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S19: Advances in Photocatalytic Materials for Energy and Environmental Applications



As global population growth and economical development continue to ramp up, sustainable energy supply and environmental concerns are emerging among the top issues and challenges for humanity.
In addressing these challenging issues, innovative materials are essential enablers. Semiconducting photocatalytic materials have found multi-functional properties which underpin many important energy conversion applications including photocatalytic environmental remediation, water splitting for hydrogen fuel, CO2 reduction, self-cleaning coatings, electrochromic devices and sensors, and low cost solar cells. In the meantime, fundamental understanding and innovative design of semiconducting
nanomaterials are of particular importance in further improving the energy conversion efficiency of the materials by using our abundant solar energy. The main objective of the workshop is to promote
international cooperation and partnership between world leaders in the fields of nanomaterials for solar energy applications.


Proposed Symposium Topics

  • Nanostructured photocatalysts: controllable synthesis and characterization
  • Innovative materials for third generation solar cells (Dyesensitizedsolarcells, quantumdotcells, tandem/multi-junction cells, hot-carrier cells, etc.)
  • Photoelectrochemical devices
  • Fundamental mechanism understanding: charge transfer and recombination
  • Fundamental properties investigation: theoretical and computational investigation
  • Band-gap engineering of photocatalysts: optical, electronic, and catalytic modifications
  • Photocatalytic fuel (hydrogen) generation
  • Photocatalytic CO2 reductionandselectivephoto-oxidations for organic synthesis
  • Superhydrophilic, amphiphilic, and antifogging surfaces
  • Environmental Applications: air /water treatment, anti-bacterial surfaces
  • Concentrated solar-driven process
  • Materials for solar-thermal application

Symposium Organizers

Lianzhou Wang, The University of Queensland, Australia
Xiaobo Chen, University of Missouri—Kansas City, USA
Seong-Ju Hwang, Ewha Womans University, Korea

Gongxuan Lu, Lanzhou Institute of Chemcial Physics, China

Lionel Vayssieres, Xian Jiaotong University, China
Michael Wark, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
Songyuan Dai, Institute of Plasma Physics, China


Points of Contact
Lianzhou Wang, +61-7-3365-4218
Xiaobo Chen


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