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S1: Functional Materials for photoelectrochemical and Electrocatalytic Hydrogen production



The scale of the solar energy challenge not only calls for efficient solar photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical devices, but also abundant, inexpensive, and stable photoactive materials that can enable efficient light harvesting, charge separation and collection, and chemical transformation. Many earth-abundant materials are promising for solar energy applications, but significant challenges have prevented them from becoming as efficient as conventional and other recently commercialized thin film or single-crystalline solar materials. To maintain sustainable development and deployment of solar technologies, there has been increasing interest in further developing these earth-abundant materials to overcome scientific and technological barriers to enable applications in solar energy conversion. Fabrication of new devices with better performance and improved stability—achieved by nanoscale materials design and control using unique phenomena, such as quantum confinement effects—is the key to success. This symposium will bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers in materials science, physics, chemistry, and device engineering to propel a dialogue on innovative and sustainable applications of new and earth-abundant materials in solar energy conversion.


Proposed Session Topics:

  • Electrocatalytic reactions for fuel generation    
  • Bioinspired molecular and nanocatalysts for hydrogen production     
  • Tandem devices for integrated hydrogen production    
  • Solar-powered hydrogen production and utilization    
  • Functional nanostructures and nanocomposites for sustainable hydrogen production    
  • Device concepts for cost-effective water purification and desalinisation    
  • Ecological and energy-efficient processing of advanced functional nanostructures
  • Nanotechnology for sustainable generation of renewable fuels
  • Nanomaterials for energy efficient buildings and green architecture
  • Industrial production, implementation, and commercialization of hydrogen production systems
  • Societal, educational, environmental, and economic aspects of sustainable energy technologies


Symposium Organizers

  • Sanjay Mathur, University of Cologne, Germany
  • Yoon-Bong Hahn, Chonbuk National University, Korea
  • Steven Tidrow, Frostburg State University, USA
  • Silke Christiansen, Helmholtz Energy Zentrum, Berlin
  • Jan Augustynski, University of Warsaw, Poland
  • Heli Wang, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA
  • Juan-Ramon, Morante, Catolonia Institute for Energy Research, Spain
  • Nianqiang (Nick) Wu, West Virginia University, USA
  • Gunnar Westin, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Gurpreet Singh, Kansas State University, USA


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