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Materials for applications in photocatalysis and photoconversion

Following on the successful symposia on the topic “Photocatalytic materials for energy and environment”, Symposium B, E-MRS Spring Meeting 2015 (165 abstracts received) and “Materials for applications in water treatment and water splitting”, Symposium F, E-MRS Spring Meeting 2017 (177 abstracts received), the topics of this symposium have been further enlarged to cover Dye-sensitized solar cells. This may attract a larger part of the community.


In the last decade, a lot of effort has been devoted to the elaboration and optimization of advanced materials for photocatalytic and photoconversion applications, like solar fuels, water, air and surfaces purification and decontamination. The focus of this proposed symposium is on Materials for applications in photocatalysis and photoconversion and more precisely on i) environmental applications: water and air treatment and purification, self-cleaning surfaces, ii) healthcare applications: water and air decontamination and disinfection, self-decontaminating surfaces, iii) solar fuels: water-splitting for hydrogen production and conversion of CO2 to fuels and iv) Dye-sensitized solar cells. The suggested range of topics are:

  1. Photoresponsive nanomaterials elaboration: synthesis of different semiconductors morphologies (2D, 1D, …), architectures and hierarchisation, self-assembly.
  2. Advanced characterizations, in-situ and operando characterizations
  3. Surface functionalization to achieve photocatalytic substrates for environmental or healthcare applications
  4. Visible and IR-light responsive nanomaterials doping, heterojunction formation, addition of plasmonic nanoparticles, photosensitization
  5. Water treatment
  6. Solar Fuels: H2 production, CO2 conversion
  7. Dye-sensitized solar cells
  8. Simulation and modeling approaches
  9. Dye-sensitized solar cells
  10. Up-scaling, pilot plants and prototypes

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • Nanostructured oxides semiconductors (eg. TiO2, ZnO, Fe2O3, CuxO, …) and non-oxides semiconductors (g-C3N4, CdS, GaP, ZnS, …)
  • Composite semiconductors, heterojunction formations
  • Semiconductors modifications: eg. by noble and non-noble metal, by nanocarbons (graphene, CNTs, nanodiamonds, …)
  • Hybrid photocatalysts, molecular approaches
  • Air treatment
  • Water treatment
  • Photocatalytic surfaces
  • Transformation of cellulose substrates assisted by photocatalysis
  • CO2 reduction
  • H2 production
  • Kinetics and modeling

Tentative list of invited speakers:

  • L. Santinacci (Center for Interdisciplinary Nanoscience of Marseille, France)
  • J.  Faria (University of Porto, Portugal)
  • V. Artero (CEA Grenoble, France)
  • H. Garcia (University of Valencia, Spain)
  • B. Lotsch (Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany)
  • B. Ohtani (Institute for Catalysis, Hokkaido University, Japan)
  • M. Nolan (Tyndall National Research Centre, Ireland)
  • Y.  Paz (Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
  • A. Di Mauro (CNR-IMM, Italy)
  • D. Dionysiou (University of Cincinnati, USA)
  • M. Bowker (Cardiff University, UK)
  • P. Peterson (Queens University Belfast, UK)

Tentative list of scientific committee members:

  • V. Privitera (CNR-IMM, Italy)
  • L. Meda (ENI, Italy)
  • L. Palmisano (University of Palermo, Italy)
  • S. Perathoner (University of Messina, Italy)
  • D. Bahnemann (Leibniz University Hannover, Germany)
  • P. Fernández-Ibáñez (Ulster University, Ireland)
  • A. Nattestad  (University of Wollongong, Australia)
  • E. Gyorgy (Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Barcelona, Spain)
  • S. Malato (University of Almeria, Spain)
  • G. Li-Puma (Loughborough University, UK)
  • H. Remita (CNRS-Université Paris Sud, France)
  • C. Guillard (CNRS-Université Lyon 1, France)


Selected papers will be published in a Special Issue of "Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing" (Elsevier).

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Symposium organizers
Anne MORRISSEYDublin City University

Dublin 9, Ireland

Via Santa Sofia 64, 95123 Catania, Italy
J. Anthony BYRNEUlster University

25B10 NIBEC, Newtownabbey Co. Antrim., BT37, 0QB, UK

+44 28 90368941
Valérie KELLERCNRS / University of Strasbourg

Institute of Chemistry and Processes for Energy, Environment and Health; 25, rue Becquerel, 67087 Strasbourg cedex 2, France

+33 671843648