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Quantum effects in complex systems Faraday Discussion

11 - 13 September 2019, Coventry, United Kingdom

Join us in Warwick 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 Quantum effects in complex systems and make your contribution to this cutting-edge dialogue alongside leaders in this field.

On behalf of our committee, we look forward to welcoming you to Warwick.

Scott Habershon

The challenge of understanding nuclear quantum effects in complex, many-particle systems has in recent years led to rapid growth in the development of new theoretical and experimental tools aimed at providing an atomic-level view of quantum effects. New simulation methods, such as centroid molecular dynamics and ring-polymer molecular dynamics provide computationally-efficient routes to calculating quantum-dynamical properties in complex systems, while new experimental methods such as time-resolved 2-dimensional spectroscopy provide increasingly sophisticated insights into the subtle role of quantum coherence in system sizes that reach into the realms of biological complexes and conjugated polymers.
Given the rapid rate of development and broad application domains, the principal aim of this Faraday Discussion is to provide a snapshot of the current theoretical and experimental state-of-the-art in methods designed to interrogate and rationalize the role of quantum-mechanical effects in complex systems; simultaneously, this meeting will act as a new forum to discuss ideas which span the experimental/theoretical domains.


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 or other caring responsibilities, 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.


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. 

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This meeting will bring together both computational and experimental researchers who are interested in developing and applying methods that can be used to understand the role of quantum effects in complex systems. As such, this meeting is geared towards researchers focussed on “many-particle” systems, including liquids, solids, biological complexes, and nanoparticles.


Quantum coherence in complex environments
This session will highlight experimental (e.g. 2-D ultrafast spectroscopy) and theoretical investigations of the role of electronic and vibrational coherence in modulating energy transport processes in complex environments; photosynthetic complexes represent the archetypal system, while conjugated polymers are a further system of wide-reaching importance and broad current interest. This session provides a forum for direct interaction between experimental and computational researchers in this fast-moving field.  

Spectroscopic signatures of quantum effects
This session will focus on methodologies aimed at measuring, interpreting and predicting spectroscopic measurements, including IR (vibrational) spectra of weakly-bound (anharmonic) clusters, tunnelling splittings (measured experimentally and modelled by, for example, instanton theory), transient UV/vis spectra and new ultrafast multidimensional spectroscopic approaches. Key questions are: how predictive are current theories with regards to spectroscopy? What can be done to improve the interpretation of experimental data? And how can new experimental insights into nuclear and electronic dynamics influence development of new technologies, such as quantum dots and artificial photosynthetic systems?

Zero-point energy and tunnelling
This session will investigate the influence of zero-point energy and tunnelling in condensed-phase chemical dynamics; examples of interest include enzyme-catalyzed proton and hydride transfer reactions, where there is ongoing discussion regarding the coupling between vibrational and reactive motions, and the properties of hydrogen-bonded clusters of atmospheric importance.

Emerging opportunities and future directions
In this final session, the focus will be on new application fields that will be impacted by the development of new computational and experimental approaches for analysing and exploiting quantum-mechanical phenomena in complex systems. Impact areas include energy applications (artificial photosynthesis, electron transfer, hydrogen generation, hydrogen storage, photovoltaics), catalysis, sensors and information storage.
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 03 December 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 22 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 15 July 2019. Posters are displayed throughout the meeting. 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.

For non-member registrants attending this event, affiliate membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry is available until the end of 2019, the affiliate membership application will be processed and commence once the registrant has attended the event.

Registration includes:
  • Attendance at the sessions
  • Refreshments throughout the meeting
  • Lunch on all 3 days
  • Attendance at the poster drinks reception on Wednesday 11 September
  • Evening meal on Wednesday 11 September in Rootes Restaurant
  • Attendance at the conference dinner on Thursday 12 September
  • Electronic access to 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)**
Regsitration fees are as follows:
Early Bird
(by 24 July 2019)
(by 14 August 2019)
Members* £355 £410
Non-members £460 £515
Student Members* £170 £225
Student Non-members £195 £250

* 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 Dinner

The conference dinner on Thursday 12 September is included in the regsitration fee. 
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Terms and Conditions for Events run by the Royal Society of Chemistry

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. 
To take advantage of the competitive grants and many other benefits, become a member. Follow the link on the right hand side to find out more and join today!
Applications for either grant should be submitted as early as possible.
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 2019 Faraday Discussion series, please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry on Sponsorship Menu
University of Warwick

Physics Lecture Theatre - Sciences Building, University of Warwick, Central Campus, Coventry, CV4 7AL, United Kingdom

There is free parking available on Central Campus in the Conference Car Park but a permit must be displayed at all times. The permit must be completed a minimum of 3 working days in advance of the event - please use the link provided.  The RSC does not accept any responsibilty for any penalties incurred if the permit is not displayed.
If you arrive without a permit you can still park, the 24hr rate is £5


A limited number of single en-suite rooms (B&B) can be booked directly with the University of Warwick, please use the link provided,

Accommodation Booking Single en-suite student style bedroom including breakfast. £59 per night

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