2017 Workshop on “Redox Films for Energy Conversion – bioelectrochemical and molecular systems”

September 28th-29th, 2017, Marseille

This workshop focusses on bioelectrochemical systems and molecular catalysts, and their incorporation into protective matrices. We will discuss the latest advances and future priority research directions to open up the applications of highly active but highly fragile catalysts.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Specific degradation pathways of  biological catalysts (oxidative/reductive stress, reaction with dioxygen and reactive oxygen species…)
  • Specific degradation pathways of molecular (non-biological) catalysts (hydrolysis, ligand exchange, degradation due to redox cycling, side-reactions for example with O2, H2O2, CO…)
  • Challenges and limitations in the engineering of tolerant/robust catalysts, including enzymes (the robustness/activity compromise, …)
  • Protection needs for electrocatalysts
  • Design, assembly, characterization and modelling of redox films and other protection matrices
  • Challenges and limitations in the design of the protection matrices
  • Bio-inspired protection
  • Engineered tolerance/protection synergies


September 28th:

  • 8h45: Welcome
  • Dr Jean Michel Savéant (Laboratoire d’Electrochimie Moléculaire, Paris, FR), “Nanodiffusion in electrocatalytic films. Possible consequences on product selectivity.
  • Dr Bertrand Reuillard (Dpt of Chemistry, Cambridge University, UK) “Increasing the stability and selectivity of heterogenized bio-inspired molecular catalysts for solar fuel production.
  • Coffee break
  • Dr. Ulf-Peter Apfel (Inorganic Chemistry, Bochum, Germany) “Learning From Enzymes – A Design Strategy Towards Functional Materials -“
  • Dr Adrian Ruff (Ruhr-Universität-Bochum, Analytische Chemie – Elektroanalytik & Sensorik, Germany) “Designs of redox polymers for the electrical wiring and protection of H2 oxidation catalysts.
  • Dr Vincent Fourmond (Laboratoire de Bioénergétique et Ingénierie des Protéines, Marseille, France) “Theoretical bases for the optimisation of redox films.
  • 13h: Lunch
  • Pr Marc Koper (Faculty of Science, Leiden Institute of Chemistry, NL) “Mechanisms of CO2 electroreduction on immobilized molecular catalysts.
  • Dr Holger Dau (Free University of Berlin, Germany), “From photosynthetic water oxidation to dynamic oxide films with molecular properties.
  • Dr Jan Vaes (HYDREGONICS, Belgium) “Electrolytic hydrogen as key-enabler for a CO2 neutral future –  state of the art and outlook
  • Coffee break
  • Dr Gustav Berggren (Uppsala Univ., SE) “H2 production from hydrogenases – Exploring enzymes using a combination of chemical and biological tools.
  • Dr Lars Jeuken (Faculty of Biological Sciences, Leeds University, UK) “Membrane enzymes as robust  biocatalysts? Engineering lipid environment and bioelectrochemical systems.
  • Pr Sean Elliott (Boston University, USA), “Wiring’ Internal and External Redox Cofactors by Multi-component Metalloenzymes.
  • 18h: closing

September 29th:

  • 8h45: Pr Shelley Minteer (Dpt of Chemistry, Univ of UTAH, USA), “Redox Polymers for Mediated Bioelectrocatalysis and Hybrid Electrocatalysis.
  • Dr Alan Le Goff (Dpt de chimie moléculaire, Grenoble, France) “Enzymes and their synthetic models in noble-metal-free hydrogen fuel cells.”
  • Coffee break
  • Dr Thierry Tron (ISM2, Marseille, France) “Controlling the orientation of laccases at the surface of materials. Does it matter?
  • Pr Fred Lisdat (Technical University of Applied Sciences, Wildau, Germany), “Integration of Photosystem I into 3D electrode structures by means of different redox proteins and coupling with enzyme catalysis.
  • Pr Wolfgang Lubitz, (Max Planck Institute, Mulheim, Germany), “Summary of the meeting – and some recent results from Muelheim on hydrogenases and related model compounds embedded in polymer matrices.
  • 13h: Lunch


  • (Registration is over)
  • Registration is free but the number of participants is strictly limited to 50.
  • Funds from the International Society of Electrochemistry will be allocated to support the attendance of young scientists (Master and PhD students). Apply if you are a member of ISE.

Organization committee

Nicolas Plumeré & Gabriel Kopiec (Bochum University), Christophe Léger & Vincent Fourmond (CNRS, Marseille).

Venue & Location

A bus connects Marseille airport to Marseille Gare Saint Charles. You can buy etickets online.

The workshop will take place at the IMéRA, the Institute for Advanced Study of Aix-Marseille University – AMU, near the “Palais Longchamp“, which is easily reached from Marseille main train station (Gare Saint Charles)

From Saint Charles train station, IMERA can be reached:

  • by foot, 15min; walk down towards “Réformés” (Eglise St Vincent de Paul, then nice walk along “Boulevard Longchamp”. There is a shorter path along the “Boulevard Camille Flamarion”.
  • metro 1 (blue line) heading towards “La Rose”, only two stops from “Saint Charles” to “Cinq Avenues Longchamp”, then walk north either accros the park or along “Boulevard Philippon”, then “Boulevard Montricher”.
  • bus 49 heading towards “Centre Bourse”, from bus stop “Voltaire Saint Charles” to “Place Leverrier”.

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