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14th International conference on materials chemistry (MC14)

8 - 11 July 2019, Birmingham, United Kingdom



You are warmly invited to join us in Birmingham in July 2019. The 14th International conference on materials chemistry (MC14) has been a key meeting in the materials calendar for two decades and is the flagship event for the RSC Materials Chemistry Division.
The first meeting of this internationally renowned symposium was held in 1993, and since then the meetings have been hosted by prominent institutions around the world, such as University of Warwick and University of York. Each event sees between 500-600 attendees come together to collaborate and network.
Organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, the 2019 conference will host some of the leading materials researchers from around the world. It promises to be a great forum for materials chemists to network with and build strong collaborations within their community and related disciplines.
We look forward to welcoming you to Birmingham in July 2019 on behalf of the Scientific Committee.
Rachel O’Reilly and Aron Walsh


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.


Magnetic, electronic & optical materials
All material types including dielectrics, semiconductors, metals and superconductors, and applications including display technologies, sensors, optics, electronic devices and information storage.

Energy & environment
Materials for energy conversion and storage, including solar cells, batteries, thermoelectrics, photocatalysis and solar fuel generation, as well as environment control and remediation.

Nanomaterials & porous materials
All aspects of materials with nanoscale dimensions and functionality, porous and hybrid materials, including metal-organic frameworks, zeolites, and covalent-organic frameworks.

Soft matter & biomaterials
Encompasses soft matter and polymer chemistry in its broadest sense, as well as materials with biological or medical applications, biomimetic and bioinspired materials.

Poster prize winners

P26 Neelam Mughal
P30 Aneesa Ahmad
P73 Valentin Fell
P79 Yujie Xie
P104 Evelyn Chalmers
P161 Sam Ivko
P244 Caren Wanzke
P204 Spyridon Varlas


Nick Kotov, University of Michigan, United States

Prof. Nicholas A. Kotov is working on conceptual foundations and technical realizations of biomimetic nanostructures. Examples of scientific advances in this area associated with his works include pioneering studies on graphene- and clay-based layered biomimetic nanocomposites, self-organization of nanoparticles, chiral nanomaterials, and omnidispersible colloids.  His contribution to technology include ultrastrong nacre-mimetic nanocomposites, soft neuroprosthetic implants, 3D tissue replicas for drug-testing, chiral biosensors, and cartilage-like electrolytes for batteries. Prof. Kotov is a founder of several start-up companies that commercialized bioinspired nanomaterials for biomedical, military, energy, and automotive technologies. 

Bettina Lotsch, Max Planck Institut für Festkörperforschung, Germany

Bettina V. Lotsch studied Chemistry at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) and the University of Oxford and received her PhD from LMU Munich in 2006. After a postdoctoral stay at the University of Toronto as a Feodor-Lynen fellow she was appointed assistant professor at LMU Munich in 2009 (tenure 2014). In 2011, she became leader of an independent research group at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart while being professor at LMU.
Since 2017 Bettina is Director and head of the Nanochemistry Department at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research.
Her research explores the rational synthesis of new materials by combining the tools of molecular, solid-state and nanochemistry. Focal points include “smart” photonic crystals for optical sensing, porous frameworks for photocatalysis, solid electrolytes for Li ion batteries and soft chemistry routes towards 2D materials.
Bettina was awarded an ERC Starting Grant (2014) and has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2014. Her work has been recognized by a number of awards, most recently by the EU-40 Materials Prize 2017 of the European Materials Research Society

Ian Manners, University of Bristol, United Kingdom

Ian Manners is Canadian and British and was born in London, England. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Bristol, he conducted postdoctoral work in Germany and then in the USA. He then joined the University of Toronto, Canada as an Assistant Professor in 1990 and was promoted to Full Professor in 1995 and was made a Canada Research Chair in 2001. In 2006 he returned to his Alma Mater to take up a Chair in Inorganic, Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry supported by an EU Marie Curie Chair. His research interests broadly focus on synthetic problems at molecular, macromolecular, and longer length scales and currently involve catalytic main group chemistry and main group polymers, functional metallopolymers, and crystallization-driven self-assembly processes. He is the recipient of a range of awards including a Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (from the US), the Steacie Prize (from Canada), the RSC Award in Main Group Chemistry, the RSC Peter Day Award for Soft Matter Materials Chemistry (2012), and a Humboldt Research Award from Germany (2011). He is an elected member of both the Canadian and the British National Academies of Science. His work is documented in over 650 career publications and 4 books and has been presented in over 500 invited and plenary lectures worldwide. 

Nam-Gyu Park, Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), South Korea

 Nam-Gyu Park is professor and SKKU-Fellow at School of Chemical Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from Seoul National University in 1988, 1992 and 1995, respectively. He worked at ICMCB-CNRS, France, from 1996 to 1997 and at National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA, from 1997 to 1999 as postdoctoral researchers. He worked as Director of Solar Cell Research Center at Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) from 2005 to 2009 and as a principal scientist at Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) from 2000 to 2005 before joining Sungkyunkwan University as a full professor in 2009. He has been doing researches on high efficiency mesoscopic nanostructured solar cells since 1997. He is pioneer of solid state perovskite solar cell, which was first developed in 2012. He was selected as a New Class of Nobel Prize-Worthy Scientists in September 20, 2017 and included in 3,300 highly cited researchers (top 1% scientists) in November 15, 2017 by Clarivate Analytics. He is a fellow of Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST) since 2017.

Nicola Spaldin, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Nicola Spaldin is the professor of materials theory at ETH Zurich. She developed the class of materials known as multiferroics, which combine simultaneous ferromagnetism and ferroelectricity, for which she received the 2017 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science award among other honors. She is a passionate science educator, director of her department’s study program, and holder of the ETH Golden Owl Award for excellence in teaching. When not trying to make a room-temperature superconductor, she can be found playing her clarinet, or skiing or climbing in the Alps.

Fraser Stoddart, Northwestern University, United States

The academic career of Fraser Stoddart can be traced through thick and thin from the Athens of the North to the Windy City beside Lake Michigan with interludes on the edge of the Canadian Shield beside Lake Ontario, in the Socialist Republic of South Yorkshire, on the Plains of Cheshire beside the Wirral, in the Midlands of the Heartland of Albion, and in the City of the Angels beside the Peaceful Sea. He has been a member of the faculty at Northwestern University since 2008. He is a Board of Trustees Professor and Director of the Center for the Chemistry of Integrated Systems. His research interests are in chemistry beyond the molecule, which, combined with his interest in templation, has led to the template-directed synthesis, based on molecular recognition and self-assembly processes, of a wide range of mechanically interlocked molecules, bistable variants of which have found their way in the form of switches into molecular electronic devices and drug delivery systems. In terms of molecular structure, his research straddles the size regime from the mesomolecular scale all the way up to the nanoscopic, microscopic and macroscopic levels: it includes wholly synthetic polymers and metal-organic frameworks. He also embraces radical chemistry in both the supramolecular and mechanostereochemical domains

Abstract Submission

Oral and poster abstract submission is now closed.

Poster Abstract
Posters are displayed throughout the meeting. A poster prize will be awarded to the best poster presented at the conference.

Additional Information
Authors have been notified of the outcome of their abstract (both oral and poster). If you have not received an email, please get in touch.


Registration is now closed.

Registration includes:
  • Attendance at the sessions
  • Refreshments throughout the meeting
  • Lunch on Monday 8, Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10
  • Attendance at two poster session drinks receptions
  • Electronic copy of the abstracts
  • 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.
Registration fees are as follows:
Early bird Standard
RSC Member* £370 £425
Non-member £480 £535
RSC Student member* £230 £285
Student non-member £265 £320
Accompanying person £100 £100

Registration fees are VAT exempt.

* If you are a 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.

Conference Banquet

The conference banquet on Wednesday 10 July is not included in the registration fee, but can be booked during the registration process. The conference dinner will cost £55 to attend. This is a ticketed event, only ticket holders are able to attend.

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 and refreshments but does not include attendance at any scientific sessions or the conference dinner. The conference dinner can be added on at an extra cost of £55.
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The deadline for bursaries has now passed.

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 these 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, but at least 8 weeks in advance of the start of the meeting. Please see respective terms & conditions for full eligibility information.
Sponsorship & supporting organisations
A selection of sponsorship opportunities are available for companies who would like to promote their activities at the 14th International conference on materials chemistry (MC14).

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.

If you would like more information about sponsoring the 14th International conference on materials chemistry (MC14), please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry on Sponsorship Menu
Aston University

Aston University, Aston Street, Birmingham, B4 7ET, United Kingdom

Wi-Fi information

Aston University offers free, high speed Wi-Fi for all guests. Connecting required a password and this will be provided on arrival at the event, as well as displayed in public areas and meeting rooms. 


Lowered kerbs, lifts and adapted facilities, along with the compact and flat nature of the 40 acre campus, all help facilitate the mobility and general well-being of those with disabilities.

Disabled car parking is available at locations P1, 20 and 24. Spaces will need to be booked in advance and details of how to do this are on this page.

For further information, contact the Disability Team on +44(0)121 204 5015.

Getting to Aston University

Rail travel
New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street train stations are all within 10-15 minutes walk of the venue or a 5 minute taxi journey.
On foot from the stations:
Aston University have developed interactive Google walking maps from New Street and Snow Hill train stations, available for download from

Bus travel
A number of bus services operate to the University campus throughout the day.
For further information, please visit where a route planner to the Aston University campus is available.

Taxi drop off points
All of the venues have taxi drop off points. Be sure to say to your driver that they should go to the Aston University campus. The central drop off point is a minute's walk to the conference
centres and hotel.

Air travel
Aston University is 9 miles from Birmingham Airport (BHX) and a taxi journey should take approximately 20-30 minutes dependent on traffic. There are also trains from Birmingham International station to Birmingham New Street (approximately 5-10 minutes journey time) then follow the directions above for taxi journeys or walking to the venues.

Car travel
Aston University have electric car charging points outside both of the conference centres and hotel!
From M6 North and South
1. Exit at Junction 6 for A38(M) following signs for “Birmingham (Cen)”.
2. Take lane 2 of the A38(M) for 2 miles, following signs for “City Centre”.
3. Exit left off the A38(M) immediately after the overhead “End of Motorway” sign, before the flyover. Keep left and follow signs for “Aston University”.
4. Please use the attached maps to the appropriate car park.
From M42, East Midlands and Birmingham Airport Leave the M42 at Junction 7(A), following signs for “M6 (N) Birmingham (Central & N)” join the M6 (N). Follow the directions from M6 above.
From M5 South-West and City Centre
1. Leave the M5 at Junction 3, signposted “A456” towards Birmingham. Follow the A456 for about 5 miles towards the “City Centre”.
2. As you approach the City Centre, the road broadens to three lanes. Take the right lane as you approach "Five Ways" roundabout. Take the thre exit, following signs for Ring Road (A4540), Airport/NEC (A45).
3. Exit the roundabout, onto the A4540 Islington Row Middleway, continue onto the Lee Bank Middleway and keep left.
4. At the Belgrave Interchange, turn left onto the A38, signed 'A38(M), M6'.
5. Keep in the middle lane and follow the A38. Follow the road onto Suffold Street Q'Way, then onto Great Charles Street Q'Way (A4400). This will take you through three underpasses)
6. After the third underpass, exit left immediately before the flyover, signposted “Aston University”, then stay in the right hand lane.
7. At the Lancaster Circus round-about take the 3rd exit off signposted “Aston University”. Use the attached map to the
appropriate car park.

From M40 Oxford
Take M40 north and join the M42 westbound towards the M5. Travel north on the M5, leaving at junction 3 and follow directions
from M5 South-West above.

From M1 and The South
Take M1 north and exit at Junction 19 to join the M6 towards Birmingham. Follow the directions above from the M6.

From South Birmingham (Moseley, A45, A34)
Join the A4540 heading North. When Birmingham Science Park is on your left, take the left turn at the traffic lights onto Lister Street, continuing onto Woodcock Street. Use the attached map to the appropriate car park.

Car Parking at Conference Aston
This must be booked online, prior to arrival. Please visit where you can book and pay for your space online. You will then be sent an email permit to display in your windscreen and an entry code for the car park. Please ensure you book this, prior to setting off, as we cannot guarantee availability at the venue car park, on the day.
It is not possible to book accommodation during the registration process.

Accommodation can be booked for the conference via Meet Birmingham who have obtained competitive rates at a variety of hotels. Any bookings and payments are made direct with the accommodation provider, not the Royal Society of Chemistry, and all queries and requests must be made direct to them.
If you are interested in a particular hotel/accommodation type, please get in contact with Meet Birmingham and they will be able to advise and source preferable rates.
Rooms are available at the preferred rate for conference delegates until 8 June 2019. After this date there is no guarantee of room availability or pricing, so early booking is recommended.

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