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Mechanistic processes in organometallic chemistry Faraday Discussion

2 - 4 September 2019, York, United Kingdom



Join us in York in September 2019 for this addition to our Faraday Discussion series. For over 100 years and 300 meetings, Faraday Discussions have been the forefront of physical chemistry. Many of these Discussions have become landmark meetings in their field.
We invite you to join us to discuss the topic of mechanistic processes in organometallic chemistry and make your contribution to this cutting-edge dialogue alongside leaders in this field.
This meeting is for established scientists, post-graduate students and industrial researchers interested in mechanistic studies coupled with novel experimental and computational methods. Given the substantial current interest in catalysis for synthetic chemistry and the need for mechanistic insights in the field, the unique format of the Faraday Discussions will allow for in-depth discussions and opportunities to establish new collaborations.
On behalf of our committee, we look forward to welcoming you to York.

John Slattery and Jason Lynam


The RSC is keen to encourage and enable as many people as possible to attend our events, to benefit from the networking opportunities and the chance to hear talks from leaders in the field. If you have childcare, caring responsibilities or other care needs, and would like to attend this event, please do get in touch with us to see if there’s anything we can do to help enable you to attend.


Faraday Discussions remain amongst the only conferences to distribute the speakers’ research papers in advance, allowing the majority of each meeting to be devoted to discussion in which all delegates can participate.  Following each meeting a written record of the discussion is published alongside the papers in the Faraday Discussions journal. 

Find out more about the Faraday Discussions in this video


This Faraday Discussion aims to bring together a range of leaders in the field of organometallic, physical and computational chemistry to discuss new mechanistic insights and methodologies for mechanistic studies.

The substantial current interest in catalysis for synthetic chemistry and the need for mechanistic insights in the field, aimed at providing a rational foundation for further developments, make this meeting both timely and important.

The Faraday Discussion will be organised into the following themes:

Physical methods for mechanistic understanding
This first session will focus on discussing novel and emerging physical approaches for developing mechanistic insight in organometallic chemistry and catalysis. This will involve new instrumentation (e.g. low-field NMR, in situ photochemistry with NMR) and new methodologies (e.g. kinetic analyses using the Reaction Progress Kinetic Analysis (RPKA) approach, new hyperpolarisation techniques, time-resolved NMR, Mössbauer and MCD spectroscopy of organometallics, mass spectrometric identification of reaction intermediates).

Understanding unusual element-element bond formation and activation
This second session will focus on new studies of the fundamental mechanistic processes underpinning the formation, or activation, of unusual element-element bonds. A particularly active area that will be covered will be C-F bond formation and activation, as insights into the physical processes at work here will play a key role in the development of new reactions for the formation of fluorinated molecules in pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and materials chemistry.

Computational and theoretical approaches for mechanistic understanding
This third session will focus on novel computational studies and new methodological developments of relevance to understanding mechanism in organometallic chemistry. Quantum chemical studies play a key role in the field of mechanistic organometallic chemistry, as there is often a strong synergy between experimental and computational studies, with each providing complementary information. However there are significant challenges in accurately modelling “real-world” systems and computational methodologies in this area have been rapidly evolving in recent years.

Mechanistic insight into organic and industrial transformations
The final session will focus on developments in mechanistic understanding that underpin important applications of organometallic chemistry in organic synthesis and other areas, such as olefin oligomerisation. There have been rapid developments in recent years in the synthetic application of organometallic catalysts. However, fundamental mechanistic insights have frequently lagged behind synthetic developments in this area. This session will focus on work that has been done to uncover the physical processes behind important synthetic and industrial applications, as this understanding is important in allowing the rational design of more efficient, selective catalysts in the future.
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 by 19 November 2018 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 15 April 2019.

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 24 June 2019. 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.
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 02 September 2019
  • Attendance at the conference dinner on Tuesday 03 September 2019
  • 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 2019

Registration fees are as follows:
Early bird
(by 15 July 2019)
(by 05 August 2019)
Member* £355 £410
Non-member*** £460 £515
Student member* £170 £225
Student non-member*** £195 £250
Accompanying person £100 £100
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 2019, 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 03 September 2019 and is included in the regsitration fee.

Accompanying person

If you would like to bring a guest to the conference, this can be done during the registration process. There will be a charge of £100 which will include all lunches, refreshments and the conference dinner but does not include attendance at any scientific sessions.

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RSC Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms Group bursaries:

The Royal Society of Chemistry's Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms Group are offering a limited number of travel bursaries of up to £100 to support attendance at the meeting. These are targetted at early career researchers and others with limited or no access to travel funding. If you wish to apply for a bursary, please send a short statement outlining your institution, career stage (and if appropriate, the research group in which you work), reason for requesting a bursary and an estimate of your total travel costs to by the 5th August 2019. Please ensure the email subject is marked as 'TRAVEL BURSARY - Mechanistic processes in organometallic chemistry' . The meeting committee will consider all requests and inform applicants of decisions shortly after this.

Royal Society of Chemistry bursaries:

The deadline for Royal Society of Chemistry bursaries has passed. Please see above for information from RSC Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms Group bursaries which are still available until 5th August 2019.
We have two types of grants available to attend this meeting:
  • A limited number of non-competitive travel grants of up to £200 are available for PhD students and early career scientists. These are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Applicants must be Royal Society of Chemistry members of any level at the time of making their application.
  • Competitive grants of up to £800 are available to assist with international travel expenses for 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. In addition, applicants must be Royal Society of Chemistry members of any level at the time of making their application. 
Sponsorship & supporting organisations
A selection of sponsorship opportunities is available for companies who would like to promote their activities at the 2019 Faraday Discussion series.

There are opportunities available to become the Faraday Discussion series sponsor,  Research & Development partner or Poster prize series sponsor as well as some individual meeting options. 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 the 2018 Faraday Discussion series, please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry on
  Sponsorship Menu
National STEM Learning Centre

National STEM Learning Centre, University of York, Heslington, York, YO190 5DD, United Kingdom

There is a limited amount of accommodation that can be booked during the registration process. This is bed and breakfast accommodation for 2 nights at the cost of £96.00 (en suite/single occupancy room).  If you require additional nights please contact the Events Team.

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