US-German workshop series on artificial photosynthesis

Next Session: 29. June 2021, 17:00-19:00 MESZ | 8-10 a.m. PT | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET


Artificial Photosynthesis (AP) to generate useful chemicals and materials using only components of air and sunlight as inputs is a dream of visionaries and an active area of research. The AP research communities in Germany and the United States have many overlapping and complementary interests, and fruitful collaborations between them will help accelerate progress in the field. In the summer of 2020, a workshop sponsored by the BMBF in Germany and the DOE in the United States examined areas of opportunity for joint work, and recommended that an ongoing meeting series be launched to promote new connections between the scientific and engineering communities in the two countries.

This meeting series is now launched, organized by the German CO2-WIN consortium and a US-German steering committee. The kick-off workshop took place on 25 May 2021.

Below you will find the agenda of previous and upcoming workshops as well as a link to register for the free event series. Registration will enable you to receive notices for future events. Hence, you will not need to register for every session in part.

If you want to attend our webinar series on Artificial Photosynthesis, please use this link for registration:

2nd Workshop on Artificial Photosynthesis - 29 June 2021, 5.00 - 7.00 pm CEST

Topic: Light Energy Converters for Artificial Leafs

The workshop will address and compare different absorber structures and the involved processes, perspectives and limitations for the optimized formation of the electrochemical potential difference of electrons and holes with maximized photocurrent.



Prof. Shane Ardo (University of California, Irvine, US) and Prof. Wolfram Jägermann (TU Darmstadt, DE)



05.00 - 05.20     Photochemical systems for artificial leafs

                            Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Matthias Beller (Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse e.V. - LIKAT, DE)

05.20 - 05.40     Epitaxially grown photo absorbers for efficient solar fuels production 

                            Prof. Dr. Thomas Hannappel (TU Ilmenau, DE)

05.40 - 06.00     Redox reactions at semiconductor/solution interfaces: proton-coupled electron transfer?

                            Prof. Dr. James Mayer (Yale University | Center for Hybrid Approaches in Solar Energy to Liquid Fuels - CHASE, USA)

06.00 - 06.20    Photocathode design for CO2 reduction: fundamental challenges and paths forward

                            Prof. Dr. Joel Ager (University of California Berkeley | Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - LBNL, USA)

06.20 - 07.00     Discussion

07.00                  End

1st Workshop on Artificial Photosynthesis - 25 May 2021, 5.00 - 7.00 pm CEST

Kick-off of the US-German Workshop Series on Artificial Photosynthesis

The first workshop on artificial photosynthesis has set the frame for the upcoming sessions. First, the results of the initial closed US-German workshop held in 2020 has been wrapped-up by Dr. Frances Houle and Prof. Dr. Hannappel, the chairs of last-year's workshop. In the second part, Prof. Dr. Harry Atwater and and Prof. Dr. Wolfram Jägermann have presented their views on the state of the art and future needs with respect to artificial photosynthesis.



05.00 - 05.30     Welcome and introduction of the goals of the workshop series

                            Dr. Frances Houle (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, US)

                            Prof. Dr. Thomas Hannappel (TU Ilmenau, DE)

05.30 - 06.30     Artificial photosynthesis - state of the art from the US and German perspective

                            Prof. Dr. Harry Atwater (Caltech, US)

                            Prof. Dr. Wolfram Jägermann (TU Darmstadt, DE)

06.30 - 07.00     Discussion                          

07.00                  End