Electrochemistry department overview

Electrochemistry plays a role in many industrial or research fields. This discipline is interested in chemical reactions that involve an exchange of electrical charges between two substances. Electrochemistry thus opens up new possibilities for specific syntheses and the detection of compounds.

This electrochemistry department, unique in France, offers several benefits for your R&D projects in different scientific fields (materials, organic or mineral chemistry, etc).

Service members

Ingénieur de Recherche




Ingénieur de Recherche


Numéro ORCID : 0000-0001-7811-6984











Schematic representation for CV experiments



There are three additional potentiostats in the service



Caractéristiques : 
Maximum current         250mA
Voltage compliance        100V


Caractéristiques : 
Maximum current         2 A
Voltage compliance        30 V


Caractéristiques : 
Maximum current         6 A
Voltage compliance        50 V
EIS Frequency  jusqu’à 10 MHz
Câblage pour boite à gants

Other materials:

  • pH-meter – conductivity meter
  • Cells:
    • specific cell for working in an inert environment
    • cell of different volumes (8ml to 100mL)

Significant choice of electrodes

  • Choice of metals (Pt, Au, glassy carbon…)
  • Different shapes and surfaces: microdisks of 10 µm with 3mm of diameter, wire or grid of some cm² of area.
  • Rotating disk electrodes
  • Specific electrodes for the powders: cavity microelectrodes, carbon powder microelectrode
  • etc.



Experiments and specificities

  • Potentiometric titration, pHmetry, conductivity
  • the majority of the electrochemical experiments are made, in aqueous or non aqueous solvents, with ohmic drop compensation
  • Voltammetry cyclic or linear sweep voltammetry, normal or differential pulse voltammetry, square wave voltammetry, etc..
  • Chrono methods: chronomaperometry , chronopotentiometry

Electrochemical studies on insoluble products with cavity microelectrode or carbon powder microelectrode


The service provides equipment, staff, and know-how necessary for realizing different electrochemical techniques: characterization, kinetic studies, syntheses, and titrations  (pHmetry, potentiometry, and conductimetry).

Eventually, the head of the department uses the data obtained and writes the results of scientific articles. She advises you to make an appointment to check the feasibility of your study. Following this interview, she will establish a detailed estimate according to your needs, and then she will propose a schedule of experiments.

The price of the study will depend on used products, the chosen electrochemical technique and, the estimated time to make the measurement.

Examples of the shape of curves obtained according to the different techniques:

Applications of electrochemistry :


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Cyril Fersing, Louise Basmaciyan, Clotilde Boudot, Julien Pedron, bastien Hutter, Anita Cohen, Caroline Castera-Ducros, Nicolas Primas, Michèle Laget, Magali Casanova, Sandra Bourgeade-Delmas, Mélanie Piednoel, Alix Sournia-Saquet, Valère Belle Mbou, Bertrand Courtioux, Elisa Boutet-Robinet, Marc Since, Rachel Milne, Susan Wyllie, Alan H. Fairlamb, Alexis Valentin, Pascal Rathelot, Pierre Verhaeghe, Patrice Vanelle, and Nadine Azas”

Nongenotoxic 3‑Nitroimidazo[1,2‑a]pyridines are NTR1 substrates that display potent in vitro antileishmanial activity

ACS Med. Chem. Lett. (2019), 10(1), 34-43


Sanaa Semlali, Benoit Cormary,* Maria L. De Marco, Jérôme Majimel, Alix Saquet, Yannick Coppel, Mathieu Gonidec,  Patrick Rosa  and Glenna L. Drisko

Effect of solvent on silicon nanoparticle formation and size: a mechanistic study

Nanoscale . (2019), 11, 4696-4700


Jean-François Nierengarten* Iwona Nierengarten, Michel Holler, Alix Sournia-Saquet, Béatrice Delavaux-Nicot,* Enrico Leoni, Filippo Monti, and Nicola Armaroli

Dinuclear Copper(I) Complexes Combining Bis(diphenylphosphanyl)acetylene with 1,10-Phenanthroline Ligands

Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. (2019), 22, 2665-2673


Isabelle Sasaki,* Silvia Amabilino, Sonia Mallet-Ladeira, Marine Tassé, Alix Sournia-Saquet, Pascal G. Lacroix and Isabelle Malfant*

Further studies on the photoreactivities of ruthenium-nitrosyl complexes with terpyridyl ligands.

New J. Chem. (2019), 43(28)    , 11241–11250.


Bianca X. Valderrama-García, Israel González-Méndez, Alix Sournia-Saquet, Marine Tasse, Kathleen I. Moineau-Chane Ching and Ernesto Rivera

Electrosynthesis of thin films of polythiophenes containing pyrene groups and flexible spacers, useful in the preparation of graphene polymer composites

MRS Advances(2019),  4(59-60); 3233-3242




jeremy Cottes, Alix Saquet, Ludovic Palayret, Olivier Husson, Robin beghin, Deonie Allen, Javier Scheiner, Cédric cabanes et Maritxu Guiresse

Effects of soils redox potential (Eh)  and pH on growth of sunflower and wheat

Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science, (2020), 66, 473-487


Isabelle M. Dixon,* Sylvain Rat, Alix Sournia-Saquet, Gábor Molnár, Lionel Salmon and Azzedine Bousseksou*

On the Spin-State Dependence of Redox Potentials of Spin Crossover Complexes

Inorg. Chem. (2020), 59, 18402−18406


Julien Pedron,Clotilde Boudot,Jean-Yves Brossas, Emilie Pinault, Sandra Bourgeade-Delmas, Alix Sournia-Saquet, Elisa Boutet-Robinet, Alexandre Destere, Antoine Tronnet, Justine Bergé, Colin Bonduelle, Céline Deraeve, Geneviève Pratviel, Jean-Luc Stigliani, Luc Paris, Dominique Mazier, Sophie Corvaisier, Marc Since, Aurélie Malzert-Fréon, Susan Wyllie, Rachel Milne, Alan H. Fairlamb, Alexis Valentin, Bertrand Courtioux, and Pierre Verhaeghe

New 8‑Nitroquinolinone Derivative Displaying Submicromolar in Vitro Activities against Both Trypanosoma brucei and cruzi

ACS Med. Chem. Lett. (2020),11, 464−472


Cyril Fersing , Clotilde Boudot,, Romain Paoli-Lombardo, Nicolas Primas, Emilie Pinault, Sebastien Hutter, Caroline Castera-Ducros, Youssef Kabri , Julien Pedron , Sandra Bourgeade-Delmas , Alix Sournia-Saquet, Jean-Luc Stigliani, Alexis Valentin, Amaya Azqueta, Damian Muruzabal, Alexandre Destere, Susan Wyllie, Alan H. Fairlamb, Sophie Corvaisier, Marc Since, Aurélie Malzert-Freon, Carole Di Giorgio, Pascal Rathelot, Nadine Azas, Bertrand Courtioux, Patrice Vanelle, Pierre Verhaeghe ,*

Antikinetoplastid SAR study in 3-nitroimidazopyridine series: Identification of a novel non-genotoxic and potent anti-T. b. brucei hitcompound with improved pharmacokinetic properties

European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (2020), 206, 112668


Cyril Fersing, Clotilde Boudot, Caroline Castera-Ducros a Emilie Pinault , Sebastien Hutter, Romain Paoli-Lombardo, Nicolas Primas, Julien Pedron, Line Seguy, Sandra Bourgeade-Delmas, Alix Sournia-Saquet, Jean-Luc Stigliani, Jean-Yves Brossas, Luc Paris, Alexis Valentin, Susan Wyllie, Alan H. Fairlamb , Elisa Boutet-Robinet, Sophie Corvaisier, j-Marc Since , Aurélie Malzert-Fréon, Alexandre Destere, Dominique Mazier, Pascal Rathelot, Bertrand Courtioux, Nadine Azas, Pierre Verhaeghe, *, Patrice Vanelle

8-Alkynyl-3-nitroimidazopyridines display potent antitrypanosomal activity against both T. b. brucei and cruzi

European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (2020), 202, 112558

Edinilton Muniz Carvalho, Tercio de Freitas Paulo, Alix Sournia Saquet, Bruno Lopes Abbadi, Fernanda Souza Macchi, Cristiano Valim Bizarro, Rafael de Morais Campos, Talles Luann Abrantes Ferreira,·Nilberto Robson Falcão do Nascimento, Luiz Gonzaga França Lopes, Remi Chauvin,·Eduardo Henrique Silva Sousa, Vania Bernardes‑Génisson

Pentacyanoferrate(II) complex of pyridine‑4‑and pyrazine‑2‑hydroxamic acid as source of HNO: investigation of anti‑tubercular and vasodilation activities

Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry (2020), 25, 887–901


Chongwei Zhu, Albert Poater, Carine Duhayon, Brice Kauffmann, Alix Saquet, Arnaud Rives, Valérie Maraval,* and Remi Chauvin*

Carbo-mer of Barrelene: A Rigid 3D-Carbon-Expanded Molecular Barrel

Chem. Eur. J. (2021), 27, 44378


Cabanes, J., Odnoroh, M., Duhayon, C., Bijani, C., Sournia-Saquet, A., Poli, R., & Labande, A.

Oxidation-promoted synthesis of ferrocenyl planar chiral rhodium(III) complexes for C–H functionalization catalysis

Mendeleev Commun., . (2021), 31(5), 620–623


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