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COVID-19 update (25/01/2021): 
Due to the continued unpredictable effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, this physical workshop has been post-poned to
12-14th September, 2022.

However, we are happy to announce that we have teamed up with the RSC and Chemical Science to host an international online conference September 13-15th, 2021 on 'Biohybrids for energy conversion'. 

See here for more details.



Biophotoelectrochemical Systems: Solar Energy Conversion and Fundamental Investigations

School of Divinity, St John's College, Cambridge

Organising committee: Jenny Zhang (University of Cambridge), Erwin Reisner (University of Cambridge) & Nicolas Plumeré (Technical University Munich)
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Registration is now closed for the physical workshop, and we have reimbursed everyone who has registered.
We will re-open registration for the physical workshop at the start of 2022.

Childcare is available for conference attendees, please email us to register for this service.



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B)     provide direct feedback for both published and unpublished results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...)


Confirmed workshop speakers:

Lars Jeuken (The University of Leeds)
Shelley Minteer (The University of Utah)
Dan Nocera (Harvard University)
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)
Vincent Friebe (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)
Swee Ching Tan (National University of Singapore)
Massimo Trotta (University of Bari)
Barry Bruce (The University of Tennessee Knoxville)
Christophe Léger (University Aix-Marseille)
Gianluca Farinola (University of Bari)
Anne Jones (Arizona State University)
Lo Gorton (Lund University)
Kane Jennings (Vanderbilt University)


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