International Summer School on Electrocatalysis and Organic Electrosynthesis

This 2023 International Summer School provided an overview about state-of-the-art approaches and concepts tackling contemporary challenges which are associated with the decarbonization and defossiliation of the chemistry sector. In this context, electrochemical processes were considered essential to enable this transition as they provide means to produce platform chemicals on larger industrial scale or fine chemicals of higher value using renewable energy sources. To shine light on the actual sustainability aspects of the transformation processes under consideration insights from life cycle analyses (LCAs) was presented and discussed.
Outcomes of these LCAs might serve as further guidance towards the design of more sustainable chemical transformations. Possible starting materials for these (catalytic) electrolysis and electrosynthesis approaches are abundant reactants such as CO2, N2, nitrate, H2O or even more complex organic precursors. Not only material aspects of catalyst / electrode fabrication were addressed in this Summer School but also design principles of reactors / electrolyzers and their stability under relevant industrial working conditions. Internationally renowned researchers from academia and industry presented their current work. During the whole Summer School there was plenty of room for exchange and discussions between the attendees and the invited lectures.


Speakers and Teaching Body

Erwin Reisner, University of Cambridge, UK
Energy and Sustainability

Gonzalo Guillén Gosalbez, ETH Zürich, Switzerland and NCCR Catalysis
Life Cycle Analysis

Csaba Janaky, University of Szeged, Hungary
CO2 electrolysis

Sophia Haussener, EPFL Lausanne and NCCR Catalysis
Transport processes in gas diffusion electrodes

Günter Schmid, Siemens Energy, Germany
Industrial CO2 and water electrolysis

Alexander Bagger, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Modeling of OER, HER, and CO2RR

Atsushi Urakawa, TU Delft, The Netherlands
Nitrate and NOx reduction

Carlos A. Martínez-Huitle, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Electrochemical wastewater treatment and upscaling     

Siegfried R. Waldvogel, University of Mainz, Germany
Scalable organic electrosynthesis

Robert Francke, LIKAT Rostock, Germany
Mediated organic electrosynthesis

Chris Scaborough, Syngenta, Switzerland
Industrial organic electrosynthesis

Richard J. Smith, Executive Editor Helvetica Chimica Acta,  Wiley-VHCA
Scientific publishing


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