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Future Events > Electron transfer at the microbe-mineral interface

Electron transfer at the microbe-mineral interface

2—4 April 2012

University of East Anglia, UK

A Biochemical Society Focused Meeting



PNNL’s Subsurface Biogeochemical Research Program Scientific Focus Area that is supported by DOE-BER

Meeting background

Many bacterial and archaeal species can couple growth to the respiratory reduction or oxidation of insoluble mineral oxides of transition metals. These solid substrates are abundant electron sinks and sources for life on Earth, but since they are insoluble in water they cannot enter the bacterial cells. So, to exploit these electron sinks and sources specific respiratory electron transfer mechanisms must overcome the physical limitations associated with electron transfer between a microbe and extracellular metal oxides. This timely meeting will bring together scientists from wide range of disciplines to cover the following:



  • Microbial mediated redox transitions of metals including iron, manganese, uranium, technetium and chromium
  • Outer-membrane and extracellular electron transport systems
  • Electron exchange with solid substrates
  • Subsurface microbiology and biogeochemistry
  • Applications: microbial fuel cells, bioremediation and nanoscience

Reviews by the speakers, based on their presentations at this major international meeting, will be published exclusively in Biochemical Society Transactions (Volume 40, part 6).

Abstract deadline: 30 January 2012.

Abstract submission is now closed. If you would like to submit an abstract please contact the conference office. Please note that late abstracts will not appear in the programme book.


Earlybird registration deadline: 5 March 2012.

Registration is now closed. If you would like to attend please email the conference office.


The Biochemical Society Poster Prize was awarded to Marcus Edwards (University of East Anglia, United Kingdom) for his poster entitled "Crystal structures of the bacterial cell surface electron conduits MtrF & UndA"


The Biochemical Society Transactions Oral Communication Prize was awarded to Magali Roger for her talk entitled "Mineral respiration under extreme acidic conditions: from a supramolecular organization to a copper helper protein"


Oral communication slots are available at this meeting. All attendees, particularly researchers in the early stages of their career, are invited to submit a poster abstract for consideration as an oral communication.


Continuing Professional Development
Approved by the Society of Biology for the purpose of CPD, this event may be counted as 54 CPD credits.


Student Bursaries are available for this meeting.