Complex Molecular Surfaces and Interfaces Faraday Discussion

24 - 26 July 2017, Sheffield, United Kingdom

The unique behavior of compounds confined at interfaces can be very different from those in bulk situations. Advances in methods and their understanding for determination of the structure and chemical bonding at surfaces is central to continued progress in the field. Among the questions that need answering are:
How is chemical reactivity modified at surfaces and how can we optimise it for selective and efficient processes?
  • How reliable are the actual methods for determining molecular conformation at surfaces?
  • How can we control diffusion of molecules at surfaces in order to influence growth?
  • Can two-dimensional structure be correlated with three dimensional order?
How can we make use of single molecule properties at an interface?
Interfacial processes are also at the heart of the function of many materials, the properties they exhibit and chemical reactions they can perform. This Discussion will focus on the understanding of the interaction of molecules with surfaces and their subsequent organisation, reactivity, or property from both experimental and theoretical perspectives.


The Faraday Division have been organising high impact Faraday Discussions in rapidly developing areas of physical 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.

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  • Supramolecular effects in self-assembled monolayers. This session will focus on the effects that intermolecular interactions have on chemisorbed layers on surfaces, and what the key factors are in being able to determine the structure of monolayers. The interpretation of data from surface characterization techniques will be contrasted with theoretical predictions of the orientation of chemisorbed molecules. We will also explore the role that these factors as well as the order in the layers have on their behaviour, in any function that they may have (binding, electron transport, etc.).
  • Supramolecular systems at liquid-solid interfaces. The reversible adsorption of molecules to surfaces offers multiple opportunities, from the sensing of solution borne analytes to the assembly of functional molecular architectures under conditions of strict self-assembly, where multiple components can be combined in order to generate complex supramolecular systems. This session will be devoted to the controlled assembly of complex supramolecular systems on surfaces and the role that chirality has in physisorbed layers.
  • Preparing macromolecular systems on surfaces. One of the most burgeoning areas in surface based molecular systems is the formation of macromolecular compounds on surfaces from small molecule adsorbates. The roles that surface coverage, monomer adsorption profile and monomer and oligomer diffusion on the surface have on the outcomes of the polymerisation reactions are being discovered continuously. Molecular modelling has a vital role to play. This session will highlight what has been achieved and what are the gaps in our knowledge, as will the possibilities of characterising polymer structure, bonding, and function.
  • Probing properties of molecule-based interface systems. Adsorption of molecules at interfaces can influence their chemical, biological, electrical or opical or magnetic properties dramatically. This final session will be devoted to the latest advances in the understanding of the effects that adsorption has on molecular behaviour from both an experimental and theoretical perspective. We will discuss the opportunities that these effects have.


This meeting aims to bring together leading scientists working on surface structuring with molecules (pore formation, chirality, etc.), surface reactivity (for making macromolecules, or modifying molecules), characterisation (with probe microscopies and spectroscopies), measurement of properties (electrical, chemical and magnetic) and modelling all of these features. It will address the interdisciplinary scientific problem of how intermolecular interactions determine properties at interfaces.

Supporting Division

Organised by the Faraday Division in association with the Materials Chemistry Division.
Abstract Submission

Oral Abstracts and Research Papers - Now Closed

A full research paper containing new unpublished results always accompanies oral presentations at Faraday Discussions. Submit an oral/paper abstract by 7 November 2016 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 6 March 2017.

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 - Now Closed

Submit your poster abstract by 31 May 2017. 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.
Travel grants are available for PhD students, postdocs within 10 years of completing their PhD and early career scientists within 10 years of leaving full time education. There are also a number of non-competitive travel grants available. See the bursaries section for more details.‚Äč

Additional Information

Authors will be notified of the outcome of the review process within about 6 weeks of the submission deadline. The abstracts should be no longer than one A4 page in portrait layout. Please ensure you provide the details of the presenting author and indicate whether you are submitting an abstract for oral or poster presentation. 
Please read the registration information before registering.
You can register by clicking on the online registration link on this page.
Please note accommodation is not included in the registration fee.

Registration includes:
  • Attendance at the sessions 
  • Refreshments throughout the meeting
  • Lunch on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 July
  • Attendance at the poster drinks reception on Monday 24 July
  • Attendance at the conference dinner on Tuesday 25 July
  • A copy of the discussion pre-prints (if requested at time of registration)
  • A copy of the final theme issue of Faraday Discussion Volume containing papers presented at the Discussion (issued approximately 6 months after the meeting)**
  • For non-member registrants, membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry until the end of 2018  
Registration fees are as follows:
by 12 June 2017
by 3 July 2017
Non-Member* £435 £485
Member* £335 £385
Student Non-Member £185 £235
Student Member* £160 £210

Registration fees are VAT exempt.

 * If you are an 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. 

***For non-member registrants, affiliate membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry until the end of 2017, the affiliate membership application will be processed and commence once the registrant has attended the event.

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. 

Conference Dinner

The 3 course conference dinner will take place in the Dining Room at The Edge on July 25 and is included in the registration fee.   

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

We have a limited number of non-competitive travel grants of up to £200 for PhD and early career scientists travelling within their home country. These are assigned on a first come, first served basis and are available to members in the associate category and above.

We also offer grants of up to £800 to assist with travel expenses to participate at this meeting. These are available to members in the associate category and above, who are PhD students, postdocs within 10 years of completing their PhD and early career scientists (including technicians) within 10 years of leaving full time education.

Please note that we recommend you submit your application a minimum of three months before you need a decision. We will be unable to consider any applications received within 8 weeks of the start of the conference (29 May 2017)
A selection of sponsorship opportunities is available for companies who would like to promote their activities at Complex Molecular Surfaces and Interfaces: Faraday Discussion
As well as booking a table top exhibition space, there are opportunities to sponsor social events, advertise in the abstract book or place a promotional item in delegate packs. For further information and prices please download the sponsorship menu from this page.

Please note that exhibition spaces are limited, spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

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The University of Sheffield

The Edge, The University of Sheffield, Endcliffe Village, 34 Endcliffe Crescent, Sheffield, S10 3ED, United Kingdom

Please note that accommodation is not included in the registration fee.  You can book accommodation directly with the venue using the link on this page.

Rooms have to paid for at the time of booking (£44 a night B&B - including VAT), the Royal Society of Chemistry is not able to provide receipts for any accommodation.

Accommodation booking £44

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