatalysts for overall water splitting
Xiao Shang, Jian-Hong Tang, Bin Dong* and Yujie Sun*

From non-innocent to guilty: on the role of redox-active ligands in the electro-assisted reduction of CO2 mediated by a cobalt(ii)-polypyridyl complex
N. Queyriaux,* K. Abel, J. Fize, J. Pécaut, M. Orio* and L. Hammarström*

Theoretical insights into the factors affecting the electrochemical reduction of CO2
Azeem Mustafa, Bachirou Guene Lougou,* Yong Shuai,* Zhijiang Wang, Samia Razzaq, Jiupeng Zhao and  Heping Tana

Mechanisms of photoredox catalysts: the role of optical spectroscopy
Noufal Kandoth,* Javier Pérez Hernández, Emilio Palomares and Julio Lloret-Fillol*

We hope that you enjoy reading these papers, and please join us in welcoming Garry as he leads Sustainable Energy & Fuels to continued success.

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New Themed Issue – Organic Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage

We are delighted to highlight the latest Sustainable Energy & Fuels themed issue on Organic Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage.

Guest Edited by Emilio Palomares (ICIQ and ICREA) and Juan Luis Delgado (Ikerbasque and Polymat), this issue showcases studies on the recent progress and challenges in the field of organic, inorganic and hybrid materials for energy conversion. This includes advances in photovoltaics, solar to fuels conversion, and catalysis for sustainable energy applications. You can read our Editorial introducing this issue here.

In addition to the Open Access articles in this issue, all articles are free to access until 28th February.

Below is a small selection of some of the articles featured in the issue:

A low temperature aqueous formate fuel cell using cobalt hexacyanoferrate as a non-noble metal oxidation catalyst

Lijuan Han, Jesús González-Cobos, Irene Sánchez-Molina, Stefano Giancola, Scott J. Folkman, S. Giménez, A. Vidal-Ferran and José Ramón Galán-Mascarós*

Proton trap effect on catechol–pyridine redox polymer nanoparticles as organic electrodes for lithium batteries

Antonela Gallastegui, Daniela Minudri, Nerea Casado, Nicolas Goujon, Fernando Ruipérez, Nagaraj Patil, Christophe Detrembleur, Rebeca Marcilla and David Mecerreyes*

Benzothiadiazole-based photosensitizers for efficient and stable dye-sensitized solar cells and 8.7% efficiency semi-transparent mini-modules

Maxime Godfroy, Johan Liotier, Valid M. Mwalukuku, Damien Joly, Quentin Huaulmé, Lydia Cabau, Cyril Aumaitre, Yann Kervella, Stéphanie Narbey, Frédéric Oswald, Emilio Palomares, Carlos A. González Flores, Gerko Oskam and  Renaud Demadrille*

The Effect of bulky electron-donating thioether substituents on the performances of Phthalocyanine based Dye Sensitized Solar Cells

Mine Ince*, Ren Kuboi, Tuncay Ince, Kuon Yoshimura, Daiki Motoyoshi, Masahiro Sonobe, Ryota Kudo, Shogo Mori*, Mutsumi Kimura* and Tomás Torres*

Molecularly engineered thienyl-triphenylamine substituted zinc phthalocyanine as dopant free hole transporting materials in perovskite solar cells

Peng Huang, Adrián Hernández, Samrana Kazim, Javier Ortiz, Ángela Sastre-Santos* and Shahzada Ahmad*

Mechanisms of photoredox catalysts: the role of optical spectroscopy

Noufal Kandoth*,   Javier Pérez Hernández, Emilio Palomares and Julio Lloret-Fillol*

 

We hope that you enjoy reading the great research featured in this issue!Emilio Palomares and Juan Luis Delgado

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HOPE-PV20 – Sustainable Energy & Fuels Prize Winners

Sustainable Energy & Fuels (SEF) was delighted to sponsor prizes at the nanoGe 2nd School on Hybrid, Organic and Perovskite Photovoltaics (HOPE-PV20), which took place online from the 3rd – 5th November 2020.

The SEF Best Oral Presentation Prize was awarded to Aleksandra Boldyreva (Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology) for her presentation on ‘Exploring the radiation stability of perovskite solar cells’.

The SEF ePoster prize was awarded to Maria Mikheeva (D. Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia) for her work on ‘Effect of Partial Pb2+ Substitution with Ca2+ on the Stability and Photovoltaic Performance of All-inorganic CsPbI3 Perovskite’.

Congratulations, Aleksandra and Maria!

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Outstanding Reviewers for Sustainable Energy & Fuels in 2019

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for Sustainable Energy & Fuels in 2019, as selected by the editorial team, for their significant contribution to the journal. The reviewers have been chosen based on the number, timeliness and quality of the reports completed over the last 12 months.

We would like to say a big thank you to those individuals listed here as well as to all of the reviewers that have supported the journal. Each Outstanding Reviewer will receive a certificate to give recognition for their significant contribution.

Joel W. Ager III, Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, ORCID: 0000-0001-9334-9751
Victor Ortiz-Martinez, University of Cartagena, ORCID: 0000-0002-9071-3009
Hajime Suzuki, Kyoto University, ORCID: 0000-0002-8891-2033
Sibo Wang, Nanyang Technological University, ORCID: 0000-0003-2656-9169
Zailai Xie, Fuzhou University, ORCID: 0000-0002-7694-7634

We would also like to thank the Sustainable Energy & Fuels board and the sustainable energy  community for their continued support of the journal, as authors, reviewers and readers.

If you would like to become a reviewer for our journal, just email us with details of your research interests and an up-to-date CV or résumé.  You can find more details in our author and reviewer resource centre

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IPEROP20 – Sustainable Energy & Fuels Poster Prize Winner

The nanoGe IPEROP20 conference was held last month in Tsukuba, Japan from the 20th to 22nd of January 2020.

Sustainable Energy & Fuels (SEF) was delighted to sponsor a poster prize at the conference. The SEF poster prize was awarded to Simone Mastroianni (Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems) for his poster entitled “Double-Mesoscopic HTM-Free Perovskite Solar Cells: Overcoming Charge Transport Limitation by Sputtered 40 nm Al2O3 Isolation Layer”.

The poster prize was presented to Simone by the Royal Society of Chemistry’s representative, May Copsey.

Congratulations, Simone!

Simone Mastroianni (Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems) and May Copsey (RSC)

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NECEM International Conference on Energy Materials and Interfaces Poster Prize Winners

The NECEM International Conference on Energy Materials and Interfaces was held at Newcastle University from Monday 29th July to Thursday 1st August.

Energy & Environmental Science (EES) and Sustainable Energy & Fuels (SEF) sponsored a poster prize each for the event. Both poster prizes were presented to the winners by the Royal Society of Chemistry’s, Carri Cotton.

The EES prize was awarded to David Alejandro Palacios Gomez and the SEF was awarded to Wei-Hsiang Lin. Congratulations to both winners.

Sustainable Energy & Fuels poster prize winner Wei-Hsiang Lin from National Tsing Hua University (left) and Energy & Environmental Science poster prize winner David Alejandro Palacios Gomez, from Durham University (right)

 

 

 

 

 

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3rd International Solar Fuels Conference (ISF-3) and International Conference on Artificial Photosynthesis-2019 (ICARP2019)

We are pleased to announce that Sustainable Energy & Fuels will be sponsoring the 3rd International Solar Fuels Conference (ISF-3) and the International Conference on Artificial Photosynthesis-2019 (ICARP2019). The meeting will be held in Hiroshima Convention Hall, Hiroshima City, Japan from November 20 to 24, 2019.

Topics at the conference include, but are not limited to:

– Artificial photosynthetic systems including water-oxidation, H2 production, and CO2 reduction

– Molecular photocatalysts and semiconductor photocatalysts

– Light-harvesting and photochemical charge separation

– Mechanisms of natural photosynthesis

– Biofuels from photosynthesis and biomass energy

– Photobioreactors

– Photoelectrochemistry and photobiology

Early Bird Registration and Abstract Submission are now open.

The abstract submission deadline is August 20, 2019.

More information about ISF-3 & ICARP2019 can be found at http://photoenergy-conv.net/ICARP2019/.

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International Conference on Energy Materials and Interfaces

 

International Conference on Energy Materials and Interfaces to be held at Newcastle University, starting on 29 July  – 1 August 2019

The EPSRC North East Centre for Energy Materials (NECEM) unites a broad range of expertise across academia and industry to address the most fundamentally critical aspects of energy systems. In 2019 NECEM will be hosting the International Conference on Energy Materials and Interfaces at Newcastle University from Monday 29th July to Thursday 1st August. The topics for this conference include:

  1. Flexible photovoltaics
  2. Thermoelectric devices
  3. Computational simulations of interfaces in energy capture devices
  4. Applications of 2D materials in energy capture and storage
  5. Tailored interfaces in turbines
  6. New concepts in electrical and electrochemical energy storage

The conference will play out to a total of 200 attendees over three full days.

The main conference will begin on Tuesday 30th July 2019 and will be prefaced by a welcome reception held on the Monday evening.

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Charge & Substrate Transport in 3D Electrocatalytic Materials, ACS Fall Meeting

RSC Adavances along with RSC journals Chemical Science, Energy & Environmental Science, Sustainable Energy & Fuels and Nanoscale Advances are pleased to be sponsoring the Charge & Substrate Transport in 3D Electrocatalytic Materials symposium at the ACS Fall 2019 National Meeting and Exposition in San Diego this August. It will be held at 8:30 am on Tuesday 27th in the Marina Ballroom Salon G at Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina.

 

Organized by Anthony Hall, Charles McCrory and V. Sara Thoi as part of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry, this symposia will be presided by Charles McCrory (University of Michigan) and feature presentations from Shelley D Minteer (University of Utah), Daniel Esposito (Columbia University), Yogesh Surendranath (MIT), Joseph Thomas Hupp (Northwestern University), Casey R Wade (Ohio State University), Amanda J Morris (Virginia Tech) as well as Charles McCrory.

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