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 projects related to fundamentals and applications of microbial electrochemistry and, secondary, in other projects referring to electrochemical engineering and materials science.

Selected key publications: 
A. Prévoteau, F. M. Kerckhof, P. Clauwaert, K. Rabaey, Electrochemical and phylogenetic comparisons of oxygen-reducing electroautotrophic communities, Biosensors and Bioelectronics 171 (2021), 112700.
A. Prévoteau, J. M. Carvajal-Arroyo, R. Ganigué, K. Rabaey, Microbial electrosynthesis from CO2: forever a promise?, Current Opinion in Biotechnology 62 (2020), 48–57.
A. Prévoteau, P. Clauwaert, F. M. Kerckhof, K. Rabaey, Oxygen-reducing microbial cathodes monitoring toxic shocks in tap water, Biosensors and Bioelectronics 132 (2019), 115–121.
X. Zhang, K. Rabaey, A. Prévoteau, Reversible effects of periodic polarization on anodic electroactive biofilms, ChemElectroChem 6 (2019), 1921–1925.
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, 121 (2018), 183–191
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.
A. Prévoteau, F. Ronsse, I. Cid, P. Boeckx, K. Rabaey, The electron donating capacity of biochar is dramatically underestimated, Scientific Reports 6 (2016), 32870