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Huan Doan, University of Bristol funded to attend the SCN Symposium in Liverpool


The Solar Chemicals Network Symposium featured several enlightening talks on the forefront of solar chemical research. The sessions delved into various cutting-edge approaches to carbon capture and utilisation, highlighting recent advancements in photocatalysis and integrated CO2 capture and utilisation systems.

The symposium was characterised by its focus on engaging and productive discussions among leading experts. For instance, Professor Camille Petit from Imperial College London offered valuable insights into the use of porous materials like boron nitride, hyper crosslinked polymers, and MOFs for CO2 photoreduction. These materials, notable for their high surface area and ability to control electronic transfer, show promising potential in converting CO2 to CO using both UV and visible light.

Another highlight was Dr S Kar's presentation from the University of Cambridge, introducing an innovative integrated CO2 capture and PEC utilisation reactor. This reactor stands out for its ability to transform CO2 from diluted sources such as flue gas and air into syngas, solely utilising sunlight, marking a notable advancement in solar fuel production and waste upcycling.

The symposium also served as an excellent platform for networking with fellow early career researchers and engaging in meaningful discussions with seasoned experts. These interactions were particularly beneficial for my research endeavours in developing new catalysts for PEC CO2 reduction. The knowledge and insights gained from these presentations, coupled with the collaborative atmosphere of the symposium, will undoubtedly have a significant impact on my ongoing research,


Details of the SCN Travel Awards and application can be found here.



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