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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Solar Energy Research Center - UNC SERC

The UNC SERC was founded in 2008 to serve as a regional hub for solar energy research. Its primary goal is to contribute to our energy future by taking a cue from natural photosynthesis by finding and developing ways to capture and store the energy of the sun in the high-energy chemical bonds of hydrogen and carbon-based solar fuels. Led by Professor Tom Meyer, the Center has attracted $33 million dollars in research funding and has taken a national leadership role scientifically and politically with workshops, conferences, symposia and public outreach forums with political and industry leaders. Through the Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, funded UNC Energy Frontier Research Center, UNC EFRC, UNC SERC features the research of 16 faculty members including two members of the National Academy of Sciences.

Our research is headquartered at UNC, and through the UNC EFRC, UNC SERC is training the next generation of energy scientists with 70 Postdoctoral Fellows, 110 graduate students, and 30 undergraduate students trained or currently in training. UNC SERC has also taken a leadership role in educating the community by participating in outreach activities with over 20,000 people interactions so far, and bringing together industrial, academic and political leaders to discuss the future of solar and renewable energies in North Carolina.

As part of its outreach, UNC SERC has organized an annual scientific conference featuring local, national, and internationally recognized experts in solar fuels and related areas. Our previous meetings have been enthusiastically received, featuring prominent speakers from the U.S., Italy, Sweden, and Japan, with keynote talks from Nobel Prize nominees Michael Grätzel, Lausanne, and Louis Brus, Columbia University. Over 200 researchers from throughout the Southeast and beyond participate each year.

In November 2017, the SERC meeting will be part of SERMACS, the SouthEast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, in Charlotte, NC. The SERC symposium entitled “From Photons, Protons, and Electrons to Fuel” will run all day Thursday November 9th, consisting of invited oral presentations and open to contributed poster presentations. SERC is also co-hosting a Friday morning symposium dedicated to local talent with the North Carolina Photochemistry Symposium. Prof. Nathan S. Lewis will present a plenary lecture at SERMACS on Thursday evening. Conference registration is handled through SERMACS

The 2017 SERC Conference

As part of our outreach, UNC SERC organizes an annual scientific conference featuring local, national, and internationally recognized experts in solar fuels and related areas.


Sheraton Charlotte

SERC is part of SERMACS in 2017, held at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte, NC. 555 South McDowell St, S Tower, Charlotte, NC 28204


Sheraton Charlotte Hotel

Please see the hotel website for registration and lodging details.



Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Morning Talks and Keynote Lecture
Afternoon Talks and Keynote Lecture
Poster Session
Plenary Lecture: Prof. Nathan S. Lewis (Caltech)

Friday, October 21, 2016

Morning Talks Co-Hosted with NC PhotoChem
Poster Session

Registration & payment information

All attendees and presenters must register through the SERMACS Online Portal. The SERC symposium is open to contributed posters. We look forward to your submission! Abstract submissions close August 20th!


8th Annual Solar Energy Research Center Speaker List

Louise Berben, University of California, Davis
Jake Soper, Georgia Tech
Charles Machan, University of Virginia
Dan Harrison, Virginia Military Institute
Jared Delcamp, The University pf Mississippi
Natalia Shustova, University of South Carolina
Gerald Meyer, University of North Carolina
Karen Mulfort, Argonne National Laboratory
Ksenija Glusac, University of Illinois, Chicago
Anusree Mukherjee, University of Alabama, Huntsville
Tao Huang, University of North Carolina
Brian Lindley, University of North Carolina

Donor Information

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Contact Us

Please contact Dr. Ralph House at 919-962-5518 if you have any questions or need further information.