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International solar fuels conference 2021

26 - 29 July 2021, United Kingdom



You are warmly invited to join us in July 2021 for this online edition of the International solar fuels conference. The first meeting of this internationally renowned conference was held in Uppsala, Sweden in 2015, and since then the meetings have been a highlight for the global solar fuels community.
Organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry in partnership with the University of Grenoble and Uppsala University, the 2021 conference will host some of the leading solar fuels researchers from around the world. It promises to be a great forum to bring together research leaders and young scientists to discuss the main issues surrounding climate change and energy supply. 

We’re delighted to be also hosting the Young conference immediately preceding the main conference. The Young conference aims to give as many young researchers as possible the opportunity to present, and will also include keynote talks from mentoring experts and careers advice from the RSC.
On behalf of the organising committee, we look forward to meeting you online in July 2021.
Conference Co-chairs
Vincent Artero, CEA
Leif Hammarström, Uppsala Universitet
Ann Magnuson, Uppsala Universitet
Eric Maréchal, CNRS


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


The Royal Society of Chemistry is keen to encourage and enable as many people as possible to attend our events, to benefit from the networking opportunities and the chance to hear talks from leaders in the field. If you would like to discuss accessibility, please contact us to discuss your requirements so that we can enable your attendance.
Sophia Haussener, EPFL, Switzerland

Sophia Haussener is an Associate Professor heading the Laboratory of Renewable Energy Science and Engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Her current research is focused on providing design guidelines for thermal, thermochemical, and photoelectrochemical (or combinations thereof) energy conversion reactors through multi-physics modeling and demonstration. Her research interests include: thermal sciences, fluid dynamics, charge transfer, electro-magnetism, and thermo/electro/photochemistry in complex multi-phase media on multiple scales. She received her PhD (2010) in Mechanical Engineering from ETH Zurich. Between 2011 and 2012, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Joint Center of Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) and the Energy Environmental Technology Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). She has published over 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals and is recipient of the Prix Zonta (2015), the Global Change Award (2017) and the Viskanta Award (2019).

Kazuhiko Maeda, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Kazuhiko Maeda received his PhD from The University of Tokyo (2007) under the supervision of Professor Kazunari Domen. During 2008–2009, he was a postdoctoral fellow at The Pennsylvania State University, where he worked with Professor Thomas E. Mallouk. He then joined The University of Tokyo as an Assistant Professor in 2009. Moving to Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2012, he was promoted to an Associate Professor. He was also appointed as a PRESTO/JST researcher during 2010–2014. His major research interest is heterogeneous photocatalysis for light to chemical energy conversion, with a focus on water splitting and CO2 fixation. He published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers on international journals with more than 36,500 citations and h-index of 84.

Hiroyuki Ohta, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Hiroyuki Ohta received Doctor of Agriculture from Kyoto University in 1988. He was appointed as an assistant professor in Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1991, and promoted to a professor in Graduate School of Bioscience and Biotechnology (2007-2015). He is currently a professor in School of Life Science and Technology (2016-).

He has more than 35 years of experience in plant and algal sciences. He started his carrier from research in Kyoto University and became well known by identification of the gene for the biosynthesis of the most abundant membrane lipid, monogalactosyldiacylglycerol, from plants two decades ago. Then, he elucidated the mechanism of membrane lipid biosynthesis in plants and algae. He expanded his research to triacylglycerol (oil) synthesis, particularly in microalgae, and established a novel oil production system using low phosphorus stress as a trigger. His interests also cover evolution of land plants and function of oxylipins, lipid-derived regulatory compounds. By these achievements, he received Terry Galliard Medal from the international plant lipid researcher community in 2018.

Jenny Yang, University of California Irvine, United States

Jenny Y. Yang received her BS at UC Berkeley (research with Professor Jeffrey R. Long) and completed her doctoral studies at MIT under the guidance of Professor Daniel G. Nocera. After her postdoctoral position with Dr Daniel L. Dubois at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, she was hired as a research scientist in the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis. After a subsequent position as a scientist at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, she started her current position as a faculty member at the University of California, Irvine. 

Jenny Z. Zhang, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Jenny completed her PhD in bioinorganic chemistry at the University of Sydney, then became a Marie Curie Incoming International Fellow at the University of Cambridge where she investigated biocatalysts for solar fuels generation. In particular, she developed strategies to re-wire oxidoreductases, such as the water-oxidation enzyme photosystem II, to electrodes and complementary biocatalysts in an emerging field known as 'semi-artificial photosynthesis'. She started her independent group as a BBSRC David Phillips Fellow at the Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry in 2018. There, she takes on the re-wiring of photosynthesis to another level of complexity - in living cells.

  • Junko Yano Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, United States

Abstract Submission

Oral Abstracts

Oral submissions are now closed. 

Abstract submitters will be notified of the outcome of the review process within about 4 weeks of the submission deadline. Please ensure you provide the details of the presenting speaker.

Presenters of the best oral presentations at the Young conference will also be asked to present at the main conference. This will be judged on the day by the Young committee.

Poster Abstracts 

Poster submissions are now closed. Posters will be displayed under one of the six themes:
  • Multi-electron/multi-proton catalysis
  • Light-harvesting and light-driven processes
  • Photoelectrochemistry
  • Photobiological approaches
  • Metabolic engineering
  • Devices and demonstration: robustness, sustainability and upscale 
Posters accepted for the Young conference will also be displayed at the main conference.

Posters are displayed throughout the meeting and some will be selected for Flash poster presentations. Poster Prizes will also be awarded to the best posters presented.

Registration is now closed. 

Registration includes:
  • Attendance at the virtual sessions
  • Attendance at the poster session
  • Attendance at the networking sessions
Registration fees are as follows (subject to VAT at the prevailing rate):
Type Cost
RSC Members* £55
Non Members** £75
Student RSC Members* £25
Student Non Members** £35

* If you are an Royal Society of Chemistry member and wish to register for this meeting, please select the member option on the online registration page. You will need to enter your membership number.

**For non-member registrants, affiliate membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry for 2022 is available, the affiliate membership application will be processed and commence once the registrant has attended the event. 

Scientific programme

A PDF of the full scientific programme can be downloaded from the Downloads section at the top of the page.

Plenary talks

The plenary talks will be available to view 1 week prior to the conference. The conference programme will include a Q&A panel with our invited plenary speakers so please ensure to submit any questions when viewing the talks, prior to the main programme. Information on accessing the talks and submitting questions will be shared closer to the conference date to all registered delegates. 

Energy journals and Open Science at the RSC 

28 July at 16:00 (BST)
This presentation will give an introduction to the Royal Society of Chemistry and its energy journals, and will give an overview of open science at the Royal Society of Chemistry. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the session.

May Copsey, Executive Editor, Chemical Science, Royal Society of Chemistry
May Copsey is currently the Executive Editor for Royal Society of Chemistry’s flagship journal, Chemical Science. She joined the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2006 as an Assistant Editor and has worked on a variety of different journals during this time, including Dalton Transactions, CrystEngComm and Journal of Materials Chemistry. She was Executive Editor for the Analytical portfolio of journals for four years, before moving to take over the General Chemistry portfolio, including Chemical Science, ChemComm and Chemical Society Reviews in 2015. She has had the pleasure of leading an editorial team dedicated to Chemical Science since June of 2018. May is a main group chemist by training, as before joining the RSC she worked for three years as Post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of Calgary, after completing a PhD in main group chemistry at the University of Bristol.
Grace Thoburn, Developments Editor, Journals, Royal Society of Chemistry
Grace Thoburn is a Development Editor, and has worked across Energy & Environmental Science, Sustainable Energy & Fuels and the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Environmental Science journals since June 2020. She joined the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2018 as a Publishing Editor, working on the Journal of Materials Chemistry portfolio. Before joining the RSC, Grace studied Biochemistry at Imperial College London.

Meet the Editor 

28 July at 14:30 (BST),  29 July at 15:30 and 17:00 (BST) 
Interact and engage with Royal Society of Chemistry journal editors in this virtual room. Whatever the stage of your research career, be a part of discussions and gain meaningful insights on publishing, peer review, ethics and more.

Editors: May Copsey (Royal Society of Chemistry), Grace Thoburn (Royal Society of Chemistry), Vincent Artero (CEA), Garry Rumbles (National Renewable Energy Laboratory and University of Colorado Boulder) 

Mission Innovation IC5 

29th July, 11:30 – 13:30 CEST
IC5 is a global initiative to discover affordable ways to convert sunlight into storable solar fuels. This event will provide the latest updates on Mission Innovation IC5 projects and international roadmaps, followed by a panel discussion with the roadmap presenters. It is organised as a satellite event to the RSC International Solar Fuels Conference and is organised by Mission Innovation IC5 and Sun-To-X (a Mission Innovation H2020 project). 

Further information is available in the "Downloads" section at the top of this web page, including a link to register to attend the satellite meeting. 

Sponsorship & supporting organisations
A selection of sponsorship opportunities are available for companies who would like to promote their activities at the International solar fuels conference 2021.

As well as booking a virtual exhibition space, there are opportunities to sponsor networking events or advertise in the abstract book. A sponsorship menu document is available to download from this page with more details and prices.

If you would like more information about sponsoring the International solar fuels conference 2021, please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry on Sponsorship Menu

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