Dr Erdem Irtem won the CERCA Pioneer Prize 2017 award for his PhD thesis “Production of Solar Fuels by Photoelectrochemical Conversion of Carbon Dioxide”, conducted at the Institute for Energy Research of Catalonia (IREC). The Pioneer awards recognize those researchers from the CERCA centers who have presented the doctoral thesis in the last 12 months with a clear vocation to initiate or strengthen a technology or product that may have industrial or commercial interest, or that significantly contributes to the development of public policies. The jury has valued the originality and applicability of the research performed, and awarded Erdem´s thesis as a sustainable project with a maximum impact on the circular economy. Congratulations Erdem!!!