Single Entity Electrochemistry: Faraday Discussion

31 August - 2 September 2016, York, United Kingdom



Electrochemistry is undergoing a renaissance. It is unquestionably the science at the centre of energy technologies such as batteries, fuel cells and solar cells, and it plays a key role in widely used and emerging sensing and diagnostic platforms. These, and other, areas of electrochemistry are greatly impacted by nanomaterials and nanoscale systems. Single entity electrochemistry studies provide a new way of viewing electrochemical processes at the nanoscale, and provide a bottom-up approach for understanding electrochemical processes in complex systems. 

Single entity electrochemistry spans a wide range of topics, from electrocatalysis and the properties of functional materials, to bioanalysis (e.g., single cell studies and DNA analysis with nanopores), but many of the underlying concepts, principles and experimental/theoretical challenges are common. Key strategic challenges include the detection and analysis of small (pA - fA), and transient, current signals and large data sets. The interpretation of single entity electrochemistry experiments also requires a move away from continuum models for mass transport and reactivity, coupled with more detailed descriptions of interfacial properties (charge density, double layer, structure, composition, defects etc.) at the nanoscale.


  • Nanoparticles (NPs), nanotubes (NTs) and nanowires (NWs)
    This session will cover recent advances in electrochemistry (especially electrocatalysis) at the single entity level. Attention will focus on: (i) nanoparticle impact studies, which are of growing interest; and (ii) high resolution electrochemical imaging and spectroscopic visualisation of reactions in ensembles of single entities (NPs, NTs, NWs) on surfaces.
  • Nanopores and Nanofluidics
    This session will include DNA analysis and sequencing, particle trapping and counting, and fundamental studies of ion current flow (e.g. ion current rectification and electro-osmosis) in nanopores. The scope extends to the use and characterisation of nanopipettes, e.g. in scanning ion conductance microscopy.
  • Complex surfaces and reactions at the nanoscale 
    This session will cover probing the behaviour of complex processes such as NP nucleation and electrodeposition/dissolution; to understand the behaviour of complex electrodes at the level of single characteristic features such as grains/facets, grain boundaries, step sites, NPs in fuel cell catalyst layers, particulates in battery electrodes etc.
  • Molecular electroanalysis: From single molecules to single cells
    The goal of this session is to highlight progress in the transient detection and measurement of small numbers of molecules, either through the use of nanoscale electrochemical cells to trap a few (or one) molecule or the use of microelectrodes and nanoelectrodes to detect (with selectivity) the release of molecules from living cells (e.g. neurotransmitter release from neurons). Work in this area pushes electrochemistry to the limit in terms of low current measurements.


This Faraday Discussion aims to bring together leading scientists to discuss key challenges in the design, execution, analysis, theory and interpretation of single entity electrochemistry experiments, and to assess the implications of such measurements for electrochemistry and broader interfacial science.

The Faraday Division poster prize was won by two presenters
  • Transmission surface diffraction for operando studies of heterogeneous interfaces
    Finn Reikowski
    Kiel University, Germany
  • In operando optical monitoring of single particles during oxygen species with modified carbon nanoelectrodes
    Vitor Brasiliense
    Universite Paris Diderot, France
The Nanoscale Horizons poster prize was awarded to
  • Real-time electrochemically monitoring formation of chemical bonds in solution
    Na Kong
    Deaking Univeristy, Australia
Abstract Submission
Abstract Submission for Single Entity Electrochemistry is now open

Submit your oral/paper abstract by 14 December 2015
Submit your poster abstract by 20 June 2016

Oral Abstracts and Research Papers 

A full research paper containing new unpublished results always accompanies oral presentations at Faraday Discussions. Submit an oral/paper abstract if you wish to be considered for an oral presentation and associated published paper. The oral/paper abstract should outline current research in progress. Authors of the selected abstracts must then submit a full research paper with a significant amount of new, unpublished work by 11 April 2016. 

The research papers are reviewed upon submission and are sent to all delegates 4 weeks before the meeting so they can be read in advance. At the meeting the presenting author is allowed five minutes to highlight the main points of their paper, and the rest of the time is for discussion. The discussion is recorded and will be published alongside the research paper in the Faraday Discussion Volume. 

Poster Abstracts 

Submit your poster abstract by 20 June 2016. Posters are displayed throughout the meeting and a poster session is held on the first evening. The Faraday Division Poster Prize will be awarded to the best poster presented by a student at the conference. 

Bursaries are available for student and younger members of the Royal Society of Chemistry in the early stages of their career (typically within 5 years of completing a first or postgraduate degree). See the registration page for more details.

Additional Information

Authors will be notified of the outcome of the review process within about 6 weeks of the submission deadline. The abstracts should be no longer than one A4 page in portrait layout. Please ensure you provide the details of the presenting author and indicate whether you are submitting an abstract for oral or poster presentation. 
Registration for Single Entity Electrochemistry: Faraday Discussion is now open.

Please read the registration information on this page before registering.
Register by clicking on the online registration link on this page.
Please note accommodation is not included in the registration fee.

Registration includes

  • Attendance at the sessions
  • Refreshments throughout the meeting
  • Lunch on all three days
  • Attendance at the poster drinks reception on Wednesday 31 August
  • Attendance at the conference dinner on Thursday 1 September
  • A copy of the discussion pre-prints
  • A copy of the final theme issue of Advanced Vibrational Spectroscopy for Biomedical Applications: Faraday Discussion containing papers presented at the Discussion (issued approximately 6 months after the meeting)**
  • For non-member registrants, membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry until the end of 2016  
Registration fees are as follows: 
Early Bird
(By 11 July 2016)
(By 1 August 2016)
Members* £335 £385
Non-members £435 £485
Student members* £160 £210
Student non-members £185 £235

Registration fees are VAT exempt.
* If you are an Royal Society of Chemistry member and wish to register for this meeting, please select the member option on the online registration page. You will need to enter your membership number.

**Excluding students, who can order the volume at a reduced price at the conference.

Student Delegates

In order to encourage undergraduate or postgraduate students to attend the Discussion, a reduced conference fee (to include a set of pre-prints but not the final Discussion Volume) is available. This fee applies to those undertaking a full time course for a recognised degree or a diploma at a university or equivalent institution.

A copy of the publication may be purchased at less than half price, only for orders placed at the meeting where an application form will be made available.

Conference Banquet

The conference banquet on Thursday 1 September is included in the registration fee.
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Terms and Conditions for Events run by the Royal Society of Chemistry

There are a number of Royal Society of Chemistry bursaries available to student and younger members of the Royal Society of Chemistry in the early stages of their career (typically within 5 years of completing a first or postgraduate degree) who do not have support available from their employer or a research grant. 

Applicants should be Royal Society of Chemistry members at the time of application and at the meeting for which the travel bursary is being given.

The bursary is £150 per applicant and funding is supplied by the RSC Travel Grant Scheme.

The application form which is available to download from this page should be completed and returned to RSC Events by email by the deadline.

We are also pleased to announce that the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) are sponsoring 2 students to attend the Single Entity Electrochemistry: Faraday Discussion meeting. Students should be members of both the ISE and the RSC.

Deadline for applications: 11 July 2016
Programme & pre-prints
Exhibitors and sponsors
A selection of sponsorship opportunities is available for companies who would like to promote their activities at Single Entity Electrochemistry: Faraday Discussion

As well as booking a table top exhibition space, there are opportunities to sponsor social events, advertise in the abstract book or place a promotional item in delegate packs. A sponsorship menu document will soon be  available to download from this page with more details and prices.


We are pleased to announce that the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) are sponsoring 2 students to attend the Single Entity Electrochemistry: Faraday Discussion meeting.

Please note that exhibition spaces are limited, spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

If you would like more information about sponsoring Single Entity Electrochemistry: Faraday Discussion, please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry.
University of York

The Ron Cooke Hub, University of York, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5GE, United Kingdom

Single Entity Electrochemistry: Faraday Discussion will be held at The Ron Cooke Hub in the Heslington East area of the University of York campus. 

The Hub is set beside one of the large man-made lakes; a distinct feature of the University of York Campus

Detailed travel information is availalbe from the University of York conferences office. Please click on the link on this page.
Accommodation is not included in the registration fee, but will be available to book alongside your registration. Please follow the link to register. The accommodation is next to the Ron Cooke Hub.

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