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New directions in porous crystalline materials: Faraday Discussion

5 - 7 June 2017, Edinburgh, United Kingdom



Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), covalent-organic frameworks (COFs), and related molecular porous materials have entered a stage where not just the porosity, but other physical attributes are now playing a major role in their properties. Catalytic properties rivalling those of classic heterogeneous catalysts are being unearthed by carefully engineering isolated active sites in the pores. Photophysical properties enabled by both the rigidity and the controlled dynamics of the porous environment are making strides from both fundamental and applied perspectives. Applications in energy storage are emerging as well, enabled by important advances in increasing the electrical and ionic conductivity in these materials to values that rival and even surpass those of organic semiconductors. Exciting magnetic properties are being reported in such materials with increasing frequency as well, suggesting that perhaps porous magnets and possibly superconductors are also within reach.

This Discussion will thus focus on several important new directions in the chemistry of porous crystalline materials and will attempt to distil converging themes.


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:


  • New Directions in Gas Sorption and Separation with MOFs
    Mainstay of many of the MOF researchers, this subfield is maturing into a much more applied field, with important applications especially in gas separation and methane storage. Both fundamental gas binding aspects and new structural aspects influencing gas sorption will be discussed and targeted as part of the discussion.
  • Electronic, Magnetic, and Photophysical Properties of MOFs and COFs
    Electrical conductivity and charge transport have only recently become possible with MOFs. This is one of the newest potential applications of these materials.
  • Catalysis in MOFs
    New trends here focus on electrochemical catalysis, strut-based metalloligand catalysis and organocatalysis, as well as node-based catalysis. All aspects have seen huge leaps in the last few years and these will be discussed in this session.
  • MOFs Modelling and Theory
    This final session will focus on theoretical modelling of gas sorption processes in MOFs. A material genome is emerging, which is promised to allow ab-initio predictions of MOFs properties.


The aim of this discussion meeting is to develop fundamental understanding of key aspects in the chemistry of porous crystalline materials: chemical properties (i.e. catalysis, small molecule reactivity, post-synthetic tuning), electronic properties (i.e. magnetism, conductivity, and photophysics), and physical properties (adsorption and separation) will be discussed in this context.

Supporting Division

Organised by the Faraday Division in association with the Materials Chemistry Division and Dalton Division.
Abstract Submission
Submit your oral/paper abstract by 19 September 2016
Submit your poster abstract by 27 March 2017

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 19 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 27 March 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. 

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.

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. 
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

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.

Attendance at the sessions

  • Refreshments throughout the meeting
  • Lunch on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 June
  • Attendance at the poster drinks reception on Monday 5 June
  • Attendance at the conference dinner on Tuesday 6 June
  • A copy of the discussion pre-prints
  • A copy of the final theme issue of new directions in porous crystalline 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: 
Early Bird
(By 17 April 2017)
(By 8 May 2017)
Members* £335 £385
Non-members £435 £485
Student members* £160 £210
Student non-members £185 £235

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 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 Banquet

The conference banquet on Tuesday 6 June is included in the registration fee.
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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.
Programme & pre-prints
Preprints are available to download from this page.
These will be password protected downloads and only available to those who have registered for the meeting.
They are available to download the preprints by session.

Presenting authors are indicated in the programme by an underline. The affiliation is for the presenting author. If the presenting author of your paper has changed since abstract selection please email Please note that this is a draft programme and timings may change.
Sponsors and exhibitors
A selection of sponsorship opportunities is available for companies who would like to promote their activities at Porous Crystalline 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. 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 Porous Crystalline Materials: Faraday Discussion, please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry. Sponsorship Menu
The Royal Society of Edinburgh

W. Lecture Theatre, The Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22 - 26 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ, United Kingdom

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Main roads into Edinburgh are the M8 from the West and the A1 from the South. From the East please follow the A90 and head for Queensferry Road. If you are arriving by car please note that parking near he Royal Society of Edinburgh is limited to meter parking only which can prove costly. The nearest car parks are at the St James centre; Leith Street or Castle Terrace, where there are 24 hour car parks. Please allow 10-15 minutes after parking to get to the venue.

Travel by rail:

Waverley Station is a five minute walk from the Royal Society of Edinburgh with frequent local and national services. For further information on train services please contact National Rail Enquiries.

Travel by air:

Edinburgh airport is approximately 12 kilometres from the city centre and is well served by frequent bus services and airport taxis. Car hire is available at the airport . The airport is a 20-30 minute car drive from the city centre.
There is a tram that runs direct from the airport to the city centre

Travel by bus:

Bus services to and from Edinburgh arrive/depart from St Andrew Square which is a five minute walk away.
​Please note that accommodation is not included in the registration fee.

Rooms can be booked via a booking agent.  Convention Edinburgh has negotiated rates for delegates attending New Directions in Porous Crystalline Materials: Faraday Discussion and is pleased to offer a free online accommodation booking service to those attending this event.   


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