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Chemistry of 2-dimensional materials: beyond graphene Faraday Discussion

23 - 25 November 2020, Online, United Kingdom


The Royal Society of Chemistry are pleased to announce that this event will be moving online. This web page will be updated over the coming weeks with more details. If you have any questions please contact us at


Join us online in November 2020 for this virtual edition of 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. At this Faraday Discussion we aim to explore 2D materials with uniquely programmed physical and chemical properties tailored for technological applications. The Discussion will be of interest to established scientists, early career researchers and post-graduate students, and as an interdisciplinary topic, will be relevant to scientists from many different communities: physical/materials chemists, chemical engineers, biomaterial and biomedical scientists, and opto-electronics and photonics researchers.

I look forward to welcoming you at the Discussion online.
Paolo Samorì and Vincenzo Palermo
Chairs, Chemistry of 2-dimensional materials: beyond graphene.


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.


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
Find out more about the Faraday Discussions in this video

Scientific Themes

Graphene has extraordinary chemical and physical properties ensuring its use in opto-electronics, energy and biomedical applications. One of the greatest challenges is to develop and master chemical strategies for other 2D materials such as transition metal dichalcogenides. In nature one can find over 3000 layered compounds with different chemical compositions and structures thereby holding diverse physical properties.

This Faraday Discussion will cover all areas related to other 2D materials' chemistry spanning from their theoretical/computational prediction to their synthesis and functionalization yielding 2D and 3D systems with tailor made physical properties - for composites, foams and coatings, membranes, (bio)sensing, (electro- and photo-)catalysis, energy conversion, harvesting and storage, (opto)electronics, nanomedicine and biomaterials.
The Discussion will focus on the following four themes:

2D materials production and generation of functional inks
In this session we will discuss the methods for the isolation/production of transition metal dichalcogenides and other non-graphene based 2D materials with ad-hoc physical properties. The discussion will include the functionalization of 2D materials to generate functional inks holding novel or improved physical properties compared to those of the 2D materials itself. 

Biomedical applications
In this session we will discuss: a) current state-of-the-art in the development and use of 2D materials in biological applications; b) determine the most advanced applications using 2D material components towards clinical use; c) the unique properties that 2D materials offer for in vivo and in vitro potential applications. 
Applications in energy
In this session we will discuss the controlled functionalization of 2D materials for their use as active components in applications for energy storage (especially batteries and micro-/super-capacitors) and energy generation (solar cells and water splitting).
Applications in opto-electronics
In this session we will discuss the tuning of the properties of 2D materials for their application in opto-electronics such as field-effect transistors, photodetectors and memory devices.
Abstract Submission

Poster Prize Winner

Congratulations to Christof Neumann who was selected by the scientific committee to win the RSC Poster Prize with his poster "Preparation of Carbon Nanomembranes without Chemically Active Groups."
Please read the registration information before registering.

Registration includes:
  • Access to the virtual conference
  • Attendance at all the discussion sessions
  • Attendance at the poster session(s)
  • Attendance at the networking sessions
  • Access to the discussion pre-prints, available in PDF format to download
Registration fees are as follows
(by 9 November 2020)
Member* £37.50
Non-member** £45.83
Student member £8.33
Student non-member** £16.67

Prices above do not include VAT. This will be added during registration at the prevailing rate.

The registration fees represent approximately a 90% discount on fees for the equivalent physical conference, and have been set as an introductory rate for our virtual Faraday Discussions in 2020. 

* 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.

**For non-member registrants, affiliate membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry until the end of 2021, the affiliate membership application will be processed and commence once the registrant has attended the event.  

Faraday Discussion publication

A copy of the final theme issue of the Faraday Discussion volume containing papers presented at the Discussion (issued approximately 5 months after the meeting) is not included in the registration fee. A copy of the volume may be purchased at less than half price, this discounted price is only available to Discussion delegates when ordering during the registration process.   

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Travel Grants

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.

Grants for Carers

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.
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).
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. 

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

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