15th International conference on materials chemistry (MC15)

12 - 15 July 2021


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


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. 

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.
Anna Blakney, University of British Columbia, Canada

Dr. Anna Blakney is an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia in the Michael Smith Laboratories and School of Biomedical Engineering. She received a BSc in Chemical and Biological Engineering prior to pursuing her PhD in Bioengineering at the University of Washington. She then completed her postdoctoral training at Imperial College London, co-supervised by Prof. Robin Shattock and Prof. Molly Stevens. Her group is interested in molecular and formulation immunoengineering to develop the next generation of RNA vaccines and therapies.

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.

Susan Kelleher, Dublin City University, Ireland

Susan completed her degree in Medicinal Chemistry in Trinity College Dublin (2005), after which she carried out her PhD in Organic Chemistry (2009), as well as a short post-doc in biodegradable chewing gum, in University College Dublin (UCD). In 2010, she moved to the Technical University Berlin, where she worked on the nano- and micro- surface patterning of biomaterials and investigated the ability of these surfaces to influence cell behaviour. In 2012, Susan joined Dublin City University (DCU), where she worked for 2 years on the functionalisation of surfaces and nanoparticles for use in point-of-care devices, and in 2014, secured independent funding to begin her own research projects in the areas of bioresponsive materials, nanopatterning and biomimetic engineering. In October 2016, Susan was appointed Assistant Professor of Soft Materials in UCD School of Chemistry and set up the Nanostructured Biomaterials Group. In February 2021, the group moved to the School of Chemical Sciences in DCU.

LaShanda Korley, University of Delaware, United States

Prof. LaShanda T. J. Korley is a Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Materials Science & Engineering and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware (UD). Previously, she held the Climo Associate Professorship of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, where she started her independent career in 2007. Prof. Korley is the Director of the recently awarded Energy Frontier Research Center – Center for Plastics Innovation (CPI) funded by the Department of Energy and also the Co-Director of the recently announced Materials Research Science and Center – UD Center for Hybrid, Active, and Responsive Materials (UD CHARM). She is also the Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE): Bio-inspired Materials and Systems and the co-director of the Center for Research in Soft matter & Polymers (CRiSP) at the University of Delaware.
She received a B.S. in both Chemistry & Engineering from Clark Atlanta University as well as a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999. Prof. Korley completed her doctoral studies at MIT in Chemical Engineering and the Program in Polymer Science and Technology in 2005, and she was the recipient of the Provost’s Academic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship at Cornell University in 2005. She was named a DuPont Young Professor in 2011 and was selected for the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering symposium. She was a Kavli Fellow of Japanese/American Frontiers of Science Symposium from 2012-16. Recently, Prof. Korley was elected as Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and was awarded the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) Lloyd N. Ferguson Young Scientist Award for Excellence in Research. Her research focuses on bio-inspired polymeric materials, film and fiber manufacturing, plastics recycling and upcycling strategies, stimuli-responsive composites, peptide-polymer hybrids, fiber-reinforced hydrogels, and renewable materials derived from biomass.

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.

Abbie McLaughlin, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Abbie Mclaughlin is currently a Professor at the Department of Chemistry, University of Aberdeen. She received her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2002 and moved to the University of Aberdeen in 2003 where she was awarded a Royal Society of Edinburgh personal Fellowship. She followed this up with a Leverhulme Trust Early Career fellowship and secured a lectureship at the University of Aberdeen in 2009.
Her research interests include the synthesis and study of transition metal oxides and oxyarsenides with fascinating properties such as superconductivity, magnetoresistance, magnetism and ionic conductivity.

Kasper Moth Poulson, Chalmers, Sweden

Professor Kasper Moth-Poulsen is a research leader in the field of nano-chemistry, energy storage materials and synthetic chemistry. His research activities focus on the development of methods to address single molecules and innovative technologies for solar thermal energy storage.
  KMP studied organic chemistry at the University of Copenhagen where he obtained the Cand. Scient. (2003) and Ph.D. (2007) degrees under the supervision of prof. Thomas Bjørnholm. After the Ph.D. degree, he worked as a postdoc. in the Bjørnholm lab. In 2009, he continued his career abroad as a postdoctoral associate at the College of Chemistry at U.C. Berkeley, where he worked with professors Rachel Segalman and Peter Vollhardt. In 2011 KMP was recruited to Chalmers University of Technology, as an assistant professor. In 2014 he was promoted to associate professor in 2017 to professor (bitr. prof.) and in 2019 full professor. Since 2020 KMP is the head of the division of applied chemistry at Chalmers.

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.

Alexandra Porter, Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Prof. Alexandra Porter’s interest is in design, toxicology and advanced electron microscopy of bio and nanomaterials and mechanisms by which they interact with cells and tissues to improve their performance and safety. She held an ERC starting investigator grant on development of nanomaterials to cross the blood brain barrier and assessment of their degradation behaviour and neurotoxicology. Her PhD research generated underpinning mechanistic insight into how silicon increases the quality of bone around hydroxyapatite bone grafts in vivo.

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.

  • 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
  • Iseult Lynch University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Peyman Moghadam University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • Metin Sitti Max Planck, Germany
  • Ilja Voets Eindhoven Univeristy, Netherlands
  • Wolfgang Zeier University of Münster, Germany

Abstract Submission

Oral Abstracts

Submit your oral abstract before 22 February 2021 under one of the four themes:
  • Materials for a changing future
  • Materials for design and development 
  • Materials for energy
  • Materials for life
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.

Authors will be notified of the outcome of the review process within about 4 weeks of the submission deadline. Please ensure you provide the details of the presenting author.

Poster Abstracts

Submit your poster abstract by 31 May 2021. Posters are displayed throughout the meeting. A Poster Prize will be awarded to the best poster presented at the conference.

Registration is now open 

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Registration includes:​
  • Attendance at the virtual sessions
  • Attendance at the poster session
  • Attendance at the networking sessions
  • A copy of the discussion pre-prints
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Member £85
Non-member £115
Student member £35
Student non-member £55

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**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. 
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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
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You are eligible to apply if: 
  • you are a chemist
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  • 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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