Hubert H. Girault, born 1957, is a professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne where he directs the Laboratory of Physical and Analytical Chemistry.
On the physical side, his research activities are dedicated mainly to the study of electrochemistry at soft interfaces, in particular at the interface between two immiscible electrolyte solutions (ITIES). He pioneered micro-ITIES and the concept of Ionic partition diagrams. More recently, his group is dedicating its effort to the study of interfacial proton coupled electron transfer reactions in relation to energy conversion.
On the analytical side, he co-invented Off-gel electrophoresis now widely used in proteomic research, and has been very at investigating the electrochemical aspects of electrospray ionisation and laser desorption ionization (MALDI, MOLDI, SALDI..).
Author of about 500 publications, a textbook entitled: Physical and Analytical Electrochemistry, and over 10 patents, he was a visiting professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (Paris), Kyoto University and Beijing University. He is also adjunct professor at Fudan University, Shanghai.
In 2006, he received the Faraday Medal from the Royal Society of Chemistry, and is a Fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry and of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Specialties: Photoproduction of hydrogen, CO2 reduction in biphasic systems, bioanalytics & Biosensors