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More than 40 young researchers took part in the 1st Training School of the Action CM1202, 9-11 March 2014 in Jena, Germany. 

Aside from scientific opening lectures (given by Ulrich S. Schubert, Friedrich-Schiller-University and Ken Sakai, Kyushu University, Japan, see picture) and excellent tutorials (given by Action members Chantal Daniel, Han Vos, Villy Sundström and James Durrant) all the young researchers were asked to present their work in short presentations. This presentation was followed by a discussion mediated by the tutors of the summerschool. Additionally the young researchers were asked to bring a complementary poster, which were put up on Monday and stayed on for scientific discussion throughout the summerschool and the symposium, which followed. The training school was perceived very well and fruitful, once again thanks to all participants for contributing to this great event!

 

 
   From March 9th to March 13th  the scientific meeting was held in Jena for all members of the Action. The meeting was split into a Young Researcher Training School  for PhD students followed the European Symposium on Current Challenges in Supramolecular Artificial Photosynthesis on March 12th and March 13th. The conference had a great response and has further shaped great future work and network opportunities of the Action. Many thanks to all participants for your attendance and valuable contributions.



Joint meeting of the COST Actions CM1202 (PERSPECT H2O) and CM1203 (PoCheMoN)!

The meeting  focused on developing joint projects in the fields of coupling molecular antenna complexes with reactive POMs for energy conversion and solar energy harvesting. The meeting took place Sun, 01/12/2013 to Tue, 03/12/2013 in Ulm, Germany. 

Collaboration of research groups of COST Action CM1202 PERSPECT-H2O - from Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 06) and CEA Grenoble - aimed at developing polyoxometalate-based functional architectures for solar energy conversion:

 "Charge photo-accumulation and photocatalytic hydrogen evolution under visible light at an iridium(III)-photosensitized polyoxotungstate"

Authors:  Benjamin Matt, Jennifer Fize, Jamal Moussa, Hani Amouri,a Alexandre Pereira, Vincent Artero, Guillaume Izzet and Anna Proust, Energy and Environmental Science, Received 31st January 2013, Accepted 27th March 2013, Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, 6, 1504,   DOI: 10.1039/c3ee40352a

The direct generation of fuels from solar light ranks among the most prominent challenges for the development of a sustainable economy and the production of hydrogen (with oxygen as a side product) through water splitting is often set as a primary target. In natural systems, photosynthesis schematically proceeds in a four-step mechanism: (1) light collection, (2) charge separation, (3) charge accumulation, and (4) conversion to chemical fuels. Though molecular approaches have often successfully mastered some of these key steps, charge photoaccumulation has rarely been achieved with homogeneous molecular systems. Furthermore, the integration, in a unique molecular architecture, of individual sub-units able to perform each of the four photosynthetic events is still a synthetic challenge. In this manuscript, we describe the photochemical behaviour of a photosensitized polyoxotungstate. Polyoxometalates (POMs) are wellknown molecular electron reservoirs and electrocatalysts. We herein describe an all-integrated system for charge photo-accumulation and production of hydrogen based on a polyoxotungstate covalently bonded to photoactive units. These results are a cornerstone of photosensitization of POMs for solar energy conversion to chemical fuels.