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Fully booked: International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (ISMSC) in conjunction with ISACS: Challenges in Organic Materials & Supramolecular Chemistry

2 - 6 July 2017, Cambridge, United Kingdom

The 12th International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry will be run in 2017 in conjunction with the Royal Society of Chemistry's biennial ISACS: Challenges in Organic Materials & Supramolecular Chemistry meeting and will take place in Cambridge. The conference themes will spread the breadth of macrocyclic and supramolecular chemistry.

Special Issue of Supramolecular Chemistry for ISMSC-12

As in previous years, a special double issue of Supramolecular Chemistry will be produced in conjunction with the ISMSC. We would like to invite you to contribute an original research paper or a review article for inclusion in the special double issue of Supramolecular Chemistry for ISMSC-12.  Papers can detail the work you or your group members present at ISMSC-12 or on a different topic at your discretion. The due date for submissions will be 31 August 2017.
Editors: Deanna D’Alessandro & Ognjen Miljanic

For more information, please see the web pages which contain information about the journal, the instructions for authors, and the manuscript submission page.​


Topics will include, but not be limited to:
  • Sensing and Measurement
  • Dynamic Adaptation
  • Confinement
  • Catalysis
  • Interfacing with Biology
  • Working with Light
  • Topology
The conference will also offer contributed oral slots and the possibility for to students and researchers at their early-stage career to present their scientific work in form of poster presentations. There will be a conference dinner, which we hope to be at one of the Cambridge Colleges and there will be a free afternoon for delegates to enjoy the attractions and sights of Cambridge.
ISMSC, the International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry, in turn came from a fusion of the International Symposium on Macrocyclic Chemistry (ISMC) and the International Symposium on Supramolecular Chemistry (ISSC). These meetings combined in 2006 and since then have been held on an annual basis in a different nation each time.

This conference is also being held in conjuction with the RSC Macrocycles and Supramolecular Chemistry (MASC) group meeting.

Poster Sessions

Odd numbered posters will be on display from Sunday 2 July until lunchtime on Tuesday 4 July
Even numbered posters will be on display from the afternoon of Tuesday 4 July until the end of the conference.

You can find your poster number on the PDF, please scroll to the top of the introduction section to find it.

Poster Prize Winners:

Marcel Krick
Angela Grommet
Timothy Moneypenny II
Nellie Ochs
Gemma Trott
Pablo Martinez-Bulit

François Diederich, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Professor François Diederich (b. 1952 in Luxembourg) received his diploma (1977) and his Ph. D. (1979) from the University of Heidelberg.  After postdoctoral studies at UCLA (1979-1981), he started independent research at the Max-Planck-Institute for medical research (Heidelberg).  After his habilitation (1985), he joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA as an associate professor (1985-1989) and full professor (1989-1992).  In 1992, he became professor of organic chemistry at ETH Zurich.  He received the ACS Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award (1992), the Otto-Bayer-Preis für Chemie (1993), the Janssen Prize for Creativity in Organic Synthesis (2000), the August-Wilhelm-von-Hofmann-Denkmünze (GDCh, 2006), the ACS Ronald Breslow Award in Biomimetic Chemistry (2007), the Adolf-von-Baeyer-Denkmünze (GDCh, 2011), the Ernst Helmut-Vits-Preis (Universitätsgesellschaft Münster, 2014) and holds a honorary doctoral degree from the Technion (2012).  He is a member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina and the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAW), a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences and the Real Academia Española de Ciencias, and a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences

Jeffrey Long, University of California, Berkeley, United States

Jeffrey R. Long is Professor of Chemistry and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley and Senior Faculty Scientist in the Materials Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  He served as Chair of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry of the American Chemical Society in 2012 and a founding Associate Editor of Chemical Science, and he is presently Director of the Center for Gas Separations and lead-PI for the Berkeley Hydrogen Storage Program.  In 2014, he co-founded Mosaic Materials, Inc., a company devoted to the development of metal-organic frameworks for low-energy gas separations.  His 230 publications have received more than 30,000 citations, and his recent awards include a UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly Faculty Mentor Award and the 2014 Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship Award. 

Vivian Yam, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Professor Vivian W.W. Yam obtained her BSc(Hons) and PhD from The University of Hong Kong, and is currently the Philip Wong Wilson Wong Professor in Chemistry and Energy and Chair Professor there. She was elected to Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, Foreign Member of Academia Europaea, Fellow of the TWAS, and Founding Member of The Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong. She was the Laureate of the 2011 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award and recipient of the RSC Centenary Medal, RSC Ludwig Mond Award, State Natural Science Award, Japanese Photochemistry Association (JPA) Eikohsha Award, and Chinese Chemical Society-China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) Chemistry Contribution Prize. Her research interests include inorganic and organometallic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, photophysics and photochemistry, and metal-based molecular functional materials for sensing, organic optoelectronics and energy research.

Xi Zhang, Tsinghua University, China

Xi Zhang is a professor of chemistry at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. Currently, he is the Director-in-general of the Department of Chemical Science, National Natural Science Foundation of China (2014~); Vice President of the Chinese Chemical Society (2010~); President of Pacific Polymer Federation (2016~). His research interests include supra-amphilphiles for controlled self-assembly and disassembly; controllable supramolecular polymerization; selenium-containing polymers; layer-by-layer assembly; single-molecule force spectroscopy. He was selected as Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2007.

Abstract Submission

Poster Abstracts

Poster submission is now closed. We are unable accept any further submissions.
Posters are displayed throughout the meeting with scheduled poster sessions on two evenings during the conference. A Poster Prize will be awarded to the best poster presented at the conference.

Additional Information

Authors have now been notified of the outcome of the review process. If your abstract has been accepted for presentation and you have successfully registered for the conference you should prepare your poster for onsite presentation during the poster sessions as A0 portrait style.

Travel Grant Information

Travel grants are available for PhD students, postdocs within 10 years of completing their PhD and early career scientists within 10 years of leaving full time education. There are also a number of non-competitive travel grants available. See the bursaries section for more details. 
Registration for ISMSC in conjunction with ISACS: Challenges in Organic Materials & Supramolecular Chemistry is now open.

Please read the registration information on this page before registering.
Register by clicking on the 'Book now' link on this page.
Please note accommodation is not included in the registration fee and can be booked via the link in this section.

Registration includes:
  • Attendance at the sessions
  • Refreshments throughout the meeting
  • Lunch on Monday 3, Tuesday 4, Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 July
  • Attendance at two poster session drinks receptions
  • Electronic copy of the abstracts
  • For non-member registrants, membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry until the end of 2017
Registration fees are as follows:
Earlybird Deadline Standard Deadline
RSC Member* £425 £475
Non-Member** £525 £575
RSC Student Member* £250 £300
Student Non-Member £290 £340

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.

**For non-member registrants, affiliate membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry until the end of 2017, the affiliate membership application will be processed and commence once the registrant has attended the event.

Conference Banquet

The conference banquet on Wednesday 5th July is not included in the registration fee, but can be booked during the registration process. The conference dinner will take place at King's College and cost £60 to attend. This is a ticketed event, only ticket holders are able to attend.

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

We have a limited number of non-competitive travel grants of up to £200 for PhD and early career scientists travelling within their home country. These are assigned on a first come, first served basis and are available to members in the associate category and above.

We also offer grants of up to £800 to assist with travel expenses to participate at this meeting. These are available to members in the associate category and above, who are PhD students, postdocs within 10 years of completing their PhD and early career scientists (including technicians) within 10 years of leaving full time education. 

Please note that we recommend you submit your application a minimum of three months before you need a decision. We will be unable to consider any applications received within 8 weeks of the start of the conference (7 May 2017)
Sponsorship & supporting organisations
The are a number of sponsorship opportunities available at this conference, from delegate pack inserts and exhibition stands to sponsorship of the conference dinner and the headline platinum sponsor of the conference. More details can be found in the sponsorship menu. Please contact us if you are interested or would like any further information.

  Sponsorship Menu
Cambridge Corn Exchange & Guildhall

Cambridge Corn Exchange & Guildhall, 3 Parsons Court, Wheeler Street, Cambridge, CB2 3QE, United Kingdom

Travel Information

Cambridge is well connected to London by train and can take as little as 45 minutes. Connections to northern parts of England and Scotland by train are typically via London or Ely.

Stansted airport is the most local international airport to Cambridge and is well serviced by the discount airlines, particularly well served is Europe. For international flights, Heathrow and Gatwick are accessible via train and underground combinations.

When arriving into Heathrow, take the the London underground, Piccadilly line direct to King's Cross station. When arriving into Gatwick airport, take a train either to London Victoria and then the tube to King's Cross station, or take a train to St Pancreas International station, from where you can walk across to King's Cross station.
***Cambridge college bedrooms now available at competitive prices on a first come first served basis***

Ellis Salsby Ltd has been appointed as the hotel booking service for ISMSC-ISACS. Please see the link for a wide selection of colleges and hotels close to the event with a range of costs.

Early booking is recommended as all rates quoted are subject to availability.

St Catharine's College Cambridge We have reserved some college rooms for conference delegates at a beautiful Cambridge College. The college is located in central Cambridge, a 5 minute walk from the conference venue. You must book via Ellis Salsby to get the rate that has been secured for conference delegates. £73+VAT

Murray Edwards College Cambridge We have reserved some college rooms for conference delegates at Murray Edwards College. The college is located less than 1 mile from the conference venue. There is parking onsite as well as a bus service into town. You must book via Ellis Salsby to get the rate that has been secured for conference delegates. £73.50+VAT

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