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Catalysis for Fuels Faraday Discussion

24 - 26 January 2017, Cape Town, South Africa

Catalysis is a core area of contemporary science posing major fundamental and conceptual challenges, while being at the heart of the chemical industry.

Catalysis for fuels is a major theme in chemical sciences and engineering that underlies much of the key research and teaching in these subjects. It therefore presents a unifying theme around which one can bring the whole community together to act with one purpose. We will explore the modern methods being used to design and investigate new catalysts associated with energy provision. This will involve new theoretical approaches to complex catalysis; designing new catalysts for the synthesis of synthetic fuels; the design of new photocatalytic systems and how the approaches can bridge across the disciplines of physical sciences and chemical engineering.


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.

Find out more about Faraday Discussions in this video​:


Catalysts for Fuels insights from theory:
In this session we will explore how modern theoretical methods are aiding the understanding of catalysis for energy provision. This will involve discussions on the use of theory in catalyst design, mechanism and the nature of the active sight. Hence this is a good starting point for the discussion.

Designing new catalysts for synthetic fuels:
In this session we will discuss ways in which new catalysts are emerging in the provision of synthetic fuels. In situ experimental methods will be particularly important. 

Hydrocarbon conversion:
In the production of synthetic fuels hydrocarbons are formed that require intricate catalysis to ensure they can be fully utilised. We will discuss how modern methods in in situ spectroscopies, especially with synchrotron methods, surface science and microscopy can aid the design of new catalysts. This session will provide an important platform to discuss the difficult topic of paraffin activation.

Novel photocatalysts: do they provide a viable option?
In this final session we aim to explore if photocatalysis can provide some solutions in the short term with respect to energy provision. By bringing together photocatalysis and synthetic fuels scientists we aim to promote a lively discussion. in important applications that address key challenges facing society at this time.


The aim of this discussion meeting is to develop fundamental understanding of key aspects of catalytic science related to the provision of energy, and particularly fuels.

South African Chemical Institute Members Discount

If you are a member of the South African Chemical Institute (SACI), you can register for this meeting at the RSC Members rate. Please contact SACI for the discount code.

Student Poster Prize

The winners of the student poster prize where Moritz Wolf, University of Cape Town and Xiaohui Sun, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.
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 5 September 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 14 November 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 bursaries 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.

Registration is now closed

​Registration Information

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 all three days
  • Attendance at the poster drinks reception on Tuesday 24 January 2017
  • Attendance at the conference dinner on Wednesday 25 January 2017
  • A copy of the discussion pre-prints (online or printed)
  • 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 Royal Society of Chemistry until the end of 2017       

**Student registrants do not receive a copy of the volume included in their registration fee but are able to purchase the volume at a discounted rate.

Registration Fees

Earlybird Standard
Non-Member £435 £485 
Member £335 £385 
Student Non-Member £185 £235
Student Member £160 £210

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

We offer grants of up to £800 to assist with travel expenses to participate at this meeting. These are available to members 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. 

We also 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.

Applications should be submitted as early as possible, the deadline is 19th December 2016

If you have any questions relating to the grants please contact the Funding team.
Sponsorship & supporting organisations
A selection of sponsorship opportunities is available for companies who would like to promote their activities at Catalysis for Fuels 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. For further information and prices please download the sponsorship menu from this page.

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 Catalysis for Fuels Faraday Discussion, please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry. 


We are pleased to announce that Sasol are sponsoring the abstract book and we would also like to thank Poretech for their contribution towards the meeting. Sponsorship Menu
Lagoon Beach Hotel

Atlantic Suite, Lagoon Beach Hotel, Lagoon Gate Drive, Milnerton, Cape Town, 7435, South Africa

Airport Transfers

The Lagoon Beach hotel has an airport transfer service, Evolution Transfers.  You can pre book for your transfer by e-mailing, you need to give the following information:
  • Travellers Name & Surname
  • Collection Date
  • Collection Time
  • Flight Number
  • Number of Pax
  • Contact Number While In South Africa
1-3 Pax - R330 
4-7 Pax - R550
8-12 Pax - R825

Cost for one way. Cash only payments.
A 2 night accommodation package and also shoulder nights are available to book at the Lagoon Beach Hotel. Accommodation booking can be made during the registration process.
Costs are as follows:

23 January single standard room B&B £78.00

24 & 25 January single standard room B&B package £156.00

26 January single standard room B&B £78.00

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