The European Chemical Society, EuChemS, is pleased to organise the 2019 EuChemS Lecture Awardee Webinar. The online event will be held on Wednesday 23 June, from 15:00 to 16:30 CEST. During this event, David Portehault, EuChemS 2019 Lecturer, will give a talk on “From water to molten salts: geoinspired syntheses and reactivity of nanomaterials“. 

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In his EuChemS Lecture, David Portehault will present the recent efforts of the group in taking inspiration from Nature, more specifically from geological events, to synthesize original nanomaterials. David Portehault will present geo-inspired synthesis conditions, from low temperature chimie douce in water, to liquid-phase synthesis in inorganic molten salts and to high pressures. He will show several cases of inorganic nanomaterials encompassing complex oxides and non-oxides like boron-, nitrogen- and silicon-based solids, discuss their formation pathways and show the unique electrochromic and electrocatalytic properties at stake with these nanoparticle-based materials.

In recognition of the major achievements of one junior scientist working in chemistry in a country with a EuChemS Member Organisation, David Portehault will be awarded the EuChemS Lecture Award in 2019. Usually, the winner gets the opportunity to give a lecture at the next European Chemistry Congress (ECC) or at a conference of a EuChemS Professional Network. However this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the postponement of the 8th European Chemistry Congress (ECC8) to 2022, the event will take place online.


  • Welcome by Floris Rutjes, EuChemS President
  • Introduction and Laudation by Floris Rutjes
  • From water to molten salts: geoinspired syntheses and reactivity of nanomaterials, David Portehault, 2019 EuChemS Lecture Awardee
  • Q&A Session 1
  • Award Certificate to David Portehault by Floris Rutjes
  • Introduction of next speakers by David Portehault
  • Design of metal silicide nanoparticles in molten salts for electrocatalytic water oxidation, Yang Song, PhD student at Sorbonne University
  • The soft chemistry of extended covalent systems towards boron-based nanomaterials, Fernando Igoa, Doctoral student at Sorbonne University
  • Q&A Session 2
  • Closing remarks by David Portehault