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Umeå Renewable Energy Meeting 2014

17-19 March 2014
Chemical Biological Centre KBC
KB3B1, Stora hörsalen
Umeå University, Sweden

The registration is closed. Interested people are welcome to participate.
Programme (pdf)
Press information in Swedish about this meeting


Programme (updated: 14 March 2014)

Monday 17 March 2014
09.00-10.15   Registration and Poster hanging (with coffee)
Session 1   Opening Session
(chairperson: Ludvig Edman)

Ludvig Edman
Light in science and technology, Umeå University
Johannes Messinger
Solar Fuels and Artificial Leaf, Umeå University

Welcome and Intro to Renewable Energy research environments at KBC



Lars Samuelson
Nanometer Structure Consortium at Lund University, nmC@LU, Solid State Physics, Lund, Sweden

How nanowire research may contribute to our energy needs


Reinhart Ceulemans
Department of Biology, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Bio-energy from short-rotation biomass culture: Full greenhouse gas balance, energy balance and environmental life cycle assessment (POPFULL)

12.00-13.45   lunch and poster viewing
Session 2   Artificial Photosynthesis
(chairperson: Johannes Messinger)



Stenbjörn Styring
Department of Photochemistry and
Molecular Science Molecular Biomimetics
Ångström Laboratory, Uppsala University, Sweden

From natural to artificial photosynthesis

James Durrant
Imperial College London, London Centre for Nanotechnology, Department of Chemistry, South Kensington Campus London, UK

Charge carrier dynamics in photoelectrodes for solar driven water splitting


Yongqi Liang

Department of Chemistry, Umeå University

Improving BiVO4 photoanodes for solar water splitting through surface passivation


15.30-16.00   Coffee break

Gary Moore
Berkeley Lab, Physical Biosciences Division, Berkeley, CA, USA

Molecular and nanoscale approaches to solar energy transduction


Eduardo Gracia
Solar Fuels, Department of Chemistry, Umeå University

Ab initio studies of carbon supported heterogeneous nanocatalysts for oxygen reduction


Philipp Kurz
Institute of Inorganic and Analytic Chemistry, University of Freiburg, Germany

Manganese oxides as water-oxidation catalysts: the importance of the “right” synthesis

17.15-19.00   Mingle + Poster viewing
19.15-22.00   Dinner for invited speakers and poster presenters
Sävargården, Gammlia, Umeå

Tuesday 18 March

Session 3  

Mixed Morning Session
(chairperson: Leif Jönsson)


Reinhard Carius
Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

Development of new thin film solar cells based on nanoparticles made of unlimitedly available materials


  Matthias Stein
Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg, Germany

Microbial hydrogen conversion in the presence of oxygen
10.00-10.30   Coffee and poster viewing
Session 4  

Bioenergy session

(chairperson: Hannele Tuominen)

10.30-11.15   Sten Stymne
Department of Plant Breeding, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp, Sweden

What role can plant biotechnology have in replacing fossil oil  with plant oils?
11.15-11.45   Rüdiger Schulz
Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel, Institute for Botany, Kiel, Germany

Solar BioHydrogen
11.45-12.15   Vincent Bulone
Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), School of Biotechnology Swedish Center for Biomimetic Fiber Engineering (Biominme), Stockholm

Plant cell wall deconstruction for bioenergy: how important is cellulose structure?

Marta Derba-Maceluch
UPSC, Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology, SLU Umeå, Sweden

Effects of fungal glucuronoyl esterase expressed in aspen on plant growth and on lignocellulose saccharification properties

12.30-14.00   Lunch and poster viewing
Session 5   Photovoltaics session
(chairperson: Ludvig Edman)


14.00-14.45   Olle Inganäs
Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology IFM, Linköping University, Sweden

Organic solar cells

Anders Hagfeldt
Department of Physical Chemistry, Ångström Laboratory
Uppsala University, Sweden

Mesoscopic solar cells

15.30-16.00   Coffee break

Martijn Kemerink
Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology
(IFM), Linköping University, Sweden

Dispersive dynamics in organic solar cells



Ellen Moons
Department of Engineering and Physics, Karlstad University, Sweden

Morphology questions in polymer solar cells


Fengling Zhang
Department of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, Linköping University, Sweden

Preliminary results of solar cells employing a perovskite compound as an absorber


Activity for invited persons and selected abstract speakers

Wednesday 19 March 2014
Session 6  

Mixed Session

(Chairperson: Per Gardeström)

09.00-09.45   Charles Dismukes
Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences,
Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology,
Piscataway, New Jersey, USA

High efficiency high capacity water splitting catalysts for H2 and O2 evolution inspired by nature's blueprints


  Rishikesh Bhalerao
Umeå Plant Science Centre, Dept of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology, SLU

Control of lipid accumulation during annual growth cycle in Aspen
10.15-11.45   Coffee and poster viewing
Session 7  

Natural photosynthesis

(Chairperson: Göran Samuelsson)


Jan Kern
Physical Biosciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, USA

Taking snapshots of photosynthetic water oxidation: Combined structural and spectroscopic studies on photosystem II using fs X-ray pulses


Robert Burnap
HBRC Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA

What can site-directed mutagenesis and chemical probes of the manganese cluster tell us about the water oxidation mechanism of photosynthesis?


11.45-12.15   Richard Debus
Department of Biochemistry, University of California, Riverside, CA, USA

FTIR Studies of H-bond networks and water molecules near the Mn4CaO5 cluster of Photosystem II
12.15-12.30   talk selected from abstracts
12.30-13.30   Lunch
Session 8   Mixed Closing Session
(Chairperson: Thomas Wågberg))

Luis Manuel Rubio Herrero
Center for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics
Technical University of Madrid, Spain

Strategies to improve hydrogen production by nitrogenase

14.00-14.30   Henrik Bristav
Umeå Energi, Umeå

Do not waste the waste. Use it to reduce climate impact
14.30-15.00   Dimitrios Pantazis
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion,
Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany

Manganese oxidation states in the natural oxygen evolving complex: structure-spectroscopy connections
15.00-15.45   Closing talk:
Department of Plant Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, USA

Photosynthesis: Stories from the past

Concluding remarks

Thomas Wågberg/Johannes Messinger

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