Halogen Bonding in Supramolecular and Solid State Chemistry - Faraday Discussion

10 - 12 July 2017, Ottawa, Canada

Halogen bonding is a topic which continues to gain increased international attention across the chemical, biochemical, and materials sciences - this non-covalent interaction receiving a formal IUPAC definition only recently. The halogen bond may be considered as a special case of sigma-hole bonding, wherein an electron donor interacts with the electrophilic region of a halogen atom. Within this broader picture, sigma-hole bonding can encompass a range of non-covalent interactions which are named after the atom bearing the electrophilic region, also known as the sigma-hole.  Chalcogen bonds and pnicogen bonds have been studied both theoretically and in the solid state, for example.  Most recently, the carbon bond has received attention as a special type of tetrel bond.  However, the concept of sigma-hole bonding is clearly poised to take on a broader importance to a wide range of researchers and this Faraday Discussion will unite experimentalists and theoreticians who are pushing the applicability of this broad class of interactions far beyond only the halogens. 


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:


  • Computational approaches and sigma-hole interactions
Computational chemistry plays a significant role in understanding and classifying halogen bonds and other sigma-hole interactions.  This session will cover theoretical concepts and computational results relating to sigma-hole interactions.
  • Beyond the halogen bond
The halogen bond is the most prominent of the more general class of interactions involving sigma-holes.  This session will focus on other sigma-hole interactions including e.g., chalcogen bonding, pnicogen bonding, and tetrel bonding.
  • The halogen bond in solution
This session will cover the properties and applications of halogen bonds and other sigma-hole interactions in solution.  The scope includes e.g., thermodynamic and kinetic studies, supramolecular chemistry, and recognition processes.
  • Solid-state chemistry and applications
This session will cover applications of sigma-hole bonds in the solid state as well as experimental studies involving diffraction techniques and solid-state synthesis.


The aim of this discussion meeting is to bring together scientists working in the fields of halogen bonding, chalcogen bonding, pnicogen bonding, and tetrel bonding, to develop fundamental understanding of key aspects of non-covalent interactions in solid-state materials, in solution chemistry, in biochemistry, and in the gas phase.
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 20 February 2017.

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

Please note this deadline has now been extended until 14 May 2017.

Submit your poster abstract by 1 May 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.
Prices are in $CAD and include 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST)

Registration includes your copy of the discussion preprints and attendance at all sessions plus refreshments throughout the meeting, including lunch on all three days. Also included is attendance at the drinks reception on Monday 10 July and the conference dinner on Tuesday 11 July.

*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.
Early Bird
(by 22 May 2017)
(by 12 June 2017)
Member $610 $701
Non-member* $792 $883
Student Member $293 $348
Student Non-member $336 $437

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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.
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A selection of sponsorship opportunities is available for companies who would like to promote their activities at Halogen Bonding in Supramolecular and Solid State Chemistry: 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 Halogen Bonding in Supramolecular and Solid State Chemistry: Faraday Discussion, please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry. Sponsorship Menu
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