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The University of Southampton

Southampton Electrochemistry Conference Event

09:30 - 16:00
27 May 2016
Building 27, Room 2001, Chemistry, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this event, please email Nuria Garcia-Araez at .

Event details

An exciting range of speakers have been invited to take part in this years Southampton Electrochemistry Conference.


09:30 Coffee and Welcome

10:00 Nuria Garcia-Araez (Southampton) A Quantitative Tool to Predict the Phase Composition of Lithium-Sulphur Batteries

11:00 Flavio Maran (University of Padova) Electrochemistry and Properties of Molecular Gold Nanoclusters

12:00 Lunch

13:30 Richard Nichols (Liverpool) STM Studies of Electrochemical Single Molecule Transistors and Molecular Wires

14:30 Dmitry Bavykin (Southampton) Hierarchical tubes in tube Ti02 nanostructures prepared by electrophoretic deposition

15:30 End


We hope you are able to join us.  Registration is not required.

Speaker information

Flavio Maran,University of Padova,Flavio Maran is Professor of physical chemistry and electrochemistry, and leader of the Molecular Electrochemistry and Nanosystems group in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Padova. Further appointments are at the University of Connecticut and Temple University. In 2014 he received the Jaroslav Heyrovsky International Prize for Molecular Electrochemistry. He is an active organizer of ECS and ISE symposia and currently is in the editorial board of ChemElectroChem, RSC Advances, Sensors, and Materials Research Letters. His research interests are in molecular gold nanoclusters, molecular electrochemistry, bioelectrochemistry, and nanomedicine. He extensively developed the study of the kinetics and mechanisms of dissociative electron transfers, obtaining results that made his group as one of the leaders in this field. Studies are also being carried out about charge transfer across biologically relevant systems, ultrasensitive detection of cancer biomarkers, and the interaction of biomimetic membranes with channel-forming peptides and gold nanoclusters. Currently, his main research area is the study of molecular gold nanoclusters from the point of view of both fundamental properties, such as electron transfer, magnetism, and stability of electrogenerated species, and applied research, such as nanomedicine and redox catalysis. He has collaborations with groups in Italy, Canada, Japan, Israel, Finland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, and U.S.A.

Richard Nicholls,University of Liverpool,I currently head a research team investigating aspects of conduction in single molecules, single molecule electrochemistry, molecular electronics, nanoscience, scanning probe microscopy, nanoscale electrochemistry, interfacial electrochemistry, metal plating and in-situ spectroscopic methods for studying electrode surfaces. I am an expert in the field of scanning probe microscopy, particularly as applied to in-situ electrochemical measurements and single molecule electronics. I have over 140 publications in peer-reviewed journals and I am known internationally for pioneering in-situ electrochemical STM work. I was one of the first to carry out high-resolution studies of electrode processes, including the growth of metal electrodeposits. I received the 2003 Tajima prize from the International Society of Electrochemistry and was elected a Fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry in 2008. Since 2000 I has been developing techniques for the measurement of molecular electrical properties.

Dmitry Bavykin,University of Southampton,Dr. Dmitry Bavykin is a specialist in the area of nanomaterials and photocatalysis with more than 20 years experience of research and problem solving using a variety of scientific techniques. He was awarded a one year Royal Society/NATO Fellowship for posdoctoral studies in 2002 for undertaking research in Bath University. These studies, which were supervised by Professor Frank C. Walsh and Dr Alexei Lapkin, explored the synthesis, characterization and application of nanotubular titanates and TiO2, which have applications in electrochemistry and catalysis. During this time he started to work on the compact reactor systems under supervision of Dr. Pawel Plucinski and Dr Alexei Lapkin. His ambition is to use his background in material chemistry and physical chemistry to develop TiO2 (or other) nanotubular based self-assembled systems (thin film electrodes, catalyst coatings) having desired location of different functionalities and use of such system for different energy related modern challenges (hydrogen storage, lithium batteries, solar and fuel cells).

Nuria Garcia-Araez,University of Southampton,Nuria Garcia-Araez is a lecturer in electrochemistry at Southampton. She has a multidisciplinary background on fundamental electrochemistry and in-situ characterization techniques and her current interests are the development of the next generation of rechargeable batteries, with focus on lithium-oxygen and lithium-sulfur batteries, and new methods of lithium production and recycling. Nuria Garcia-Araez obtained her first-class degree in Chemistry in 2002 at the University of Alicante (Spain), where she also got her Ph.D. (cum laude) in 2007 in the field of single-crystal electrochemistry. Then, she received a Marie-Curie Intra-European Fellowship and a postdoctoral fellowship by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation to work at AMOLF Institute in Amsterdam and Leiden University (The Netherlands) on the application of a variety of optical and nonlinear optical techniques to study the structure and dynamics of water near ions and at electrochemical interfaces. In 2011, she obtained a position as a scientist officer in the group of Prof. Petr Novak at the Paul Scherrer Institut in Switzerland to study lithium-air batteries. In 2012 she was appointed lecturer in electrochemistry at the University of Southampton. Over the course of her career, she has been awarded 9 academic prizes, including the Best Spanish Young Electrochemist award by CIDETEC in 2012.

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