Electrosynthesis Faraday Discussion

12 - 14 July 2023, Edinburgh , United Kingdom

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Join us in Edinburgh, or online, in July 2023 for this addition to our Faraday Discussion series. For over 100 years and 300 meetings, Faraday Discussions have been the forefront of physical chemistry. Many of these Discussions have become landmark meetings in their field.

On behalf of our committee, we look forward to welcoming you to Edinburgh. 

Shelley Minteer  
Organising Committee Chair

​Format of the discussion 

Faraday Discussions have a special format where primary research papers written by the speakers are distributed to all participants before the meeting, and most of the meeting is devoted to discussing the papers. All delegates at the meeting, not just speakers, have the opportunity to make comments, ask questions, or present complementary or contradictory measurements and calculations during the discussion sessions. In addition, there is a dedicated poster session where further discussion takes place. The research papers and a record of the discussion are published in the journal Faraday Discussions.

Find out more about the Faraday Discussions in the video available in the useful links.


Organic electrosynthesis initially emerged in the field of synthetic chemistry as an intrinsically green method to replace hazardous chemicals by electrons for oxidations and reductions. In recent years it has been shown to offer unique opportunities to increase conversion efficiencies and synthesize new molecules that are not accessible thermochemically or photochemically and not accessible from petroleum. It can also be used to streamline biocatalysis and chemocatalysis in biorefineries, manufacture chemicals from regional- and community-scale quantities of agricultural waste, and in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries to access fine chemicals in a more efficient and sustainable fashion. Nevertheless, many of these efforts remain exploratory as a fundamental understanding of the elementary processes involved in these transformations is still lacking. This meeting will bring together synthetic chemists, physical chemists, material scientists, electrochemists, computational scientists, and engineers to harness the transformative knowledge required to develop this technology.

Selective organic electrosynthesis
This session will focus on strategies for improving the selectivity of electrosynthetic reactions including controlling physical and chemical aspects of the electrosynthetic technique.
Interdisciplinary electrosynthesis

This session will focus on the use of polymers, light, and biomimetic to control or promote electrosynthesis.
Understanding and controlling organic electrosynthesis mechanisms

This session will discuss the use of mechanistic studies to learn how to control organic electrosynthesis.
New strategies in organic electrosynthesis

This session will discuss aspects to focus on improving the sustainability of organic electrosynthesis.
Materials for electrosynthesis

This will discuss new catalyst and electrode materials for improving electrosynthesis.
In this session we will discuss catalyst design for molecular, nanomaterials, and biological catalysts, in-situ and operando techniques for studying the electrode/solution interface, and energy efficiency.
Flow cells and reactor design
In this session we will discuss flow cell design and simulation, development of polymer electrolyte membranes that are tolerant to organic solvents, and understanding the transport limitations of systems.
Toshio Fuchigami (Introductory lecturer), Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Toshio Fuchigami is a Professor Emeritus of Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and a Director of Sagami Chemical Research Center. He received his Ph.D. from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1974. He became an assistant professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1974 and he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Houston with Prof. R. P. Thummel for one year (1980-1981). He was promoted to associate professor of Tokyo Tech in 1986, then to full professor in 1998, where he served as a senator (2008-2010) and as an institute professor (2012-2015).
He received the Excellent Papers Awards of The Electrochemical Society of Japan in 2007 & 2014, The Electrochemical Society of Japan Award in 2008, and The Electrochemical Society Manuel M. Baizer Award in 2010. He became an ECS fellow in 2010. He also received Kato Memorial Award in 2011, Executive Contribution Award of The Electrochemical Society of Japan in 2013, and Seiichi Tejima Reseach Award in 2020. He published over 330 research papers, 65 review articles, and 70 book chapters.
He served as an Editor-in-Chief of Electrochemistry (formerly, The Journal of Electrochemical Society of Japan) in 2006-2009, Japan Section Chair of The Electrochemical Society in 2009-2011, and President of The Society of Fluorine Chemistry, Japan in 2011-2013.
His current research interests are centered on the new hybrid fields of “Organofluorine Electrochemistry” and ‘‘New Electrolytic Systems for Green Sustainable Chemistry.”

Kevin Moeller (Closing speaker), Washington University in St Louis, United States

KEVIN D. MOELLER joined the chemistry faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in 1987 where he is now Professor of Chemistry. He was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on November 25, 1958, earned a BA degree in Chemistry from the University of California – Santa Barbara in 1980, and then his Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry (Professor R. Daniel Little) from the same institution in 1985. He was a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Wisconsin – Madison (Professor Barry M. Trost) from 1985 to 1987. Professor Moeller’s independent research primarily focuses on how the interplay between electrochemistry, physical organic chemistry, and synthesis can be used to address a variety of topics. His group has explored the chemistry of highly reactive radical cation intermediates in the context of exploiting electrochemistry as a method for triggering unique synthetic transformations, they have examined the use of modern synthetic chemistry as a method for building complex molecular surfaces on microelectrode arrays, and they have engaged in the design and synthesis of chemical probes for examining and mitigating the reactivity of G-protein signaling pathways. His work continues to play a significant role in defining for the synthetic chemistry community how they can think about and take full advantage of electrochemical methods. The Moeller group’s research is primarily funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health and has led to the publication of over 160 papers and the presentation of over 300 talks and invited lectures. Professor Moeller has guided 46 students to their Ph.D. degrees and taught over 6,300 students in his courses. He has received Washington University’s Student Union Professor of the Year Award, the Washington University Arts and Sciences Excellence in Research Award, Washington University’s “Unsung Hero” award for his contributions to undergraduate education, the American Chemical Society’s St. Louis Award, the Manuel M. Baizer Award for Organic and Biological Electrochemistry from the Electrochemical Society, the ACS Midwest Award, the ACS Arthur C. Cope Scholar – Late Stage Career Award, and the Jaroslav Heyrovsky Prize for Molecular Electrochemistry from the International Society for Electrochemistry. Professor Moeller served at the National Science Foundation as a Program Director for the Chemical Synthesis and Chemical Structure, Dynamics, and Mechanism B Programs from 2016-2017 and as the Program Lead for the Chemical Synthesis Program from 2017-2018.

Victoria Flexer, CONICET-Universidad Nacional de Jujuy, Argentina

Victoria Flexer is a permanent research fellow from CONICET, the National Scientific and Technical Council and a Professor at the National University of Jujuy, Argentina. Victoria holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She conducted post-doctoral work in CNRS (Bordeaux, France) and the University of Queensland (Australia). After holding a Marie Curie Fellowship at Ghent University (Belgium), she established her own research group in Jujuy, Argentina, where she has helped create a new research centre right next to the Lithium Triangle, where the largest lithium deposits in brines are found. Currently, her research focuses on two topics. Firstly, she works in the development of new brine processing technologies for the sustainable recovery of lithium salts and other pure products from these brines. Her group also works on the study of electrochemical processes on lithium batteries.

Thomas Wirth, Cardiff University, United Kingdom

Thomas Wirth is professor of organic chemistry at Cardiff University. After obtaining his PhD at the Technical University of Berlin and a postdoctoral stay at Kyoto University, he started his independent research at the University of Basel, before taking up his current position at Cardiff University in 2000. He was invited as a visiting professor to several places. Thomas Wirth was awarded the Werner-Prize from the New Swiss Chemical Society (2000), the Furusato award from JSPS London (2013) and the Wolfson Research Merit Award from the Royal Society and the Bader Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry (2016). In 2016 he was elected as a fellow of The Learned Society of Wales. His main interests of research concern stereoselective electrophilic reactions, oxidative transformations with hypervalent iodine reagents including mechanistic investigations and electrochemical reactions performed in flow reactors.

  • Lutz Ackermann University of Goettingen, Germany
  • Richard Brown University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Dipannita Kalyani Merck, United States
  • Alexander Kuhn University of Bordeaux, France

Abstract Submission

Oral Abstracts – opportunity for late submission

A full research paper containing new unpublished results always accompanies oral presentations at Faraday Discussions. 

The deadline for oral presentation abstracts has now passed, however there remains an opportunity for a small number of late papers to be incorporated into the programme. If you are interested in submitting a paper for the Discussion please contact us to discuss. 

Papers must be submitted by 20 February 2023 and be full research papers with a significant amount of new, unpublished work. 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 2 May 2023. 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.

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

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In-person registration includes:
  • Attendance at all scientific sessions
  • Live interaction with delegates attending virtually
  • Attendance at the poster session and access to the virtual poster gallery
  • Refreshments throughout the meeting and lunch on all three days
  • Attendance at the poster drinks reception on 12 July
  • Attendance at the conference dinner on 13 July
  • Access to all journal paper pdf “pre-prints” before the meeting
  • Access to recordings of all scientific sessions post-event
  • ***A copy of the Faraday Discussion journal volume, issued approximately 5 months after the meeting, containing all papers presented at the meeting and accompanying discussion comments.
Please note accommodation is not included in the registration fee.

In-person registration fees are as follows (subject to VAT at the prevailing rate):
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Virtual registration includes:
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  • Live interaction with delegates attending in-person and other virtual delegates
  • Access to the virtual poster gallery and exhibitor/sponsor virtual rooms
  • Access to all journal paper pdf “pre-prints” before the meeting
  • Access to recordings of all scientific sessions post-event
  • ***A copy of the Faraday Discussion journal volume, issued approximately 5 months after the meeting, containing all papers presented at the meeting and accompanying discussion comments.
Virtual registration fees are as follows (subject to VAT at the prevailing rate):
RSC Member £235 + VAT
Non-member £295 + VAT
Student RSC member £115 + VAT
Student non-member £145 + VAT

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.


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