Electrosynthesis Faraday Discussion

12 - 14 July 2023, Edinburgh , United Kingdom


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Introduction

Welcome

Join us in Edinburgh, or online, in July 2023 for this addition to our 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.

On behalf of our committee, we look forward to welcoming you to Edinburgh. 

Shelley Minteer  
Organising Committee Chair

​Format of the discussion 

Faraday Discussions have a special format where primary research papers written by the speakers are distributed to all participants before the meeting, and most of the meeting is devoted to discussing the papers. All delegates at the meeting, not just speakers, have the opportunity to make comments, ask questions, or present complementary or contradictory measurements and calculations during the discussion sessions. In addition, there is a dedicated poster session where further discussion takes place. The research papers and a record of the discussion are published in the journal Faraday Discussions.

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

Themes

Organic electrosynthesis initially emerged in the field of synthetic chemistry as an intrinsically green method to replace hazardous chemicals by electrons for oxidations and reductions. In recent years it has been shown to offer unique opportunities to increase conversion efficiencies and synthesize new molecules that are not accessible thermochemically or photochemically and not accessible from petroleum. It can also be used to streamline biocatalysis and chemocatalysis in biorefineries, manufacture chemicals from regional- and community-scale quantities of agricultural waste, and in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries to access fine chemicals in a more efficient and sustainable fashion. Nevertheless, many of these efforts remain exploratory as a fundamental understanding of the elementary processes involved in these transformations is still lacking. This meeting will bring together synthetic chemists, physical chemists, material scientists, electrochemists, computational scientists, and engineers to harness the transformative knowledge required to develop this technology.

Organic electrosynthesis
In this session we will address some of the key challenges in the field, which include developing materials for improving selectivity of electrosynthesis, eliminating the use/need for sacrificial electrodes, and acquiring a fundamental understanding of and interrogating the electrode/solution interface. We will focus on new novel transformations that can only be accomplished by electrosynthesis and the interfacial strategies for improving selectivity. 

Organic Electrosynthesis II
This will be a continuation of Session 1 with a stronger focus on the fundamental electrochemistry in these systems. Since most of these systems require a coupled homogeneous reaction mechanism, this session will include strategies to study and simulate mechanisms, as well as computational strategies for predicting chemistry, mechanism, and selectivity. 

Electrofuels
Although organic electrosynthesis is primarily focused on fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals, there is also a large group focused on the production of fuels via proton reduction, carbon dioxide reduction, and nitrogen reduction. These reductive transformations are challenging in terms of stable electrode interfaces and selectivity. In this session we will discuss catalyst design for molecular, nanomaterials, and biological catalysts, in-situ and operando techniques for studying the electrode/solution interface, and energy efficiency.

Flow cells and reactor design
As new transformations are developed, there is more need for considering reactor designs as some systems require intermediates to transport between anode and cathode and other systems require the separation of the anode and cathode. In this session we will discuss flow cell design and simulation, development of polymer electrolyte membranes that are tolerant to organic solvents, and understanding the transport limitations of systems. 
Speakers
Abstract Submission

Oral Abstracts – opportunity for late submission

A full research paper containing new unpublished results always accompanies oral presentations at Faraday Discussions. 

The deadline for oral presentation abstracts has now passed, however there remains an opportunity for a small number of late papers to be incorporated into the programme. If you are interested in submitting a paper for the Discussion please contact us to discuss. 

Papers must be submitted by 20 February 2023 and be full research papers with a significant amount of new, unpublished work. 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 2 May 2023. Posters are displayed throughout the meeting and a poster session is held on the first evening. The Faraday Division Poster Prize will be awarded to the best poster presented by a student at the conference.

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

Planning your trip

We encourage delegates who are planning to attend events in person to arrange suitable travel and accommodation insurance, which should include cover for the postponement or cancellation of travel caused by regulations and guidelines relating to Covid-19. We also recommend considering flexible travel and accommodation booking options where possible.

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 12 July
  • Attendance at the conference dinner on 13 July
  • 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 registration fee.

In-person registration fees are as follows (subject to VAT at the pervailing rate):
 
Early bird Standard
RSC member £395 £445
Non-member £495 £545
Student RSC member £195 £245
Student non-member £245 £295
Accompanying person £125 £125

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.
Virtual registration fees are as follows (subject to VAT at the pervailing rate):
 
Standard
RSC Member £235
Non-member £295
Student RSC member £115
Student non-member £145

Student Delegates

In order to encourage undergraduate or postgraduate students to attend the Discussion, a reduced conference fee (to include a set of pre-prints but not the final Discussion Volume) is available. 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 publication may be purchased at less than half price, only for orders placed at the meeting where an application form will be made available.

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.
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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 £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).
Venue
John McIntyre Conference Centre

John McIntyre Conference Centre, 18 Holyrood Park Rd, Edinburgh , EH16 5AX, United Kingdom

Accommodation
There are various accomodation options a short walk from the conference centre.

University of Edinburgh accommodation https://www.uoecollection.com/hotels/

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