Cooperative phenomena in framework materials: Faraday Discussion

16 - 18 October 2020, Sapporo, Japan



 This conference has been rescheduled from 19-21 May 2020 to 16-18 October 2020 and we are looking forward to seeing you at the conference on the new dates. Understandably, there will be continuing uncertainty regarding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the dates of any forthcoming event, and as appropriate we will actively explore alternatives, such as further postponement or transitioning to a virtual conference, in case these may be needed. We fully understand that it is difficult for delegates to make travel and conference plans at this time, however we encourage delegates to continue to register for the conference without risk as we are happy to refund registration fees at a later date if the conference plans change. We will contact all registered delegates as soon as possible with any changes to planned events, and the latest information on the conference schedule, registration details and any programme changes will be announced on these web pages. If you have any questions please contact us. We remain grateful for your support.


On behalf of the scientific committee, we extend a warm invitation to you to join us in the city of Sapporo in Hokkaido, Japan to discuss cooperative phenomena in framework materials. Hokkaido is the second largest island of Japan located in the north.
Faraday Discussions are unique international scientific conferences that focus on rapidly developing areas of chemistry and their interfaces with other scientific disciplines. Many Discussions have become landmarks in their field, and we hope you will join us at this Discussion to make your contribution to this famous series of meetings.
The meeting will be of interest to established scientists as well as post-graduate students and industrial researchers across a diverse range of disciplines, from organic and molecular chemistry, to solid state physics and chemistry, materials sciences, chemical and biochemical engineering.
This will be our second ever Faraday Discussion to take place in Japan and we are excited to welcome you to Sapporo - we very much hope you will join us.
Susumu Kitagawa and François-Xavier Coudert
co-Chairs, Cooperative phenomena in framework materials

There has been exponential growth in the number of nanoporous framework materials reported in the scientific literature over recent years, with thousands of new metal–organic frameworks (MOFs), covalent organic frameworks (COFs), molecular framework materials, inorganic framework materials, and supramolecular frameworks. These novel families of materials open up new horizons in practically all branches of engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, and medicine.

Nanoporous materials find numerous applications as selective adsorbents and catalysts, substrates for biosensors and drug delivery, membranes and films in various nanotechnologies, which involve fluids adsorbed or confined to nanoscale pores.
Compared with both dense and nanoporous inorganic materials, many framework materials are based on relatively weak interactions (coordinative bonds, π−π stacking, hydrogen bonds, etc.), and present large numbers of intramolecular degrees of freedom. Evidence is accumulating that there is a propensity among these framework materials to display large-scale dynamic behaviour, which is typically described by the vague term “flexibility”. These cooperative phenomena are very diverse both in terms of their microscopic origins and their macroscopic manifestations.
Cooperative phenomena lead to multiple chemical or physical changes upon stimulation of the materials, leading to their designation as multifunctional or “smart” materials. This, in turn, can be leveraged for practical applications, as sensors, nano-actuators, pressure-amplifying devices, for light-controlled storage release of encapsulated molecules, to name but a few. It can also allow these solids to behave as metamaterials, exhibiting properties that are rarely or never found in nature: negative thermal expansion, anomalous mechanical properties such as auxeticity or negative linear compressibility, negative adsorption, etc.

This topic combines both fundamental and applied aspects. The Faraday Discussion format, with its unique focus on open and spirited discussion between key players, will give the community an unparalleled opportunity to identify the open questions and challenges in the field, which is still being shaped as it grows, as well as the best ways to address them.


The Royal Society of Chemistry 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 would like to discuss accessibility, or have childcare, caring responsibilities or other care needs, please contact us to discuss your requirements so that we can enable your attendance. Please refer also to our Grants for carers fund, for more information please see the ‘bursaries’ section on this page.
Abstract Submission
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 20 July 2020. 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.
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 2021, 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
  • Attendance at the conference dinner
  • 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)**
Registration fees are as follows:
Early Bird Standard
Members* 49000 JPY 56000 JPY
Non-members 63000 JPY 70750 JPY
Student Members* 23000 JPY 30500 JPY
Student Non-members 27000 JPY 34700 JPY

 * 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 is included in the registration fee.  

Travel and health insurance

Delegates are advised to ensure that they have appropriate travel and health insurance.


Terms and Conditions for Events run by the Royal Society of Chemistry

In light of COVID-19, we are not currently accepting applications to our Travel Grant for PhD Students and Early Career Scientists. We will update our Travel Grants website with more information as it becomes available.

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!

Grants for Carers

You can apply for up to a maximum of £1000/year to assist with additional financial costs that you incur for care usually provided by you whilst you attend a chemistry related meeting, conference or workshop or a professional development event.
Caring responsibilities are wide and varied, and so each application will be individually assessed, examples of applications that we will consider include:
  • paying for extra home help or nursing care for a dependent whilst you will not be present
  • additional medical/respite care for a dependent whilst you will not be present
  • travel expenses for a relative to travel with you to care for dependents whilst you attend a meeting or event
  • paying for extended hours with a care worker/childminder/play scheme to cover time when you will arrive home later than normal.
You are eligible to apply if:
  • you are a chemist
  • you will incur additional caring expenses whilst attending a chemistry-related meeting, conference, event or workshop or a professional development event
  • you will use these funds to cover the cost of care that you usually provide
  • you are based in the UK or Ireland or if not, you will normally have held three years RSC membership (past or current).
Grants for carers have been introduced following the Royal Society of Chemistry Breaking the barriers report where 78% of chemists working in UK academia felt that managing parenting and/or caring responsibilities has an impact on women’s retention and progression. This fund is not limited to women scientists and welcomes applications from anyone with caring responsibilities.

These grants have been supported by The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Chemists’ Community Fund.
Sponsorship & supporting organisations
A selection of sponsorship opportunities is available for companies who would like to promote their activities at Cooperative phenomena in framework materials: 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. For further information and prices please download the sponsorship menu from this page.

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 Cooperative phenomena in framework materials: Faraday Discussion, please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry ( Sponsorship Menu
Frontier Research in Applied Sciences Building

Frontier Research in Applied Sciences Building, Hokkaido University, Sapporo Campus, Sapporo, N13 W8, Japan

Below is a selection of hotels that are situated close to the conference venue.

Mitsui Garden Hotel Sapporo

Keio Prelia Hotel Sapporo

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