Nanoparticle Assembly - From Fundamentals to Applications: Faraday Discussion

7 - 9 January 2016, Mumbai, India

This Faraday Discussion will focus on the rapidly evolving field of nanoparticle (NP) self- and driven assembly, with a view to understanding how evolving developments in the fundamentals can be translated into science/property principles underpinning applications. There is a need for the study of disordered self-assemblies of nanoparticles, in contrast with the focus in the literature which has been on ordered nanoparticle assemblies. This contrast is similar to that between the amorphous structures assumed by many classes of polymers vs. the ordered crystalline state that is the ground state of many atomic systems. Over a century of work shows that both of these structural motifs have significant, complementary and different consequences on applications. Exploring this disordered class of NP assemblies will be a central focus. While there has been considerable interest in quiescent assembly, the more important scenario for applications is external-field driven assembly, as may be found when these materials are processed. This meeting will cover three distinct classes of materials where nanoparticle assembly holds significant potential for applications, with a view to determining common features of structural organisation on the nanoscale. The meeting will also be an opportunity to consider the implications of these ideas for the broader field of soft matter.


  • Synthesis and Assembly of Nanoparticles and their Assemblies
  • Modeling and Theory
  • Nanocomposites
  • Applications to Soft Matter 


Complementing the Faraday Discussions meeting on Nanoparticle Synthesis and Assembly (Chicago, USA, April 2015) which will focus on ordered superlattice arrays of ligand-passivated inorganic clusters, with applications related to size scalability and processing, this meeting will emphasise the importance of considering both ordered and disordered assemblies, and the translation of fundamental science to applications. The scope of the Discussion will include chemically distinct classes of nanoparticle assemblies - polymer nanocomposites, patchy colloids, ligand-passivated inorganic nanocrystals - and link them with soft matter systems, with a view to understanding some of the basic principles of nanoparticle assembly and how they affect practical applications. The topic is particularly appropriate for the Faraday Discussions format with the possibility of documenting an interesting cross-fertilization of ideas.


The Faraday Division have been organising high impact Faraday Discussions in rapidly developing areas of chemistry and its interfaces with other scientific disciplines for over 100 years. 

Faraday Discussions have a special format where research papers written by the speakers are distributed to all participants before the meeting, and most of the meeting is devoted to discussing the papers. Everyone contributes to the discussion - including presenting their own relevant research. The research papers and a record of the discussion are published in the journal Faraday Discussions.


The Pre-prints are now available to download by all registered delegates. These are password protected and registered delegates will have been emailed the password. You can download them individually from the 'Programme & Pre-prints section or by session or as a whole from the 'Introduction' section.

Faraday Discussion Poster Prize

The Faraday Discussion Poster Prize was won by the following 3 students:
Siddharth Kulkarni
Hisay Lama
Madhura Som

Abstract Submission
Abstract submission has now closed for this event

Oral abstracts and research papers

A full research paper containing new unpublished results always accompanies oral presentations at Faraday Discussions. Submit an oral/paper abstract if you wish to be considered for an oral presentation and associated published paper. The oral/paper abstract should outline current research in progress. Authors of the selected abstracts must then submit a full research paper with a significant amount of new, unpublished work by 17 August 2015. 
The research papers are reviewed upon submission and are sent to all delegates 4 weeks before the meeting so they can be read in advance. At the meeting the presenting author is allowed five minutes to highlight the main points of their paper, and the rest of the time is for discussion. The discussion is recorded and will be published alongside the research paper in the Faraday Discussion Volume. 

Poster abstracts

Submit your poster abstract by 26 October 2015. Posters are displayed throughout the meeting and a poster session is held on the first evening. The Faraday Division Poster Prize will be awarded to the best poster presented by a student at the conference.  
Registration includes:
  • Attendance at the sessions
  • Refreshments throughout the meeting
  • Lunch on days one, two and three 
  • Dinner on day one 
  • Conference dinner on day two
  • A copy of the discussion pre-prints
  • A copy of the final theme issue of the Faraday Discussion Volume containing papers presented at the Discussion (issued approximately 6 months after the meeting) **
  • For non-member registrants, membership of the RSC until the end of 2016  

Registration fees

Early Bird (by 16 November 2015) Standard (by 7 December 2015)
Members* 26,000 INR 30,000 INR
Non-members 32,000 INR 34,000 INR
Studnet members* 10,500 INR 12,000 INR
Student non-members 14,000 INR 16,000 INR
Local delegates member*** 10,000 INR 12,000 INR
Local student delegates member*** 5,000 INR 6,000 INR
Local delegates non-member *** 11,000 INR 13,200 INR
Local student delegates non-member *** 5,500 INR 6,600 INR

* If you are a Royal Society of Chemistry member and wish to register for this meeting, please select the member option on the online registration page.  You will need to enter your membership number.
** Excluding students, who can order the volume at a reduced price at the conference.
*** Local delegate denotes a person working or studying in India

Student Delegates

In order to encourage undergraduate or postgraduate students to attend the Discussion, a reduced conference fee (to include a set of pre-prints but not the final Discussion volume) is available.  This fee applies to those undertaking a full time course for a recognised degree or a diploma at a university or equivalent institution.
A copy of the publication may be purchased at less than half price, only for orders placed at the meeting where an application form will be made available.

Terms and Conditions for Events run by the Royal Society of Chemistry

There are a number of  bursaries available to student and younger members of the Royal Society of Chemistry in the early stages of their career (typically within 5 years of completing a first or postgraduate degree) who do not have support available from their employer or a research grant.
Applicants should be Royal Society of Chemistry members at the time of application and at the meeting for which the travel bursary is being given.
The bursary is £150 per applicant and funding is supplied by the RSC Travel Grant Scheme.
Deadline for applications: 16 November 2015
Programme & pre-prints
The preprints are available to download from this page by clicking the 'Link' after each article title.
These are password protected downloads and only available to those who have registered for the meeting.
You can also download the preprints by session or as one pdf from the Introduction section.

Presenting authors are indicated in the programme by an underline. The affiliation is for the presenting author. If the presenting author of your paper has changed since abstract selection please email Please note that this is a draft programme and timings may change.


Session 2: Modeling and Theory

Session Chair: Charu Chakravarty
09:00 Dewetting dynamics of a gold film on graphene: implications for nanoparticle formation
Sadanandam Namsani and Jayant K. Singh       
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
09:05 Chiral self-assembly of helical particles
Hima Bindu Kolli, Giorgio Cinacchi, Alberta Ferrarini and Achille Giacometti
Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia
09:10 Enhancement of nucleation of protein crystals on nano-wrinkled surfaces
Praveen K. Bommineni and Sudeep Punnathanam
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore      
09:15 Analyzing a fractal gel of charged oblate nanoparticles in a suspension using time-resolved rheometry and DLVO theory
Shweta Jatav and Yogesh M. Joshi
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
09:20 Discussion
11:00 Morning Tea

Session 2 resumes: Modeling and Theory

Session Chair: Nicholas Kotov
11:30 Effect of co-ordination number on the nucleation behaviour in many-component self-assembly
Aleks Reinhardt, Chon Pan Ho and Daan Frenkel
University of Cambridge
11:35 How do polydisperse repulsive colloids crystallize?
Robert Botet, Bernard Cabane, Lucas Goehring, Joaquim Li and Franck Artzner  
11:40 Magnetic filament brushes: tuning the properties of a magnetoresponsive supracolloidal coating
Pedro A. Sánchez, Elena S. Pyanzina, Ekaterina V. Novak, Joan J. Cerdà, Tomàs Sintes and Sofia S. Kantorovich
University of Vienna
11:45 Membrane-mediated aggregation of anisotropically curved nanoparticles
Alexander D. Olinger, Eric J. Spangler, P. B. Sunil Kumar and Mohamed Laradji
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
11:50 Discussion
13:30 Lunch

Session 3: Nanocomposites

Session Chair: Alamgir Karim
14:30 Revealing nanocomposite filler structures by swelling and small-angle X-ray scattering
Guilhem P. Baeza, Anne-Caroline Genix, Nathalie Paupy-Peyronnet, Christophe Degrandcourt, Marc Couty and Julian Oberdisse
Manufacture Française des Pneumatiques MICHELIN
14:35 Structural characterization of aqueous solution poly(oligo(ethylene oxide) monomethyl methacrylate)-grafted silica nanoparticles
Arnaldo T. Lorenzo, Ramakrishna Ponnapati, Tirtha Chatterjee and Ramanan Krishnamoorti
University of Houston
14:40 Interplay between polymer chain conformation and nanoparticle assembly in model industrial silica/rubber nanocomposites
Adrien Bouty, Laurent Petitjean, Julien Chatard, Rachid Matmour, Christophe Degrandcourt, Ralf Schweins, Florian Meneau, Paweł Kwasńiewski, François Boué, Marc Couty and Jacques Jestin
Laboratoire Léon Brillouin CEA-CNRS      
14:45 Discussion
16:00 Afternoon tea

Session 3 resumes: Nanocomposites

Session Chair: BLV Prasad
16:30 Chiroptical activity of plasmonic silver nanocaps and gas sensing
Jun Li and Nicholas A. Kotov
University of Michigan
16:35 SnxTi1-xO­2 solid-solution-nanoparticle embedded mesoporous silica (SBA-15) hybrid as an engineered photocatalyst with enhanced activity
N. R. Srinivasan and Rajdip Bandyopadhyaya
IIT Bombay
16:40 Discussion
17:30 Close of sessions & coach to conference dinner
19:00 Conference Dinner

IIT Mumbai

Room TBC, IIT Mumbai, Powai, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Mumbai, 400076, India

IIT Bombay is located at Powai, which is a Eastern Suburb in the north-eastern part of Mumbai. Mumbai is a long narrow island, thrusting southwards into the Arabian Sea. It can be broadly divided into four zones. South Bombay (Colaba, CST,Fort, Chruchgate, Nariman Point), Central Bombay (Dadar, Bombay Central, Worli), the Western Suburbs (Bandra, Juhu, Andheri, Borivali), and the Eastern Suburbs(Kurla, Chembur, Ghatkopar, Mulund, Kanjur Marg, Vikhroli). There is also New Bombay (Vashi, Turbhe) across the Thane Creek on the mainland.

Public Transport 
Mumbai has one of the most efficient and reliable public transport networks. One can travel by autorickshaws or taxis to reach IIT from the nearest stations (autorickshaws, however do not go further south than Sion and Bandra). For longer distance, you can use either the BEST Bus Network or the Mumbai Local train System.

Suburban Railway Transport 
Those coming by Central Railway Suburban train will have to get down at Kanjur Marg, Vikhroli or Ghatkopar which are the nearest stations from IITB. If you are coming by the Western Railway Suburban train you will have to get down at Andheri, Bandra, Goregaon or Malad. Please see the venue link for further information.

Stations for Through Trains Coming to Mumbai
There is a terminus at Kurla where some Central as well as Western Railway Trains terminate. There is no convenient bus route from Kurla terminus to IITB. An autorickshaw is the best option. However it would be more economical to take a suburban train from Kurla to Kanjur Marg and then take an auto from Kanjur Marg to IITB Campus.

Central Railway: CST, Dadar, Kurla, Thane
Western Railway: Mumbai Central, Dadar, Bandra, Andheri,Borivali

International flights land at Terminal 2, Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport (Sahar Airport), which is about 10 kms from IIT Bombay. The Domestic Airport is at Terminal1A and Terminal1B (SantaCruz), which is about 15 kms. Call taxis and Pre-paid taxis and autorickshaws are available at the airports. 
Please note, accommodation is not included in the registration fee. Details of some recommended accommodation can be found below including negotiated rates (all inc taxes).
Please contact each hotel direct to  book.

MTNL Guest House Popularly known as MTNL guest house, it is a training centre under the Telecom. Dept. of the Govt. The rooms can be seen in the tariff section of the following web-site. The guest house is 1.5 kms from the IIT Powai Campus. The contact person is: Mrs. Vasudha (, Ph: 022-25714900)

Beatle Hotel 4 star hotel about 2 kms from the IIT Powai. Please contact the hotel directly to book mentioning that you are attending this Faraday Discussion. ₨5447

Residence Hotel and Apartments 4 star hotel about 3 kms from IIT Powai. Please contact the hotel directly to book mentioning that you are attending this Faraday Discussion. ₨4500

Aifa Residency 2 star hotel 3.5km from conference venue. Rate includes wifi and breakfast. Please contact the hotel directly to book mentioning that you are attending this Faraday Discussion. ₨1760

Hilton Mumbai International Airport 3 star hotel 6.4km from conference venue. Rate includes breakfast. Please contact the hotel directly to book mentioning that you are attending this Faraday Discussion. ₨6000

Rodas 5 star hotel 2.2km from conference venue. Rate includes wifi and breakfast. Please contact the hotel directly to book mentioning that you are attending this Faraday Discussion. ₨17051

Meluha the Fern an Ecotel 5 star hotel 2.6km from conference venue. Rate includes wifi and breakfast. Please contact the hotel directly to book mentioning that you are attending this Faraday Discussion. ₨8026

Ramada Powai Hotel 5 star hotel 5.6km from conference venue. Rate includes wifi and breakfast. Please contact the hotel directly to book mentioning that you are attending this Faraday Discussion. ₨7200

Mariott by Courtyard 5 star hotel 8.2km from conference venue. Rate includes wifi and breakfast. Please contact the hotel directly to book mentioning that you are attending this Faraday Discussion. ₨6400

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