Posted on 28 March 2017
Attracting over 75 delegates from outside York, the conference brought together members of the national and international photochemistry and photophysics community to highlight and discuss the most recent innovations.
Reflecting the diverse research interests and expertise offered at the Department of Chemistry, the meeting provided an excellent platform for networking and bringing insight to topics such as high level theory, time-resolved magnetic resonance, artificial photosynthesis and biomedical applications. With a strong focus on triggering lively discussions and interaction among a wide audience of academics, PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and industrialists, the conference hosted an outstanding programme of stimulating presentations from renowned scientists within the field.
The invited external speakers were: Andrée Kirsch-De Mesmaeker (Free University of Brussels), Peter Seeberger (Max Planck Institute & Free University of Berlin), Ally Aukauloo (University of Paris-Sud), Chantal Daniel (University of Strasbourg), Robert Bittl (Free University of Berlin), Christian Bressler (European X-Ray Free Electron Laser, Germany), Julia Weinstein (University of Sheffield), Erwin Reisner (University of Cambridge), Christiane Timmel (University of Oxford) and Cvetelin Vasilev (University of Sheffield).
The conference also included talks by Department members, including Jason Lynam, Anne Duhme-Klair, Barbara Procacci, Chris Unsworth, Edward Matthews, and Pedro Nunes.
We would like to congratulate Yvonne Choo (Newcastle University) who won the best poster presentation, and Ben Coulson (University of York) and Nils Põldme (Newcastle University) who won the Solar Fuels Network poster prizes (first prize and runner-up, respectively).
Reflecting the high calibre of scientists who have supported this event, we thank Elizabeth Gibson (Newcastle University) and Martin Paterson (Heriot-Watt University) for joining us as external chairs and Robin Perutz, Caroline Dessent and Meghan Halse for acting as our internal chairs. We also thank our sponsors the University of York, EPSRC, Solar Fuels Network, Alvatek, Asynt and Uniqsis for allowing us to put together a research showcase for the photochemistry community.
For more information about the symposium, visit https://www.york.ac.uk/chemistry/research/inorganic/inorganic-seminars/photochemistry-symposium-york-2017/