Solar fuels are molecular fuels and chemical feedstocks that are photosynthesized from carbon dioxide and water by harnessing the energy of sunlight. Artificial photosynthesis has enormous potential as a scalable approach for reducing our dependence on fossil fuel resources. Research in this field has greatly accelerated since the start of the Gordon Research Conference series on "Renewable Energy: Solar Fuels" in 2007, for example in the areas of light absorbers and catalysts for splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen, and reducing carbon dioxide to carbon based fuels, including C2 and C3 organic products. The 2020 GRC conference will explore the most recent advances at the leading edge of research in this fileld, reporting both state of the art materials, catalyst and system design and performance, and discussing advances in our understanding of their function. The Conference will bring together young and established investigators who are at the forefront of their fields to explore these interdisciplinary themes. Participants, including students and postdocs, are encouraged to present their results in poster sessions, and some poster presenters will be selected for short talks. The collegial atmosphere of this conference, with programmed discussion sessions and informal gatherings in the afternoons and evenings, provides a unique international forum in which the academic and industrial scientists can exchange ideas to advance the field of renewable energy.
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by July 1, 2019. Please check back for updates.
- Early-Career Investigator Presentations
- Operando Spectroscopy
- Merging Molecules with Materials
- Light Absorbers and Photocatalysts
- Water Splitting
- Systems and Engineering
- CO2 Reduction
- Biological and Bio-Inspired Systems
- Moving Forward in Solar Fuels Research