Electrochemistry for electrification and energy transition toward a sustainable future
    June 14-18, 2020 – Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
    Organized by Working Party on Electrochemical Engineering at EFCE in cooperation with Wetsus
    De Harmonie theater
    (www.wetsus.nl, www.harmonie.nl)

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All around us we can see the rapid electrification of our society, changing how we recover valuable resources in a more sustainable way, make chemical products, store energy, provide energy to our houses, and go from place to place. Increasingly we move from molecular building blocks and processes towards a world where the electron is the carrier of energy and information, and is the key building block to create new materials.

It is our pleasure to invite you to attend the 12th European Symposium on Electrochemical Engineering (ESEE 2020). This international scientific conference will be held on June 14-18, 2020, in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. The scope of ESEE 2020 is “Electrochemistry for electrification and energy transition toward a sustainable future”, which captures our aim to showcase scientific advances in physical, chemical and biochemical routes towards a future where electrochemical engineering is part of a sustainable society, closing resource cycles and contributing to zero-pollution mobility and manufacturing.

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The 12th European Symposium on Electrochemical Engineering is a vibrant international scientific conference, where we discuss electrochemical engineering from the scale of molecules to complete systems. It is a meeting place for all attendants to present and discuss new scientific and commercial ideas, motivated by scientific curiosity and excellence, and thereby inspire our community to move forward in exciting and relevant ways.

The ESEE 2020 is a place to share both experimental as well as theoretical findings in the field of electrochemical engineering. Out of the many relevant topics that are within the scope of this international scientific conference, important examples are the search for sustainable, safe, and affordable methods for water treatment (desalination and micropollutant removal), as well as energy storage at high efficiency and low costs.

We are looking forward to seeing you at ESEE 2020 in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.

Previous years: 2017


Christos Comninellis

Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

New views in the anodic oxidation of organics. The Electrochemical Oxygen Transfer Reactions (EOTR)

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Annemiek ter Heijne

Wageningen University, the Netherlands

Understanding and influencing biological conversions with electrodes

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Elif Karatay

Palo Alto Research Center, USA

Design of electrochemical concentration stages of highly concentrated liquid desiccant solutions

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Geoff Kelsall

Imperial College London, UK

Material recovery from end-of-life batteries

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Karen Chan

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

The role of double layer charging in electrochemical CO2 reduction

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Manuel Rodrigo

Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

The binomial Technology Readiness Level / Environmental Electrochemical Engineering: where are we and where are we going?

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Martin Z Bazant

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

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Matthew Suss

Technion, Israel

Co-generation of electricity and desalted water using chemical energy

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Matthias Wessling

RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Electrochemical ammonia synthesis

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Menachem Elimelech

Yale University, USA

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Mikhail Zheludkevich

Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany

Complexants as active modulators of metal surface reactivity: from Corrosion Control to Primary Batteries

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Slawomir Porada

Wetsus, the Netherlands

Emerging water technologies by electrochemical engineering

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Wolfgang Nitschke

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France

Life's emergence: an early success story of electrochemical free energy conversion

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Xiao Su

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champain, USA

Electrochemical engineering of redox-active systems for materials processing and selective separations

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The conference will be held at the city theatre “De Harmonie”, one of the largest theatres in The Netherlands. From solar panels on the roof to conscious use of water and electricity, from fair trade coffee to the use of local products at the restaurant, De Harmonie holds strong values concerning sustainability and environmental responsibility.


Ruiterskwartier 4
8911 BP Leeuwarden


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The scope of ESEE 2020 is “Electrochemistry for electrification and energy transition toward a sustainable future”, which captures our aim to showcase scientific advances in physical, chemical and biochemical routes towards a future where electrochemical engineering is part of a sustainable society, closing resource cycles and contributing to zero-pollution mobility and manufacturing.

  • Electrocatalysis and electrochemical technologies
  • Safe water and air
  • Corrosion science for durable materials
  • Water electrolysis and fuel cells
  • Novel energy storage devices, batteries, and electrochemical capacitors
  • Bioelectrochemistry for energy conversion and resource recovery
  • Green capture and conversion of CO2
  • Electrochemical recovery of raw materials
  • Advanced membranes and electrodes for selective ion removal
  • General session




The call for abstracts is closed.


Call for abstracts November 1, 2019
EXTENDED Deadline for abstract submission January 31, 2020
Confirmation of Acceptance March 15, 2020
Deadline for early-bird registration March 31, 2020
Tentative program online April 1, 2020


Please note that accommodation is not included in the registration fee. Suggestions for hotels can be found below.

(0.9 km from venue, city centre)
Tweebaksmarkt 25 - 27
8911 KW Leeuwarden
Special offer for conference participants, €115.00/room/night (breakfast included, excluding taxes and fees), use promo code FRIESCON on the hotel website. Free cancellation 24 hours before arrival.

(0.6 km from venue, city centre)
Hofplein 29
8911 HJ Leeuwarden

(0.7 km from venue, close to train station)
Stationsweg 4
8911 AG Leeuwarden

(1.4 km from venue)
Rengerslaan 8
8917 DD Leeuwarden

(1.6 km from venue, easy parking)
Heliconweg 52



Scientific advisory committee

Karel Bouzek Institute of Chemical Technology Prague, Czech Republic)

Claudia Weidlich (DECHEMA e.V., Karl-Winnacker-Institut, Germany)

Johan-Maria Deconinck (Vrije Univ. Brussel, Belgium)

Zoran Mandic (University of Zagreb, Croatia)

Alain Bergel (CNRS - Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France)

Karine Groenen-Serrano (CNRS, Université Paul Sabatier, France)

Francois Lapique (CNRS - Nancy Université, France)

Henry Bergmann (Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Germany)

Symeon Bebelis (University of Patras, Greece)

Niki Kouloumbi (National Technical University of Athens, Greece)

Yoram Oren (Ben Gurion University, Israel)

Matthew Suss (Technion, Israel)

Achille de Battisti (Università di Ferrara, Italy)

Simonetta Palmas (University of Cagliari, Italy)

Arjan Hovestad (TNO, The Netherlands)

Kemal Nisancioglu (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)

Mário G.S. Ferreira (Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Portugal)

Adelio Miguel Magalhaes Mendes (University of Porto, Portugal)

Alexey D. Davydov (Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia)

Vladimir Fateev (Institute of Hydrogen Energy and Plasma Technology, Russia)

Velizar Stankovic (University of Belgrade, Serbia)

Ján Híveš (Slovak University of Technology, Slovak Republic)

Manuel Andrés Rodrigo (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain)

Vicente Montiel (Universidad de Alicante, Spain)

Ann Cornell (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)

Christos Comninellis (Institut des Sciences et Ingénierie Chimique, Switzerland)

Maryna Ved (National Technical University "Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute", Ukraine)

Geoff Kelsall (Imperial College London, UK)

Sudipta Roy (University of Strathclyde, UK)

Frank Walsh (University of Southampton, UK)


Program committee

Michele Tedesco (Wetsus)

Maarten Biesheuvel (Wetsus)

Bert Hamelers (Wetsus)

Jouke Dykstra (Wageningen University & Research)

Bastian Mei (University of Twente)

Willem Haverkort (Delft University of Technology)

David Vermaas (Delft University of Technology)

Enas Othman (Wetsus)

Emad Al-Dhubhani (Wetsus)

Seniz Ucar (Norwegian UST)

Deepika L. Ramasamy (Lappeenranta UT)

Thijs de Groot (Nouryon, TU Eindhoven)

Antoni Forner-Cuenca (TU Eindhoven)

For more information: esee2020@wetsus.nl

Organising committee (Wetsus)

Michele Tedesco

Enas Othman

Qingdian Shu

Mariana Rodrigues

Ragne Pärnamäe

Catarina Simões

Emad Al-Dhubhani

Hester Henstra

Linda van der Ploeg

Travel awards

The International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) sponsors the following awards to encourage the participation of MSc/PhD students and young academics at ESEE 2020:
- 1 Travel Award for MSc/PhD students
- 1 Travel Award for young academics (between 0-7 years upon the date of PhD defense)
The travel awards include a full waiver of the registration fee, as well as an additional contribution of € 600 as partial compensation for travel and accommodation expenses.

Application documents

Applications will be accepted upon reception of the following documents:
- copy of the abstract accepted for oral or poster communication
- CV of the candidate (max 2 pages)
- Motivation letter

Evaluation criteria
Proposals will be selected by the ESEE 2020 Program Committee based on the following criteria:
- Scientific quality and originality of the contribution
- Applicant's profile (CV)
- Applicant's motivation

Important dates:

Travel Awards Application opening date: March 16, 2020
Deadline: April 1, 2020

How to apply:

  • Information will be published on March 16, 2020


Early-bird registration
(before March 31, 2020)
Late registration
(after April 01, 2020)
Standard fee EUR 450 EUR 550
Students (incl. PhD. students) EUR 350 EUR 450

The conference fee includes access to the scientific sessions and excursion, conference materials, all meals including lunches, conference dinner and coffee breaks. Accompanying persons are allowed to take part in excursion and all social events including conference dinner. 

Cancellations and refunds

The registration fee will be refunded (with a deduction of 10% to cover the handling costs) if participation in the conference is cancelled in writing before May 10, 2020. No refund will be granted after this date.

Invitation to Sponsor

Join over 200 professionals from different fields on the new developments on electrochemistry towards a sustainable future.


Sponsorship Opportunities


The 12th European Symposium on Electrochemical Engineering booklet offers a range of Sponsorship packages allowing you to select your organisation’s involvement and maximise your corporate exposure. By sponsoring our event, you not only advertise your organization, but you can cement your products and services as the ‘go-to’ brand for professionals of different fields within electrochemistry, engineering, etc. In this symposium, as a sponsor you will be able to display your organization products, taking part in the exhibition as well as presenting your company in different occasions during the programme.


Claim your own share on a sustainable future!


5 Reasons to become a Sponsor

  1. 200 researchers, scientists and managers from all over the world
  2. World leading presentations on the last developments within the field and multiple panel discussions with industry and academia professionals
  3. Extensive visibility and client interaction for sponsors
  4. See your corporate branding advertised on all conference materials and website 
  5. Enjoy well-targeted networking opportunities

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