Understanding Crystallisation: Faraday Discussion

28 - 30 March 2022, York, United Kingdom


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Introduction

This Faraday discussion will be a hybrid event, allowing participation both in person and online


Welcome

Join us in York, or online, in March 2022 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 and early-career scientists, post-graduate students and industrial researchers interested in measuring, modelling and designing crystallisation processes.  The unique format of the Faraday Discussions will allow for in-depth discussions of issues critical to the development of crystallisation research. The meeting will bring together communities of scientists studying nucleation in different contexts such as inorganics, organics, porous materials, and biological systems, offering opportunities to establish new collaborations.
 
On behalf of the organising committee, we look forward to welcoming you to York, or if you are joining us virtually, we will welcome you online.

 
Fiona Meldrum
Chair, Understanding Crystallisation

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.


Themes

Crystallisation, the spontaneous arrangement of molecular building blocks into ordered solid particles, is a fascinating phenomenon. Understanding the dynamic, molecular-scale processes that underlie crystal nucleation and growth holds the key to designing the production of specific crystalline materials. The ability to induce crystallisation how, when and where we want it is key to material synthesis. Such capabilities will transform industrial and environmental sectors, including healthcare, formulated products, oil and gas, water, mining and advanced materials.


The Discussion will focus on the following four themes:
 
Understanding crystal nucleation mechanisms: where do we stand?
 
We will discuss recent advances and outstanding challenges in measuring, modelling and engineering the nucleation of crystals. Classical nucleation theory and its relevance, controlling nucleation and tackling heterogeneous nucleation will be discussed. We will ask which model systems best enable theory and experiment to work together to provide new insights, what we can learn from colloidal systems, and if we can understand and engineer secondary nucleation.
 
Growing crystals by design
 
This session will cover advances and challenges in modelling, measuring and engineering crystal growth, with an emphasis on predicting morphologies and influencing growth via engineered surfaces. We will discuss what factors to control to engineer growth, kinetics versus thermodynamics in crystal growth, and understanding where crystal growth appears on the surface. We will also ask whether epitaxial matching matters and if we can engineer surface topography to direct growth.
 
Controlling polymorphism
 
Polymorphism affects both organic and inorganic materials, in particular carbonates. Challenges lie in predicting the polymorphic outcome of a crystallisation process, polymorph solubility and exploiting polymorphism to obtain adaptive functional materials such as breathing MOFs. In this session, the prediction of processes that lead to specific polymorphs, the size a growing cluster has to be before its crystal phase is fixed and the prevention of unwanted polymorph production will all be discussed.
 
Learning Lessons from Nature – the future of biomimetics
 
In nature, crystallisation plays a role in many biological systems. Complex control mechanisms involving peptides, confined volumes and crowded environments allow natural crystalline materials to grow into beautiful, functional structures. This session will cover the use of biomimetic principles in engineering functional materials and developing more efficient crystallisation processes. We will discuss the limitations of biomimetic principles and how to get around these. We will also consider if the ability to design multifunctional nanocomposite materials, which are themselves devices, is within reach.
Speakers
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 12 July 2021 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 8th November 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 31 January 2022. 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.
Registration

Planning your trip

We encourage delegates who are planning to attend events in person to arrange suitable travel and accommodation insurance, which should include cover for the postponement or cancellation of travel caused by regulations and guidelines relating to Covid-19. We also recommend considering flexible travel and accommodation booking options where possible.

Registration is now open.

Register by clicking on the BOOK NOW button on this page.

In person registration includes:
  • Attendance at all scientific sessions
  • Live interaction with delegates attending virtually
  • Attendance at the poster session and access to the virtual poster gallery
  • Refreshments throughout the meeting and lunch on all three days
  • Attendance at the poster drinks reception on 28th March
  • Attendance at the conference dinner on 29th March
  • Access to all journal paper pdf “pre-prints” before the meeting
  • Access to recordings of all scientific sessions post-event
  • ***A copy of the Faraday Discussion journal volume, issued approximately 5 months after the meeting, containing all papers presented at the meeting and accompanying discussion comments.
Virtual registration includes:
  • Attendance at all scientific sessions via the Royal Society of Chemistry’s virtual conference platform
  • Live interaction with delegates attending in-person and other virtual delegates
  • Access to the virtual poster gallery and exhibitor/sponsor virtual rooms
  • Access to all journal paper pdf “pre-prints” before the meeting
  • Access to recordings of all scientific sessions post-event
  • ***A copy of the Faraday Discussion journal volume, issued approximately 5 months after the meeting, containing all papers presented at the meeting and accompanying discussion comments.
In-person registration fees are as follows (subject to VAT at the prevailing rate):
Early-bird Standard
RSC Member* £315 £365
Non-member** £415 £465
Student RSC member* £145 £195
Student non-member £175 £225
Accompanying person £100 £100
Please note accommodation is not included in the in-person registration fee.

Virtual registration fees are as follows (subject to VAT at the prevailing rate):
 
RSC Member* £95
Non-member** £145
Student RSC member* £45
Student non-member £65

* If you are a 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 2022 is available, the affiliate membership application will be processed and commence once the registrant has attended the event.
***Excluding students, who can order the volume at a reduced price at the conference.

Student delegates

In order to encourage undergraduate or postgraduate students to attend the Discussion, a reduced conference fee is available for students. 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 Faraday Discussion journal volume containing papers presented at the Discussion (issued approximately 5 months after the meeting) is not included in the student registration fee. Students may purchase a copy of the volume at less than half price. This discounted price is available to delegates when ordering during the registration process, or orders placed at the meeting where an application form will be made available.  

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 £100 which will include all lunches, refreshments and the conference dinner. The fee does not include attendance at any scientific sessions, journal paper pre-prints or the journal volume.

Accessibilty

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, please contact us to discuss your requirements so that we can enable your attendance.
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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 £500 towards activities that will develop your skills and experience as a researcher, which includes participation at conferences, either in-person or virtual.


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).
Sponsorship & supporting organisations
A selection of sponsorship opportunities is available for companies who would like to promote their activities at the 2022 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 2022 Faraday Discussion series, please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry on advertising@rsc.org. Sponsorship Menu
Venue
National Stem Learning Centre

National Stem Learning Centre, University of York, York, YO10 5DD, United Kingdom


This event is a hybrid event. For those attending in-person, venue details are as above. Virtual attendance will take place via the Royal Society of Chemistry’s virtual conference platform. For details of what’s included in virtual and in-person attendance, please see the registration section.

We are actively planning to hold this event in a hybrid format. Should the event move to be held in virtual-only format, any in-person delegate registrations will be refunded for the difference between in-person and virtual registration fees.
 
Accommodation
There is limited on site accommodation in Franklin House available for booking at the time of registration.  2 nights B&B (single en suite) 

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