The replacement of fossil fuels by a clean and renewable energy source is one of the most urgent and challenging issues our society is facing today, which is why intense research is devoted to this topic recently. Nature has been using sunlight as the primary energy input to oxidize water and generate carbohydrates (a solar fuel) for over a billion years. Inspired, but not constrained, by nature, artificial systems can be designed to capture light and oxidize water and reduce protons or other organic compounds to generate useful chemical fuels. Significant progress has been made recently in artificial photosynthesis based on molecular chemistry and material science. However, developments in these two areas have occurred more independently than what is perhaps desired. In the present meeting, we will bring together researchers in these two scientific communities to explore possible synergistic effects of “fusion” between molecular and materials systems.
We are pleased to announce that the new edition of the “Catalysis applied to biomass – toward sustainable processes and chemicals” – CABiomass-2016 will be held in Compiègne, France. This event will provide a highly interactive platform for relevant experts from the French and international biomass and catalysis sectors to identify chemical and technological project ideas. This meeting also provides an excellent opportunity for experts to establish competitive consortia that can lead to collaborative projects, potential applications and innovation in the Biorefinery sector.
It is a tradition in the Heron Island Conferences to leave ample time for interaction in long coffee breaks, communal meals, reef activities, and the famous poster session/mixers. However, we have as always a heavy program, and it is of the utmost importance that speakers stick to their allotted time. Time is set aside for discussion, and these times must be respected. The Heron Island Conferences span a wide range of organic, metal-organic, physical-organic, physical, and theoretical chemistry, and bringing people with such diverse backgrounds together has helped spawn many collaborative research programs. You are encouraged to put forward new ideas - even controversial ones. Note that we do not have a technician on site. Delegates are advised to bring your own computers.