Chemical Physics of Electroactive Materials Faraday Discussion

10 - 12 April 2017, Cambridge, United Kingdom



There is currently a great interest in finding new ways of in situ control of structure and dynamical properties of materials at the micro and nano scales. One of the most attractive routes is to use variation of applied voltage, an approach shared by a wide spectrum of disciplines including nano- and micro-fluidics, optofluidics, nanotribology, microrobotics,and tunable optical metamaterials.

With portable applications and energy saving demands in mind, the most promising scenarios are related to ultra-low voltage control. The latter is generally achievable under electrochemical conditions which require involvement of electrolytic components and electrical double layer effects at the nanoscale.

This discussion will bring together internationally leading researchers in this new interdisciplinary field, who will explore and exchange ideas on the physical and chemical principles underlying these phenomena.


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.

You can find out more about Faraday Discussions in this video:


  • Electroactuators: from understanding to micro-robotics and energy conversion
    This session will deal with the conversion of the applied voltage to mechanical motion and the reverse processes of electrical energy harvesting from mechanical motion. The focus of the session will be on the search of new micro and nano structured electrodes and membrane materials for enhancement of the electroactuation effect. Applications in micro- and nano-robotics as well electrical energy generators will also be considered, particularly in view of maximizing their efficiency. In terms of systems to be considered at the session, we will focus on polymer-electrolyte composite membranes and nanostructured carbon electrodes, but the goal of the session will also be to reveal emerging systems.
  • Electrotunable wetting, and micro-and nanofluidics
    This session will deal with electrical control of fluids on micro and nano scales, for instance in opto-fluidics, electroactive desalination, and liquid flow capacitors. We will also cover inverse electrowetting, in which mechanical pressure and deformation of liquid droplets generate voltage.
  • Nanotribology and voltage-controlled friction
    In this session, we will discuss the possibilities of controlling friction in electroactive systems, such as interfaces with thin lubricant layers consisting of electrolyte solutions or ionic liquids.
  • Electrovariable nanoplasmonic
    This session will deal with the tuning of surface plasmons in nanostructures, which can be used to electrically control optical properties. These may be used for future creation of switchable mirror-windows, or SERS based detection of hazardous molecules for security and environmental control. The main focus of the session will be on systems based on self-assembled nananoparticle arrays at liquid-liquid or liquid-solid electrochemical interfaces.


The aim of this discussion meeting is to develop fundamental understanding of key aspects of the chemical physics of electroactive materials, especially relating to the electroactuation effect, voltage controlled friction, electrotunable wetting, and the tuning of surface plasmons in nanostructures – bringing communities together in this interdisciplinary field.

Supporting Division

Organised by the Faraday Division in association with the Materials Chemistry Division.
Abstract Submission
Abstract Submission for Chemical Physics of Electroactive Materials is now open

Submit your oral/paper abstract by 8 August 2016
Submit your poster abstract by 6 February 2017 (extended deadline)

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 21 November 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 6 February 2017. 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 Chemical Physics of Electroactive Materials: 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 10 and Tuesday 11 April
  • Attendance at the poster drinks reception on Monday 10 April
  • Attendance at the conference dinner on Tuesday 11 April
  • A copy of the discussion pre-prints
  • A copy of the final theme issue of Electroactive Materials 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 2017
Registration fees are as follows:
Registration Fee
(By 13 March 2017)
Members* £335
Non-members £435
Student members* £160
Student non-members £185

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 DelegatesIn 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 11 April  is included in the registration fee.
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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.

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 (13 February 2017)
Sponsors and exhibitors
A selection of sponsorship opportunities is available for companies who would like to promote their activities at Chemical Physics of Electroactive Materials: 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 Chemical Physics of Electroactive Materials: Faraday Discussion, please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry.


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Murray Edwards College, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0DF, United Kingdom

The College has excellent road access from the M11, A428 and A14 and we are pleased to offer free car parking on site. We are a pleasant 10-minute walk away from the historic City centre and a 10-15 minute taxi ride from the railway station. Please use the postcode CB3 0DR/number 61 if using a satnav, as this will take you straight to the main car park. Please use the link on this page for maps and directions.
Accommodation can be booked at the time of registration.  Rooms at Murray Edwards are available for the nights of 10 and 11 April at £72 per night (single occupancy).  Murray Edwards College is unable to offer double occupancy rooms.

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