Solar fuel production in an artificial system offers an opportunity for generating renewable transportation fuels to replace fossil resources. Sunlight is used to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, or produce carbon-based fuels from carbon dioxide and water. A central theme of this symposium is the recent progress and scientific challenges of integrating the light absorbers and catalysts into subsystems, with the goal of achieving closed hoto (electro)chemical cycles, CO2 reduction (or proton reduction) and H2O oxidation in the single integrated system. A solar fuel can be produced when and where sunlight is available, and stored and transported for later usage. Various systems made of engineered materials have been developed to reduce proton to hydrogen or carbon dioxide to carbon-based fuels, including photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell, photocatalytic system, solar cell based method, etc. This special session will bring experts together from different fields of state-of-the-art technologies of solar fuel production, which will foster the scientific exchange.

session topics
  • Photoelectrochemical (PEC) system for solar fuel production
  • Photocatalytic water splitting
  • Photocatalytic carbon dioxide reduction
  • Solar cell-PEC hybrid system for solar fuel production
  • New catalysts for solar fuel generation

Yuanbing Mao, Illinois Institute of Technology, U.S.A.,

Kijung Yong, POSTECH, Korea,

Zhenxing Feng, Oregon State University, U.S.A.,

Yung-Jung Hsu, National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan,