18 October - 19 October 2021

Exciting developments in photochemistry and electrochemistry for synthesis

Organised by:

SCI’s Young Chemists’ PanelRSC's photophysics & photochemistry group and RSC's electrochemistry group 

Online webinar

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Prices start from £85.00

Early bird offer ends 6 September 2021


Photochemistry and electrochemistry are current hot topics for the development of more sustainable and complementary methodologies to traditional synthetic strategies. This meeting will examine the latest advances in these two fields over two 3.5 hour sessions, spotlighting these two related disciplines in turn, from both an academic and industrial perspective.

Extended networking sessions will also enable sufficient time for further, more informal discussion with invited speakers and delegates.

Bringing together leaders from both academia and industry, this meeting will appeal to anyone with an interest in photochemistry, electrochemistry and/or photoelectrochemistry, seeking to learn about the latest developments in these fields.
Burkhard Koenig

Prof Burkhard Konig

University of Regensburg

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Burkhard König received his Ph.D. in 1991 from the University of Hamburg. He continued his scientific education as a post-doctoral fellow with Prof. M. A. Bennett, Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University, Canberra, and Prof. B. M. Trost, Stanford University. Since 1999, he is a full professor of organic chemistry at the University of Regensburg. His current research interests are the development of synthetic methods in photoredox catalysis.

Dr Charlotte Willans

University of Leeds

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Charlotte completed her MChem at the University of York with an industrial placement at DSM (Netherlands), working on palladium catalysis with Andre de Vries. She did her PhD in York (2002-2006) working with Fran Kerton on lanthanide catalysis and Jason Lynam on organophosphorus chemistry. Charlotte did a post-doc (2006-2009) at Durham and Stellenbosch Universities. In 2009 she secured a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship which she took to Leeds. In 2013 she was awarded a Leeds University Research Fellowship, and in 2018 was promoted to Associate Professor.

Dr Christopher C. Scarborough


Chris received his PhD in chemistry in 2008 from the University of Wisconsin under Prof. Shannon Stahl. Following postdoctoral research at the MPI for Bioinorganic Chemistry working under Prof. Karl Wieghardt, Chris took a position as Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Emory University. In 2017, he chose to transition to an industrial career, joining Syngenta initially as a process chemist. Currently, Chris leads a group of chemists developing new active ingredients for crop protection.

Prof Corinna S. Schindler

University of Michigan

After completing her undergraduate studies at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, Corinna joined the research group of Erick Carreira at the ETH Zurich for her PhD studies before conducting postdoctoral studies at Harvard with Eric Jacosben. She started her independent career at the University of Michigan in 2013 and was promoted to full professor in 2021. Her research laboratory focuses on the development of new synthetic transformations relying on Lewis acid and energy transfer catalysis.

Gemma Cook

Gemma Cook


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Gemma graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2016 with a Master’s degree in Chemistry, having completed an industrial placement in analytical chemistry. Following a year-long internship at Mondelez International, she joined GSK’s process chemistry department as a member of the high-throughput chemistry group. In 2019, Gemma joined GSK’s Discovery High-Throughput Chemistry team, where she now focusses on implementing emerging technologies. Her current research interests involve employing reaction screening techniques to optimise photochemical transformations.

Pierre Georges Echeverria

Dr Pierre Georges Echeverria

Minakem Research

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Pierre-Georges Echeverria graduated in 2011 with an engineer degree and completed his Ph.D. at Chimie ParisTech (France) in 2014 working on the field of total synthesis. He then moved to Germany for postdoctoral studies with Prof. Alois Fürstner. Since 2016, he has been working as R&D Scientist at Minakem on the development of scalable route to intermediates and APIs along with the development of new technologies.

Dr Rachel Grainger

Astex Pharmaceuticals

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Rachel completed her PhD on transition-metal catalysis with Prof. Igor Larrosa (QMUL). Following a Postdoc developing synthetic nanoscale-HTE with Prof. Matthew Gaunt (University of Cambridge), she joined Astex Pharmaceuticals’ Sustaining Innovation Postdoctoral program where she established automated synthesis capabilities (HTE and flow) within the company. Rachel is now a Senior Research Associate in Astex’s Synthesis Technology Group, her role involves the use of emerging technologies to enable synthetic challenges on live drug discovery projects.

Shelley Minteer

Prof Shelley D Minteer

University of Utah

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Prof Shelley Minteer is a USTAR Professor and the Dale and Susan Poulter Endowed Chair of Biological Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Utah. She 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 (Assistant, Associate, Full, and CAS Endowed Professor) before moving to the University of Utah in 2011. Her research interests are focused on electrocatalysis and bioanalytical electrochemistry. She has expertise in biosensors, bioelectronics, biofuel cells, and electrosynthesis.

Tristan Lambert

Prof Tristan Lambert

Cornell University

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Tristan Lambert received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville. He performed his graduate students at UC-Berkeley and Caltech working with Dave MacMillan. After receiving his Ph.D., he did a postdoctoral fellowship with Sam Danishefsky at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. In 2006, he began his independent career at Columbia University. In 2018, he moved to Cornell University.


Monday 18 October

Chemical Photocatalysis: Organic Synthesis with Visible Light
Prof Burkhard König, University of Regensburg
High-Throughput Exploration of Photoredox C-O Couplings
Gemma Cook, GSK
Poster Session / Breakout Rooms
Early Career flash presentations
4-Membered heterocycles via visible light-mediated energy transfer
Prof Corinna Schindler, University of Michigan
Enabling Synthesis in Fragment-Based Drug Discovery (FBDD) with Emerging Technologies
Dr Rachel Grainger, Astex
Poster Session / Breakout Rooms
Electrophotocatalysis with Trisaminocyclopropenium Ions
Prof Tristan Lambert, Cornell University
End of webinar

Tuesday 19 October

Development of an electrosynthesis platform at Syngenta
Dr Chris Scarborough, Syngenta
Poster Session / Breakout Rooms
Electrochemical Generation of Complexes using Batch and Flow Technology
Dr Charlotte Willans, University of Leeds
Early Career flash presentations
Poster Session / Breakout Rooms
Synergy between process development and new technologies
Dr Pierre-Georges Echeverria, Minakem
Electrocatalysis for Electrosynthesis
Prof Shelley Minteer, The University of Utah
Prizes and Closing Remarks
End of webinar


Before early bird- Ends Monday 6 September 2021
SCI member  (2 afternoons) £85.00
Non-member  (2 afternoons)  £115.00
Student member  (2 afternoons) £45.00
SCI member  (1 afternoon) £50.00
Non-member  (1 afternoon) £65.00
Student member  (1 afternoon)  £30.00

After early bird
SCI member  (2 afternoons) £135.00
Non-member  (2 afternoons) £175.00
Student member  (2 afternoons) £45.00
SCI member  (1 afternoon) £100.00
Non-member  (1 afternoon) £115.00
Student member  (1 afternoon) £30.00

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Booking Process/Deadlines

Booking terms and conditions

Call for posters and criteria
Early career contributions are invited from undergraduate students, PhD students and post-doctoral researchers working in all areas of photochemistry and/or electrochemistry research and development.

There are two types of contribution: 
• Flash Presentation (5 min) 
• Virtual Poster (3 min pre-recorded video on your research. This could be a talk over a couple of slides or something entirely different)

An abstract of maximum 250 words indicating title, authors, institution and preference for presentation option (Flash presentation or virtual poster) should be sent to conferences@soci.org by Monday 30 August with the subject line “SCI photochemistry and electrochemistry conference - abstract submission”. Presentation slots are inevitably limited and will be allocated to achieve a balanced programme. Prizes will be awarded for the best flash presentation and poster. 


For further information and prices, please email conferences@soci.org

Organising Committee
  • Holly Bonfield, SCI/ GlaxoSmithKline/University of Strathclyde
  • Chris Brown, SCI/ Charles River Laboratories
  • Doyle Cassar, SCI/ Astrazeneca
  • Robert Edkins, SCI/RSC/ University of Strathclyde
  • Craig P Johnston, SCI/ University of St Andrews
  • Mark Symes, RSC/ University of Glasgow

Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org