What does the Network do?

The UK&I Semiconductor Photochemistry Network brings together the wide range of UK-based academics and industrialists working in area to promote the free flow exchange and pooling of ideas, knowledge and expertise and encourage innovation through collaboration.

Further details concerning the aims and objectives of the network are given on our home page.

What is semiconductor photochemistry?

Semiconductor photochemistry, SPC, is the utilisation of stable semiconductors as light-absorbing species to drive synthetic or catalytic reactions on their surface, such as water splitting: 2H2O → 2H2 + O2 (an artificial photosynthesic reaction) or (ii) the photomineralisation of organics: organic + O2 → mineral products (a photocatalytic reaction).

The latter reaction is the basis of most commercial semiconductor photocatalyst products, such as: self-cleaning glass, tiles, paint, concrete and fabrics, which use titania as the semiconductor photocatalyst and solar UV as the light source.

Although relatively new, SPC has become a major area of photochemistry, with many areas of application yet to be explored and with a significant commercial profile and prospects.

Who is involved?

The Network’s membership from UK and Ireland academia and industry covers many areas of expertise including: materials chemists, synthetic inorganic and organic chemists, chemical engineers, physicists, microbiologists.

A full list of current members can be found on our website.

Why Join?

Join to find out what advances are being made in the field, to gain access to a significant body of UK-based expertise, to promote your own research or products and to participate in collaborative programs.

All members will be notified of forthcoming events, meetings and conferences and have access to archive presentations.

How do I join?

Download our registration form and send it to andrew.mills@qub.ac.uk. Once processed, one our team will get in touch with you to verify your membership and activate your online account.