Luminescent silicon nanostructures Faraday Discussion

12 - 14 February 2020, York, United Kingdom

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On behalf of the scientific committee, I extend a warm invitation to you to join us in York in February 2020 for a Faraday Discussion on the theme of Luminescent silicon nanostructures.
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 I 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 interested in the synthesis of luminescent silicon nanostructures and their application in the fields of bioimaging, sensing and energy conversion.

I very much hope you will join us in the historic city of York and I look forward to welcoming you.
Paola Ceroni
Chair, Luminescent silicon nanostructures


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.


The core aim of this Discussion is to develop a fundamental understanding of the nature of the luminescence of silicon nanostructures from both a theoretical and experimental point of view. The meeting will bring together researchers from a variety of disciplines: physics, engineering, chemistry, spectroscopy, computational chemistry and physics, electrochemistry, biology, medicine and material science.


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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Silicon is the most important semiconducting material of the microelectronic industry. Bulk silicon does not exhibit good optical properties, however in the late 1980s good emission was observed and studied in a silicon-based material, porous silicon. Since then, a variety of luminescent silicon nanostructures have been investigated, but different results and interpretations have been reported in the literature regarding the origin of the luminescence of these structures.
This Faraday Discussion will explore new methodologies to synthesize and characterise luminescent silicon nanostructures, from porous silicon to nanocrystals and nanorods. Attention will be devoted to the most promising applications of these systems in the fields of bioimaging, sensing and energy conversion (e.g., OLED and luminescent solar concentrators). Wet, dry, chemical, physical, thermal, out-of-equilibrium formation paths will be related to the physics of the produced nanostructures and to the role of the matrix (interface) in which they are embedded.
The Faraday Discussion will be organised into the following four themes:

Synthesis and functionalisation of silicon nanostructures
This session will focus on the synthesis and functionalisation of silicon nanocrystals and porous silicon and how the synthetic procedure impacts on the optical and electronic properties of the material (session 2).

Optical and electronic properties: from theory to experiments
This second session will be devoted to the luminescence and electronic properties of silicon nanostructures as a function of dimension, size, crystallinity and their surface chemistry, from both theoretical and experimental perspectives. Such understanding is needed to improve the performance of silicon nanostructures in devices and applications (sessions 3 and 4).

Silicon nanostructures for sensing and bioimaging
This third session will be devoted to the use of porous silicon and silicon nanocrystals for sensing and bioimaging applications: the pros and cons in comparison to more conventional quantum dots will be explored.

Silicon nanostructures for energy conversion devices
This final session will be devoted to energy conversion devices: for example, LEDs, luminescent solar concentrators, lasers.
Abstract Submission

Oral submission is now closed

A full research paper containing new unpublished results always accompanies oral presentations at Faraday Discussions.  Authors of the selected abstracts must then submit a full research paper with a significant amount of new, unpublished work by 23 September 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 02 December 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.
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 Wednesday 12 February
  • Attendance at the conference dinner on Thursday 13 February
  • 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 2020
Registration fees are as follows
Early bird
(before 31 December 2019)
(before 20 January 2020)
Member* £304.17 £350
Non-member*** £395.83 £441.67
Student member* £145.83 £191.67
Student non-member £170.83 £216.67
Prices above do not include VAT. This will be added during registration at the prevailing rate.

* 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 2020, 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 Thursday 13 February 2020 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 £115 which will include all lunches, refreshments and the conference dinner but does not include attendance at any scientific sessions.
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Travel Grants for PhD Students and Early Career Scientists

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.

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.
Sponsorship & supporting organisations
A selection of sponsorship opportunities is available for companies who would like to promote their activities at the 2020 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 2020 Faraday Discussion series, please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry on Sponsorship Menu
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