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Solar Fuels Workshop – restored page

Work In Progress (some of the information below still refers to a previous conference, so exercise caution please!!!!!!!)

This, the first Otago Future Fuels workshop, OFF, will be hosted by the University of Otago from Thursday 7 to Friday 8 February 2019. It has been timed to fit in with the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology international conference, AMN9, in Wellington starting Sunday afternoon 10 February. The trip from Dunedin to Wellington is a short flight (make sure its direct!) which can easily be done on one of the days that weekend, perhaps after a yummy breakfast at the Dunedin Farmers Market at the Railway Station on the Saturday morning (from about 8am).

The workshop will feature tutorials by experts in the field, as well as student talks (selected from the submitted poster abstracts) and posters. There will be a prize for the best student talk, and there will be poster prizes too.

Delegates are housed at Studholme Residential College (for Wed-Fri nights). This college is a 5-10 min walk to the University.

Registration starts at 8AM in the main foyer of the Chemistry Department (red R1 on the map; ground floor between Science II and Mellor buildings). Lectures will start upstairs in the Mellor Lecture Theatre at 8.30am.

3D Campus Map (note that North is pointing DOWN in this map, not up as is standard practise!) – showing the handy footpath/steps down the hill from Studholme to the road and campus, and the location of the entrance to the Chemistry foyer/Mellor (red R1 on map). The Mellor lecture theatre is up the foyer stairs to the second floor of Mellort (for the tutorials/lectures).

2D Campus Map (with North pointing up as is usual on maps, so this is opposite to the 3D map!) – showing not only Studhulme and the Mellor building but also a range of (not all!) nearby food outlets.

The aim of this OFF conference is to bring together researchers, especially from New Zealand, who have an interest in solar/future fuels. Whether you’re an active researcher in an established group, or an honours student with an interest in this field, OFF will provide a basic education in the field, from the fundamentals through to case studies of published systems by way of measurement techniques and theoretical modelling. We aim to keep the cost as low as possible for attendees by holding this OFF workshop at a convenient time (immediately before AMN9) and keeping the organisation cheap and cheerful.

The University of Otago, New Zealand’s first University, has an international reputation for research excellence. It is New Zealand’s most research intensive university and a top-ranked university for research quality. It celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019.

Dunedin is renowned for its spectacular beauty and is also a gateway to the beautiful scenery of Central Otago and the Catlins. Majestic Victorian and Edwardian architecture, a proximity to an abundance of wildlife and a healthy youth culture make for an exciting and fascinating visit. Early February is a great time to see Yellow Eyed Penguin and albatross chicks on Otago Peninsula, and if you like this sort of thing then a visit to Orokonui Eco-sanctuary is also a must.

Confirmed sponsors to date include:

                Dalton Transactions 

Confirmed tutorial presenters:

  • Prof Eugenio Coronado (Valencia) – “From molecules to materials and devices in molecular magnetism”
  • A/Prof Colette Boskovic (Melbourne) – “Introduction to Single Molecule Magnetism”
  • A/Prof Guy Jameson (Otago) – “Mossbauer: Theory and Application”
  • Dr Carla Meledandri (Otago) – “Superparamagnetic NPs as MRI contrast agents”
  • A/Prof John Stride (UNSW) – “Orbital contribution and spin-orbit coupling; Zero-field splitting; Mechanisms of magnetic exchange interactions”
  • Prof David Williams (Auckland) – “From lab to practical commercial device – what might the road look like for a chemical sensor based on magnetic effects”
  • Prof Annie Powell (Karlsruhe) – “Use of lanthanides in Single Molecule Magnets”
  • Prof Cameron Kepert (Sydney) – “Spin crossover”
  • Prof Jeffery Tallon (Robinson Research Institute) – “superconductors: from fundamentals to commercial magnets”
  • Prof Roberta Sessoli (Florence) – “Characterization of magnetic molecules on surfaces”
  • Prof. Dr. Dieter Kölle (Universität Tübingen) – “Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUIDs): Some Basics and Applications”
  • Dr Alessandro Soncini (Melbourne) – “What theory can do for you”
  • Prof Masahiro Yamashita (Sendai) – “Molecular spintronics based on SMMs; from basic to advanced level”
  • Dr Tony Keene (University College Dublin) – “Introduction to molecular magnetism”
  • Dr Karsten Kuepper (Osnabruck) – “Introduction to XMCD”
  • Dr Jason Price(Australian Synchrotron) – “The importance of structure (synchrotron vs in house) in magnetism studies”
  • Dr Deanna D’Alessandro (Sydney) – “Magnetic conductors”
  • A/Prof Matthew Shores (Colorado State) – “Spin state switching in solution”
  • A/Prof David Harding (Walailak University) – “Iron(III) spin crossover”

International advisory committee:

  • Dr Tony Keene (University College Dublin)
  • Dr Jon Kitchen (Southampton University)
  • Dr Deanna D’Alessandro (Sydney University)
  • Dr Suzanne Neville (Sydney University)


We look forward to seeing you in Dunedin in February 2017!

Professor Sally Brooker
Conference Chair

Professor Sally Brooker