On November 20-24, 2019 in Hiroshima, Japan, took place the 3rd International Solar Fuels Conference and the International Conference on Artificial Photosynthesis-2019 (ISF-3/ICARP2019).

The event, organized by Okayama University, Kobe University, University of Tokyo and Shinshu University, combines two conferences that follow the previous two conferences ISF-2 held in July 6-10, 2017 in UC San Diego, USA, and ICARP2017 held in March 2-5, 2017 in Kyoto, Japan.

The conference provided the over 400 attendees an excellent platform for presenting state-of-the-art results in hot topics such as biofuels, carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction, or hydrogen production.

Members from CEA, Uppsala University and the Imperial College London – SUNRISE official partners – attended the event to discuss and exchange ideas in all the areas related to natural and artificial photosynthesis.

SUNRISE consortium members Vincent Artero (CEA) and James Durrant (Imperial College London) represented the SUNRISE initiative during the event, as plenary speakers, while Leif Hammarström (Uppsala University) was one of the conference’s keynote speakers. Official supporters like Sophia Haussener (EPFL), Marcella Bonchio (Universitá di Padova), and Pau Farràs (National University of Ireland) were also part of the speaker line-up, among many others. 

Representatives from Mission Innovation, like Philippe Schild (EU Research & Innovation), joined the conference to introduce their platform and talk about IC5, which is one of their key innovation challenges that consists of discovering affordable ways to convert sunlight into storable solar fuels.

Improvements of electrocatalytic CO2 valorisation, photo(electro)chemical system for hydrogen evolution and recent large-scale demonstration – including at medium size scale of solar fuels production at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) and the University of Tokyo – were highlighted as main outcomes of the different sessions.

Picture caption: Vincent Artero, SUNRISE partner from CEA, introducing the initiative during his talk

Picture caption: From left to right: Eric Marechal, Vincent Artero and Murielle Chavarot-Kerlidou from SUNRISE partner CEA, during the conference