MOFs for energy and the environment Faraday Discussion

23 - 25 June 2021


Introduction

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



Welcome

Join us 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.
 
Martin Schröder
Chair

Format

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.

Find out more about the Faraday Discussion in this video:
 

Themes

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.

Attendance

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.
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Poster Abstracts

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.

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. ​


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. 

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. 
Registration

Registration is now open 

Please read the registration information before registering. You can register by clicking on the BOOK NOW button on this page.

Registration includes:
  • ​Attendance at the virtual sessions
  • Attendance at the poster session
  • Attendance at the networking sessions
  • A copy of the discussion pre-prints
Registration fees are as follows (subject to VAT at the prevailing rate):
 
Members* £55
Non-member** £75
Student members* £15
Student non members £25

* 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 is available, 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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Bursaries

Researcher Development Grant

If you are an RSC member and a PhD student or postdoctoral researcher based at a higher education or research institution you are eligible to apply for a Researcher Development Grant.

This grant can provide up to £250 towards activities that will develop your skills and experience as a researcher, which includes registration fees for virtual conferences.

Applications are processed monthly, with the deadline for each round being the last day of the month, and decisions being sent out by the 21st of the following month. Researcher Development Grants can be applied for in addition to Grants for Carers and Assistance Grants.

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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