Our research interests:

  • Organic electrosynthesis: method development and mechanistic studies
  • Electrocatalysis and electrochemical catalysis
  • Organic electrolytes for synthesis and energy storage
  • New approaches toward sustainable electrolysis and separation
  • Electrochemical CO2 reduction
  • Flow electrochemistry

Learn more about our ongoing projects...


01/2021: Power-to-PhD
Arend successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Mechanistic Studies on Catalytic Reactions in Electrosynthesis".

10/2020: Habilitation completed
After the colloquium entitled "The Synergistic Interplay between Electrochemistry and Catalysis", Robert's habilitation procedure has been finalized.

10/2020: Master's thesis successfully defended
With the defense of his thesis entitled "Cyclic Voltammetry Studies on TEMPO-modified Polymethacrylates", Adrian successfully completed his Master's degree. Congratulations!

01/2020: Electrochemistry Gordon Research Conference in Ventura, CA
Robert attends and contributes a talk on "Electrochemical Catalysis and Molecular Rearrangements".

11/2019: New group member from Mainz begins work on dissertation
Welcome to Rostock, Patrick!

05/2019: Defense double feature
Benni and Timo successfully defended their PhD theses. Congratulations!

03/2019: New postdoc starts his research in our lab
Welcome Igors!

01/2019: New postdoc in our group
Welcome Michal!

11/2018: Nayereh starts her PhD project
We wish you a good start and all the best for your future research!

09/2018: Benni and Timo attend the GDCh Meeting "Electrochemistry 2018"
Benni and Timo present their research with poster contributions at the Electrochemistry 2018 in Ulm.

09/2018: Arend and Robert travel to Bologna
Arend and Robert attend the 69th Annual ISE Meeting in Bologna and contribute one lecture each.

08/2018: New postdoc in our group
Welcome Huyen!

03/2018: Poster prize awarded at the 51st German Catalysis Meeting in Weimar
Congratulations Arend!


Dr. Robert Francke

Institute of Chemistry
Electrosynthesis Group
Rostock University
Albert-Einstein-Str. 3a
18059 Rostock

Phone: +49-(0)381-498-6456
Fax: +49-(0)381-498-6452
E-mail: robert.franckeuni-rostockde

Special Issue 'Organic Electrosynthesis'

Check out the 2019 Special Issue on Organic Electrosynthesis in ChemElectroChem.

Current research papers

"The Electrochemically Catalyzed Newman-Kwart Rearrangement: Mechanism, Structure-Reactivity Relationship, and Parallels to Photoredox Catalysis"
J. Org. Chem.  2020, 85, 8029–8044.

"Iodophenylsulfonates and Iodobenzoates as Redox-Active Supporting Electrolytes for Electrosynthesis"
ChemElectroChem  2019, 6, 4229-4237.

"A Selective Earth-Abundant System for CO2 Reduction: Comparing Photo- and Electrocatalytic Processes"
ACS Catal.  2019, 9, 2091−2100.

"Mechanistic Insights into the Electrochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide Catalyzed by Iron Cyclopentadienone Complexes"
Organometallics  2019, 38, 1236–1247.