12th European Conference on Solar Chemistry and Photocatalysis: Energy and Environmental Applications
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Introduction to SPEA12
On behalf of the Organizing and Scientific Committees, it is our great pleasure to welcome you to the 12th European Conference on Solar Chemistry and Photocatalysis: Energy and Environmental Applications (SPEA), to be held in person from 17-21 June 2024, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.
Through plenary and keynote lectures, oral presentations, poster talks and poster sessions, the ambition of the four-day SPEA12 conference is to report on the most advanced research progresses in energy and environmental photocatalysis and photochemistry, and to pave the way for future research and challenges.
Launched in 2000 and 2002 in Saint-Avold, France, the European meeting series SPEA progressively gained over the last 23 years its renown among the most relevant meetings in solar chemistry and photocatalysis by travelling around Europe. Hosted in Barcelona (2004), Gran Canaria (2006), Palermo (2008), Prague (2010), Oporto (2012), Thessaloniki (2014), Strasbourg (2016), Almeria (2018), and Turin (2022).
SPEA12 will cover research fields as varied as water and air treatment/disinfection, novel materials and processes for solar photocatalysis, environmental photochemistry, hydrogen production and carbon dioxide utilization, functionalized surfaces, modelling and mechanistic studies, commercial applications and standardization, whether the research approach is fundamental or applied.
We truly hope that the SPEA12 program will reflect the high commitment and exceptional profile of the international community working in this field, and selected papers will be published in high impact factor journals following the SPEA meeting.
Explore the SPEA12 website: there is a time to work, and a time for entertainments and touristic discovery. So, you are encouraged to plan enjoying the city of Belfast, and to taste the local hospitality. We are very much looking forward to welcome you to our beautiful city of Belfast
On behalf of the Organizing and Scientific Committees, J. Anthony (Tony) Byrne and Pilar Fernandez-Ibanez, SPEA12 Co-Chairs
Chantal Guillard obtained is chemical engineer diploma in 1985 at ESCIL (Superior School of Industrial Chemistry of Lyon, and France). In 1989, She became Doctoc-ès-Sciences in Catalysis of University of Lyon, France. She enter to CNRS the same year to work in Photocatalysis with Professor Pierre Pichat and Professor Jean-Marie Herrmann.
Now she is CNRS Director at Institut of Researches on Catalysis and Environment (IRCELYON), laboratory entirely dedicated to heterogeneous processes, targets its research activities on sustainable development issues.
She is the authors of 210 papers, 346 communications and 8 patents center on Photocatalysis. Her H-factor is 56. Her studies on photocatalysis field are devoted to fundamental researches to better understand the efficiency and mechanisms of photocatalytic reaction in water and air treatment but also on self-cleaning properties and recently on valorization and energy.
She also developed some new photocatalytic materials for UV but also visible light activation, especially photocatalytic optical fiber fabrics in collaboration with Brochier Technology Firms. Since 2005, she worked with some microbiologists to improve the knowledge on the inactivation of microorganisms (bacteria and fungi). She also participates to CEN TC 386 working group devoted to the standardization in photocatalysis and involved in the AFNOR body since 2008.
Prof. Junwang (John) Tang is a Member of the Academy of Europe, a Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow, Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Fellow of IMMM. He is the Founding Director of Industrial Catalysis Center in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chair Professor of Materials Chemistry and Photo-thermo Catalysis at Tsinghua University, China and an Adjunct Professor at University College London, UK.
Tang’s research interests encompass coupling themo-catalylsis with photo-catalysis for small molecule activation to produce zero-carbon fuels (eg. H2O to H2, N2 to NH3) and valuable chemicals (CO2 to alcohols and CH4 to C2+ hydrocarbons) as well as microwave catalysis (e.g. chemical plastic recycling), together with the investigation of the underlying charge dynamics and kinetics by state-of-the-art spectroscopies, resulting in >230 papers published in Nature Catalysis, Nature Energy, Nature Materials, Nature Reviews Materials, Chemical Reviews, Chem. Soc. Rev., Materials Today, Nature Commu., JACS, Angew Chemie etc. with >26,000 citations and an H-index of 81.
Prof. Tang has received many awards, the latest of which is the 2022 IChemE Oil and Gas Global Awards, 2021 IChemE Andrew Medal, 2021 the RSC Corday-Morgan Prize and 2021 Royal Society-Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship etc. He also sits on the Editorial Board of 5 international journals, eg. the Editorof Applied Catalysis B and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Advanced Chemical Engineering, etc.
Peter Robertson is Professor of Energy and Environmental Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast. His particular expertise is in the area of photocatalytic technology for both energy and water sustainability. This work has encompassed basic research on photocatalysis through to pilot processes development for water treatment and for solar energy conversion and storage.
Prior to joining QUB in 2015 Peter spent nearly 20 years at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen initially as a lecturer then as Chair of Energy and Environmental Engineering and ultimately as Vice-Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Academic Support Services). Since 2019 Peter has been a member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) SUPERGEN High Level Group. He was a member EPSRC’s Strategic Advisory Network and the (2021-2023) and the Scientific Advisory Committee on Energy between (2018-2022).
Peter was also a member of sub Panel 8, Chemistry for REF2021. He is a member of the editorial board of Journal of Physics Energy, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Energy (2023 – present) and an Invited Editor of The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry Series Published by Springer Verlag, specifically co-editor of Volumes II and III on Environmental Photochemistry.
Professor Yaron Paz, The Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Chair in Science, Engineering and Management of Water Resources, is a Faculty member at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Technion, Israel. Yaron holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Technion and PhD in Chemistry from The Weizmann Institute of science, Israel.
In his research Paz tries to find ways to utilize the energy of photons in order to induce chemical reactions, mostly for decontamination of water, air and surfaces, but also for hydrogen production. As part of his endeavors, Paz was the first to develop, while staying with Prof. Adam Heller at UT Austin, the first photocatalytic self-cleaning glass, has studied ways to obtain specificity and selectivity in photocatalytic processes, has worked on integrating biological and photocatalytic techniques for water treatment as well as on photolytic oxidation of H2S in water. Currently he works on developing characterization ways that may assist in predicting the activity of new photocatalytic materials, as well as on utilizing photocatalysis for enantiomeric separation of chiral mixtures.
Paz is also a prose writer. He published two books and a third book is scheduled to be published this September. Approximately fourty of his short stories have been published in literary journals and anthologies. Many of the ideas for his stories as well as for his scientific work were initiated right after practicing Yoga.
Urška Lavrenčič Štangar began her career at the National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, researching sol-gel materials for various electrochemical devices. She was a postdoc at the Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Materials Chemistry, with Lise Meitner and Marie Curie fellowships. Then she joined University of Nova Gorica, where she did pioneering work in the field of photocatalysis for environmental applications in Slovenia. She was also Head of the Laboratory for Environmental Research and later Dean of the School of Environmental Sciences.
She was President of the Organising Committee of the 3rd European Symposium on Photocatalysis. Since 2016, she has been Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana, and leads the national research programme “Chemistry for Sustainable Development”.
She has published more than 150 articles with over 4000 citations and is editor of the Chemical Engineering Journal. She is currently leading two international research projects, one on photocatalytic degradation of perfluorinated compounds and the other on CO2 conversion, and is the Slovenian coordinator of two EU educational projects dealing with sustainable chemistry.
SPEA12 Key Dates
Opening of Abstract Submission: 8 December 2023
Abstract Submission Deadline: 2 February 2024
Notification of Abstract Acceptance: 4 March 2024
Preliminary Program: 29 March 2024
Early-Bird Fee Deadline: 5 April 2024
Registration and Payment Deadline for all Delegates: 24 May 2024
Registration will not be open until January 2024.
The rates for registration fees are given below.
Registration Fee Information
Early Bird (Euro)
International Scientific Committee
PhD and Post Doc students
Note that fees will be payable in GBP pounds Sterling and the exchange rate will be set when registration opens in January 2024.
Early Bird fee deadline is 5 April 2024. Standard rates will apply after that date.
Each corresponding author is entitled to submit up to TWO abstracts. For any more abstracts, a 60 Euro fee will apply for each additional abstract.
Accompanying person registration fee includes attending the welcome reception in Belfast City Hall on 17 June, Gala dinner in the Titanic Museum on 19 June, and lunches (18 -21 June), along with any subsidy applied to touristic activities.
Join us at Ulster University’s new and enhanced Belfast campus, one of the largest higher education capital builds in Europe. Its opening to staff and new and returning students marked a new chapter in delivery of the University’s mission to offer the best possible learning, teaching and research environment for staff and students, and to play our part in the economic development of local communities and the ambitions of North Belfast, the wider city and region.
There is nowhere quite like Northern Ireland and those staying in Belfast are perfectly positioned to enjoy it all. From world-class attractions, historic landmarks, shopping and entertainment venues to walking and sightseeing tours, there are many ways to fall in love with Belfast and its surrounding areas.
Embrace a Giant Spirit at the Giant's Causeway, delve into Northern Ireland's past with a tour of the Peace walls, or follow the action with a Game of Thrones themed tour.