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This item first appeared in 2007

Electrochem was held at Imperial College London, on 3-4 September 2007

The Electrochem series of conferences continued in 2007 with international plenary lectures defining six themes across electrochemistry. The meeting was held at Imperial College London, 3-4 September 2007.

After a one-year absence, for the passing visit of the ISE meeting in Edinburgh in 2006, the annual joint RSC / SCI Electrochem meeting returned in 2007 to Imperial College London. This was particularly appropriate given the 100th anniversary of the College year and the long association of Imperial College and electrochemistry – many of the founders of modern electrochemistry were associated with Imperial including JAV Butler, J O’M Bockris, Roger Parsons and John Albery. This tradition continues today with 10 members of faculty reflecting the now multidisciplinary nature of modern electrochemistry to be found in the departments of materials, chemical engineering, bioengineering and, of course, chemistry.

The meeting was held in the striking surroundings of the Sir Alexander Fleming building designed by the renowned architect Foster Associates (now known as Foster and Partners). The building (pictured) offers an ideal arrangement where all the lecture theatres, poster displays, trade areas, and social areas are off a single concourse.

Beginning with Electrochem 07, the Electrochemical Technology Group of the SCI and the Electrochemistry and Electroanalysis groups of the RSC decided that the meeting should be organised into broad themes across electrochemistry. While all strands of electrochemistry are strongly represented, the 2007 meeting showcased bioelectrochemistry and bioanalysis with the highlight of the first day being the presentation of the RSC Faraday Medal Lecture by Christian Amatore of ENS Paris who has an international reputation for his pioneering work on electrochemistry in the brain. The highlight of the second day was the SCI Castner Medal Lecture by Geoff Kelsall of Imperial College in recognition of his contributions to applied electrochemistry and electrochemical engineering.

Each day the science was organised into three international quality themed sessions. On 3 September bioelectrochemistry, physical electrochemistry and electrochemical technology. Bioanalytical / electroanalytical, fuel cells and batteries, and electrochemical surface science featured on 4 September. Each session begun with an invited plenary lecture to set the theme. Speakers included Richard Compton (Oxford), R Mark Wightman (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill), Yuri Korchev (Imperial College), Phil Bartlett (Southampton), Jens Ulstrup (Danish Technical University), and Stephen Holdcroft (Simon Fraser University, Canada). Each session included a mix of selected talks, posters and invited keynote lectures that explore key aspects of the session theme.

Posters from postgraduate students / post-doctoral research assistants formed an important part of the meeting. On the Monday evening, after the Faraday lecture, there was a formal poster session with an international jury to select prize winners. The session concluded with an extended social evening.

Sponsors of the meeting included the Electrochemical Society and the International Society for Electrochemistry. Particular thanks go to I J Cambria, which has sponsored a lecture by Genady Ragoisha from the Physico-Chemical Research Institute in Belarus.

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