Reaction Rate Theory: Faraday Discussion

19 - 21 September 2016, Cambridge, United Kingdom


Reaction rate theory is essential for understanding and simulating chemical reactions. Progress in this field has been rapid recently, and has included the development of completely new techniques for including quantum effects in chemical reactions (including coupled proton-electron transfer), the application of rate theory to enzymes, and the development of efficient simulation techniques for treating very large systems. Many of these exciting recent developments are the result of ideas transferring between branches of the subject that used to be considered distant from each other: e.g., classical simulation techniques are now used in quantum rate calculations


  • Fundamentals: This session will include recent developments in quantum rate theory (RPMD, instanton rate-theory, surface hopping, MCTDH), and developments in classical rate theory simulation, such as the latest developments in transition-path-sampling (TPS) and other sampling methodologies
  • Gas-phase and surface reactions: This will range from accurate benchmark studies of gas-phase reactions, to more approximate rate calculations in the gas phase, in gas-surface reactions, and in reactions on surfaces including heterogeneous catalysis
  • Electron transfer and coupled proton-electron transfer reactions: This will include discussions of Markus theory calculations on realistic systems, method development, calculations on coupled proton-electron transfer systems, and contributions from experimentalists
  • Biological systems: In keeping with the remit of the Discussion, we will focus on areas of biological rates simulation that overlap with the areas above. These will include calculation of rates in enzymes, including recent work on proton and hydride transfer, the development of force-fields capable of describing bond breaking


The aim of this discussion meeting is to bring together theoretical and physical chemists, molecular biologists, solid state physicists and bio-physicists in academia and industry to discuss recent advances in reaction rate theory
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A full research paper containing new unpublished results always accompanies oral presentations at Faraday Discussions.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 2 May 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 11 July 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 registration page for more details.
Registration includes: 
  • Attendance at the sessions 
  • Refreshments throughout the meeting
  • Lunch on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 September  
  • Attendance at the poster drinks reception on Monday 19 september 
  • Attendance at the conference banquet on Tuesday 20 September 
  • A copy of the discussion pre-prints
  • A copy of the final theme issue of the Faraday Discussion 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 2017                    

Registration fees:
Early bird
(by 01 August 2016)
(by 22 August 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 a 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 student members, 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.
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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 Royal Society of Chemistry Travel Grant Scheme.
The application form which is available to download from this page should be completed and returned to the Events Team by email by the deadline.
Deadline for applications: 01 August 2016
Programme & pre-prints
The pre-prints are now available to download from the 'Introduction' section of this website. These documents are password protected. The password will be emailed out in early August to all those who are fully registered for this meeting.
Sponsorship & supporting organisations
A selection of sponsorship opportunities is available for companies who would like to promote their activities at Reaction Rate Theory: 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. 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 Reaction Rate Theory: Faraday Discussion, please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry on Sponsorship Menu
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St Catharine's College was founded in 1473 and is situated in the centre of Cambridge. It was largely rebuilt in the 17th century with work on the Main Court beginning in 1673; the Chapel was completed in 1704. The College comprises the Master, Professor Dame Jean Thomas, 69 Fellows, some 150 graduate students, and about 410 undergraduates. At St Catharine's, we are committed to academic excellence and success, while maintaining a relaxed and sociable atmosphere. We are fortunate to be located in the centre of Cambridge - within short walking distance of most university departments and numerous historic buildings and collections.
St Catharine's is situated on Trumpington Street in Cambridge City Centre. All visitors to the College should report first to the Porters' Lodge located at the main entrance on Trumpington Street. The telephone number for the Porters' Lodge is 01223 338300. 

Arriving by road:

There is no parking available at the College. The nearest public car parks are Grand Arcade, Park Street and Queen Anne's, both of which will be costly. Should you wish to drive, we would recommend using the City's Park & Ride system. Further information can be found by following the link on this page.

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Arriving by air:

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