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11th EERA JP AMPEA Steering Committee & workshop "Photo- and Electro- Catalysis in Energy Conversion". Prague, 20-21 Nov.


11th EERA AMPEA Joint Programme Steering Committee

& JP AMPEA workshop:

Photo- and Electro- Catalysis in Energy Conversion

J. Heyrovský Institute, Prague, 20 – 21 November 2017


Location: J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry, Dolejškova 3, Prague

Contact:  Jana Kalivodová (; Holger Ihssen (

Practical information


Sunday, 19 November 2017: arrival of participants

Monday, 20 November, morning

08:30 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:15 Welcome and general information: Prof. Hof, director JHI, representative of EERA of the Czech Rep., Frédéric Chandezon, Stanislav Záliš
9:15 – 12:00 General information on EERA, AMPEA and H2020 updates (detailed agenda in progress)


12:00 – 13:10

Buffet lunch for attendees of JPSC and AMPEA workshop

Registration for AMPEA workshop


AMPEA workshop: Photo- and Electro- Catalysis in Energy Conversion


Renewable energy such as solar-photovoltaic or wind often is intermittent, producing electricity when the primary source (sun, wind) is available, instead of when the demand is high. Solar photochemistry opens a promising route to energy storage, whereby sunlight would be used to produce energy-rich molecules (solar fuels) from energy poor-ones: hydrogen from water, methanol or hydrocarbons from carbon dioxide, ammonia from dinitrogen, etc. Similarly to photosynthesis (the ultimate energy source on Earth), such artificial processes would require efficient multielectron/proton transfer catalysts and ingenious reactor engineering, likely involving compartmentalization, inorganic or organic membranes, and photoelectrodes. Electrocatalytic production of hydrogen, methanol, or ammonia using solar (wind, tide, nuclear,…) electricity are closely related processes capable of storing energy by chemical means. Again, redox catalysis, electrode design, and product separation are needed to run these processes efficiently and with the overpotential as low as possible. Electrochemical energy storage in new types of high-capacity batteries is a conceptually related approach. Energy storage in artificial chemical fuels is a vigorous research area where photochemistry, electrochemistry, catalysis, materials, engineering, and even microbiology meet. New ideas, high-level experimental instrumentation ranging from ultrafast laser spectroscopy to surface characterization and manipulation, as well as new theoretical methods, are needed. It is the aim of the forthcoming AMPEA workshop to address current challenges of photochemical and electrochemical energy storage and to find new common grounds for future research.


Monday, 20 November, afternoon

12:00 – 13:10 Buffet lunch and registration
13:10 – 13.20 Welcome and general information: Antonín Vlček, Stanislav Záliš
Chairman Petr Vanýsek
13:20 – 13:50 Ladislav Kavan, Prague, Czech Republic

Semiconducting Oxides (TiO2 and SnO2): Fundamentals and Energy Applications

13:50 – 14:20 Erwin Reisner, Cambridge, U.K.

Solar-driven Catalysis with Hybrid Semiconductor Systems

14:20 – 14:40 Sebastian Fiechter, Berlin, Germany

On the role of electrocatalysts in the process of  light-driven water splitting

14:40 – 15:00 Esperanza Ruiz, Madrid, Spain

Solid Oxide Electro-catalysis for Energy Conversion to Fuels

15:00 – 15:20 M. Chavarot-Kerlidou, Grenoble, France

Dye-Sensitized NiO-Based Photocathodes: Toward Functional Molecular Devices for Hydrogen Production

15:20 – 15:50 Coffee break
Chairman Antonín Vlček
15:50 – 16:20 Leif Hammarström, Uppsala, Sweden
Molecular and Biomimetic Approaches to Solar Fuels
16:20 – 16:50 Sebastiano Campagna, Messina, Italy

Multinuclear dendritic Ru(II) and Os(II) complexes for light-harvesting purposes and photochemical water oxidation

16:50 – 17:10 Z. Xiao Guo, London, UK

Photocatalysts from band-gap and band-edge design – Cases for water-splitting and CO2 conversion

17:10 – 17:30 A. Bonduelle-Skrzypczak, Solaize, France

Strategies for the development of CO2 photoreduction materials

17:30 – 17:45 Carlo Nervi, Torino, Italy
Electrochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide Catalyzed by Selected Organometallic Complexes
17:45 – 18:00 Maria Cristina Paganini, Torino, Italy
New Photoactive Materials Based on Transition Metal Oxides Doped with Rare Earth Metal Ions


18:00 – 19:00 EERA AMPEA Management board meeting (for AMPEA management board members only!)


Monday, 20 November, evening:

20:00 Conference dinner – Restaurant Vojanuv dvur, center of Prague,


Tuesday, 21 November, morning

Chairman Frédéric Chandezon
8:45 – 9:15 Günther Knör, Linz, Austria

Photochemical Enzyme Models for Solar Energy Utilization  and Artificial Photosynthesis

09:15 – 09:40 Petr Krtil, Prague, Czech Republic

Surface sensitivity of the photo- electrochemical activity of anatase TiO2

09:40 – 10:00 Luca Pasquini, Bologna, Italy

Element-specific channels for the photo excitation of  V–doped TiO2 nanoparticles

10:00 – 10:20 M.N. Tsampas, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Solid state photoelectrochemical cells for hydrogen production

10:20 – 10:40 Marie-Laure Fontaine, Norway

Electrocatalytic production of fuels by proton ceramic based devices.

10:40 – 11:10 Coffee Break
Chairman Vincent Artero
11:10 – 11:30 J.R.Morante,  Barcelona. SpainDistributed PhotoElectroChemical systems and artificial leaves on the base of filter-press cells
11:30 – 11:50 Stefano Caramori, Ferrara, Italy

Photoelectrochemical Properties of WO3/BiVO4 junctions and their application to the degradation of emerging contaminants in aqueous solution.

11:50 – 12:10 Ragnar Kiebach, Roskilde, Denmark

Continuous Hydrothermal Flow Synthesis of Functional Oxide Nanomaterials Used in Energy Conversion Devices

12:10 – 12:30 J. C. Conesa, Madrid, Spain

In2S3-bonded laccase as photoelectrode for H2O oxidation to O2

12:30 – 12:50 A. Bieberle-Hütter, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Simulation of Oxygen Evolution at Hematite Surfaces: the Impact of Structure and Local Chemistry

12:50 – 13:00 General Discussion and Closing
13:00 – … Buffet lunch