Photoelectron spectroscopy and the future of surface analysis Faraday Discussion

20 - 22 April 2022, London, United Kingdom


Introduction

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

Welcome

Join us in London, or online, in April 2022 for this edition of the Faraday Discussion series. For over 100 years and 300 meetings, Faraday Discussions have been the forefront of physical chemistry. Many of these Discussions have become landmark meetings in their field.
 
We invite you to join us to discuss new horizons in surface analysis using photoelectron spectroscopy and related methods, and make your contribution to this cutting-edge dialogue.
 
This meeting is for established and early-career scientists, post-graduate students and industrial researchers interested in changing our understanding of surface chemistry. Given the recent developments in the field, the unique format of the Faraday Discussions will allow for in-depth discussions and opportunities to establish new collaborations, helping to develop the roadmap for the landscape of surface chemistry for the years ahead.
 
On behalf of the organising committee, I look forward to welcoming you to London, or if you are joining us virtually, online.
 
Philip R. Davies
Chair

Format

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.

Find out more about the Faraday Discussions in the video available. 

Themes

Technical advances in probing surface chemistry with photoelectron spectroscopy under ambient pressures and at buried interfaces enables us to capture information on the chemical state under conditions close to real life applications. Meanwhile time-resolved XAS and XES provide the capability of capturing snapshots of the electronic structure of surface states in the femtosecond time regime allowing us to probe reaction pathways with unprecedented precision. There is also a transformation in access to these techniques. These new approaches are changing our understanding of surface chemistry in an extremely diverse range of applications, from device manufacture to in-vivo sensing to catalysis. It is very timely to consider this new knowledge emerging and explore the potential applications of these tools to other areas.
  
The Faraday Discussion will be organised into the following themes:
 
In-situ methods: discoveries and challenges
This session will discuss:

  • Our changing understanding of catalytic processes where NAP-XPS is of particular interest
  • Emerging approaches to ambient pressures: pitfalls and advances
  • New areas of application of NAPXPS
  • The role of water in surface processes
  • How has our understanding of real systems been transformed over the last decade by existing in-situ approaches?
  • Flat / single crystal samples vs “real” nano-particulate samples: how can we establish reliable links and conclusions between the two?


Buried interfaces
This session will cover:

  • Applications, relevance and accuracy of sputtering with the new cluster sources.
  • Hard x-ray PES applications
  • Angle resolved PES
  • Electron transport theory and the potential use of the inelastic background
  • Ionisation cross sections at higher energies
  • Emerging approaches. Fundamental limits to present approaches, can they be by-passed?


Time resolved surface analysis (kinetic and molecular timescales)
This session will discuss:

  • What successful strategies have been used in acquiring time resolved surface sensitive data?
  • What are the fundamental limits?
  • Time resolution at the molecular time-scale, i.e. core-hole clock and other resonant photoelectron spectroscopies
  • What are the potential applications?


Future directions
This session will cover:

  • Imaging, high resolution chemical state imaging
  • Electrochemical interfaces
  • Use of 4th-generation (diffraction-limited) synchrotrons for surface spectroscopy
  • Use of Free Electron Lasers in surface spectroscopy in general – technical problems
  • Modelling of XPS/NEXAFS spectra by DFT and other methods
  • ARPES and spin-resolved ARPES

Speakers
Abstract Submission

Oral Abstracts and Research Papers

Oral abstract submission is now closed. 

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 submit a full research paper with a significant amount of new, unpublished work by 29 November 2021.

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 7 February 2022. Posters are displayed throughout the meeting, both in-person and virtually. 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 for those attending in-person and inviting you log on to the poster platform where you will be able to upload a PDF of your poster.

 Additional Information

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

Registration opening soon

In-person registration includes:
  • Attendance at all scientific sessions
  • Live interaction with delegates attending virtually
  • Attendance at the poster session and access to the virtual poster gallery
  • Refreshments throughout the meeting and lunch on all three days
  • Attendance at the poster drinks reception on 20 April
  • Attendance at the conference dinner on 21 April
  • Access to all journal paper pdf “pre-prints” before the meeting
  • Access to recordings of all scientific sessions post-event
  • ***A copy of the Faraday Discussion journal volume, issued approximately 5 months after the meeting, containing all papers presented at the meeting and accompanying discussion comments
  • Please note accommodation is not included in the in-person registration fee
Virtual registration includes:
  • Attendance at all scientific sessions via the Royal Society of Chemistry’s virtual conference platform
  • Live interaction with delegates attending in-person and other virtual delegates
  • Access to the virtual poster gallery and exhibitor/sponsor virtual rooms
  • Access to all journal paper pdf “pre-prints” before the meeting
  • Access to recordings of all scientific sessions post-event
  • ***A copy of the Faraday Discussion 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 (subject to VAT at the prevailing rate):
 
Type Early Bird Standard
RSC Member* £315 £365
Non-member** £415 £465
Student RSC Member* £145 £195
Student non-member** £175 £225
Accompanying persons £100 £100

Virtual registration fees are as follows (subject to VAT at the prevailing rate):
 
Type Rate
RSC Member* £95
Non-member** £145
Student RSC Member* £45
Student non-member** £65

* If you are a 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 2022 is available, the affiliate membership application will be processed and commence once the registrant has attended the event. 

***Excluding students, who can order the volume at a reduced price at the conference. 

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 a charge of £100 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.

Accessibility

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, please contact us to discuss your requirements so that we can enable your attendance.
 
Bursaries

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).
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 advertising@rsc.org. Sponsorship Menu
Venue
The Royal Society of Chemistry

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


This event is a hybrid event. For those attending in-person, venue details are as above. Virtual attendance will take place via the Royal Society of Chemistry’s virtual conference platform. For details of what’s included in virtual and in-person attendance, please see the registration section.

We are actively planning to hold this event in a hybrid format. Should the event move to be held in virtual-only format, any in-person delegate registrations will be refunded for the difference between in-person and virtual registration fees.
 
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