15th International conference on materials chemistry (MC15)

12 - 15 July 2021, Dublin, Ireland

We understand that there is continuing uncertainty regarding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our scheduled events. We are keeping our programme under review and as appropriate we will actively explore alternatives, such as transitioning to a virtual conference, if required. We fully understand that it is difficult for delegates to make travel and conference plans at this time, however we encourage delegates to continue to submit their abstracts and to register in confidence that the conference will go ahead, and we are happy to refund registration fees at a later date if the conference plans change. We will contact all registered delegates as soon as possible with any changes to planned events, and the latest information on the conference schedule, registration details and any programme changes will be announced on these web pages. If you have any questions please contact us. We remain grateful for your support.


You are warmly invited to join us in Dublin 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 to Dublin in July 2021 on behalf of the Scientific Committee.
Cameron Alexander and Serena Corr


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.


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. 
Kirsten Jensen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Kirsten M. Ø. Jensen is an associate professor at Department of Chemistry at University of Copenhagen. She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Aarhus University in 2013. Following a postdoc position at Columbia University, she started her research group in Copenhagen in 2015. The research in her group concerns nanomaterials, focusing especially on the use of X-ray and neutron scattering for materials chemistry.

Jon Major, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

Dr Jon Major is an EPSRC research fellow at the Department of Physics and Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy at the University of Liverpool. He obtained his PhD in Physics from the University of Durham in 2008 before joining the University of Liverpool in 2011. His research focuses on material science and device performance analysis of thin film solar cells and functional materials.

Rosa Palacin, Barcelona, CSIC, Spain

Rosa studied chemistry and received her Ph.D. in materials science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.  In 1999 she became a permanent researcher at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona belonging to CSIC, the Spanish National Research Council and serves as deputy director since 2014. 
Her research career has been fully focused in rechargeable battery materials initially either nickel or lithium based and more recently covering alternative chemistries such as sodium-ion, magnesium and calcium.  Specific emphasis is set in tailoring structure and microstructure of electrode materials to maximise electrochemical performance for traditional technologies and in the development of new materials for emerging technologies. 
She has led diverse battery research projects with either public or industrial funding and is actively involved in the ALISTORE European virtual Research Institute devoted to battery research (co-director between 2010 and 2017).  She serves in the boards of the International Battery Association (IBA), IMLB and Batteries Europe ETIP, and is an associate editor for Chemistry of Materials since 2016.

Ram Seshadri, UC Santa Barbara, United States

Ram Seshadri has been on the faculty of the University of California, Santa Barbara since 2002, where he holds the Fred and Linda R. Wudl Chair of Materials Science, and is Distinguished Professor in the Materials Department and in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Since 2017, he has directed the National Science Foundation Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at UC Santa Barbara. Seshadri obtained his BSc. (Hons.) in Chemistry from St. Stephens College (Delhi University) and a PhD in Solid State Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, where he carried out research under the supervision of Professor C. N. R. Rao FRS. Following postdoctoral research in Caen, France, and in Mainz in Germany, he started his independent career in the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore as a faculty member before moving to Santa Barbara. The research carried out in his group combines aspects of physics, chemistry, and materials science, within the broad theme of crystal chemistry, and crystal-structure–property relations in functional inorganic materials. Seshadri has over 350 publications associated with these topics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the American Physical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and serves as an Associate Editor of Chemistry of Materials, and Annual Reviews of Materials Research.

  • Anna Blakney Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • Nirmalya Ballav IISER Pune, India
  • Elizabeth Gibson Newcastle University, United Kingdom
  • Yurii Gun'ko Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Feng Jiao University of Delaware, United States
  • Sohini Kar-Narayan University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Susan Kelleher University College Dublin, Ireland
  • LaShanda Korley University of Delaware, United States
  • Iseult Lynch University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Abbie McLaughlin University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
  • Peyman Moghadam University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • Kasper Moth Poulson Chalmers, Sweden
  • Alexandra Porter Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • Metin Sitti Max Planck, Germany
  • Ilja Voets Eindhoven Univeristy, Netherlands
  • Wolfgang Zeier University of Münster, Germany

Abstract Submission
We have two types of grants available to attend this meeting: 
  • A limited number of non-competitive travel 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 the competitive 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.

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).
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 a table top exhibition space, there are opportunities to sponsor social events, advertise in the abstract book or place a promotional item in delegate packs. A sponsorship menu document is will be available soon 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 solutions@rsc.org

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