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

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January 2023

Subhajit and Motiar's PEC cell for simultaneous PET and CO2 upcycling published Nat. Synth. (to paper). Do Hyung joins the group as a postdoc.

December 2022

Collaborative paper led by Alex Cowan and Jonathan Mayor in Liverpool with Carla and Daniel's contributions using Sb2Se3 photocathodes modified with NiP published in Chem. Commun. (to paper). We host the 5th Training workshop of the Solar2Chem European Network about Technical skills on Science and Policy, and Transferable skills on Public Engagement and Leadership (Link). Takashi's paper in collaboration with Tijmen Euser's group published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (to paper). Together with StranksLab, ReisnerLab entered the final of the EIC Horizon Prize ‘Fuels from the Sun: Artificial Photosynthesis’. (Link). Bidyut joins the group as a postdoc.

November 2022

Chanon passed his PhD viva. Virgil's solar chemistry panel review published in Acc. Chem. Res. (to paper). Sayan received the FGS prize for outstanding achievements in postdoctoral research by the Weizmann Institute.

October 2022

Carla started her own lab in October as a Junior Leader at ICIQ Spain. Christian and Subhajit's paper on Bio+electrolysis conversion of food waste to ethylene published in ACS Catal. (to paper). Carolina's carbon nitride photoanodes for organic oxidations published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (to paper).

September 2022

Shafeer and Melanie's paper on microbial PET fermentation published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (to paper). Subhajit won a poster prize at the URPP LightChEC Summer School in Switzerland and was selected as a participant to the Global Young Scientists Summit Singapore 2023. Tessel joins the group as a postdoc.

August 2022

Virgil's floating solar farms published in Nature (to paper). Paper in collaboration with (and led by) Julea Butt's group on photocatalytic N2O removal published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (to paper).

July 2022

Vivek's paper on engineered carbon materials for CO2 utilisation using FDH published in J. Am. Chem. Soc. (to paper). Qian's and Shafeer's bacteria-photocatalyst sheets published in Nat. Catal. (to paper). Lin receives a 3-year Leverhulme fellowship. Carla receives the Ramón y Cajal fellowship.

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.
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