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Christopher Brett

Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Coimbra, Portugal

LECTURE TITLE: Electrochemistry and green chemistry: from deep eutectic solvents to corrosion protection

Deep eutectic solvents (DES) are a relatively new greener and lower-cost alternative to ionic liquids, or conventional organic solvents, and are used in a number of fields. The properties of DES will be reviewed, and compared with those of ionic liquids. Applications of DES will be indicated in polymer science as solvents or functional additives, in nanomaterials science and sensors and in metal processing (electrodeposition and electroless deposition) with a view to protection against corrosion.

Christopher Brett is a professor of chemistry in the University of Coimbra, Portugal, where he has been since 1981, following his MA and his DPhil in electrochemistry at the University of Oxford, and a year at British Petroleum, London. He lectures mainly on electrochemistry, physical chemistry, materials chemistry and analytical chemistry.

Research interests include new nanostructured electrode materials and modified electrodes, electroactive and redox polymers, corrosion and its inhibition, electrochemical aspects of green chemistry, electrochemical sensors and biosensors, with applications in the environmental, food and pharmaceutical areas, the subject of over 290 publications. He is also Director of the Electroanalysis and Corrosion Laboratory, Instituto Pedro Nunes, Coimbra, the technological innovation link between the University of Coimbra and the industrial sector.

He is Vice-President (President Elect) of IUPAC 2018-19. He was an elected member of the IUPAC Bureau 2012-17 and of the Executive Committee 2016-17, and President of the Physical and Biophysical Division of IUPAC from 2006-7. He is a Titular Member of the IUPAC Interdivisional Committee on Green Chemistry for Sustainable Development.

He was President of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) from 2007-8 and President of the Analytical Chemistry Division of the Portuguese Chemical Society in 1996-9 and 2003-5.