14th International conference on materials chemistry (MC14)

8 - 11 July 2019, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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.


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.

Will Dichtel, Northwestern University, United States

William Dichtel received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from MIT, where he performed research with Prof. Tim Swager. Dichtel obtained his Ph.D. degree from UC-Berkeley under Prof. Jean M. J. Fréchet. He was a joint postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Fraser Stoddart, UCLA, and Prof. James Heath, Caltech. He began his independent academic career at Cornell University in 2008 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014. In 2016, he took sabbatical at UC-Berkeley as a Visiting Miller Professor and then moved to Northwestern University as the Robert L. Letsinger Professor of Chemistry. The unifying theme of Dichtel’s research is the use of organic synthesis to control the structure and reactivity of molecules, materials, and interfaces across chemical environments. His research has expanded the study of polymerization processes into the second and third dimensions in an emerging class of polymers known as covalent organic frameworks (COFs).
Dichtel’s research has been recognized by nationally and internationally. He received the NSF CAREER Award, Beckman Young Investigator Award, ACS Cope Scholar Award, National Fresenius Award, and the IUPAC/Polymer International Award. Dichtel was also the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, the Doolittle Award, the Baekeland Award, and recently the FRED Cottrell Award.

Francois Xavier Coudert, Institut de Recherche de Chimie Paris, France

Dr. Coudert is a Researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), where his group applies computational chemistry methods at various scales to investigate the physical and chemical properties of nanoporous materials, and in particular stimuli-responsive materials with anomalous behaviour. He obtained his PhD from the University Paris-Sud (France) in 2007, for his work on the properties of water and solvated electrons confined in zeolite nanopores. He worked as post-doctoral researcher at University College London (UK) on the growth of metal-organic frameworks on surfaces, before joining CNRS in 2008. He has received the Early-Career Researcher award from the French Physical Chemistry division, was named a Distinguished Junior Member of the French Chemical Society, and was awarded the 2018 International Award for Creative Work by the Japan Society of Coordination Chemistry.

Guosong Chen, Fudan University, China

Guosong Chen is a professor in Department of Macromolecular Sciences, Fudan University. Her current research focus is carbohydrate-based macromolecular self-assembly and its biological functions. She received Excellent Youth Foundation from NSFC in 2013. As corresponding author, she published more than 40 papers in J. Am. Chem. Soc., Nature Communications, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Adv. Materials and other journals. She was elected as Fellow of Royal Chemical Society (FRSC) and serves as Associate Editor of ACS Macro Letters and international board member for Polymer Chemistry, Bioconjugate Chemistry, Polymer International etc.

Kimberly Hamad Schifferli, University of Massachusetts Boston, United States

Kimberly Hamad-Schifferli is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering at University of Massachusetts Boston. She obtained her S.B. in Chemistry from MIT in 1994 and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 2000 in the group of A. Paul Alivisatos. Following this, she was a postdoctoral associate at the MIT Media Lab. She joined MIT in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Biological Engineering as a faculty member from 2002-2012. From 2012-2015 she was at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in the Bioengineering Systems and Technologies Group. Since 2015 she has been a founding member of the Mechanical Engineering Program at UMass Boston and holds a visiting scientist position at MIT. She has received an ONR Young Investigator Award, was named a Fellow of the Foresight Institute in 2017.

Paul Saines, University of Kent, United Kingdom

Paul Saines is a lecturer in the School of Physical Sciences at the University of Kent.  He received a BSc. (2004) and PhD (2008) in solid state chemistry from the University of Sydney. This was followed by a postdoc at the University of Cambridge and a Glasstone fellowship at the University of Oxford, before moving to Kent in 2015. The research in his group primarily focuses on the synthesis and characterisation of ferroic, chiefly magnetic, materials that combine inorganic and organic building blocks into extended structures. This includes interests in multiferroics, low dimensional and frustrated magnetism, with a particular focus on probing how these properties originate from the atomic scale structure of these materials. He was awarded an Australian Institute for Nuclear Science and Engineering Gold Medal in 2009 and the Institute of Physics Physical Crystallography prize in 2015 for this work.

Neil Champness, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

Neil Champness is the Professor of Chemical Nanoscience at the University of Nottingham, UK. His research spans chemical nanoscience and molecular organization. In particular he focusses on molecular design and synthetic methods, employing self-assembly to create framework materials on surfaces and in the solid-state and for the creation of interlocked structures in solution. His research achievements have been recognised by the award of a number of Royal Society of Chemistry prizes including the Corday-Morgan Medal and Prize (2006), Supramolecular Chemistry Award (2010) and Surfaces and Interfaces Award (2016). He held a Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship (2010) and a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award (2011-2016). He is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales (FLSW) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). In 2011 he was identified as one of the top 100 most cited chemists of the previous decade worldwide and has been designated a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher.

Luis Liz-Marzan, IKERBASQUE. Basque Foundation for Science, Spain

Luis M. Liz-Marzán is a PhD from the University of Santiago de Compostela (1992) and has been postdoc at Utrecht University and (more recently) visiting professor at several Universities and research centres worldwide. He joined the University of Vigo in 1995, where he became Full Professor in Physical Chemistry in 2006. In 2012 he moved to the Basque Centre of Cooperative Research in Biomaterials (CIC biomaGUNE), in San Sebastián, where he is Ikerbasque Research Professor and Scientific Director. He is co-editor of 2 books, co-author of over 400 publications and 8 patents, and has received several national and international research awards. He is a member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences and of the European Academy of Sciences (EURASC). His current interests include nanoparticle synthesis and assembly, nanoplasmonics, and development of nanoparticle-based sensing and diagnostic tools, including SERS detection and imaging.

Nico Sommerdijk, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands

Nico Sommerdijk is full professor at Eindhoven University of Technology and head of the Laboratory of Materials and Interface Chemistry. In 1995 he obtained his PhD (Cum Laude) from the University of Nijmegen for his work on chiral amphiphiles. He did postdoctoral work on sol-gel silicates (1995-1997, University of Kent-UK), on bio-inspired crystallization (1997, Keel University-UK) and on macromolecular self-assembly (1997-1998, Nijmegen-NL). In 1999 he moved to Eindhoven to work on bio-inspired hybrid materials through biomimetic mineralization and self- organization. He studies these processes combining (macro)molecular self-assembly and advanced electron microscopy. Prof. Sommerdijk’s work has been supported by VIDI and VICI Awards from the Netherlands Science Foundation,  , he is winner of the RSC Soft Mater and Biophysics Award 2015, and received an ERC Advanced Investigator Grant in 2018, He is winner of the RSC Soft Mater and Biophysics Award 2015. He is director of Center of Multiscale Electron Microscopy (www.cryotem.com) , core member of the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems, member of the Eindhoven Polymer Laboratories and the Eindhoven Multiscale Institute.

Cameron Alexander , University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

Cameron Alexander is Professor of Polymer Therapeutics, a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Fellow, an EPSRC Impact Fellow, and Head of the Division of Molecular Therapeutics and Formulation at the School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham, UK.
Professor Alexander received degrees (BSc and PhD) in Chemistry from the University of Durham, UK and carried out post-doctoral research at the Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis, University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Higher Education Academy, Chair of the EPSRC Strategic Advisory Team for Physical Sciences and a recent (2009-2014) EPSRC Leadership Fellow.  Prof Alexander has published ~ 200 refereed articles in areas ranging from drug delivery and regenerative medicine to synthetic biology, receiving nearly 9000 citations to date. From 2006-2016, Professor Alexander led the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Therapeutics and Nanomedicines at Nottingham and University College London with leading pharmaceutical industry partners. He received the Royal Society of Chemistry Macro Group Medal 2014 for contributions to polymer science.
Professor Alexander has been fortunate to work with scientists from more than 20 countries in his research group and is proud to serve the RSC as Chair of the Macro Group UK.

Eva Unger, Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin, Germany

Eva Unger is an assistant senior lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at Lund University in Sweden as well as a Young Investigator Group Leader at the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin for Materials and Energy and affiliated with the Department of Chemistry at Humboldt University in Germany. She completed her PhD studies in excitonic hybrid solar cell research at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. Funded by a research fellowship from the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation, Eva Unger carried out postdoctoral research at Stanford University on the emerging metal-halide perovskite solar cells. In 2014, she joined Lund University, Sweden, as an independent postdoctoral researcher where she is employed as an assistant senior lecturer since 2016 and collaborates with researchers to study the photophysics of metal-halide perovskites. Meanwhile, she has been working as a guest scientist funded by an International Career Grant from the Swedish Research Council cofounded by Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Germany. Since spring 2017, Eva Unger is leading a Young Investigator Group at Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to investigate the formation of metal-halide perovskites and scale device technology to larger areas.

William Chueh, Stanford University, United States

Will Chueh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering and a Center Fellow of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University. He leads a group of more than thirty tackling the challenge of decarbonizing various energy transformation pathways. He received his B.S. in Applied Physics, M.S. and Ph.D. (2010) in Materials Science from Caltech. Prior to joining Stanford in 2012, he was a Distinguished Truman Fellow at Sandia National Laboratories. Prof. Chueh has received numerous honors, including the MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Award (2018), Volkswagen/BASF Science Award Electrochemistry (2016), Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2016), Sloan Research Fellowship (2016), NSF CAREER Award (2015), Solid State Ionics Young Scientist Award (2013), Caltech Demetriades‐Tsafka‐Kokkalis Prize in Energy (2012), and the American Ceramics Society Diamond Award (2008). In 2012, he was named as one of the “Top 35 Innovators Under the Age of 35” by MIT’s Technology Review.

Matt Becker, University of Akron, United States

Matthew L. Becker is the W. Gerald Austen Endowed Chair of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering and Professor of Polymer Science and Biomedical Engineering at The University of Akron. He completed his PhD in organic chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis.  He began his independent research career at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  His multidisciplinary research team is focused on developing bioactive polymers for regenerative medicine and addressing unmet medical needs at the interface of chemistry, materials and medicine. To date, his group has published more than 130 papers and has 35 patents issued or pending. He is the founder of three start-up companies, 3D BioResins, 3D BioActives and Fortem Polymers. Professor Becker was awarded the Macromolecules-Biomacromolecules Young Investigator Award in 2015.  He is a Kavli Fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the American Institute of Medical and Biomedical Engineering and the PMSE Division of the American Chemical Society. 

Rachel Evans, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Rachel Evans is a lecturer in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge. She obtained her PhD in Physical Chemistry in 2007 from Swansea University, before undertaking postdoctoral research at the Université Paris-Sud (France) and the University of Coimbra (Portugal).  She was appointed as an Assistant Professor in Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) in 2011 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2016, before moving to take up her current post in 2017. Rachel’s research is multidisciplinary and involves polymer, colloid and photophysical chemistry. Her current focus is the development of photoactive polymer-hybrid materials for luminescent solar devices, organic photovoltaics and stimuli-responsive membranes. In 2017 she was awarded the Dillwyn Medal for STEMM from the Learned Society of Wales and the Macro Group UK Young Researchers Medal. Rachel currently serves as Chair of the RSC Photophysics and Photochemistry Group and sits on the Member Networks committee.

Doug MacFarlane, Monash University, Australia

Professor Doug MacFarlane is an Australian Laureate Fellow at Monash University’s School of Chemistry and leader of the Energy Program in the Australian Centre for Electromaterials Science. He is one of the pioneers of the field of ionic materials and his research group continues to break new ground in this cutting-edge area of inter-disciplinary chemistry.  Ionic materials are broad family of previously un-discovered materials and media that are finding application in diverse contexts including batteries, solar cells, green solvents and medicinal chemistry. Professor Macfarlane’s group along with collaborators in Australia and worldwide has contributed seminal work in all of these fields. He has published more than 650 papers and 30 patents, including papers in Science and Nature. His papers have been cited more than 33,000 times and have an h-index of 82.
Professor MacFarlane was a BSc(Hons) graduate of Victoria University Wellington, NZ and PhD from Purdue University, Indiana. He was appointed Professor of Chemistry at Monash University in 1995.  He was elected to the Australian Academy of Science in 2007 and the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2009. He is currently a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of Chemical Communications, Green Chemistry, Sustainable Energy and Fuels, ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering and ChemSusChem. He is an International Fellow of the Queens University Belfast, a Visiting Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Huangshan Distinguished Visiting Professor at HuFei University of Technology. He has recently been the recipient of the Australian Academy of Science’s Craig Medal for Chemistry and the Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation.

  • Elizabeth von Hauff VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Brent Melot University of Southern California, United States
  • Valeria Nicolosi Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Oliver Delaire Duke University, United States
  • Maria Vicent Polymer Therapeutics Lab, Spain

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.
Registration will open in early November for the 14th International Conferenceon Materials Chemistry.
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Conference Banquet

The conference banquet on Wednesday 13th July is not included in the registration fee, but can be booked during the registration process. The conference dinner will cost £55 to attend. This is a ticketed event, only ticket holders are able to attend.
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