The electrochemistry workshop is charged with success!

28th March 2014

The second of the OxIOSCR project's specialist techniques training workshops was opened by Prof Tim Donohoe at Oxford University's Department of Chemistry, this month.

Special guest speakers, world-renowned for their expertise in electrochemistry, provided an overview of the technique and the potential that it holds for synthesis of organic compounds. Peter Wyatt, Queen Mary University of London, opened the first session with an excellent introduction to electrochemistry by guiding the audience through basic principles followed by specific examples of reduction and oxidation reactions. Professors Jacques Simonet (University of Rennes, France) and recent 'Grand Prix Achille Le Bel' prize-winner Anny Jutand (Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris) explained what is possible with the technique in organic synthesis and delighted the audience with highlights of their recent research. Thomas Wirth (Cardiff University) offered an insight into the advancement of electrochemical microreactor technology explaining the advantages of the technique over conventional batch chemistry and in process optimisation.

The afternoon session was devoted to 'Electrochemistry in practice' with a presentation from Javier del Campo of IMB-CNM-CSIC, an
Associated Partner to the OxIOSCR project, on 'Materials and methods for the miniaturization of electrochemical flow devices'. Students were given the opportunity to learn about the development and fabrication of devices and a chance to look and hold sample components. Gerd-Uwe Flechsig (Gensoric GmbH and Manchester Metropolitan University) provided a bench-top demonstration of 'Oxidation of NADH at the heated electrode' also profiling Gensoric's innovative technology in heated electrodes for electrochemistry applications.
1st April 2014

Jeremy Robertson opened the second day of the workshop by introducing Kevin Moeller from Washington University in St. Louis visiting the Department as part of his UK lecture tour. In his presentation entitled 'From molecules to microelectrode arrays: using electrochemistry to solve problems of structure and location' Kevin elegantly explained the versatility of electrochemistry in organic synthesis, with examples, and the construction of molecular libraries on microelectrode arrays to monitor biologically important receptors and binding to ligands.
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