Dr. Antonin Prévoteau

Telephone number: 
+32 9/264 59 85
Postdoctoral staff

Antonin Prévoteau was born in a rural area of the North-East of France. His first interests were horticulture and oenology, showing early motivation for applied chemistry and biology. However, it was in Grenoble, France, while obtaining a degree in Materials Science Engineering (2007), that the revelation appeared: he realized that his future professional life would be dedicated to electrochemistry. Consequently, he graduated the same year a master degree in this topic before looking for new adventures involving electron transfers.

He was awarded his PhD in 2011 from the University of Bordeaux, France. Supervised by Prof. Chrystel Faure and Dr. Nicolas Mano, he focused his research on enzyme electrodes based on redox hydrogels for glucose oxidation. Hosted by LabMET and prof. Korneel Rabaey since February 2013, Antonin is mainly involved in the Electrotalk project (http://www.electrotalk.ugent.be/) and, secondary, in other projects referring to electrochemistry.

Selected key publications: 
X. Zhang, A. Prévoteau, R. O. Louro, C. M. Paquete, K. Rabaey, Periodic polarization of electroactive biofilms increases current density and charge carriers concentration while modifying biofilm structure, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, in press
J. Philips, N. Van den Driessche, K. De Paepe, A. Prévoteau, J. Gralnick, J. BA Arends, K. Rabaey, A new Shewanella isolate causes strong corrosion by using metallic iron as electron donor with fumarate as electron acceptor, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, in press.
M. Pierra, M. Golozar, X. Zhang, A. Prévoteau, M. de Volder, D. Reynaerts, K. Rabaey, Growth and current production of mixed culture anodic biofilms remain unaffected by sub-microscale surface roughness, Bioelectrochemistry 122 (2018), 213–220
A. Prévoteau, K. Rabaey, Electroactive biofilms for sensing: reflections and perspectives, ACS Sensors 2 (2017), 1072–1085.
Y. Yuan, N. Bolan, A. Prévoteau, M. Vithanage, J. K. Biswas, Y. S. Ok, H. Wang, Applications of biochar in redox-mediated reactions, Bioressource Technology 246 (2017), 271–281
X. Zhang, J. Philips, H. Roume, K. Guo, K. Rabaey, A. Prévoteau, Rapid and quantitative assessment of redox conduction across electroactive biofilms by using double potential step chronoamperometry, ChemElectroChem 4 (2017), 1026⎼1036.
K. Guo, A. Prévoteau, K. Rabaey, A novel tubular microbial electrolysis cell for high rate hydrogen production, Journal of Power Sources 356 (2017), 484–490.
H.-W. Lin, C. Kustermans, E. Vaiopoulou, A. Prévoteau, K. Rabaey, Z. Yuan, I. Pikaar, Electrochemical oxidation of iron and alkalinity generation for efficient sulfide control in sewers, Water Research 118 (2017), 114–120.
A. Prévoteau, F. Ronsse, I. Cid, P. Boeckx, K. Rabaey, The electron donating capacity of biochar is dramatically underestimated, Scientific Reports 6 (2016), 32870
E. Vaiopoulou, T. Provijn, A. Prévoteau, I. Pikaar, K. Rabaey, Electrochemical sulfide removal and caustic recovery from spent caustic streams, Water Research 92 (2016), 38–43