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We develop new concepts and technologies for the conversion of solar energy and renewable electricity into sustainable fuels and chemicals for a circular economy. Thus, we explore chemical aspects of energy and sustainability, in particular photo- and electrocatalysis and the interface of synthetic chemistry, materials and nano-science, chemical biology and engineering. Central themes of our cross-disciplinary and collaborative approach are the development of processes for the upcycling of plastic and biomass waste as well as the use of carbon dioxide and water to produce green fuels and chemicals for a sustainable future.

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Workshops

Biophotoelectrochemical Systems: Solar Energy Conversion and Fundamental Investigations. 29th March - 1st April 2023. School of Divinity, St John's College, Cambridge. (Link)

What´s new?

May 2022

Virgil’s BiOI-BiVO4 tandem cells for water and CO2 splitting published in Nat. Mater. (to paper). Santiago's CO2 reducing liposomes published in J. Am. Chem. Soc. (part of Sofia project, to paper).

April 2022

Reisner Lab receives ERC Advanced Grant for "domino4chem" project (more info). Tessel Bouwens receives Dutch Rubicon postdoc fellowship and will join us in autumn. Erwin receives Luigi Galvani Prize from Bioelectrochemical Society. Constantin's paper on tuning the local environment for CO2 reduction with ZnSe QDs accepted in Chem. Sci. (to paper). Paper in collaboration with Dominic Wright's group and Subhajit's contribution published in Inorg. Chem. (to paper). Carla was selected to attend the 71st Lindau Nobel laureate meeting. Charlie joins the group as a postdoc.

March 2022

Arjun's paper on carbon nitride-nickel photocatalyst published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (to paper). Bidyut Sarma from KIT and Sayan have received the Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowships. Rachel won poster prize at the Bioelectrochemistry Symposium in Antwerp.

February 2022

Erwin describes our research into solar chemicals in this Dr Hamied 'Frontiers in Chemistry' webinar series. (Link) Sam's paper on enzymatic CO2 reduction catalysis published in Nat. Chem. (to paper).

January 2022

Vivek's paper on enzyme-material interface characterisation published in ACS Catal. (to paper). Esther's paper on local environment for bioelectrocatalysis published in Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. (to paper). Daniel and Julien's dye-sensitised PEC cell for simultaneous CO2/alcohol conversion published in Nat. Synth. (to paper). We welcome Yongpeng as a postdoc.

December 2021

Celine and Rachel have been appointed as nanoDTC Associates.

November 2021

Qian and Chanon's review on complementary solar fuel approaches published in Nat. Energy (to paper). Photocatalytic CO2 reduction liposomes with Santiago's contribution published in Chem. Eur. J. (to paper). 

October 2021

Subhajit's bias-free PEC reforming paper accepted in Adv. Funct. Mater. (to paper) The panel discussion about biohybrids in support of COP26 is available online. (Link)

September 2021

Marion, Celine, and Dongseok join the group as PhD students, Ariffin as MPhil student, Navyaa, Jawwad and Ben as Part III students.

September 2021

Virgil receives the Best Contributed Talk on Energy Prize at the E-MRS 2021 Fall Meeting. Rachel receives a Chemical Science Outstanding Poster Prize at the Chemical Science Symposium 2021. Collaborative paper on CNx-catalysed azolation with Arjun's and Carla's contribution published in ChemSusChem (to paper). Microplastics in lakes paper with Christian's contribution published in PLoS Biol. (to paper). Esther's paper on tandem PEC with FDH for conversion of CO2 to formate accepted in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (to paper). Motiar joins St John's College as a research associate.

August 2021

Erwin's paper on selective oxidation of biomass to formate coupled to the reduction of CO2 to syngas accepted in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (to paper). Constantin's paper on flow photocatalysis for CO2 reduction accepted in ACS Catal. (to paper).

July 2021

Arjun stated his Leverhume postdoctoral fellowship. Christian's paper on two-step polyethylene recycling accepted in ACS Catal. (to paper). Gabriele joins the group as a visiting researcher who will be working on the SOFIA project together with Santiago and Shannon.

June 2021

Yongpeng Liu from EPFL has been awarded a SNSF postdoc fellowship and will join us in Jan 2022. Sam receives a 3-year Leverhulme fellowship. Tengfei receives Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship.

May 2021

We are in the RSC Emerging Technologies Competition 2021 final with our photoreforming project (link). Agnieska and Shannon joined as postdocs. Marion joined as midi/PhD student from the nanoDTC. Constantin's paper on imidazolium-modified ZnSe QDs for CO2 reduction accepted in Chem. Sci. (to paper).

April 2021

Esther and Constantin successfully defended their PhD viva. Domenico joined the group as visiting master student (ETHZ)

March 2021

Demelza successfully defended her PhD viva. Check out our new promotional video on photoreforming (link). Santiago and Carla's contribution on roadmap towards solar fuel synthesis at the water interface of liposome membranes published in Chem. Soc. Rev. (to paper).

February 2021

Lin joins the group as a postdoc. Demelza's nanogap spectro-electrochemistry paper published in Nat. Catal. (to paper). Arjun's photo C-O bond formation with carbon nitrides accepted in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (to paper). Daniel and Taylor successfully defended their PhD viva.

January 2021

Souvik's paper on Si/TiO2/CoPcP for CO2 reduction accepted in ACS Catal. (to paper). Qian's TEDx Talk on "How mimicking photosynthesis can be the future of clean energy" is now available online (link). Reisner lab received ERC Proof of Concept Grant for "SolReGen" project funded, which aims at coupling photoreforming process with a benign enzymatic waste pre-treatment process. (more info).

December 2020

Chanon and Virgil's paper on uninterrupted solar and electrocatalytic water splitting accepted in Adv. Funct. Mater. (to paper). Motiar started his Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship. Virgil received the 2020 Sheelagh Campbell Award (more info).

November 2020

Taylor's paper on scalable photocatalyst panel for photoreforming accepted in ChemSusChem. (to paper). Taylor's review on solar-driven reforming of solid waste for a sustainable future published in Nat. Sustain. (to review).

October 2020

Virgil started his Title A Research Fellowship at St. John's and Carla started her Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship.

September 2020

Daniel's paper on PEC water oxidation with an organic dye-based dyad accepted in Chem. Sci. (to paper). Andi and Constantin's review on categorising local chemical environment effects in CO2 reduction published in Nat. Catal. (to paper).

August 2020

Virgil successfully defended his PhD viva. Motiar's paper on selective CO2 reduction using a Cu96In4 alloy in tandem PEC accepted in Energy Environ. Sci. (to paper). Qian's paper on CO2 reducing photocatalyst sheets published in Nat. Energy (to paper). Qian's work on CO2 photocatalyst sheets highlighted in The Times (to article). Stuart joins the group as a postdoc.

July 2020

Demetra's photoreforming of biomass with carbon dots accepted in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (to paper). Shafeer started new position at Northumbria University, UK as a Senior Lecturer and Vice Chancellor's Fellow.

June 2020

Erwin and Taylor shared our research in Plastic Photoreforming in the recent University of Cambridge film titled "Plastic:the new fantastic?" (to video). Xin and Shafeer's review on semi-biological solar-to-chemical conversion accepted in Chem. Soc. Rev. (to paper). Julien's review on synthetic organic design for solar fuel systems accepted in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (to paper). Will's paper on FDH mechanism accepted in J. Am. Chem. Soc. (to paper).

May 2020

Andi successfully defended his PhD viva. Christian's paper on photoreforming in metal salt hydrate solution accepted in Chem. Comm. (to paper). Collaborative work with Andrew Wheatley's group and Andi's contribution on O2 reduction catalysis published in Adv. Func. Mater. (to paper). Taylor's paper on photoreforming of food waste into value-added products accepted in Green Chem. (to paper).

April 2020

We are in a temporarily shut down due to COVID-19 until further notice. We have donated all of our lab's PPE to a local hospital to help fight the virus. Demetra's paper on pollutant utilisation for H2 production with cellulose-derived carbon dots accepted in Green Chem. (to paper). Mark's paper on hybrid electrolyser for alcohol oxidation coupled to CO2‐to‐syngas conversion accepted in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (to paper). Julien joined Technical University Munich as a Junior Group Leader. Shafeer will join Northumbria University, UK as a Senior Lecturer and Vice Chancellor's Fellow.

March 2020

Mark successfully defended his PhD viva. Erwin Lam joins the group as a postdoctoral fellow, Maartje van Rijn as an Erasmus student and Beth Wilson as an administrator to Reisner Group. Our research on artificial leaf is featured on CGTN Europe (to video).

Febuary 2020

Shafeer and Xin's biohybrid electrode is accepted in Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. (to paper). Nina and Nick's paper on EET pathways in Geobacter is accepted in J. Am. Chem. Soc. (to paper).

January 2020

Mark's flow photocatalysis for aerobic substrate oxidations is accepted in ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces (to paper). Our research on plastic photoreformation is highlighted in Horizon (to magazine). Virgil receives Junior Research Fellowship at St. John's College. Santiago and Carla receives Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship. Erwin Lam awarded Swiss SNSF Postdoctoral Fellowship and will join us in March. Stuart Linley receives Canadian NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship and will join us in June. Azim Dharani receives Churchill Scholarship and will join us in October (to news).

December 2019

Esther's paper on hydrogenase-PVK tandem PEC cell is accepted in ACS Energy Lett. (to paper). Jenny's PSII PEC review published in Nat. Rev. Chem. (to paper). Our annual Christmas dinner photos are uploaded (to album).

November 2019

Arjun's paper on 'Minisci reaction coupled to H2 generation' is accepted in Chem.Comm. (to paper). Andi and Khoa's work on 'Cucurbit[6]uril on a Au surface for CO2 reduction.' accepted in ACS Catal. (to paper). Tengfei Li joins as a postdoc.

October 2019

Virgil's paper on 'solar PEC syngas production' is accepted in Nat. Mater. (to paper). Kasia and Will's work on 'semi-artificial FHL mimic' accepted in J. Am. Chem. Soc. (to paper). Sam Cobb joins as a postdoc, Subhajit and Rodrigo as PhD students, Rachel Egan as co-supervised MPhil student, and Daniel and Victor as Part III students.

September 2019

Xin defended his PhD viva. Charlie’s paper on inverse opal CuCrO2 accepted in ACS Catal. (to paper). Work using Kasia's IO-ITO to study thiosulfate dehydrogenase in collaboration with UEA accepted in J. Biol. Chem.  (to paper). Carla Casadevall joins the group as a postdoc. Rodrigo Castro-Ramírez receives CONACYT Cambridge Trust PhD scholarship and will join us in October.

Aug 2019

Taylor's paper on 'Photoreforming of Non-Recyclable Plastic Waste over a Carbon Nitride/Nickel Phosphide Catalyst' accepted in J. Am. Chem. Soc. (to paper). Teresa Augustin joined us as a summer intern student working with Shafeer.

July 2019

Christian awarded Erwin Schrödinger fellowship. Souvik's paper on CO2 reduction using carbon nitride and a polymeric cobalt phthalocyanine catalyst accepted in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (to paper).

June 2019

David Wakerley awarded Lindemann Trust postdoc fellowship for his work at Stanford. Work of Taylor and Julien highlighted in Cam@Cam (to issue). Santiago Rodriguez-Jimenez joins the group as a postdoctoral fellow.

May 2019

Nick's paper on "Advancing techniques for investigating the enzyme-electrode interface" published in Acc. Chem. Res. (to paper). Christian Pichler joins the lab as a postdoctoral researcher. Charlie successfully defends his PhD on delafossite CuCrO2 photocathodes. Constantin receives Kurt Hahn Award. EU ITN project on 'solar2chemicals' funded.
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