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CNRS Director of Research

Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes UMR 6226
Université de Rennes 1
Campus de Beaulieu
35042 Rennes, France

Building 10C, Office 209
Phone: +33 (0)

Research themes

His current research interests lie in the areas of chemically modified electrodes, the functionalization and micro- or nanopatterning of conducting surfaces, and the development of functionalized semiconducting photoelectrodes for catalytic purposes. More specifically, his research efforts are directed towards:

  • Development of novel surface chemistry reactions for the functionalization of oxide-free hydrogen-terminated silicon (H-Si) surfaces
  • Fabrication of redox-active molecule-modified silicon surfaces for molecular information processing
  • Electrocatalyst-modified semiconductor-based photoelectrodes for the solar light-driven catalytic activation of small molecules (H2 and CO2)
  • Functionalized conjugated materials for molecular recognition and enhanced electrical stability


Molecular Electrochemistry, Modified Electrodes, Photoelectrodes, Silicon, Electrocatalysis, Solar Fuel Cells, Water Splitting

Education and Professional Experience

Bruno Fabre, born 1967, received his engineer diploma and M.S. degree in electrochemistry from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Electrochimie et d’Electrométallurgie de Grenoble (ENSEEG, University J. Fourier, Grenoble, France) in 1990. After a Ph.D. under the guidance of Dr. Gérard Bidan (Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique CEA, Grenoble, France) in 1994 and a postdoctoral stay at the Département de Médecine Expérimentale (Lyon, France), he joined the laboratory of Molecular Electrochemistry in Rennes (France) as Chargé de Recherche at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in 1995. He spent one year as an invited researcher (NATO felloswship) in Ottawa (Canada) in Prof. Dan Wayner’s lab at the Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences (National Research Council of Canada NRCC) in 2002. He is, since 2008, Directeur de Recherche at CNRS working in the Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes (France).

Membership of Professional Organizations

Member of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) and active French expert in the “Observatoire des Micro- et Nanotechnologies OMNT” network dedicated to advances, trends and prospects in molecular electronics.


  • NATO fellowship
From Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 12024-12027

Author of more than 110 papers

(in particular, 1 Chem. Rev., 1 Acc. Chem. Res., 2 Angew. Chem., 2 J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2 Adv. Mater., 8 Chem. Commun., 12 J. Phys. Chem.,...) and 16 invited and plenary lectures

h-index: 27; 2300 citations

Selected Publications (within the last five years)

  1. B. Fabre, Functionalization of Oxide-Free Silicon Surfaces with Redox-Active Assemblies, Chem. Rev. 2016, 116, 4808-4849
  2. G. Loget, G. Li and B. Fabre, Logic Gates Operated by Bipolar Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting, Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 11115-11118
  3. Grelaud, N. Gauthier, Y. Luo, F. Paul, B. Fabre, F. Barrière, S. Ababou-Girard, T. Roisnel and M. G.Humphrey, Redox-Active Molecular Wires Derived from Dinuclear Ferrocenyl/Ruthenium(II) Alkynyl Complexes: Covalent Attachment to Hydrogen-Terminated Silicon Surfaces, J. Phys. Chem. C 2014, 118, 3680-3695
  4. B. Fabre, Y. Li, L. Scheres, S. P. Pujari and H. Zuilhof, Light-Activated Electroactive Molecule-Based Memory Microcells Confined on Silicon Surface, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 12024-12027
  5. C.-K. Liang, G. V. Dubacheva, T. Buffeteau, D. Cavagnat, P. Hapiot, B. Fabre, J. H. R. Tucker and D. M. Bassani, Reversible Control over Molecular Recognition in Surface-Bound Photoswitchable Hydrogen-Bonding Receptors: Towards Read-Write-Erase Molecular Printboards, Chem. Eur. J. 2013, 19, 12748-12758

Publications (1992-2016)

Publications referenced in HAL

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