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The Zhang Group


Biophotoelectrochemical Systems: Solar Energy Conversion and Fundamental Investigations

22nd -24th April, 2020

School of Divinity, St John's College, Cambridge

(Registration opens mid 2019)


Organising committee: Jenny Zhang (University of Cambridge),

Erwin Reisner (University of Cambridge) & Nicolas Plumeré (Ruhr-University Bochum)


This aims to be an informal and interactive forum in which we, as the international biophotoelectrochemistry community, can:

A)     integrate together lessons learned from whole cell and protein (photo)electrochemistry

B)     provide direct feedback for both published and unpublished results

C)     map out how we can push the field forward both fundamentally and in an applied sense


Each PI will be asked to deliver a presentation (up to 30 min) on one or more of the topics below. This will be followed by 15 min of discussions (the main point of the workshop).


  • Latest developments in protein-film and biofilm photoelectrochemistry, semi-artificial photosynthesis, biophotovoltaics, biological production of solar fuels and chemicals
  • New materials and characterisation tools for the above areas
  • Insights into degradation pathways (photodegradation, reaction with reactive oxygen species, mediator toxicity...) and strategies to enhance stability
  • Short-circuiting pathways at the bio-material interface (charge carrer recombination, redox cycling, non-natural electron transfer pathways...)
  • Engineering challenges - using protein-film and biofilm electrodes for practical applications (electron transfer bottlenecks, the voltage/recombination dilemma, bioengineering challenges...)


Workshop speakers include:

Lars Jeuken (The University of Leeds)

Shelley Minteer (The University of Utah)

Frédéric Lemaitre (École Normale Supérieure)

Christopher Howe (The University of Cambridge)

Peidong Yang (UC Berkeley)

Jenny Emneus (Technical University of Denmark)

Shuji Nakanishi (Osaka University)

Raoul Frese (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

Fred Lisdat (Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau)

Joanna Kargul (University of Warsaw)

Mike Jones (University of Bristol)

John Golbeck (Penn State University)

Tan Swee Ching (National University of Singapore)

Massimo Trotta (University of Bari)

Barry Bruce (The University of Tennessee Knoxville)

Christophe Léger (University Aix-Marseille)