MOFs for energy and the environment Faraday Discussion

23 - 25 June 2021, Manchester, United Kingdom

Due to the continuing uncertainty of Covid-19, we understand the difficulty when planning to attend conferences. The RSC would like to reassure all delegates that this event will go ahead. We are actively planning to hold this event virtually, but continue to remain hopeful that the conference will be able to be held physically if it is safe to do so. Abstract submission is open and we encourage delegates to submit oral and poster abstracts in confidence. Registration will open when we are able to confirm the format and in good time for delegates to make travel plans if required. Please contact us with any questions; we remain grateful for your support.


Join us in Manchester in June 2021 for this addition to 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.
This meeting is for established scientists, post-graduate students and industrial researchers interested in area of metal-organic framework (MOF) and related materials. Given the recent developments in this interdisciplinary field, including the emergence of MOFs whose applications and functional properties has led to their commercialisation, the unique format of the Faraday Discussions will allow for in-depth discussions and opportunities to establish new collaborations.
On behalf of our committee, we look forward to welcoming you to Manchester.
Martin Schröder


Faraday Discussions remain amongst the only conferences to distribute the speakers’ research papers in advance, allowing the majority of each meeting to be devoted to discussion in which all delegates can participate.  Following each meeting a written record of the discussion is published alongside the papers in the Faraday Discussions journal.

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The area of MOFs and related materials is arguably one of the hottest interdisciplinary subjects spanning chemistry, materials science, physics and engineering. A primary reason for this major interest is the possibility of tuning the chemical and structural flexibility of these materials using an enormous variety of combinations of metal ions, bridging ligands, counter-ions and formation of hybrids and composites.

The Faraday Discussion will be organised into the following themes:
Fundamental studies and design of MOFs
We will discuss methods of synthesis and characterisation of MOFs in the context of their applications. Key challenges in the field are in the design and synthesis of polyfunctional robust materials, the formation of MOF-hybrids, multi-composite systems and defect structures, and the characterisation of these using spectroscopic, analytical and structural methods

Applications of MOFs
In this session, we will discuss how to develop real applications for MOFs in the energy and environment fields. There is plenty of scope to develop new applications for MOFs in the coming years, particularly in nuclear energy, water management and surface coatings, adding to their established applications in areas such as substrate storage, selectivity and purification, proton conductivity and transport, photo- and electro-chemistry, and catalysis.

Theory and modelling of MOFs
A key challenge in the field is the use of computation to predict, analyse and deliver new ideas to give synthetic targets and to explain why materials work or not. This session will discuss the applicability of theory and modelling to the analysis of MOF properties and synthetic routes.

Commercialisation of MOFs
Commercial activity relating to MOFs has recently developed apace. We will discuss how to achieve commercial viability of MOF technologies and how to deliver these to the marketplace. We will also consider the barriers and challenges in achieving commercialisation, and examine how a successful spin out can be achieved.


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

Oral Abstracts and Research Papers

A full research paper containing new unpublished results always accompanies oral presentations at Faraday Discussions. Submit an oral/paper abstract by 19 October 2020 if you wish to be considered for an oral presentation and associated published paper. The oral/paper abstract should outline current research in progress. Authors of the selected abstracts must then submit a full research paper with a significant amount of new, unpublished work by 8 February 2021.

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 19 April 2021. 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. 

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.

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 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

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.

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)
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