Interview Christian Amatore : The Electrochemical Society

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Christian Amatore has given a new direction to electrochemistry and has had a pioneering role in the development of ultramicroelectrodes worldwide. He is currently the Director of Research at CNRS and will be giving the ECS Lecture at the 229th ECS Meeting in San Diego, CA, May 29-June 2, 2016. His talk is titled, “Seeing, Measuring and Understanding Vesicular Exocytosis of Neurotransmitters.





Five questions for Christian Amatore

What types of practical applications does your work in microelectrodes have?

Let me tell you a story. Michael Faraday was visited by the Prime Minister of England in his own laboratory, and he demonstrated the classical experiment where you take a magnet and you put the iron filing and you see that the iron filling is emitting lines that are going out of the magnet from the North Pole to the South Pole. The Prime Minster said, “Professor Faraday, this is fantastic. What are the applications?” Faraday said, “Mr. Prime Minister, I don’t know of any applications, but I am sure within 30 years there will be applications done by other people.” In fact, he was a visionary because 30 years after you had the first electrical engine and the first big alternators to make electricity. It’s very difficult to foresee the applications because as scientists, we are interested in understanding what’s going on and it is generally other people who will find the applications.


What do you think the impact of electrochemistry is on some of the world’s most pressing issues?



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