IntroductionThe group “Electroquímica e Inovação” (e-inov) i.e., Electrochemistry and Innovation, was born in the summer of 2005 and is composed by several Portuguese electrochemists of recent generations. Casual chat led to the building up of the idea of establishing in Portugal a renewed way of presenting and discussing current and prospective themes in modern electrochemistry. Additionally, the e-inov group hopes to become a meeting point for electrochemists of all working areas (including those working in industry), namely for those who speak the Portuguese language and are spread over the world.
The meetings “Jornadas de Electroquímica e Inovação”, i.e., the Forum on Electrochemistry and Innovation were launched in 2006 and intend to emphasize the discussion of ideas in hottest topics of electrochemical science and technology, joining up investigators with common interests, and promoting the spread of innovative areas of investigation which may be incipient in Portuguese electrochemistry laboratories. Another important goal is to contribute to the establishment and strengthening of interactions between electrochemistry laboratories and leading companies dealing with electrochemistry. The first edition of the Jornadas was held in Oporto (2006), the second in Faro (2011) and the third in Vila Real (2013).
Meanwhile, in December 2007, the e-inov group has launched a series of thematic courses: “Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy” (IST, Lisbon, 2007), “SPR – Surface Plasmon Resonance” (FCUL, Lisbon, 2008) and “Characterization of Electrode Surfaces: from Macro to Nanoscale” (FCUL, Lisbon, 2012).
In 2015, the e-inov group will organise a new course on "Stripping electroanalytical techniques: SSCP and AGNES ", to be held on October, 19-20 at the Departament of Chemistry of the University of Minho, Braga.
The attendee will develop a basic understanding of the techniques, including the underlying theory. The topics to be covered include:
- Basic principles of trace metal dynamic speciation for small ligands and colloidal dispersions;
- The basic concepts of stripping electrochemical techniques and its application in free metal determination (AGNES) and dynamic speciation (SSCP);
- Practical implementation of these techniques in the laboratory;
- The development of excel files to interpret the SSCP signal and extract the physically meaningful parameters.
The concepts will be illustrated by applications to different systems including simple ligand, humic and fulvic acids,nanoparticles and living organism (bacteria, algae and yeasts).