Faraday joint interest group conference 2021

29 - 31 March 2021, United Kingdom

The Royal Society of Chemistry are pleased to announce that this event will be moving online. 


You are warmly invited to join us online in March 2021. This Faraday Division joint interest group conference is the second in the series, the first in 2017 being a big success, it is set to be a highlight for the physical chemistry community in 2021 - and you can be a part of it.
The first meeting of this conference series was held in Warwick in 2017, and we are excited to bring the second edition online. 
Organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry and their Faraday Division, this meeting will host some of the leading physical chemistry researchers from the UK. It promises to be a great forum for researchers to network with and build strong collaborations within their community and related disciplines.

I look forward to welcoming you on behalf of the Scientific Committee.
Anthony Meijer, University of Sheffield
Scientific Chair


The programme will explore various aspects of physical chemistry:

Astrochemistry and chemistry at cold temperatures
Studying chemical reactivity in extreme conditions, such as those found in the interstellar medium and at cold temperatures.

Biophysics and imaging
Advanced imaging techniques for understanding biology

Excited state processes
Developing experimental and computational probes of light-induced chemical dynamics and reactivity

Machine learning methods in material property prediction
Recent developments in the application of machine-learning tools to predict and interrogate the properties of molecules, liquids and solids

Magnetic Materials
Investigations of magnetic and spintronic materials using theory and experiments focusing on analysis and new generation applications

Neutron spectroscopy and allied techniques
Neutron spectroscopy and related techniques, such as IR, Raman and NMR, highlighting current status and future perspectives

Next-generation quantum chemical methods: From development to applications
Recent developments in quantum chemical methods for calculating the properties of molecules, liquids and solids. Applications to model important chemical systems such as catalysts, batteries and enzymes

Theory and applications. Understanding how photocatalysts, be it molecular or solid, can accelerate or initiate chemical reactions when illuminated, including the discovery of new photocatalysts and new photocatalysed reactions

Photophysics of functional and solar cell materials
Light-induced processes in materials ranging from photoactive proteins to transition metal oxides, perovskites, nanoparticles and organic semiconductors with applications in artificial photosynthesis, solar cells and devices

Simulation and Modelling of astrochemical and atmospheric processes
Chemical networks, large scale modelling

Soft matter and biological structures
Soft matter and biological structures: The use of experiment, simulation and theory to probe the behaviour of soft matter, such as fluids, emulsions and colloidal suspensions, and biological structures, such as bacterial films, cell membranes and the thermodynamics of a virus.

Structure of Molecules
Developments in the determination of electronic and geometric structure of molecules and intermolecular interactions using spectroscopic and computational methods
Majed Chergui, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Majed Chergui FRSC, is professor of Chemistry and Physics at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Director of the Lausanne Centre for Ultrafast Science (LACUS). He received his BSc degree in Physics and Mathematics from Chelsea College (University of London) in 1977, his Ph.D. in Physics from the Université Paris-Sud (Orsay) in 1981 and his Habilitation from the Université Paris-Nord in 1986. He then spent six years at the Freie Universität Berlin till 1993, when he was appointed Full Professor of Physics at the Université de Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2003, he joined the Chemistry Institute of the EPFL.  
Majed's research includes matrix-isolation spectroscopy of molecular systems to ultrafast spectroscopy of large molecules, biosystems and nanoparticles in solution, and bulk transition metal oxides. Most importantly, he is known for pioneering time-resolved X-ray spectroscopy in the picosecond, then the femtosecond time domain, which he successfully applied to a wide range of scientific questions. He also made pioneering contributions to the development of ultrafast deep-ultraviolet methods, in particular 2-dimensional spectroscopy and circular dichroism. In recognition for his contributions, he received several awards and prizes, which include the Humboldt Research Award 2010, the 2015 Earle K. Plyler Award of the American Physical Society, The 2015 Edward Stern Prize for Lifetime Achievements of the International X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy Society and the 2019 Liversidge Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK). He is Fellow of the RSC, APS, OSA, EPS, ACA (American Crystallographic Association) as well as Foreign correspondent of the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences.

Ewine van Dishoeck, University of Leiden, Netherlands

Ewine F. van Dishoeck is professor of molecular astrophysics at Leiden University, the Netherlands. She graduated at Leiden in 1984 and held positions at Harvard, Princeton and Caltech before returning to Leiden in 1990.  The work of her group innovatively combines the world of chemistry with that of physics and astronomy to study the molecular trail from star-forming clouds to planet-forming disks.  She has mentored several dozens of students and postdocs and has been heavily involved in planning new observational facilities such as the Herschel Space Observatory, the Atacama Large Millimeter Array and the James Webb Space Telescope.  She has received many awards, including the 2000 Dutch Spinoza award, the 2015 Albert Einstein World Award of Science, and the 2018 Kavli Prize for Astrophysics. She is a Member or Foreign Associate of several academies, including that of the Netherlands, USA, Germany, Norway and Russia. Since 2007, she is the scientific director of the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy (NOVA). As of 2018, Ewine serves as the president of the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

Roel Dullens, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Roel Dullens obtained his MSc in Chemistry from the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands) in 2001. In 2005 he completed his PhD in Physical and Colloid Chemistry at the same University, under the supervision of Professor Willem Kegel. After that he joined the group of Professor Clemens Bechinger at the University of Stuttgart (Germany) as an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow to work on optical tweezing in colloidal systems. In August 2007, he was appointed as a University Lecturer at the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory at the University of Oxford (United Kingdom), combined with a Tutorial Fellowship in Physical Chemistry at Lincoln College. In 2014, he became Associate Professor and, in 2016, he was promoted to his current position of Full Professor of Chemistry. He has been the recipient of an ERC Starting Grant in 2011 and an ERC Consolidator Grant in 2016, and has recently been awarded the 2019 Corday-Morgan Prize and the 2019 McBain Medal from the RSC. His research interests cover a wide range of topics in soft condensed matter, with an emphasis on colloidal systems. In particular, he combines the development of novel colloidal systems using synthetic colloid chemistry with state-of-the-art optical manipulation and imaging techniques to study fundamental problems in condensed matter science.

Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, Yale University, United States

Sharon Hammes-Schiffer received her BA in Chemistry from Princeton University in 1988 and her PhD in Chemistry from Stanford University in 1993, followed by two years at AT&T Bell Laboratories. She was the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame from 1995–2000 and then became the Eberly Professor of Biotechnology at The Pennsylvania State University until 2012, when she became the Swanlund Professor of Chemistry at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Since 2018, she has been the John Gamble Kirkwood Professor of Chemistry at Yale University.
Her research centres on the investigation of charge transfer reactions, proton-coupled electron transfer, nonadiabatic dynamics, and quantum mechanical effects in chemical, biological, and interfacial processes. Her work encompasses the development of analytical theories and computational methods, as well as applications to experimentally relevant systems.
She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, American Chemical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Biophysical Society. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science. She was the Deputy Editor of The Journal of Physical Chemistry B and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Chemical Reviews. She is on the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science and has served as Chair of the Physical Division and the Theoretical Subdivision of the American Chemical Society. She has over 275 publications, is co-author of a textbook entitled Physical Chemistry for the Biological Sciences, and has given more than 410 invited lectures, including 24 named lectureships.

Marsha I. Lester, University of Pennsylvania, United States

Marsha Lester has risen through the academic ranks at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is currently the Edmund J. Kahn Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry of the School of Arts & Sciences.  She completed a four-year term as Chair of the Department of Chemistry in 2009.  Lester was Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Chemical Physics from 2009-2018.  Lester’s research group has developed innovative methods for stabilizing ‘entrance channel complexes’ and reaction intermediates of environmental significance.  Her group has employed novel spectroscopic methods to rigorously characterize these important, yet previously uncharted, regions of chemical reaction pathways.  Lester has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.  In addition, she has been awarded the Herbert P. Broida Prize of the American Physical Society, the Garvan-Olin Medal of the American Chemical Society, and the Bourke Lectureship of the Faraday Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Abstract Submission


Oral and Poster abstracts are now open for “Soft matter and biological structures” theme. Submit by 15 February 2021.  We encourage oral and poster abstracts from all STMG members and colleagues for our dedicated theme on:
Soft matter and biological structures: The use of experiment, simulation and theory to probe the behaviour of soft matter, such as fluids, emulsions and colloidal suspensions, and biological structures, such as bacterial films, cell membranes and the thermodynamics of a virus.

Poster abstract submission is also currently open for our other themes including:
  • Astrochemistry and chemistry at cold temperatures
  • Excited state processes
  • Next-generation quantum chemical methods: From development to applications
  • Structure of Molecules

Submit your poster abstract by 15 February 2021. Posters are displayed throughout the meeting and poster sessions are held throughout the conference. The PCCP Poster Prizes will be awarded to the best posters presented by a student at the conference.

As this event is being held as online, we will be using a dedicated online poster platform. If your poster is accepted for this event, you will receive an email from us inviting you log on to the poster platform where you will be able to create an interactive poster. When creating a poster you will be able to choose from a variety of templates, and select colours, backgrounds and fonts, to create a poster specific to your work. The poster can contain text, images, videos and audio recordings, and can include as much detail as you require as content boxes within the templates are not limited to size. You will also have access to video tutorials, showing you how you can create your poster in the platform, and access to email support with the poster platform if you have an specific questions.  

Additional Information

Authors will be notified of the outcome of the review process within about 4 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.

Registration includes:
  • Access to the virtual conference
  • Attendance at all the scientific sessions
  • Attendance at the poster session(s)
  • Attendance at the networking sessions
Registration fees are as follows
Standard (by 22nd March 2020)
RSC members* £55
Non-members** £75
RSC student members £15
Student non-members £25

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.

**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.  

If you are an IOP or RAS member you will be able to register at RSC member rate. Please contact events@rsc.org for your discount code.
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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).
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