Session 2.3.3

Molecular approaches for solar fuels generation


Dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical cells, electro-assisted catalysis, interfacial electrontransfer, photocatalysis; antenna effects, photosystem, hydrogenases, charge photoaccumulation.



  • KN: Erwin REISNER (University of Cambridge, UK)

  • IL1: Elisabeth GIBSON (University of Newcastle, UK)

  • IL2: Osamu ISHITANI (Tokyo Institute of Technology, JP)


Photosynthesis allows plants and algae to convert solar energy into fuels. This is made possible thanks to a complex and well-organized molecular machinery involving enzymes, photosystems and various cofactors. Artificial photosynthesis aims at reproducing this process through the development of hybrid systems combining synthetic bio-inspired compounds, biomolecules and/or extended inorganic compounds and their integration into photoreactors or photoelectrochemical cells.