2018 Workshop on “Redox Films for Energy Conversion – bioelectrochemical and molecular systems”

September 10th-11th, 2018, 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

Program, Monday 10th

  • 8h30: Welcome
  • 9h: Marc Fontecave (Collège de France, Paris, F) “CO2 electroreduction: formate dehydrogenase and CO-dehydrogenase bioinspired catalysts”
  • 9h45: Sylvie Chardon (DCM, Grenoble, F) “CO2 electrochemical reduction driven by metallic-carbonyl molecular catalysts.”
  • 10h30: break
  • 11h: Vincent Fourmond (Laboratoire de Bioénergétique et Ingénierie des Protéines, CNRS, Marseille) “Towards the design of enzymatic films with optimal resistance to oxygen”
  • 11h45: Kara Bren (University of Rochester, USA) “Cytochromes for Catalysis and Electron Transfer in Energy Conversion”
  • 13h: lunch
  • 14h: Wendy Shaw (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA) “Molecular Catalysts with an Outer Coordination Sphere Show Promising Activity in Fuel Cells”
  • 14h45: Alison Parkin (University of York, UK) “Re-wiring biological hydrogen catalysis”
  • 15h30: Julian Szczesny (Bochum University, G) “High-Performance Gas Breathing H2/O2 Biofuel Cells comprising a Hydrogenase/Polymer Based Bioanode”
  • 15h45: break
  • 16h15: Cyrille Costentin (Université Paris Diderot, F, and Harvard University, USA) “Role of Proton Transfer and Transport Coupled to Electron Transfer in Porous Materials: from Charge Storage to Catalysis.”
  • 17h: Joaquin Rodriguez-Lopez (Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA) “Polyelectrolyte Dynamics of Redox-Active Polymers: Implications for Energy Storage”
  • 17h45: Ben Johnson (Uppsala University, SE) “Development of a UiO-Type Thin Film Electrocatalysis Platform with Redox-Active Linkers”
  • 18h: end


  • 9h: Wilson Smith (Delft Univ. of Technology, NL) “Enhancing electrocatalytic CO2 reduction using a system-integrated approach to catalyst discovery and optimization”
  • 9h45: Alexis Grimaud (Collège de France, Paris, F) “Harnessing the chemical reactivity of high valence transition metal oxides with water to design active and stable water oxidation catalysts”
  • 10h30: break
  • 11h: Omer Yehezkeli (Technion, IL) “From Bioelectronics and Photoelectrochemical cells to Biohybrid Systems for Fuel Production”
  • 11h30: Lo Gorton (Lund University, SE) “Electrochemical Communicationbetween Photosynthetic Membranes/Cells and Electrodes for Harvesting Solar Energy”
  • 12h: David Cliffel (Vanderbilt University, USA) “Integrating Conducting Polymers and Photosystem I”
  • 12h45:  Darren Buesen (Bochum University, G) “A Kinetic Model for Redox-Active Film Based Photoelectrodes”
  • 13h: lunch

Organization committee

Nicolas Plumeré (Bochum University) & Christophe Léger (CNRS, Marseille), with the help of Steffen Hardt and Vincent Friebe.


Registration is free and includes lunch. The number of attendants is limited to 50. If you register and later change your mind, please let us know so that we can give your seat to somebody else.

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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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