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Summer School 2018

Sunday, August 19th to Thursday, August 23rd 2018 Eurotel Victoria, Les Diablerets, Switzerland

Group Picture

The LightChEC Symposium and Summer School 2018 was attended by 44 young researchers of which 10 were external of the LightChEC program and came from other swiss research institutes (EMPA, EPFL) or other European Universities (Imperial College London, Bogazici University, Université Grenoble Alpes, University of Helsinki, Uppsala University). Most of the participants were PhD students (70%) followed by PostDocs (23%) and Master students (7%).

The Symposium preceeded the Summer School and featured three local speakers and three international speakers.There were two lively poster sessions in the evening after dinner following the Symposium (and the previous evening) where intense scientific discussions took place into the night. As there were ~20% external participants at this summer school, this was a great opportunity to discuss and to initiate potential collaborations with groups outside of Switzerland.

The Summer School featured four external speakers, each covering a different aspect of the broad field of solar fuels. Each lecturer had two hours of lecture-style teaching, followed by 1.5 hours of group work, which earned the students their ECTS point. The group sessions were implemented for the first time this year and have been very much appreciated by the participants.











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Poster winners

Congratulations to the winners of the poster prizes!

Laurent Severy (left), University of Zurich
Design of Molecular Water Oxidation Catalysts Stabilized by Ultrathin Overlayers


Sacha Corby (middle), Imperial College London
Charge carrier dynamics in WO3 needles for water oxidation


Sebastian Bold (right), Université Grenoble Alpes
Transient absorption spectroelectrochemistry: accessing all oxidation states of catalytic metal centers in covalent dyads

What the participants said...

"Nice talks! Great variety of topics - it makes interesting for everyone"


"I liked the invited professors from the fields. We had opportunities to talk to them personally. We can really learn something new from that!"


"I liked the location and the easy-going character of the Summer School. Nevertheless, topics and scientific interactions were fruitful and constructive"


"I very much appreciated the mix of participants from various core fields and the nice lectures that complemented each other"

Invited speakers (in alphabetical order)

Prof. Victor Batista, Yale University, USA: Natural and artificial photosynthesis
Dr. Andreas Borgschulte, EMPA, Switzerland: Applied spectroscopy of energy materials
Prof. Jun Cheng, Xiamen University, China: Modelling processes involved in energy conversion and storage
Prof. Holger Dau, FU Berlin, Germany: Molecular biophysics and energy research
Prof. Sophia Haussener, EPFL, Switzerland: Energy conversion and storage processes
Prof. Jürg Hutter, University of Zurich, Switzerland: electronic structure methods and molecular dynamics simulations
Prof. Eva Olsson, Chalmers University Gothenburg, Sweden: Materials for energy, quantum devices and soft matter
Prof. Bruce Parkinson, University of Wyoming, USA: Water-splitting photocatalysis
Prof. Yogesh Surendranath, MIT, USA: Investigation and manipulation of chemical reactions occurring at solid-liquid interfaces
Prof. Randolph Thummel, Houston University, USA: New photosensitizer molecules for solar energy utilization



We thank the Graduate Campus of the University of Zurich , Swiss Industry Science Funds (SISF) , and the Swiss Chemical Society (SCS) for supporting the URPP LightChEC Summer School.