European Conference on Solar Chemistry and Photocatalysis: Energy and Environmental Applications

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Prof Tony Byrne and Prof Pilar Fernandez-Ibanez hosted the 12th European Conference on Solar Chemistry and Photocatalysis: Energy and Environmental Applications (SPEA), to be held in person from 17-21 June 2024, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.

Through 5 plenary and 10 keynote lectures, 105 oral presentations, 57 poster talks and 3 poster sessions, we received 330 communications from 260 delegates from 32 countries during the five-day SPEA12 conference. This event permitted to report on the most advanced research progresses in energy and environmental photocatalysis and photochemistry, and to pave the way for future research and challenges. The World is facing a climate crisis which is exacerbated by population growth and increased demands for energy. Research and development in solar driven chemistry is vital to help solve these global challenges.

Launched in 2000 and 2002 in Saint-Avold, France, the European meeting series SPEA progressively gained over the last 23 years its renown among the most relevant meetings in solar chemistry and photocatalysis by travelling around Europe. Hosted in Barcelona (2004), Gran Canaria (2006), Palermo (2008), Prague (2010), Oporto (2012), Thessaloniki (2014), Strasbourg (2016), Almeria (2018), and Turin (2022).
SPEA12 will cover research fields as varied as water and air treatment/disinfection, novel materials and processes for solar photocatalysis, environmental photochemistry, hydrogen production and carbon dioxide utilization, functionalized surfaces, modelling and mechanistic studies, commercial applications and standardization, whether the research approach is fundamental or applied.

Selected papers will be published in special issues of the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A and Catalysis Today following the SPEA12 meeting.
Period17 Jun 202421 Jun 2024
Event typeConference
Conference number12
LocationBelfast, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • environmental sustainability