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2nd International Symposium on Solar Fuels and Solar Cells- A Post Satellite Meeting of the 15th International Congress of Photosynthesis

Time:August 29-31, 2010
The organization committee kindly invites you to participate in the 2nd International Symposium on Solar Fuels and Solar Cells, a post satellite meeting of the 15th International Photosynthesis Congress, which will be held in Dalian during August 28-31, 2010.

Energy has emerged as a major challenge for the global sustainable development in the 21st century and long term afterwards. Development of renewable energy that can replace the fossil fuels is highly demanding. Solar energy is abundant, clean and renewable, thus considered to be the idealist energy sources for the future. However, powering the planet with solar energy still faces huge challenges ahead. The scope of this symposium mainly focuses on artificial photosynthesis for the solar fuels and the development of novel techniques for the generation of solar electricity, which are the two major research directions in solar energy utilization.

Topics of the symposium:

• Photocatalysis for solar fuels. Hydrogen production via photocatalytic water splitting, biomass reforming and industrial waste reforming, photocatalytic reduction of CO2 to chemical fuels by: 1) artificial photosynthesis; 2) homogeneous and heterogeneous photocatalysts; 3) semiconductor based photocatalysts: 

• Fundamental understanding of solar energy conversion processes and mechanism: 1) Modeling, simulation and theoretical calculations; 2) characterization and imaging by fast and ultra-fast transient spectroscopy. 

• Solar cells for solar electricity. Materials, architectures, and processes for low-cost, high-efficiency solar cell devices and modules: 1) silicon thin film solar cells;  2) organic solar cells; 3) novel nanomaterials and nanostructures for solar cells; 4) dye-sensitized solar cells.

The aim of this symposium is to provide a forum for international academics, researchers, scientists, and students to exchange and share their experiences, ideas, and research results in the development of solar fuels and solar cells, discuss recent advances and the scientific challenges encountered for the efficient solar energy conversion and utilization, and identify the future research directions for the development of “Solar Energy Economy”. 



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