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Fully booked: Ionic liquids: from fundamental properties to practical applications - Faraday Discussion

11 - 13 September 2017, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Over the last three years, there has been an increase in the range of ionic liquids (ILs) utilised and significant advances in our understanding of the fundamental aspects of these materials. Therefore, the time is apt for Faraday Discussions to provide a foundation for future fundamental challenges and theories which need to be developed to move the subject area forward. 
This meeting follows on from Faraday Discussion 154 held in 2011 and will aim to discuss a range of topics, such as ionicity, structure, electrochemistry, phase behaviour, and introduce areas which were only emerging at that point, such as interactions with liquid and solid interfaces. 
ILs have been the focus of intense research over the last 20 years because of their remarkable potential for applications coupled to favourable environmental properties. ILs are also a medium whereby the nature of the complex interactions (Coulombic, van der Waals and hydrogen bonding) provides a liquid whose structure and properties can be tuned by the choice of the cation and anion wherein reactions are likely to be distinct in terms of activity and selectivity profiles compared with common molecular solvents.


Structure and Dynamics of Ionic Liquids
  • Mesoscopic organization of ILs 
  • Neutron and X-ray diffraction studies of ionic liquids
  • Simulation of structures (limitations and challenges)
  • Electronic structure of ILs
  • IL solvation
  • IL mixtures
  • Solvation dynamics 
  • Transport properties 
  • Relaxation pathways
Phase Behaviour and Thermodynamics
  • Phase diagrams of ILs and their mixtures with other fluids 
  • Critical properties of IL solutions
  • Gas absorption
  • Predicting IL properties
  • Solvation thermodynamics
  • Electrochemical theory
  • Electron and ion transport in ILs
  • Battery applications
  • Fuel cells
  • Electrodeposition and reactions
  • Electroanalytical aspects
Ionic Liquids at Interfaces
  • IL thin films 
  • Electrode interfaces
  • Surface tension of ILs
  • IL-solid (polymers, carbons, oxides and metals) interactions
  • Modelling of interfaces
  • Mesoscopic interfaces (emulsions, micelles, reverse micelles)


The Faraday Division have been organising high impact Faraday Discussions in rapidly developing areas of the physical sciences, with a focus on 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 the Faraday Discussions here.
Abstract Submission - CLOSED

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 24 April 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

Submit your poster abstract by 3 July 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
Registration is now CLOSED

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 Monday 11 September
  • Attendance at the conference dinner on Tuesday 12 September
  • 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 Royal Society of Chemistry until the end of 2018
Registration fees are as follows: 
Early Bird
(by 24 July 2017)
(by 14 August 2017)
Member* £335 £385
Non-Member* £435 £485
Student Member* £160 £210
Student Non-Member £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. 

***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.

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 dinner on Tuesday 12 September and is included in the regsitration fee.

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 students 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 competitive grants of up to £800 to assist with international 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 and industrialists) within 10 years of leaving full time education.
Applications for either grant should be submitted as early as possible, but at least 8 weeks in advance of the start of the meeting.
Sponsorship & supporting organisations
A selection of sponsorship opportunities is available for companies who would like to promote their activities at Ionic liquids: from fundamental properties to practical applications - 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 Ionic liquids: from fundamental properties to practical applications - Faraday Discussion, please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry on Sponsorship Menu
Murray Edwards College

Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, 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 at Murray Edwards can be booked at the time of registration, for the nights of the 11th/12th September at £72 a night (B&B) - single occupancy.

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