Cooperative phenomena in framework materials: Faraday Discussion

19 - 21 May 2020, Sapporo, Japan

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On behalf of the scientific committee, we extend a warm invitation to you to join us in the city of Sapporo in Hokkaido, Japan in May 2020 to discuss cooperative phenomena in framework materials. Hokkaido is the second largest island of Japan located in the north and the weather in May should be relatively warm and dry.
Faraday Discussions are unique international scientific conferences that focus on rapidly developing areas of chemistry and their interfaces with other scientific disciplines. Many Discussions have become landmarks in their field, and we hope you will join us at this Discussion to make your contribution to this famous series of meetings.
The meeting will be of interest to established scientists as well as post-graduate students and industrial researchers across a diverse range of disciplines, from organic and molecular chemistry, to solid state physics and chemistry, materials sciences, chemical and biochemical engineering.
This will be our second ever Faraday Discussion to take place in Japan and we are excited to welcome you to Sapporo - we very much hope you will join us.
Susumu Kitagawa and François-Xavier Coudert
co-Chairs, Cooperative phenomena in framework materials

There has been exponential growth in the number of nanoporous framework materials reported in the scientific literature over recent years, with thousands of new metal–organic frameworks (MOFs), covalent organic frameworks (COFs), molecular framework materials, inorganic framework materials, and supramolecular frameworks. These novel families of materials open up new horizons in practically all branches of engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, and medicine.

Nanoporous materials find numerous applications as selective adsorbents and catalysts, substrates for biosensors and drug delivery, membranes and films in various nanotechnologies, which involve fluids adsorbed or confined to nanoscale pores.
Compared with both dense and nanoporous inorganic materials, many framework materials are based on relatively weak interactions (coordinative bonds, π−π stacking, hydrogen bonds, etc.), and present large numbers of intramolecular degrees of freedom. Evidence is accumulating that there is a propensity among these framework materials to display large-scale dynamic behaviour, which is typically described by the vague term “flexibility”. These cooperative phenomena are very diverse both in terms of their microscopic origins and their macroscopic manifestations.
Cooperative phenomena lead to multiple chemical or physical changes upon stimulation of the materials, leading to their designation as multifunctional or “smart” materials. This, in turn, can be leveraged for practical applications, as sensors, nano-actuators, pressure-amplifying devices, for light-controlled storage release of encapsulated molecules, to name but a few. It can also allow these solids to behave as metamaterials, exhibiting properties that are rarely or never found in nature: negative thermal expansion, anomalous mechanical properties such as auxeticity or negative linear compressibility, negative adsorption, etc.

This topic combines both fundamental and applied aspects. The Faraday Discussion format, with its unique focus on open and spirited discussion between key players, will give the community an unparalleled opportunity to identify the open questions and challenges in the field, which is still being shaped as it grows, as well as the best ways to address them.
Abstract Submission

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 by September 2019 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 January 2020.

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 24 February 2020. 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.

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. 
We have two types of grants available 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. Applicants must be Royal Society of Chemistry members of any level at the time of making their application.
  • 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 be Royal Society of Chemistry members of any level at the time of making their application.
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Hokkaido University

Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

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