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Rechargeable non-aqueous metal–oxygen batteries Faraday Discussion

18 - 20 September 2023, York, United Kingdom



Join us in York, in September 2023 for this addition to our Faraday Discussion series. For over 100 years and 300 meetings, Faraday Discussions have been at the forefront of the physical sciences and many Discussions have become landmark meetings in their field.

This Discussion will bring together a wide range of researchers working on metal–oxygen batteries to deliver an unmissable opportunity to share and discover new work, reconnect with colleagues and establish new collaborations.

On behalf of our committee, we look forward to welcoming you to York.

Laurence Hardwick

Why attend?

Find out more about Faraday Discussions in the video and FAQ – see useful links above.
A unique conference format that prioritises discussion
At a Faraday Discussion, the primary research papers written by the speakers are distributed to all participants before the meeting – ensuring that most of the meeting is devoted to discussing the latest research.
This provides a genuinely collaborative environment, where discussion and debate are at the foreground. All delegates, not just speakers, are invited to make comments, ask questions, or present complementary or contradictory measurements and calculations.
An exciting programme of talks – and more
Take part in a well-balanced mix of talks, discussion, poster sessions and informal networking, delivered by our expert events team. You can explore the full programme in the downloadable files above – whether you’re attending in-person or online, every minute provides an opportunity.
The conference dinner, included in the registration fee, contains the Marlow Cup ceremony: a unique commemoration of past Faraday Discussion organisers that is sure to encourage further discussions over dinner.
In-depth discussion with leaders in the field
World-leading and established researchers connect with each other and early-career scientists and postgraduate students to discuss the latest research and drive science forwards. It’s a unique atmosphere – and challenging others to get to the heart of the problem is encouraged!

“I vividly remember chairing a Discussion where an early career researcher asked a phenomenally simple but brilliant question that totally disarmed a highly experienced and celebrated electrochemist. Those few seconds of silence and tension illustrate perfectly the magic of Faraday Discussions at their very best!” 
Professor David Fermin, Faraday Standing Committee on Conferences
Your contributions, published and citable
A citable record of the discussion is published in the Faraday Discussions journal, alongside the research papers. Questions, comments and remarks become a valuable part of the published scientific conversation, and every delegate can make a major contribution.
Discover historic York
The Discussion will take place at the National STEM Learning Centre on the University of York campus, a 20-minute walk from the lively city centre and its historic attractions. Step out to see the sights while you’re here – or stay a few extra days to explore the city and the surrounding area.


The Discussion will focus on the following four themes:

Mechanism of ORR and OER in non-aqueous electrolytes
Discussion in this section will focus on understanding ORR and OER using fundamental or well-characterised electrode systems, and the use of redox mediators and how to obtain high coulombic and charge–discharge efficiencies.

Materials for stable metal–oxygen battery cathodes
Key discussion points will include material interface design, morphology of cathode materials, the use of carbon as an electrode substrate, reproducible cell testing and chemical and electrochemical characterisation techniques.

Metal anodes and protected interfaces
Discussion will cover dendrite prevention, solid-state coatings and electrolytes, as well as how to achieve a stable solid–electrolyte interphase and minimise side reactions.

Towards practical metal–oxygen batteries
Key discussion points will include the metrics required at a materials level to obtain competitive performance, cyclability and durability.

Abstract Submission

Oral abstracts

Abstract submission is now closed.

Submit an oral/paper abstract by 16 January 2023 if you wish to be considered for an oral presentation and associated published paper.  A full research paper containing new unpublished results always accompanies oral presentations at Faraday Discussions. 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 24 April 2023

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

Abstract submission is now closed.

Submit your poster abstract by 24 July 2023. Posters are displayed throughout the meeting and a poster session is held on the first evening.  A poster prize will be awarded to the best poster presented by a student at the conference.

Additional information

All oral and poster abstracts will be reviewed by the committee. 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 is closed

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.

Please note accommodation is not included in the registration fee.

In-person registration includes:
  • Attendance at all scientific sessions
  • Attendance at the poster session
  • Refreshments throughout the meeting and lunch on all three days
  • Attendance at the poster drinks reception on 18 September 2023
  • Attendance at the conference dinner on 19 September 2023
  • Access to all journal paper pdf “pre-prints” before the meeting
  • Access to recordings of scientific presentations post-event
  • *A copy of the Faraday Discussions 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:
Early bird
07 August 2023
29 August 2023
RSC Member* £395 +VAT £445 +VAT
Non member* £495 +VAT £545 +VAT
Student RSC member £195 +VAT £245 +VAT
Student non member £245 +VAT £295 +VAT
Accompanying person £125 +VAT £125 +VAT

All prices quoted do not include VAT, which is added during registration at the prevailing rate in the UK

Virtual registration includes:​
  • Access to all journal paper pdf “pre-prints” before the meeting
  • Access to recordings of scientific presentations post-event
Virtual registration fees are as follows :
RSC member* £45+VAT
Non-member* £75+VAT
Student RSC member £25+VAT
Student non-member £45+VAT
All prices quoted do not include VAT, which is added during registration at the prevailing rate in the UK

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 an additional charge 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.


The RSC 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.

Terms and Conditions for Events run by the Royal Society of Chemistry


Researcher Development and Travel Grants

If you are an RSC Member and you are one of the following

  • A PhD student;
  • An academic researcher within 10 years of completion of a PhD (including postdoctoral researchers);
  • Working in the industry within 10 years of leaving full-time education or;
  • A technician within 10 years of leaving full-time education.
You can apply for up to £500 to support your participation in this event.

Please note it is not necessary to have confirmation of abstract acceptance before applying for a Researcher Development and Travel Grant and we encourage you to apply as early as possible. This Grant is open for 11 months of the year – January to November.
Applicants must apply for activities occurring at least 2 months from the end of your application month. Please see the website for up-to-date information on eligibility, how to apply and submission deadlines.
Researcher Development and Travel 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 2023 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 will be 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 2023 Faraday Discussion series, please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry on Sponsorship Menu
National STEM Learning Centre

National STEM Learning Centre, Univerity of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD, United Kingdom

Any delegates who’d like to book their accommodation at the venue please email with the dates they would like to stay. Please quote Faraday Discussion KX: 192 to gain the discounted partner rate for this conference.

The University of York reception team will respond to confirm the booking and will send details on your stay closer to the date.

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