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15th International conference on materials chemistry (MC15)

12 - 15 July 2021


The Royal Society of Chemistry is hosting this event online.


You are warmly invited to join us online in July 2021. The international conference on materials chemistry has been a key meeting in the materials calendar for two decades. It's the flagship event for the RSC Materials Chemistry Division - and you can be a part of it.
Organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, the 2021 conference will host some of the leading materials researchers from around the world. It promises to be a great forum for materials chemists to network with and build strong collaborations within their community and related disciplines.
We look forward to welcoming you in July 2021 on behalf of the Scientific Committee.
Cameron Alexander and Serena Corr


For MC15 we have a programme covering materials chemistry in all its breadth and diversity. There are four main themes, listed below, and underlying the whole conference is an emphasis on sustainability in chemistry throughout the materials lifecycle. Plenary lectures will highlight advances across the themes and keynote speakers will describe leading work within each theme, with sustainability and diversity of the materials chemistry community at the forefront. 

Materials for a changing future
Encompassing all aspects of materials chemistry relating to responsive / 'smart' systems, hybrid bio/organic/inorganic materials, electronic and magnetic materials, evolving properties and artificial intelligence/computational materials systems. 

Materials for design and development 
Encompassing all aspects of materials chemistry critical to the design and development of sustainable processes, foundation industries and environmental applications, including new magneto- solar and thermoelectrics, optics, nanostructures and polymers.

Materials for energy
Encompassing all aspects of materials chemistry related to energy generation, conversion and storage, including Li-ion batteries and beyond (Li-metal anodes, solid-state, Na-ion...); emerging solar cell technologies, photo/electrocatalysis and solar fuel generation, fuel cells. 

Materials for life
Encompassing all aspects of materials chemistry related to biological or medical applications, biomimetic and bioinspired materials, and new ‘biohybrid’ systems. 

While MC15 is organised into these four broad themes, we acknowledge that materials chemistry is a multidisciplinary field and some topics may fall into more than one theme. Abstracts are welcomed in all areas of materials chemistry – when submitting your abstract please choose the theme most relevant to you.
Cinzia Casiraghi, The University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Prof Casiraghi holds a Chair in Nanoscience at the Department of Chemistry, University of Manchester (UK). She received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Nuclear Engineering from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cambridge (UK). In 2005, she was awarded with an Oppenheimer Early Career Research Fellowship, followed by the Humboldt Research Fellowship and the prestigious Kovalevskaja Award (1.5M Euro). In 2010 she joined the department of chemistry at the University of Manchester.
Her current research work focus on the development of biocompatible 2D inks and their use in printed electronics and biomedical applications. She has published more than 100 works in well-respected journals in the field, by collecting more than 30,000 citations and a h-factor of 49. She has been chair/co-chair and member of conference committees of several prestigious conferences, such as MRS, MRS, Graphene Week, Graphene conference, etc. She also serves as editorial board member of Nanoscale and Nanoscale Advances, both published by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).
She is a leading expert on Raman spectroscopy, used to characterize a wide range of carbon-based nanomaterials, as shown by the RSC Marlow Award (2014), given in recognition of her pioneering work on Raman spectroscopy. She is recipient of the Leverhulme Award in Engineering (2016, 100K GBP), and the recent RSC 2020 Gibson-Fawcett Award, in recognition of her contribution in the development of water-based 2D inks. She was also awarded an ERC Consolidator grant (2015, 2M Euro) and ERC Proof of Concept (2020, 150K Euro).

Iseult Lynch, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Iseult Lynch, PhD, MBA is Chair Professor in Environmental Nanosciences at the University of Birmingham (UoB), where she leads an international team of researchers.  She has a very broad overview of all aspects of nanomaterials safety assessment, with a research focus on the nanomaterial surface and it’s interactions with biomolecules (proteins, metabolites, natural organic matter, pollutants etc.) and the implications of these interactions for both nanomaterials fate and effects and on the biotic and abiotic responses induced in organisms. She is a Clarivate Highly Cited cross-field Researcher (2018) and her work has featured in both peer-reviewed and popular literature, and has been cited over 26,250 times leading to a h-index of 65. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and an Associate Editor for the RSC journal Environmental Science: Nano. She was awarded the RSC John Jeyes award for Environmental Chemistry in 2020 for her work on the environmental interactions of nanomaterials, and the 2021 Outstanding Science Award from the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) sponsored by Noack Laboratorien.

Rachel O’Reilly , University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Rachel O’Reilly is currently a Professor of Chemistry and Head of School at the University of Birmingham. She got her first degree from the University of Cambridge and went on to complete her PhD at Imperial College, London in 2003 with Professor Vernon Gibson. She then moved to the US to under the joint direction of Professors Craig J. Hawker and Karen L. Wooley. In 2006 she took up a Royal Society Fellowship at the University of Cambridge and then in 2009 she moved to the University of Warwick and in 2012 was promoted to full professor. She moved to Birmingham in 2018. Her group undertakes research in the area of catalysis, responsive polymers, nanostructure characterization and DNA nanomaterials. She has published over 200 papers to date and has received a number of awards, including the IUPAC-Samsung young polymer scientist award in 2012, and in 2013 the American Chemical Society Mark Young Polymer Scientist award. In 2017 she was awarded the Macromolecules/Biomacromolecules young investigator award from the ACS in recognition of her innovative research in polymer science and in 2020 the RSC Corday-Morgan Prize.

Paolo Samori, Université of Strasbourg and CNRS, France

Paolo Samorì is Distinguished Professor at the University of Strasbourg and Director of the Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS). His current research interests include two-dimensional materials, organic, inorganic and hybrid supramolecular systems, from their fundamental properties to their integration in high-performance (nano)devices for energy, sensing and optoeletronic applications

Mark Thompson, University of Southern California, United States

Mark Thompson received his B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1980 (U.C. Berkeley), his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1985 (California Institute of Technology) and was a postdoctoral fellow at Oxford University.  Thompson currently holds the Ray R. Irani Chair of Chemistry at the University of Southern California. He is a Fellow of the AAAS and Humboldt Society, has received a number of national and international awards and has been elected to the National Academy of Inventors and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).  His research involves the study of materials and devices for electroluminescence, photovoltaics and solar cells, chemical/biological sensing and catalysis.  Thompson is the author of approximately 400 papers in refereed professional journals and holds more than 250 patents primarily in the areas of optoelectronic applications, such as light emitting devices (LEDs) and solar cells.

Abstract Submission

Oral Abstracts

The oral abstract deadline has now passed. If you submitted an oral abstract, you should have received an email confirming the outcome. If you have not received this, please get in touch

Poster Abstracts

The poster abstract deadline has now passed. If you submitted an poster abstract, you should have received an email confirming the outcome. If you have not received this, please get in touch.

Registration is now closed

Registration includes:​
  • Attendance at the virtual sessions
  • Attendance at the poster sessions
  • Attendance at the networking sessions
Registration fees are as follows (subject to VAT at the prevailing rate):
Member £85
Non-member £115
Student member £35
Student non-member £55

* 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. 


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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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).

Scientific programme

A PDF of the full scientific programme can be downloaded from the Downloads section at the top of the page.

Guidance on online networking

The Career and Professional Development team at the Royal Society of Chemistry have provided a webinar that gives an overview of the importance of networking for your career, and provides some top tips, alongside guidance on getting the best out of the online conference platform. We recommend watching this ahead of the event.

Facilitated networking

12 July at 12:00 (BST)
Complementing the webinar, there will be a facilitated networking session in the first break on Day 1. This will be an opportunity for you to socialise with other delegates and familiarise yourself with how the networking rooms work on InEvent. Please join this session, make new connections, and find out how to get the most out of the online platform.

Ask the plenary speakers

12 July at 13:55 (BST)
14 July at 14:15 (BST)

There will be two Ask the plenary speaker sessions in the afternoon breaks on Monday and Wednesday. In these informal sessions, our plenary speakers and members of the scientific committee will answer your questions and offer advice from their experience as established researchers. Topics will include (but are not limited to): achieving/maintaining a work/life balance; grant and paper writing tips; choosing and making the most of the right opportunities; starting and leading a research group; things they wish they’d known as an early career researcher; and moving to and working in a different research environment. Questions on these and other themes are welcome – come along to what should be an interesting discussion!

Panel discussion on “The role of materials chemistry in enabling sustainability”

12 July at 16:30 (BST)
Chair: Serena Corr, University of Sheffield
Panellists: Jenny Baker, Keri Goodwin, Elizabeth Rowsell and Tony Ryan
Panellists will be discussing what sustainability means to them. What are the greatest challenges where materials chemistry can make the most impact, and what one area would panel members focus research on to enable that impact?

The panel discusson is free to attend. Please sign up here:

Coffee session for researchers with caring responsibilities - Launching the Recharge Network

13 July at 10:30 (BST)
Become part of the Recharge Network - share a cuppa and build a network. An informal coffee session for materials chemists with caring responsibilities to come together, share experiences and support each other. 

Careers in chemistry

13 July at 13:40 (BST)
A presentation about career planning, what employers look for, tips to effectively manage your career, and ideas on what opportunities you might consider.

Poster sessions

13 July at 15:30 (BST)
14 July at 10:00 (BST)
14 July at 15:30 (BST)

Whether or not you are presenting a poster, we encourage you to attend these sessions as they are your opportunity to discover and discuss new work, network with your peers, create new connections and collaborations, and (if you are a presenter) answer questions from the poster judges. 

Transferable skills and how to market yourself effectively

14 July at 11:45 (BST)
Building on the Careers from Chemistry presentation, this session will provide an overview of ways to identify, develop and effectively sell your transferable skills.

Quiz and networking

14 July from 17:00 (BST)
Why not grab a drink of your choice, open a networking room with friends and colleagues old or new, and test yourself with our MC themed quiz. Questions will be available to download from the menu bar on the conference platform.

How to publish with impact

15 July at 12:30 (BST)
This presentation will give an overview of scientific publishing. As well as providing an introduction to the Royal Society of Chemistry we will cover: how to write your paper; submission checklist, peer-review, ethics and open access. There will be time for Q&A throughout the workshop.

Meet the RSC editors

15 July at 14:55 (BST)
Complementing the presentation on How to publish with impact, there will be the opportunity to meet some of our academic journal editors during this dedicated break. Come along and put your questions to our editors, or simply say hello!

Careers consultations

Slots will be available to book via the online platform.
MC15 delegates can also book a CV consultation with an RSC career and professional development adviser who will review your CV and provide one-to-one advice. 
If the slots are fully booked, please email including information that you are attending MC15 and the Careers Team will contact you directly to arrange an alternative slot. Please note these consultations are only available for RSC members.
Sponsorship & supporting organisations
A selection of sponsorship opportunities are available for companies who would like to promote their activities at the 15th International conference on materials chemistry (MC15).

As well as booking an exhibition space, there are opportunities to sponsor social events or advertise in the abstract book. A sponsorship menu document is available to download from this page with more details and prices.

If you would like more information about sponsoring the 15th International conference on materials chemistry (MC15), please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry on Sponsorship Menu
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