International solar fuels conference 2021

26 - 29 July 2021, United Kingdom

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ISF-2021 Young Conference

26 - 27 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.
Harry Gray (Introductory Lecture), Caltech, United States

Harry Gray is the Arnold O. Beckman Professor of Chemistry and the Founding Director of the Beckman Institute at the California Institute of Technology. After graduate work at Northwestern University and postdoctoral research at the University of Copenhagen, he joined the chemistry faculty at Columbia University, where in the early 1960s he developed ligand field theory to interpret the electronic structures of transition metal complexes. After moving to Caltech in 1966, he began work in inorganic photochemistry that led to the development of light absorbers and robust catalysts for the production of solar fuels. He also began research in biological inorganic chemistry, demonstrating that electrons can tunnel rapidly over long molecular distances through metalloproteins. This discovery opened the way for work that shed light on electron flow in respiration and photosynthesis. He has received the Centenary Medal (1985); the National Medal of Science (1986); the Linderstrøm-Lang Prize (1992); the Harvey Prize (2000); the Benjamin Franklin Medal (2004); the Wolf Prize (2004); the City of Florence Prize (2006); the Welch Award in Chemistry (2009); the Othmer Gold Medal (2013); the T. W. Richards Medal (2014); the MacDiarmid Medal (2017); the Westheimer Prize (2018); the Cotton Medal (2018); seven national ACS awards, including the Priestley Medal (1991); and 22 honorary doctorates. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences; the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; the American Philosophical Society; a foreign member of the Royal Society; Royal Danish Academy of Sciences; Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences; and the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei.

Pia Lindberg, Uppsala Universitet, Sweden

Dr. Pia Lindberg obtained her PhD at Uppsala University, Sweden in 2003, followed by postdoctoral work at CEA Saclay and at the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley. Throughout her career she has focused on engineering of photosynthetic microbes for generation of solar fuels and chemicals. She is currently an associate professor at Uppsala University, where her group is developing metabolically engineered cyanobacteria for direct production of terpenes and other useful hydrocarbon compounds from CO2. 

Ted Sargent , University to Toronto, Canada

Ted Sargent holds the rank of University Professor at the University of Toronto, where he has been on the faculty since 1998. He earned the BScEng (Engineering Physics) from Queen’s University in 1995 and the PhD from the University of Toronto in 1998.

Kevin Sivula, EPFL, Switzerland

Originally from the United States, Prof. Sivula studied at the University of Minnesota, obtaining a Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering in 2002, and at the University of California, Berkeley, completing a doctorate in 2007 under the direction of Prof. Jean Fréchet. He then joined Prof. Michael Grätzel’s group at EPFL as a postdoc, and in 2011 he began an independent research program in the Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering at EPFL, where he was promoted to Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering in 2018. He directs the Laboratory for molecular engineering of optoelectronic nanomaterials (LIMNO), and teaches courses in transport phenomena, chemical product design, and solar energy conversion.

Li-Zhu Wu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Li-Zhu Wu received her B.S. degree in chemistry from Lanzhou University in 1990, and got her Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Photographic Chemistry, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, under the supervision of Professor Chen-Ho Tung in 1995. From 1995−1998, she worked at the Institute of Photographic Chemistry as an associate professor. After a postdoctoral stay (1997−1998) at the University of Hong Kong working with Professor Chi-Ming Che, she returned to the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, as a full professor. In 2019, Professor Li-Zhu Wu was elected as a member of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Her research interests are focused on photochemical conversion, including artificial photosynthesis, visible light catalysis for organic transformation, and photoinduced electron transfer, energy transfer and chemical reactions in supramolecular systems.

  • Frédéric Beisson CNRS, France
  • Tiago Guerra A4F, Portugal

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 

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

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