Advancing energy sustainability by governance leadership in artificial photosynthesis

Date & time
9am Wednesday 7 September – 2pm Thursday 8 September 2016

Burgmann College Chapel

52 Daley Road
The Australian National University
Acton, Canberra, ACT

Nate Lewis, Caltech
Chennupati Jagadish, ANU
Dohyung Kim, Berkeley
James Blackmore, Kansas


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Professor Tom Faunce
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This workshop builds upon unique Australian interdisciplinary research and collaborations to develop novel approaches to governance leadership in the frontier renewable energy technology of artificial photosynthesis (making fuels, food and fertilizer from sunlight, water, atmospheric nitrogen and carbon dioxide).

It links established and emerging Australian scholars with eminent international experts to construct a framework for innovative law and public policy reform proposals that overcome impediments to rapid commercial deployment of this combined energy security and climate change solution. As such it will particularly focus on developing links between global artificial photosynthesis and initiatives such as the Breakthrough Energy Coalition of influential private philanthropists. 

The workshop will run from 9am Wednesday 7 September to 3pm Thursday 8 September at Burgmann College Chapel, ANU. On the evening of Wednesday 7 September there will be a multimedia event open to the public from 6-8pm at the ANU School of Music.


  • Full price $180
  • Student (ISAR members) $50
  • Conference dinner $60

» Registration now open

    This research is supported under Australian Research Council's Discovery Projects funding scheme (project number DP140100566).


    To contact the conference host directly with program and speaker queries, please email Professor Tom Faunce


    • Nate Lewis »

      Professor Nathan S. Lewis has been active in the solar fuels/solar chemical field for over 40 years, and has published over 500 papers, presented hundreds of public and technical plenary and invited lectures in the area, and is responsible for training a preeminent cohort of globally leading researchers in the solar fuels field.

    • Dohyung Kim

    • Chennupati Jagadish »

      Professor Chennupati Jagadish moved to ANU in 1990 and is currently Distinguished Professor and Head of Semiconductor Optoelectronics and Nanotechnology Group in the Department of EME, RSPE, the ANU. He is also serving as Director of ANFF, ACT node and Convenor of the Australian Nanotechnology Network.   He has served as Vice-President and Secretary Physical Sciences of the Australian Academy of Science and Vice-President of the IEEE Photonics Society.   His research interests include compound semiconductor optoelectronics and nanotechnology. He holds honorary appointments at UESTC, Chengdu, Nanjing University, Tokyo University and Anna University.

    • Rod Smith

    • Wai Ling Kwong

    • Kylie Catchpole »

      Associate Professor Kylie Catchpole is at the Research School of Engineering at the Australian National University. Her research interests are in nanotechnology and new materials for solar cell applications.  She has a physics degree from the ANU, winning a University Medal, and a PhD from the ANU. She was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of New South Wales and the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics, Amsterdam. She has published over 90 papers, which have been cited over 5700 times to date.  Her work on plasmonic solar cells has been featured in the news sections of Science magazine and The Economist and in 2010 her work on nanophotonic light trapping was listed as one of MIT Technology Review’s ‘10 most important emerging technologies’.

    • James Blakemore »

      Associate Professor James Blackmore has a Senior Postdoctoral Scholar in Chemistry, 2012-2015 at the California Institute of Technology, and before that, received a PhD in Chemistry in 2012 from Yale University. 

    • Alex Bruce »

      Associate Professor Alex Bruce is an ordained Buddhist Monk in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition and an Associate Professor with the ANU College of Law where he has taught since 1999.  He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.

      In September 2016, Alex travels to the University of Oxford where he will spend the next three years working for his DPhil in Theology.  Alex's thesis will focus on Buddhist-Christian dialogue.

    • Tom Faunce »

      Professor Tom Faunce's main research interest is governance of global artificial photosynthesis and its implications for environmental sustainability. In this area he has published articles in Energy and Environmental Sciencewith leading experts in the field calling for a macroscience Global Artificial Photosynthesis Project andgreater collaboration in artificial photosynthesis and organised the first international conference on this theme at Lord Howe Island in 2011, as an official event in the UNESCO International Year of Chemistry

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