Fully booked: Designing New Heterogeneous Catalysts: Faraday Discussion

4 - 6 April 2016, London, United Kingdom

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Catalysis is a core area of contemporary science posing major fundamental and conceptual challenges, while being at the heart of the chemical industry. It is a major theme in chemical sciences and engineering that underlies much of the key research and teaching in these subjects.

At this discussion, we will bring the catalysis community together to discuss the theme of designing new heterogeneous catalysts. Catalysis plays a crucial part in the production of 80% of all manufactured goods. We will explore the modern methods used to design new catalysts and how the approaches can bridge across the disciplines of physical sciences and chemical engineering


  • Catalyst design from theory to practice
In this session, we will explore how modern theoretical methods are aiding the design of new heterogeneous catalysts. This will invariably provide interplay between mechanism and the active site
  • Designing new catalysts: synthesis of new active structures
In this session, we will discuss ways in which new nanoparticulate structures can play a role in designing new active centres. How they can be prepared and their catalytic properties explored
  • Bridging model and real catalysts
We will discuss how modern methods in surface science and microscopy can aid the design of new catalysts. Recent advances in methodologies are enabling model surface science studies and real catalysts come closer together. This session will explore the nature of active catalyst sites
  • Application of novel catalysts
In this session we aim to show how new catalyst designs can find important applications that address key challenges facing society at this time, such as energy and water purification


The aim of this discussion meeting is to develop fundamental understanding of key aspects of catalytic science, especially relating to, catalyst preparation and production, the determination of atomic-architectures of active, reactive and de-activated catalysts and the modelling of the active site in catalysis - knowledge which is essential for the design of new catalysts.


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.

Poster Prize Winners
Ross Griffin, University of Birmingham, UK
Neil Robinson, University of Cambridge, UK
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 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 16 November 2015.

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 25 January 2016. 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.

Bursaries are available for student and younger members of the Royal Society of Chemistry in the early stages of their career (typically within 5 years of completing a first or postgraduate degree). See the bursary page for more details.

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.
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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 4 and Tuesday 5 April
  • Attendance at the poster drinks reception on Monday 4 April
  • Attendance at the conference dinner on Tuesday 5 April
  • A copy of 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 RSC until the end of 2016 
Registration fees are as follows:  
Early Bird
(by 15 February 2016)
(by 7 March 2016)
Members* £335 £385
Non-members £435 £485
Student Members* £160 £210
Student non-members £185 £235

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.

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 5 April is included in the regsitration fee.

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

There are a number of Royal Society of Chemistry bursaries available to student and younger members of the Royal Society of Chemistry in the early stages of their career (typically within 5 years of completing a first or postgraduate degree) who do not have support available from their employer or a research grant.

Applicants should be Royal Society of Chemistry members at the time of application and at the meeting for which the travel bursary is being given.

The bursary is £150 per applicant and funding is supplied by the RSC Travel Grant Scheme.

The application form which is available to download from this page should be completed and returned to RSC Events by email by the deadline.

Deadline for applications: 15 February 2016
Sponsors and exhibitors
A selection of sponsorship opportunities are available for companies who would like to promote their activities at Designing New Heterogeneous Catalysts: 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. See the sponsorship menu document (available to download from this page) for 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 Designing New Heterogeneous Catalysts: Faraday Discussion, please see the sponsorship menu.


We are pleased to announce that SPECS Surface Nano Analysis GmbH will be exhibiting at this event.


We are pleased to announce that Indium Compounds are sponsoring the abstract book. Sponsorship Menu
The Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House

Royal Society of Chemistry, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BA, United Kingdom

The Royal Society of Chemistry is accessible by walking through the courtyard off of Piccadilly. Upon entering the courtyard, the Royal Society of Chemistry is in the far right hand corner.

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