SOS Author Spotlight: Elena Villani and Shinsuke Inagi

Fundamentals and applications of bipolar electrochemistry for synthesis described in Science of Synthesis


Bipolar electrochemistry has experienced a renaissance in recent years as an emerging technology, most notably in the fields of materials science and organic electrosynthesis. In the Science of Synthesis reference library volume Electrochemistry in Organic Synthesis, Prof. Shinsuke Inagi and Dr. Elena Villani, of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, provide an overview of the basic concepts and recent applications of this electrochemical technique.


In this chapter, the most important developments in the use of bipolar electrochemistry for the electrosynthesis of novel functional materials are reviewed. These contributions include the most traditional industrial applications and bipolar reactors for electroorganic synthesis, as well as innovative approaches for the fabrication of anisotropic materials and gradient surfaces.


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Science of Synthesis: Electrochemistry in Organic Synthesis (2021), was edited by Prof. Lutz Ackermann (Georg-August-University Göttingen), and features a series of contributions covering basic principles and practicalities, particular techniques, and reviews of the types of reactivity that can be achieved in electrosynthesis.


Author Biographies


Elena Villani studied Chemistry at the University of Bologna, where she obtained her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Francesco Paolucci in 2017. After postdoctoral experience at the University of Bordeaux in the group of Prof. Alexander Kuhn, she joined the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2019 as a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) overseas research fellow in the group of Prof. Shinsuke Inagi. Since October 2021, she is a Specially Appointed Assistant Professor in the same group. Her current research interests include electrogenerated chemiluminescence, bipolar electrochemistry, and the combination of these technologies with polymeric materials.


Shinsuke Inagi received his PhD at Kyoto University under the supervision of Prof. Yoshiki Chujo in 2007. After postdoctoral research at Kyoto University, he joined the group of Prof. Toshio Fuchigami at Tokyo Institute of Technology as an Assistant Professor in 2007. He was later promoted to Lecturer in 2011, and became Associate Professor in 2015. Since April 2022, he is Full Professor in the same institute. He is the recipient of numerous prizes, including the 2019 Tajima Prize of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE). His current research interests include the electrosynthesis of novel polymeric and functional materials obtained with the aid of Bipolar Electrochemistry.

Find out more about the research activities of the Inagi Group here.

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