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Renewable Energy: Solar Fuels (GRS)
Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar


January 31 - February 1, 2009


Ventura Beach Marriott
Ventura, CA


James Maiolo & Jillian L. Dempsey

Meeting Description

Meeting Description

Renewable energy is attracting extensive attention as a result of pervasive concerns about global sustainability and global climate change due to fossil fuel consumption, and solar energy conversion, either to biofuels or through artificial photosynthesis, is a central area of research in renewable energy. The increased focus on solar energy is due in large part to its abundance and wide availability - more energy from sunlight strikes the earth in an hour than all the energy consumed by humans in a year. However, solar energy is both diffuse and intermittent. Thus, large area collection schemes that are still cost-effective must be developed and deployed, and robust mechanisms of energy storage must be designed. Fuels are preferable to electrical forms of storage due to their high energy density and ease of transportation. Thus, development of low-cost, efficient, and scalable schemes for solar energy capture and conversion into fuel will be vital to both future energy supply and global sustainability.

This Gordon Research Seminar will complement the GRC conference on Solar Fuels. This meeting will feature oral and poster presentations by graduate students and postdoctoral scholars currently working in the fields of solar energy capture and conversion, photoelectrochemistry, and catalysis. Two major aspects of solar fuel production will be addressed. The first session will address the capture of solar photons as electrons and holes and their efficient collection. The second session will address the challenges associated with driving multi-electron chemical transformations to produce fuels. This meeting represents an unprecedented opportunity for emerging scientists to discuss and present their own cutting-edge research in solar fuels and to network with the future experts in the field.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Renewable Energy: Solar Fuels" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pmCheck-in Begins
3:00 pm - 3:15 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by GRS Conference Chair
Discussion Leader: Jillian Dempsey (California Institute of Technology)
3:15 pm - 3:45 pmEtsuko Fujita (Brookhaven National Laboratory)
"A Coordination Chemistry Approach to Artificial Photosynthesis"
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Discussion
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session 1
6:00 pmDinner
Discussion Leader: Nathan S. Lewis (California Institute of Technology)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmJustin B. Sambur (Colorado State University)
"Surface Chemistry Effects in Quantum Dot Sensitized Solar Cells"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pm Discussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmM. Dolores Perez (University of Southern California)
"Relationship Between Molecular Properties and Open Circuit Voltage in Organic Photovoltaic Cells"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmNicholas C. Strandwitz (University of California Santa Barbara)
"In-situ Photopolymerization of Conducting Polymers in Mesoporous Titanium Dioxide"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pm Discussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmShannon C. Riha (Colorado State University)
"Investigating Binary and Quaternary Inorganic Chalcogenide Nanomaterials for Photovoltaic Applications"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
Discussion Leader: Daniel G. Nocera (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
9:00 am - 9:20 amJenny Y. Yang (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
"The Role of Proton Relays in Molecular Electrocatalysts for Hydrogen Oxidation and Production"
9:20 am - 9:30 am Discussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amArnab Dutta (Arizona State University)
"Synthesis of [Ni-Fe] Hydrogenase Maquettes: A Bottom-Up Approach for Studying Metalloenzymes"
9:50 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amRonnie Muvirimi (University of Cincinnati)
"Redox Chemistry of Reversible Two-Electron Platinum Reagents"
10:20 am - 10:30 am Discussion
10:30 am Coffee Break
11:00 am - 11:15 amJavier J. Concepcion (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
"One Site is Enough. Catalytic Water Oxidation by a Well-Defined Mechanism Involving Single-Site Catalysis"
11:15 am - 11:20 am Discussion
11:20 am - 11:35 amYogesh Surendranath (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
"Electrosynthesis and Characterization of Amorphous Cobalt-Based Thin Film Water Oxidation Catalysts"
11:35 am - 11:40 am Discussion
11:40 am - 11:55 amWalter W. Weare (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
"Light-Induced Electron Transfer into Multi-Electron Catalysts on the Surfaces of Mesoporous Silicates"
11:55 am - 12:00 pm Discussion
12:00 pm - 12:30 pmBusiness Meeting
(Discuss request for a subsequent GRS; Nominations for the next Student/Post-doc Vice Chair(s); Fill out Evaluation Forms)
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 3:30 pmPoster Session II
3:30 pmGordon Research Seminar ends. For those attending the associated Gordon Research Conference, please check in at the GRC Office at the Four Points Sheraton hotel beginning at 4:00 pm.
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