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Thank you to all the Attendees of the past Solar Fuel Workshop!

Dear Attendee,

We want to thank for participating in this unique workshop!

We hope that you enjoyed the sessions and the opportunity to get involved in the discussion of the Solar Fuel Production Based on Nanostructured Photoelectrodes and Catalysts to replace conventional fossil fuels.

Solar Fuel Workshop team


Solar Fuel Production Based on Nanostructured Photoelectrodes and Catalysts

Nov. 29th-30th 2018  |  INL’s Auditorium

Harvesting fuels from sunlight aiming to replace conventional fossil fuels!

Workshop on Solar Fuel Production Based on Nanostructured Photoelectrodes and Catalysts. Nov. 29th-30th 2018 at INL’s Auditorium, Braga, Portugal.


  • Photoelectrochemical water splitting

  • Photoelectrochemical CO2 reduction

  • New semiconductor absorbers

  • New electrocatalysts for water splitting and CO2 reduction

  • Mechanistic investigation on water splitting and CO2 reduction

  • New characterization techniques

  • New concepts of solar energy harvesting and storage

  • Solar energy conversion systems



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PROGRAMME of the workshop

NOTE: This is a tentative schedule designed to give conference delegates an idea of what to expect . Times listed are subject to change.


8h30 – 9h00 | Registration

9h00 – 9h30 | Opening Ceremony

SOLAR FUELS I – Session 1

9h30 – 10h10 Ib Chorkendorff – Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark

“Catalysis for Conversion of Sustainable Energy”

10h10 – 10h30 | António Vilanova – LEPABE – Faculdade de Engenharia, Universidade do Porto, Portugal

“Optimized photoelectrochemical module for solar hydrogen production under concentrated sunlight”

10h30 – 11h10 | Kevin Sivula – Laboratory for molecular engineering of optoelectronic nanomaterials (LIMNO), Switzerland

“Engineering inexpensive semiconductor materials for robust photoelectrochemical solar fuel production”

11h10 – 11h40 | Coffee Break – Poster Session


11h40 – 12h20 | Peter Strasser – Technical University Berlin, Germany

“Free electrons to molecular bonds and back – The dark side of solar fuels and solar chemicals”

12h20 – 12h40 | Diana Fernandes – REQUIMTE/LAQV – Departamento de Química e Bioquímica, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade do Porto, Portugal

“POM-based nanomaterials for energy-related reactions”

12h40 – 13h00 Junyuan Xu – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), Portugal

“Ruthenium – Cobalt Phosphide Hybrid Clusters with Superior Electrochemical Hydrogen Evolution Performance”

13h00 – 14h20 | Lunch – Poster Session

MetalBIO Network – Session 3

14h20 – 15h00 | Julio Lloret-Fillol – Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia, ICIQ, Spain

“From Well-defined Coordination Complexes towards Materials for Artificial Photosynthesis”

15h00 – 15h20 Andrés García-Algarra – Universidad de Cádiz, Spain

“Alkyne semihydrogenation in the presence of Mo3S4 cluster complexes – Mechanism and relationship with heterogeneous analogues”

15h20 – 15h40 Federico Franco – Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia, ICIQ, Spain

“N-heterocyclic Carbenes as alternative platforms for electrocatalytic CO2 reduction by tricarbonyl Mn complexes”

15h40 – 16h10 | Coffee Break – Poster Session


16h10 – 16h50 | Beatriz Roldan Cuenya – Fritz-Haber-Institute, Max-Planck Society, Germany

“Structure and electrolyte sensitivity in CO2 electroreduction”

16h50 – 17h10 Jorge Ferreira de Araújo – Technical University of Berlin, Germany

“DEMS studies using isotope-labeling for unraveling mechanistic details in CO2/CO electroreduction reaction”

17h10 – 17h30 Isilda Amorim – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), Portugal

“Bi-metallic CoxNiyP nanowires as an active electrocatalyst towards oxygen and hydrogen evolution reactions”

17h30 – 18h30 | INL Lab Tour


SOLAR FUELS II – Session 5

9h00 – 9h40 Adélio Mendes – Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal

“PV and PEC devices for producing fuels from sunlight”

9h40 – 10h00 Grzegorz Sulka – Jagiellonian University, Faculty of Chemistry, Department of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, Gronostajowa, Poland

“Anodic TiO2 and WO3 nanopore arrays for photoelectrochemical water splitting and photocatalytic applications”

10h00 – 10h40 |  Friedhelm Finger – Institute of Energy and Climate Research, IEK-5, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

“A photovoltaic-electrochemical module with silicon based solar cells and catalysts from earth abundant materials for water splitting”

10h40 – 11h00 Mouli Thalluri – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), Portugal

“Coupling textured p-silicon with cobalt phosphide to enhance the photo-electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution performance”

11h00 – 11h30 | Coffee Break – Poster Session


11h30 – 12h10 |  Sascha Sadewasser– International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), Portugal

“The solar cell material Cu(In,Ga)Se2 at the micro and nanometer scale”

12h10 – 12h30 | Leszek Zaraska – Jagiellonian University, Faculty of Chemistry, Gronostajowa, Poland

“Electrochemical growth of nanoporous photoelectrodes – the case of anodic tin oxide”

12h30 – 12h50 Andrea Capasso – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), Portugal

“Two-dimensional crystals with controlled properties for photovoltaics”

12h50 – 14h00 | Lunch – Poster Session


14h00 – 14h40 |  Pere Roca – École Polytechnique, Université Paris-Saclay, France

“Plasma-Assisted VLS growth of Nanostructured Materials”

14h40 – 15h00Joana Baptista – Instituto Dom Luiz (IDL), Faculdade Ciências, Universidade Lisboa, Portugal

“Challenges and Opportunities for Supercapacitors in Solar Energy Storage”

15h00 – 15h40 |  Martin Andritschky – Department of Physics, University of Minho, Portugal

“Solar Thermal Collectors for large area applications

15h40 – 16h00Rolf Janssen – Institute of Advanced Ceramics, TU Hamburg, Germany

“Ordered pore structure at elevated temperatures”

16h00 – 16h20Rui Novais – Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering/CICECO-Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro, Portugal

“Cork-derived ceria ecoceramics for solar fuel production via thermochemical redox process using concentrated solar energy”

16h20 – 16h40 | Coffee BreakPoster Session

MetalBIO Network – Session 8

16h40 – 17h20 Pau Farràs Inorganic Chemistry at NUI Galway

“From lab to real life installations: pushing hydrogen technologies forward”

17h20 – 17h40Laura Rodríguez-Silva – Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain

“Atmospheric carbon dioxide fixation of zinc and cobalt-based systems of bis(amine)-bis(phenolate) ligands”

17h40 – 18h00María J. Romero – Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain

“Photoinduced water splitting with metallosupramolecular complexes”

18h00 – 18h20 | Closing Remarks


Please check below our Invited Speakers, in alphabetical order:

Andritschky, Martin

Physics Department of the University of Minho

Chorkendorff, Ib

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Farràs, Pau

NUI Galway

Leader of the SEAFUEL, INTERREG Atlantic Area project

Finger, Friedhelm

Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

Lloret, Julio

ICREA Research Professor and group leader at Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ, Spain. BIST Center)

Mendes, Adelio

University of Porto, Portugal

Roca i Cabarrocas, Pere

Ecole Polytechnique, Université Paris-Saclay, France

Roldan Cuenya, Beatriz

Fritz-Haber Institute, Max-Planck Society, Germany

Sadewasser, Sascha

International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Portugal

Sivula, Kevin

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Strasser, Peter

Technical University of Berlin, Germany


Dr. Lifeng Liu

Group Leader of Nanomaterials for Energy Storage and Conversion Group at INL,

Department of Quantum Materials, Science and Technology.

International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Braga, Portugal.


Dr. Pedro Alpuim

Group Leader of 2D Materials and Devices at INL.

Dept. of Quantum Materials, Science and Technology

INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory – Braga

Professor in the Physics Department of the University of Minho (UM) – Braga


Marcelino Maneiro graduated with an M.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), Galiza, Spain, in 1993 and received his Ph.D. degree in 1998 under the supervision of Professors Manuel R. Bermejo and Antonio Sousa in Santiago de Compostela, working in the field of coordination chemistry and, in particular, focusing on the study of manganese complexes as mimetic models for artificial photosynthesis. During his Ph.D. degree period, he also performed different stages in 1996-1997 at the University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), UK, under the supervision of Professor Charles A. McAuliffe. From 1998 to 2000, Maneiro was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University, NJ, USA, with Professor Charles G. Dismukes; in 2004, he was a Visiting Researcher at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland, working in the Kevin Nolan group.

Since 2000, Maneiro has occupied different researcher and academic positions at USC, and he became a Professor of inorganic chemistry at USC in 2007. Maneiro is an author or coauthor of more than 55 scientific publications. His research topics focus on biomimetic catalysts, synthetic inorganic complexes that can simulate the mode of action of a natural enzyme by catalyzing a reaction in ambient conditions. Bioinorganic chemistry of manganese complexes, studying their peroxidase and catalase activities, and their capacity to catalyse water photolysis are some of his research areas of interest. He is also keenly interested in the role of the supramolecular contacts in these systems to enhance the catalytic activity of the complexes. Maneiro currently leads the Bioinorganic and Supramolecular Chemistry research group (SUPRABIOIN) at USC.

Recent publications:
“Effect of the metal ion on the enantioselectivity and linkage isomerization of thiosemicarbazone helicates”, Chem. Eur. J., 23, 4884-4892 (2017).
“The Golden Method”: Electrochemical synthesis is an efficient route to gold complexes, Inorg. Chem., 55, 7823-7825 (2016).

“An unusual assembled Pb(II) meso-helicate that shows the inert pair effect”, Dalton Trans., 45, 16162-16165 (2016).

Natural and artificial photosynthesis: general discussion”, Faraday Discuss., 185, 187-217 (2015).

“Alkali-metal-ion-directed self-assembly of redox-active manganese(III) supramolecular boxes”, Inorg. Chem., 54, 2512-2521 (2015).




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