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Nanoalloys: recent developments and future perspectives Faraday Discussion

21 - 23 September 2022, London, United Kingdom


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


Join us in London, or online, in September 2022 for this edition of the Faraday Discussion series. For over 100 years and 300 meetings, Faraday Discussions have been the forefront of advancing the chemical sciences, and many of the Discussions have become landmark meetings in their field. The unique format of the Faraday Discussions allows for in-depth discussions and opportunities to establish new collaborations.
This meeting is for established and early-career scientists, post-graduate students and industrial researchers interested working on various aspects of bi- and multimetallic nanoalloys. The discussion will be of interest to researchers from chemistry, physics, and materials science, both experimentalists and theoreticians.
I invite you to join us to discuss recent developments and future perspectives of nanoalloys and make your contribution alongside leaders in the field.

On behalf of the organising committee, I look forward to welcoming you to London, or if you are joining us virtually, online.

Ewald Janssens
Chair, Nanoalloys


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.


In the field of nanoalloys many fundamental scientific questions and challenges remain. These include: the development of theoretical models to bridge ultrasmall clusters and large nanoparticles; the evolution from studying model catalysts to real catalysts under realistic operating conditions; developing thermally stable nanomagnets and nano-optic devices; controlling and tailoring nanoalloy formation processes in gas and liquid phases; determining transformation and ageing processes of nanoalloys in realistic environments;  the structure and properties of tri-and multi-metallic nanoalloys.

This Faraday Discussion aims to explore solutions to these challenges and more, and the meeting will be organised into the following themes:

Nanoalloy structures
In this session we will focus on structural characterization, both experimental and computational work, including TEM based techniques, spectroscopy, and global optimization strategies. This session will also deal with dynamics aspects of structure under non-equilibrium conditions and effects of finite temperature.

Nanoalloy catalysis
This session will cover experimental and computational studies of catalysis by nanoalloys, ranging from model systems (e.g.  fundamental measurements on free clusters and clusters on idealised surfaces) to realistic supported bi- and multimetallic nanoparticle catalysts under operational conditions.

Magnetic and optical properties of nanoalloys
This session will be devoted to the physical properties of nanoalloys concerning magnetism and optics, in close connection with the structure of the nanoalloys (session 1) and their elaboration.

Applications of nanoalloys
This session will link the fundamental science aspects of nanoalloys treated in the previous sessions with the most recent advances towards technological applications including sensors, biomedicine, electronic devices.
Miguel Jose Yacaman - Introductory Lecturer, Northern Arizona University, United States

Dr Jose Yacaman got his PhD from the national University of Mexico (UNAM) and has held positions at UNAM, University of Texas and currently at Northern Arizona University.  He is the Regent’s professor and chair of the Applied Physics and Materials science department. His work has been centered on structure and shape of clusters and nanoparticles where he has made important contributions particularly on Electron Microscopy and Electron diffraction. He is a fellow of the APS, MRS, AVS AAAS and MSA.

Christine Aikens , Kansas State University, United States

Christine M. Aikens earned her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry under the direction of Mark S. Gordon at Iowa State University in 2005 and performed postdoctoral research with George C. Schatz at Northwestern University. Prof. Aikens is currently a University Distinguished Professor at Kansas State University. She and her research group have published over 110 articles on understanding the physical and chemical properties of metal and metal oxide nanoparticles and other systems. Prof. Aikens received a NSF CAREER grant in 2010 and was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship and a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award in 2011.  She received the Journal of Physical Chemistry A Lectureship in 2015 and was chosen as a American Chemical Society Women Chemist’s Committee Rising Star in 2020.

Vincenzo Amendola , University of Padova, Italy

Vincenzo Amendola is Professor of Physical Chemistry at Padova University, where he established and directs the Laser Assisted Synthesis and Plasmonics lab, focusing its research activity on the mechanisms behind laser processing of colloids and its application to the synthesis of unconventional and non-equilibrium nanomaterials, that are exploited for experimental and theoretical investigations in the fields of plasmonics, sensing, nanomedicine and heterogeneous catalysis. He obtained the PhD in Materials Science and Engineering in 2008 and the Italian qualification as Full Professor in 2017, after research experience at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cambridge University. He is part of the Program Committee of the ANGEL conference series and he is a current member of the ChemPhysChem and Nanomaterials Editorial Advisory Boards. He was honoured with the Levi prize, the Semerano prize, the Young Innovators Award, the Alceste Mion Award and the Belloni prize. His research activity has been recently acknowledged with the inclusion in the top 100k scientists of the “science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators”.

Graham J. Hutchings, Cardiff University, United Kingdom

Graham Hutchings is Regius Professor of Chemistry at Cardiff University. He studied chemistry at University College London. His early career was with ICI and AECI Ltd where he became interested in gold catalysis. In 1984 he moved to academia and has held chairs at the Universities of Witwatersrand, Liverpool and Cardiff. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2009, a Member of Academia Europaea in 2010. He was awarded the Davy Medal of the Royal Society in 2013, the ENI Award for Advanced Environmental Solutions in 2017, the RSC Faraday Lectureship and Prize in 2018 a CBE in 2018, and the Michel Boudart Award in 2021.

Marcelo M. Mariscal , University of Cordoba, Argentina

Prof. Mariscal has been employed at Universidad Nacional de Cordoba (Argentina) since Spring 2004 and from Nov.2008 as a Professor at the Department of Theoretical & Computational Chemistry of the School of Chemical Sciences. Previously he made his PhD at the University of Ulm, Germany. In 2009-2010 he was Visiting Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio (US). His area of research is broadly described as computer simulations of nanostructured materials, including metal clusters and nanoalloys, 2D materials and theoretical models on the basis of statistic thermodynamics. He has published more than 70 papers in high-impact journals as well as two books and two book chapters on Computer Simulations of Nanomaterials. He organized several conferences in the last years on the nanoscience field. He is the Director of the Serafin project (the largest Argentina Supercomputer). He was the Director of the Department of Mathematics and Physics, Secretary of Science & Technology, Vice-Dean and now he is the Dean of the School of Chemical Science, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba Argentina.

Rolf Schäfer , TU Darmstadt, Germany

Rolf Schäfer is a Professor of Physical Chemistry at the Technical University of Darmstadt. His major interest is in small clusters, isolated in the gas phase but also supported on surfaces. He is focussed on the development of molecular beam and surface science techniques to study the dielectric, magnetic, optical, catalytic and structural properties of clusters in dependence of their size and chemical composition.

Abstract Submission

Oral abstracts

A full research paper containing new unpublished results always accompanies oral presentations at Faraday Discussions. Submit an oral/paper abstract by 17th January 2022 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 3 May 2022.

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 11 July 2022. Posters are displayed throughout the meeting, both in-person and online. The Faraday Division poster prize will be awarded to the best poster presented by a student.
As this Discussion is being planned as a hybrid event we will be using a dedicated online poster platform to show all posters. Poster presenters who are attending the Discussion in-person will also need to print and display their poster physically. If your poster is accepted for this event, you will receive an email from us with further information on how to present your poster.

Additional Information

All oral and poster abstracts will be reviewed. 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.

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 Sponsorship Menu
The Royal Society of Chemistry

The Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BA, United Kingdom

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