Chemistry of 2-dimensional materials: beyond graphene Faraday Discussion

16 - 18 March 2020, Cambridge, United Kingdom

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On behalf of the scientific committee, I extend a warm invitation to you to join us in Cambridge in March 2020 for a Faraday Discussion on the theme of Chemistry of 2-dimensional materials: beyond graphene.
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 I hope you will join us at this Discussion to make your contribution to this famous series of meetings.
At this Faraday Discussion we aim to explore 2D materials with uniquely programmed physical and chemical properties tailored for technological applications. More detail on the themes of the Discussion can be found below. The topic is intrinsically very interdisciplinary, so will be relevant to scientists from many different communities: physical/materials chemists, chemical engineers, biomaterial and biomedical scientists, and opto-electronics and photonics researchers.
The Cambridge setting for this Discussion will be Downing College, right in the centre of historic Cambridge, and within walking distance of many other University colleges, shops, museums and sightseeing. Cambridge has lots to offer if you wish to extend your stay, with London less than an hour away by train.
I very much hope you will join us in Cambridge and I look forward to welcoming you.
Paolo Samorì
Chair, Chemistry of 2-dimensional materials: beyond graphene.

Grants for carers

Grants for carers have been introduced following the Royal Society of Chemistry Breaking the barriers report where 78% of chemists working in UK academia felt that managing parenting and/or caring responsibilities has an impact on women’s retention and progression. This fund is not limited to women scientists and welcomes applications from anyone with caring responsibilities, for more information please refer to the ‘bursaries’ section on this page.


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
Find out more about the Faraday Discussions in this video

Scientific Themes

Graphene has extraordinary chemical and physical properties ensuring its use in opto-electronics, energy and biomedical applications. One of the greatest challenges is to develop and master chemical strategies for other 2D materials such as transition metal dichalcogenides. In nature one can find over 3000 layered compounds with different chemical compositions and structures thereby holding diverse physical properties.

This Faraday Discussion will cover all areas related to other 2D materials' chemistry spanning from their theoretical/computational prediction to their synthesis and functionalization yielding 2D and 3D systems with tailor made physical properties - for composites, foams and coatings, membranes, (bio)sensing, (electro- and photo-)catalysis, energy conversion, harvesting and storage, (opto)electronics, nanomedicine and biomaterials.
The Discussion will focus on the following four themes:

2D materials production and generation of functional inks
In this session we will discuss the methods for the isolation/production of transition metal dichalcogenides and other non-graphene based 2D materials with ad-hoc physical properties. The discussion will include the functionalization of 2D materials to generate functional inks holding novel or improved physical properties compared to those of the 2D materials itself. 

Biomedical applications
In this session we will discuss: a) current state-of-the-art in the development and use of 2D materials in biological applications; b) determine the most advanced applications using 2D material components towards clinical use; c) the unique properties that 2D materials offer for in vivo and in vitro potential applications. 
Applications in energy
In this session we will discuss the controlled functionalization of 2D materials for their use as active components in applications for energy storage (especially batteries and micro-/super-capacitors) and energy generation (solar cells and water splitting).
Applications in opto-electronics
In this session we will discuss the tuning of the properties of 2D materials for their application in opto-electronics such as field-effect transistors, photodetectors and memory devices.
Abstract Submission

Oral abstract submission is now closed

A full research paper containing new unpublished results always accompanies oral presentations at Faraday Discussions.  Authors of the selected abstracts must then submit a full research paper with a significant amount of new, unpublished work by 28 October 2019.

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 6 January 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.
Please read the registration information before registering.
Please note accommodation is not included in the registration fee.

Registration includes:
  • Attendance at the sessions 
  • Refreshments throughout the meeting
  • Lunch on all three days
  • Attendance at the poster drinks reception on Monday 16 March
  • Attendance at the conference dinner on Tuesday 17 March
  • Electronic access to the discussion pre-prints
  • 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 2020
Registration fees are as follows
Early bird
(by 27 January 2020)
(by 17 February 2020)
Member* £304.17 £350
Non-member*** £395.83 £441.67
Student member* £145.83 £191.67
Student non-member £170.83 £217.67
Prices above do not include VAT. This will be added during registration at the prevailing rate.

 * 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 2020, 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 conference dinner on Tuesday 17 March 2020 and is included in the regsitration fee.

Accompanying person

If you would like to bring a guest to the conference, this can be done during the registration process. There will be a charge of £150 which will include all lunches, refreshments and the conference dinner but does not include attendance at any scientific sessions.

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Travel Grants for PhD Students and Early Career Scientists

We have two types of grants available 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.
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.  Please see respective terms & conditions for full eligibility information.

Grants for Carers

You can apply for up to a maximum of £1000/year to assist with additional financial costs that you incur for care usually provided by you whilst you attend a chemistry related meeting, conference or workshop or a professional development event.
Caring responsibilities are wide and varied, and so each application will be individually assessed, examples of applications that we will consider include:
• paying for extra home help or nursing care for a dependent whilst you will not be present
• additional medical/respite care for a dependent whilst you will not be present
• travel expenses for a relative to travel with you to care for dependents whilst you attend a meeting or event
• paying for extended hours with a care worker/childminder/play scheme to cover time when you will arrive home later than normal.
You are eligible to apply if:
you are a chemist
you will incur additional caring expenses whilst attending a chemistry-related meeting, conference, event or workshop or a professional development event
you will use these funds to cover the cost of care that you usually provide
you are based in the UK or Ireland or if not, you will normally have held three years RSC membership (past or current).These grants for carers have been introduced following the Royal Society of Chemistry Breaking the barriers report where 78% of chemists working in UK academia felt that managing parenting and/or caring responsibilities has an impact on women’s retention and progression. This fund is not limited to women scientists and welcomes applications from anyone with caring responsibilities
These grants have been supported by The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Chemists’ Community Fund.
Sponsorship & supporting organisations
A selection of sponsorship opportunities is available for companies who would like to promote their activities at the 2020 Faraday Discussion series

There are opportunities available to become the Faraday Discussion series sponsor,  Research & Development partner or Poster prize series sponsor as well as some individual meeting options. A sponsorship menu document is available to download from this page with more details and prices.
Please note that exhibition spaces are limited, spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

If you would like more information about sponsoring the 2020 Faraday Discussion series, please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry on Sponsorship Menu
Downing College

Downing College, Regent Street, Cambridge, CB2 1DQ, United Kingdom

There is a limited amount of accommodation available at Downing College. This is bed and breakfast accommodation at the cost of £114.00 (en suite/single occupancy room).  Further details of how to book are noted during registration.

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