Aggregation Induced Emission: Faraday Discussion

18 - 20 November 2016, Guangzhou, China

Luminescent molecules with high efficiency in aggregate state are promising candidate materials for the development of organic light-emitting diodes, fluorescent sensors, solid-state lasers, etc.

While light emission from conventional luminophores is strong in solution state, it is weak in the condensed phase, e.g. in thin solid films or aggregates. In other words, light emission from these conventional luminophores suffers from quenching caused by aggregation. This causes problems when applying these luminophores to real-world applications in solid state or aqueous media, where their molecules tend to form aggregates. Various chemical, physical and engineering approaches have been taken to prevent luminophores from aggregating and to alleviate the quenching effect, but the efforts have met with only limited success.

The discovery of aggregation-induced emission (AIE), whereby the aggregation of luminogens plays a positive role, enhancing the light-emission efficiency, has attracted much interest as it offers a new platform for the exploration of practically useful luminescent materials. Diverse AIE-active luminogens (or AIEgens) with tuneable emission colours and high quantum yields (up to unity) in the solid state have been generated, which have found technological applications in a broad range of fields including optics, electronics, energy and bioscience.

The development of a new generation of AIEgens, a deep understanding of the AIE mechanism(s) and the exploration of advanced technological applications will enable this exciting research area to develop further. This Faraday Discussion will bring together researchers in the field to discuss the progress made so far, current challenges and potential breakthroughs that may be accomplished in the near future.


  • New and efficient fluorescent and phosphorescent luminogens
The scope of this session includes the design and synthesis of new fluorescent AIEgens based on the restriction of intramolecular motions, and exploration of room-temperature phosphorescent AIEgens and understanding of their working mechanisms.
  • Advanced functional luminogens in the solid-state
This session will cover the development of multifunctional emitters with structural polymorphism and photo-, thermo-, mechano-, vapo-, acido- and chrono-chromism.
  • Biomedical applications of luminogens
This session will comprise the exploration of technological applications of multi-photon-susceptible luminogens as sensing, imaging, probing and theranostic tools in the area of life science.
  • Optoelectronic devices of highly efficient luminogens in the solid state
This session will discuss the creation of luminogens with various emission colours and high luminescence quantum yields. It will also highlight and debate the utility of luminogens for the construction of efficient optoelectronic devices such as organic light-emitting diodes.


This Faraday Discussion aims to focus on the issues associated with the development of new fluorescent and phosphorescent AIEgens, particularly the advanced functional AIEgens with stimuli-responses, and the exploration of high-tech applications of the AIEgens, especially in the area of biomedical research.


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.

Learn more about Faraday Discussions here:

The format of the Faraday Discussions meeting is ideal for discussions that transgress the many emerging experimental technologies and theoretical approaches. An auxiliary benefit of the meeting is to bring together established researchers in the field with the new community coming through.
Abstract Submission

Poster Authors

Please prepare your poster in 90*120 cm, portrait orientation and bring to site.

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 27 June 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 5 September 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.
Onsite Check-in (现场报到)
Date/Time: 10:00 – 12:00 am, 18 November, 2016
Place: Building 1, State Science Park North, South China University of Technology

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 18, 19 and 20 November 2016
  • Attendance at the poster drinks reception on Friday 18 November 2016
  • Attendance at the conference dinner on Saturday 19 November 2016
  • 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 2017                   
Registration fees are as follows: 
Early bird
(by 20 September 2016)
(by 17 October 2016)
Member * ¥3,300 ¥3,800
Non-member ¥4,200 ¥4,700
Student member * ¥1,600 ¥2,100
Student non-member ¥1,800 ¥2,300

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* 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.

If you are located in China and need Fapiao, please pay registration fee by bank transfer as follows: 

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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 banquet on Saturday 19 November is included in your 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: 20th September 2016
The draft programme can be downloaded from the top of this page
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South China University of Technology

N308A Meeting Room, SKLLMD (Building 1), State Science Park North, South China University of Technology, 381 Wushan Road, Tianhe, Guangzhou, China

Venue (Lecture Theatre)
N308A Meeting Room
State Key Laboratory of Luminescent Materials and Devices (SKLLMD, Building 1)
State Science Park North
South China University of Technology,
381 Wushan Road, Guangzhou, China
发光材料与器件国家重点实验室(SKLLMD, 1号楼)

South China University of Technology (SCUT) is one of the major universities in China. It is directly affiliated to the State Ministry of Education. After over 60 years of development, SCUT has become a multi-disciplinary university, combining science, engineering, business management, arts and social science, and other disciplines. It has educated over 326,000 graduates at all levels. Large numbers of SCUT alumni have made major contributions to the country in the areas of politics, economy, technology and education.

Travel Guidance

Travel guidance is available to download in the Introduction page.

If you arrive at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, you can take a taxi to the University. It takes about 45 minutes, 40 kilometres and costs 120 RMB. Non-Chinese Speaker can show the address below to the taxi driver: 

South China University of Technology, Address: No. 381 Wushan Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou 
您好,请带我去华南理工大学, 地址:广州市天河区五山路381号

If you arrive at Guangzhou Railway Station, you can take a taxi to the University. It takes about 30 minutes, 14 kilometres and costs 40 RMB. Non-Chinese Speaker can show the address below to the taxi driver: 
South China University of Technology, Address: No. 381 Wushan Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou 
您好,请带我去华南理工大学, 地址:广州市天河区五山路381号

If you arrive at Guangzhou South Railway Station, you can take a taxi to the University. It takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes, 34 kilometres and costs 100 RMB. Non-Chinese Speaker can show the address below to the taxi driver: 
South China University of Technology, Address: No. 381 Wushan Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou 
您好,请带我去华南理工大学, 地址:广州市天河区五山路381号
Accommodation is NOT covered in the registration fee so please arrange your own accommodation. It is strongly suggested you book accommodation 2 months in advance to guarantee your stay during the conference. 

Please find below some nearby accommodation options for your information. 

Xihuyuan Hotel/华南理工大学西湖苑宾馆 Tel: 8620-61133700 or 61133977 Distance to the venue: 1.3km

7 Days Inn /7天快捷酒店 Tel: 8620-8703-7988 Distance to the venue: 1.6km

Home Inn Hotel Tel: 020-38312888 Distance to the venue: 2.0km

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Delegates are advised to ensure they have the correct documentation to visit China. Please contact us if you require an invitation letter to apply for a Chinese Visa. Please also note that the invitation letter will only be issued after your registration is completed.
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