14th International conference on materials chemistry (MC14)

8 - 11 July 2019, Birmingham, United Kingdom


Introduction
The 'MC' conference series has provided a showcase for materials chemistry for two decades, and is the flagship event of the RSC's Materials Chemistry Division.

Recent editions of the MC series have been very successful: MC8, held in London in 2007, attracted 500 delegates; in 2009, the RSC was proud to incorporate MC9 into the scientific programme of the 42nd IUPAC World Congress (IUPAC 2009) which reached an audience of over 2000 delegates; MC10 saw nearly 500 scientists present their work in Manchester in July 2011, MC11 in the comfortable surroundings of the University of Warwick's Arts Centre reached an audience of just over 500 delegates; MC12 took place in York saw almost 600 delegates join together and MC13 was held in Liverpool and had over 500 scientists attend.

Themes

Magnetic, Electronic & Optical Materials
All material types including dielectrics, semiconductors, metals and superconductors, and applications including display technologies, sensors, optics, electronic devices and information storage.

Energy & Environment
Materials for energy conversion and storage, including solar cells, batteries, thermoelectrics, photocatalysis and solar fuel generation, as well as environment control and remediation.

Nanomaterials & Porous Materials
All aspects of materials with nanoscale dimensions and functionality, porous and hybrid materials, including metal-organic frameworks, zeolites, and covalent-organic frameworks.

Soft Matter & Biomaterials
Encompasses soft matter and polymer chemistry in its broadest sense, as well as materials with biological or medical applications, biomimetic and bioinspired materials.
 

Speakers
Nick Kotov, University of Michigan, United States

Prof. Nicholas A. Kotov is working on conceptual foundations and technical realizations of biomimetic nanostructures. Examples of scientific advances in this area associated with his works include pioneering studies on graphene- and clay-based layered biomimetic nanocomposites, self-organization of nanoparticles, chiral nanomaterials, and omnidispersible colloids.  His contribution to technology include ultrastrong nacre-mimetic nanocomposites, soft neuroprosthetic implants, 3D tissue replicas for drug-testing, chiral biosensors, and cartilage-like electrolytes for batteries. Prof. Kotov is a founder of several start-up companies that commercialized bioinspired nanomaterials for biomedical, military, energy, and automotive technologies. 


Bettina Lotsch, Max Planck Institut für Festkörperforschung, Germany

Bettina V. Lotsch studied Chemistry at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) and the University of Oxford and received her PhD from LMU Munich in 2006. After a postdoctoral stay at the University of Toronto as a Feodor-Lynen fellow she was appointed assistant professor at LMU Munich in 2009 (tenure 2014). In 2011, she became leader of an independent research group at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart while being professor at LMU.
Since 2017 Bettina is Director and head of the Nanochemistry Department at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research.
 
Her research explores the rational synthesis of new materials by combining the tools of molecular, solid-state and nanochemistry. Focal points include “smart” photonic crystals for optical sensing, porous frameworks for photocatalysis, solid electrolytes for Li ion batteries and soft chemistry routes towards 2D materials.
Bettina was awarded an ERC Starting Grant (2014) and has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2014. Her work has been recognized by a number of awards, most recently by the EU-40 Materials Prize 2017 of the European Materials Research Society


Ian Manners, University of Bristol, United Kingdom

Ian Manners is Canadian and British and was born in London, England. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Bristol, he conducted postdoctoral work in Germany and then in the USA. He then joined the University of Toronto, Canada as an Assistant Professor in 1990 and was promoted to Full Professor in 1995 and was made a Canada Research Chair in 2001. In 2006 he returned to his Alma Mater to take up a Chair in Inorganic, Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry supported by an EU Marie Curie Chair. His research interests broadly focus on synthetic problems at molecular, macromolecular, and longer length scales and currently involve catalytic main group chemistry and main group polymers, functional metallopolymers, and crystallization-driven self-assembly processes. He is the recipient of a range of awards including a Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (from the US), the Steacie Prize (from Canada), the RSC Award in Main Group Chemistry, the RSC Peter Day Award for Soft Matter Materials Chemistry (2012), and a Humboldt Research Award from Germany (2011). He is an elected member of both the Canadian and the British National Academies of Science. His work is documented in over 650 career publications and 4 books and has been presented in over 500 invited and plenary lectures worldwide. 


Nam-Gyu Park, Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), South Korea

 Nam-Gyu Park is professor and SKKU-Fellow at School of Chemical Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from Seoul National University in 1988, 1992 and 1995, respectively. He worked at ICMCB-CNRS, France, from 1996 to 1997 and at National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA, from 1997 to 1999 as postdoctoral researchers. He worked as Director of Solar Cell Research Center at Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) from 2005 to 2009 and as a principal scientist at Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) from 2000 to 2005 before joining Sungkyunkwan University as a full professor in 2009. He has been doing researches on high efficiency mesoscopic nanostructured solar cells since 1997. He is pioneer of solid state perovskite solar cell, which was first developed in 2012. He was selected as a New Class of Nobel Prize-Worthy Scientists in September 20, 2017 and included in 3,300 highly cited researchers (top 1% scientists) in November 15, 2017 by Clarivate Analytics. He is a fellow of Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST) since 2017.


Nicola Spaldin, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Nicola Spaldin is the professor of materials theory at ETH Zurich. She developed the class of materials known as multiferroics, which combine simultaneous ferromagnetism and ferroelectricity, for which she received the 2017 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science award among other honors. She is a passionate science educator, director of her department’s study program, and holder of the ETH Golden Owl Award for excellence in teaching. When not trying to make a room-temperature superconductor, she can be found playing her clarinet, or skiing or climbing in the Alps.


Fraser Stoddart, Northwestern University, United States

The academic career of Fraser Stoddart can be traced through thick and thin from the Athens of the North to the Windy City beside Lake Michigan with interludes on the edge of the Canadian Shield beside Lake Ontario, in the Socialist Republic of South Yorkshire, on the Plains of Cheshire beside the Wirral, in the Midlands of the Heartland of Albion, and in the City of the Angels beside the Peaceful Sea. He has been a member of the faculty at Northwestern University since 2008. He is a Board of Trustees Professor and Director of the Center for the Chemistry of Integrated Systems. His research interests are in chemistry beyond the molecule, which, combined with his interest in templation, has led to the template-directed synthesis, based on molecular recognition and self-assembly processes, of a wide range of mechanically interlocked molecules, bistable variants of which have found their way in the form of switches into molecular electronic devices and drug delivery systems. In terms of molecular structure, his research straddles the size regime from the mesomolecular scale all the way up to the nanoscopic, microscopic and macroscopic levels: it includes wholly synthetic polymers and metal-organic frameworks. He also embraces radical chemistry in both the supramolecular and mechanostereochemical domains



Abstract Submission
Oral and poster abstract submission is now open.

Poster Abstracts

Submit your poster abstract by 29 April 2019. Posters are displayed throughout the meeting. A Poster Prize will be awarded to the best poster presented at the conference.

Additional Information

Authors will be notified of the outcome of the review process within about 4 weeks of the submission deadline. Please ensure you provide the details of the presenting author and indicate which type of presentation you are submitting your abstract for.
Bursaries
We have two types of grants available to Royal Society of Chemistry members in the Associate category or above to attend this meeting:
  • A limited number of non-competitive travel grants of up to £200 are available for PhD students and early career scientists. These are assigned on a first come, first served basis.
  • Competitive grants of up to £800 are available to assist with international travel expenses for PhD students, postdocs within 10 years of completing their PhD and early career scientists (including technicians and industrialists) within 10 years of leaving full time education. In addition, applicants must have held any form of RSC membership for at least a year prior to application. 
To take advantage of these grants and many other benefits, become a member. Follow the link on the right hand side to find out more and join today!

Applications for either grant should be submitted as early as possible, but at least 8 weeks in advance of the start of the meeting. Please see respective terms & conditions for full eligibility information.
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Venue

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Accommodation
It is not possible to book accommodation during the registration process.

Accommodation can be booked for the conference via Meet Birmingham who have obtained competitive rates at a variety of hotels. Any bookings and payments are made direct with the accommodation provider, not the Royal Society of Chemistry, and all queries and requests must be made direct to them.
If you are interested in a particular hotel/accommodation type, please get in contact with Meet Birmingham and they will be able to advise and source preferable rates.
Rooms are available at the preferred rate for conference delegates until 8 June 2019. After this date there is no guarantee of room availability or pricing, so early booking is recommended.

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