Nanoparticles with Morphological and Functional Anisotropy: Faraday Discussion

4 July 2016 11:00 - 6 July 2016 13:45, Glasgow, United Kingdom



Anisotropy at the nanoscale is a critical factor in the mechanical, optical, electronic, and magnetic properties of nanoparticles. Indeed, many unusual properties of colloidal materials arise due to heterogeneous spatial confinement of electrons, plasmons and electric fields around the particles. As the field of nanoparticle synthesis and application matures, there is an increasing need for the design of novel and more complex nanosized objects. In particular, the incorporation of multiple functionalities, the directionality of such functions, and the incorporation of lower or higher dimensional order have great relevance and interest for biomolecule detection, diagnosis and therapeutic medical applications


  • Anisotropic nanoparticles
    Synthesis, formation mechanisms and novel characterization tools of (mainly colloidal) anisotropic nanoparticles of different compositions (metal, metal oxide, semiconductor, polymer). Emphasis will be on growth mechanisms as well as surface and optical properties
  • Janus and patchy particles 
    Preparation and properties of particles with two or multiple domains. Selective functionalization of specific domains, modelling of ligand distribution and self-assembly
  • Particles at interfaces
    Morphology dependent wetting processes, which influence interfacial activity of Janus and patchy particles. Related self-assembly processes at liquid-liquid and liquid-air interfaces will also be included, with ample comparison between experimental and modelling observations
  • Biomedical applications
    Ranging from targeting to bioimaging through drug delivery, multiple applications in the biomedical field have been identified for anisotropic and patchy particles. Contributions in this field will be highly encouraged as the more practical part of the meeting  


This Faraday Discussion aims to bring together some of the most active and recognised chemists, physicists, theoreticians, engineers, and biomedical researchers to discuss the use of anisotropy as a tool to design, organize and provide special functions to nanoparticles of various kinds
Poster Prize

The Faraday Division poster prize was won by two presenters
  • Programmable assembly of hybrid colloidal molecules
    Songbo Ni
    ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Self-assembly of patchy nanoparticles in hierarchical structures
    Elizabeth Galati
    University of Toronto, Canada
Abstract Submission
Abstract Submission for Nanoparticles with Morphological and Functional Anisotropy is now open

Submit your oral/paper abstract by 19 October 2015
Submit your poster abstract by 25 April 2016

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 15 February 2016. 

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 April 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. 

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. 
Registration for Nanoparticles with Morphological and Functional Anisotropy: Faraday Discussion is now open.

Please read the registration information on this page before registering.
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 July
  • Attendance at the poster drinks reception on Monday 4 July
  • Attendance at the conference dinner on Tuesday 5 July
  • A copy of the discussion pre-prints
  • A copy of the final theme issue of Nanoparticles with Morphological and Functional Anisotropy: Faraday Discussion 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 2016  

Registration fees are as follows: 
Early Bird
(By 16 May 2016)
(By 6 June 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 Banquet

The conference banquet on Tuesday 5 July is included in the registration fee.
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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: 16 May 2016
Programme & pre-prints
Once available, the preprints are available to download from this page by clicking the 'Link' after each article title.
These will be password protected downloads and only available to those who have registered for the meeting.
You will also be able to download the preprints by session or as one pdf from the Introduction section.

Presenting authors are indicated in the programme by an underline. The affiliation is for the presenting author. If the presenting author of your paper has changed since abstract selection please email Please note that this is a draft programme and timings may change.
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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. A sponsorship menu document will soon be 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 Nanoparticles with Morphological and Functional Anisotropy: Faraday Discussion, please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry. Sponsorship Menu
Technology & Innovation Centre

Technology & Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, 99 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RD, United Kingdom

Nanoparticles with Morphological and Functional Ansitropy: Faraday Discussion will be held at the Technology & Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

The University of Strathclyde is Scotland's third largest university by number of students, with students and staff from over 100 countries. 

Technology & Innovation Centre at the University of Strathclyde is a hub for world-leading research, transforming the way academics, business, industry and the public sector work in partnership. 


Flights are available from most UK Airports. To travel to Strathclyde by air, you have the option of flying into Glasgow International Airport or Glasgow Prestwick Airport. Both have excellent onward transport to the city and rest of Strathclyde. 

There are several daily scheduled flights into and out of Glasgow International Airport from major British and European cities, as well as from other airports in Asia, Africa, Australia and the US. Please check with local agents for flights from international destinations as routes may be indirect. 

There are direct GNER rail links from Edinburgh and London Kings Cross to Glasgow Central Station. National Express coaches travel between London and Glasgow's Buchanan Street Bus Station. 

When you arrive into Glasgow there are plenty of taxis in the city plus one of the best public transport systems in the country which will get you safely to The Campus. 

Discounted travel available for journeys between Glasgow Airport and City Centre with Glasgow Taxis

Pre-book your taxi by phoning +44 (0) 141 429 7070 using the following codes to get the discounted fare.
Code: CM7 (Glasgow Airport to City Centre)
          CM5 (City Centre to Glasgow Airport)
Special fare £19, saving around £3 on the standard fare.

Glasgow Queen Street High Level tunnel will close for essential upgrading for 20 weeks from Sunday 20 March. It will re-open on Monday 8 August.

This means that Queen Street High Level station will temporarily close too. Queen Street Low Level station will remain open and services will be diverted either to Low Level or to Glasgow Central.

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Please note that accommodation is not included in the registration fee.

We are working with the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, and a link to see available accommoadtion can be found on this page.

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