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Biophotoelectrochemical Systems: Solar Energy Conversion and Fundamental Investigations

29th – 31st March 2023

School of Divinity, St John’s College, Cambridge

Organising committee: Jenny Zhang (University of Cambridge), Erwin Reisner (University of Cambridge) & Nicolas Plumeré (Technical University Munich)
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This aims to be an informal and interactive forum in which we, as the international biophotoelectrochemistry community, can:

i)     integrate together lessons learned from whole cell and protein (photo)electrochemistry
ii)     provide direct feedback for both published and unpublished results
iii)     map out how we can push the field forward both fundamentally and in an applied sense

Each PI will be asked to deliver a presentation (up to 30 min) on one or more of the topics below. This will be followed by 15 min of discussions (the main point of the workshop).


  • Latest developments in protein-film and biofilm photoelectrochemistry, semi-artificial photosynthesis, biophotovoltaics, biological production of solar fuels and chemicals
  • New materials and characterisation tools for the above areas
  • Insights into degradation pathways (photodegradation, reaction with reactive oxygen species, mediator toxicity…) and strategies to enhance stability
  • Short-circuiting pathways at the bio-material interface (charge carrier recombination, redox cycling, non-natural electron transfer pathways…)
  • Engineering challenges – using protein-film and biofilm electrodes for practical applications (electron transfer bottlenecks, the voltage/recombination dilemma, bioprocessing challenges…)

Confirmed Speakers

Barry Bruce (University of Tennessee, USA)
Julea Butt (University of East Anglia, UK)
Dave Cliffel (Vanderbilt University, USA)
Jenny Emnéus (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
Gianluca Farinola (Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro Bari, Italy)
Vincent Friebe (Technical University Munich, Germany)
Christopher Howe (University of Cambridge, UK)
Lars Jeuken (Leiden University, Netherlands)
Anne Jones (Arizona State University, USA)
Mike Jones (University of Bristol, UK)
Joanna Kargul (University of Warsaw, Poland)
Christophe Léger (Aix Marseille Université, France)
Frédéric Lemaître (Sorbonne Université, France)
Fred Lisdat (Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau, Germany)
Shelley Minteer (University of Utah, USA)
Shuji Nakanishi (Osaka University, Japan)
Marc Nowaczyk (Rostock University, Germany)
Massimo Trotta (Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro Bari, Italy)
Peidong Yang (University of California, Berkeley, USA)

Workshop Program


Professorship for Electrobiotechnology

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