Surface functionalisation for biosensors and catalysis for energy

The applications of surface functionalization are multiple and cover large fields. The aim of this course is to focus on two challenging applications: the conception of biosensors and (photo)electrocatalysis. The course is structured into two modules differentiated by the types of application.


1.    Surface functionalization for the fabrication of biosensors (12h)

  • Functionalization and electrofunctionalization (AS)
  • Applications to olfactory biosensors and biomimetic electronic noses (YHB)
  • Application to the conception of cell chips and detection of bacteria (YR)
  • Biomolecular assemblies and self-organization of biomolecules on surfaces (DG, PHE)

2.    (Photo)electrocatalysis applications (12h)

  • Introduction to (photo)electrocatalysis (VA)
  • Molecular engineering of nanomaterials for (bio)electrocatalysis in energy-related sytems (AL)
  • Surface functionalization for photo(electro)catalysis: from photovoltaics to solar water splitting and CO2 conversion (BR, DA)
  • Micro/nanostructure in electrocatalysis (PC)

The sessions will be given by a series of experts in the field. The teachers will coordinates to focus especially on the most essential aspect of functionalization, such as grafting stability, mastering distance between graft and surface, ensuring optimal electronic transfer, passivation, ecofriendliness. Particularly for biosensors, the surface chemistry should allow to maintain the integrity of the grafted biomolecules or biological objects.
Part of the sessions will be devoted to critical analysis of some selected literature papers in detail and sorting out the functionalization strategies and its consequences.