About the symposium

Organic electrosynthesis is an enabling and sustainable technology, which constitutes a rapidly expanding field of research. Electrochemical approaches serve as convenient and green alternatives to stoichiometric and toxic chemical redox agents. Electrosynthesis constitutes a promising platform for harnessing the unique reactivity profiles of radical intermediates, expediting the development of new reaction manifolds. The purpose of this TOC symposium is to give an overview of the ongoing progress in catalysis towards more sustainable solutions using synthetic electrochemistry. The invited speakers have a strong scientific background in organic electrochemistry and will present their current research in the field. The symposium aims to highlight the state-of-the-art within electrosynthesis and to bring together scientists interested in organic chemistry, catalysis and sustainability.

Date: Monday December 7, 2020                 Place: To be determined

09.00–10.00      Registration, coffee and poster session

10.00–10.10      Opening of the symposium

10.10–11.50      Speaker 1 & 2

11.50–13.00      Lunch, poster session and exhibition

13.00–14.40      Speaker 3 & 4

14.40–15.10      Coffee, poster session and exhibition

15.10–16.50      Speaker 5 & 6

16.50–17.00      Closing remarks

17.00–18.00      Mingle and snacks


Prof. Lutz Ackermann

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

He received his PhD in 2001 at the Max-Plank-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim/Ruhr under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Alois Fürstner. He was a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Prof. Robert G. Bergman at UC Berkeley before initiating his independent research program in 2003 at the Ludwig Maximilians-University München. In 2007, he was appointed as a Full Professor (W3) at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. His recent awards and distinctions include an ERC Grant (2012) and a Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Preis (2017) as well as visiting professorships at the Università degli Studi di Milano, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the Università di Pavia, Osaka University, the Ecole supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la ville de Paris, the Università degli Studi di Perugia, and Kyoto University. The development and application of novel concepts for sustainable catalysis constitute his major current research interests, with a current topical focus on electrochemical C–H activation. He has published >350 scientific articles with >30,000 citations.
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Prof. Phil Baran

The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, USA

Prof. Baran earned his PhD at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in 2001 under the supervision of Prof. K. C. Nicolaou, he pursued postdoctoral studies with Prof. E. J. Corey at Harvard University until 2003. Then, he returned to TSRI to begin his independent career. In 2008, he was promoted to the rank of Professor and is currently the Darlene Shiley Professor of Chemistry. The mission of his laboratory is to educate students at the intersection of fundamental organic chemistry and translational science. His research group is one of the world-leading within the field of synthetic organic electrochemistry, both for method development as well as natural product synthesis. He has received several international distinctions, such as the Hirata Gold Medal and Mukaiyama Prize (Japan) and the Sackler Prize (Israel). In 2015 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2016 he was awarded the Blavatnik National Award. He consults for numerous companies, such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Boehringer-Ingelheim, AstraZeneca and DuPont. He has published >220 scientific articles with >29,000 citations.
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Prof. Shelley Minteer

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA

Prof. Minteer received her PhD in analytical chemistry at the University of Iowa in 2000 under the direction of Professor Johna Leddy. After receiving her PhD, she spent 11 years as a faculty in the Department of Chemistry at Saint Louis University before moving to the University of Utah in 2011 where she currently is the Dale and Susan Poulter Endowed Chair of Biological Chemistry and Associate Chair of Chemistry. She is the Director for the CCI Center for Synthetic Organic Electrochemistry which is financed by the National Science Foundation (NSF). She has won several awards including the Luigi Galvani Prize of the Bioelectrochemical Society, the Missouri Inventor of the Year, International Society of Electrochemistry Tajima Prize, Fellow of the Electrochemical Society, and the Society of Electroanalytical Chemists’ Young Investigator Award. Her research interests are focused on electrocatalysis, bioanalytical electrochemistry, biosensors, biofuel cells and bioelectronics. She has published >350 scientific articles with >10,000 citations and given >300 presentations at national and international conferences and universities.

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Prof. Sigfried Waldvogel
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany

Prof. Waldvogel received his PhD in 1996 from the University of Bochum/Max-Plank-Institut für Kohlenforschung under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Manfred T. Reetz. After postdoctoral research at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California with Prof. Julius Rebek, Jr., he began his habilitation in 1998 at the University of Münster. In 2004, he moved to the University of Bonn as a Professor of Organic Chemistry. In 2010, he became Full Professor at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. Recent awards and distinctions include the Novartis Chemistry Lectureship (2019), the Jaroslav Heyrovsky Prize for Molecular Electrochemistry (2019) and the Manuel M. Baizer Award (2020). His main research interest is organic electrochemistry with a particular focus on development of oxidative coupling reactions, natural product synthesis and fragmentation of biomass. He has authored >300 scientific articles with >7,000 citations.

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