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Bristol Electrosynthesis Meeting 2024
University of Bristol
8 April 2024
12:30 - 17:30

Supported by

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Organic Electrosynthesis is a rapidly growing field of research, offering great advantages over traditional synthesis in terms of sustainability and reactivity. Electrosynthetic methods offer a green alternative to stoichiometric redox reagents, and the ability to tune the applied potential has proven to be a powerful tool for the development of new synthetic methods.


The Bristol Electrosynthesis Meeting 2024 (BE24) is the 3rd annual gathering for the chemical community working and interested in the field of electrochemical synthesis. It will be held at the University of Bristol on the 8th of April 2024, and will feature plenary speakers supported by talks from early career researchers and postgraduate students.We are able to make this event free to participants in 2024 thanks to the support of the University of Bristol, Asynt, Merck, and IKA.
The final registration deadline for the event is 24th March 2024.

Scientific Contribution

Participants who would like to present a short oral presentation or a poster are asked to register via the online form and submit their abstract to Mohamed Elsherbini ( Abstract submission is encouraged from researchers in all areas of synthetic electrochemistry, including methodology development, reactor design, and electrode functionalisation. Abstract submission is currently open.

 The final deadline for abstract submission is 10th March 2024.

Plenary Speakers

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Thomas Wirth

Cardiff University

Thomas Wirth is professor of organic chemistry at Cardiff University. He received his PhD after studying chemistry at Bonn and the Technical University of Berlin. After a postdoctoral stay at Kyoto University as a JSPS fellow, he worked independently at the University of Basel before taking up his current position at Cardiff University in 2000. His main interests of research concern stereoselective electrophilic reactions, oxidative transformations with hypervalent iodine reagents and flow chemistry and electrochemistry performed in microreactors.

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Hai-Chao Xu

Xiamen University

Hai-Chao was born in 1983 in Hunan (耒阳), China. He obtained his B.S. in Chemistry in 2006 from Xiamen University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2010 from Washington University in St. Louis (USA) with Prof. Kevin D. Moeller. After postdoctoral work with Prof. Jonathan A. Ellman at Yale University (USA) from 2011 to 2013, he moved backed to Xiamen University to start his independent career. His research focuses on synthetic electrochemistry.

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Robert Francke

Leibniz Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT), Rostock

Robert Francke studied chemistry at Bonn University (Germany) and Alicante University (Spain). In 2012, he completed his PhD with Prof. S. R. Waldvogel at Mainz University (Germany), working on new electrolyte systems for electrochemical energy storage. He then joined the group of Prof. R. D. Little at the University of California Santa Barbara. There he conducted research in the field of organic electrochemistry as a postdoc and Feodor Lynen fellow (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation). In 2014, he started his independent career at Rostock University with a Liebig Fellowship (Fonds der Chemischen Industrie). After his habilitation in 2020, he joined the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT Rostock, Germany), where he currently leads the research department “Electrochemistry & Catalysis”. Since 2022, he is also Full Professor at Rostock University, Heisenberg Fellow (German Research Foundation), and Member of the LIKAT Executive Board. His research focuses on the catalysis of electro-organic reactions and CO2 reduction, as well as on the development of sustainable electrolyte concepts.


12:30 Registration Opens

13:00 Welcome

13:05 Plenary Lecture

          Prof Thomas Wirth, (University of Cardiff)

          Does Electrochemistry need Electrons?

13:50 Industry Presentation

          Andrei Iosub (Syngenta)

          Establishing an Electrochemistry Platform in Crop Protection Research

14:15 ECR Presentation

          Katie Dowell (Durham University)

          Electrochemical modification of amino acids and peptides

14:35 ECR Presentation

          Feba Pulikkottil (University of Greenwich)

          eFluorination for the Rapid Synthesis of Carbamoyl Fluorides from Oxamic Acids

14:55 Sponsor Presentations

          Asynt, IKA and Merck

15:10 Tea and Coffee Break

15:50 Plenary Lecture

          Robert Francke (LIKAT, Rostock, Germany)

          Concepts for Sustainable Organic Electrosynthesis

16:35 ECR Presentation

          Tribani Boruah (Cardiff University)

          A Greener Approach: Unravelling Mechanistic Insights in Flow Electrochemical P-N coupling              via Cyclic Voltammetry

16:55 ECR Presentation

          Anthony Choi (University of Bristol)

          Advancing Amide Synthesis via Electrochemical C(sp3)–H Benzylic Direct Amidation

17:15 Plenary Lecture

          Professor Hai-Chao Xu, (Xiamen University)

          Molecular Photoelectrocatalysis

18:00 Closing Remarks and Wine Reception

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