Sustainable nitrogen activation Faraday Discussion

27 - 29 March 2023, London, United Kingdom


Introduction

Welcome

Join us in London , or online, in 2023 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 Discussion will focus on the development of more sustainable routes to ammonia production. It is aimed at all researchers working in the area, including established and early-career scientists, post-graduate students and industrial researchers. Oral and poster presentation opportunities are available to all these groups, and I invite you to submit an oral or poster abstract to 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.
 
Justin Hargreaves
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. 

Themes

Industrial scale ammonia synthesis, as accomplished by the Haber Bosch Process, was a landmark achievement of the 20th Century. However, as currently practiced, including feedstock generation, the process accounts for 1-2% of global energy demand and contributes significant fossil fuel based CO2 emissions. Accordingly, there is much contemporary interest in the development of more sustainable ammonia synthesis routes which could, for example, be operated on the local scale employing renewable energy. The four themes of this discussion will unite different research communities around a topic of mutual interest and great societal importance and particular emphasis will be placed upon the transfer of learning between the different themes.

Heterogeneous catalytic and chemical looping routes to N2 activation
This session will target fundamental understanding of N2 activation and its enhancement, integrating theory and experiment to understand the reaction mechanism and develop catalytic materials operating by, for example, associative pathways and those which circumvent the limitations of traditional catalysts. Approaches to the design of novel catalytic systems will be explored, including the development of chemical looping reagents and the emerging area of plasma-based catalytic routes for ammonia synthesis.

Electrocatalytic and photocatalytic routes to N2 activation
This session will consider two major challenges in the area of electrocatalytic N2 activation – the elimination of false positives in relation to obtaining reliable and reproducible data and the suppression of the competing hydrogen evolution reaction in relation to the nitrogen reduction reaction. The session will also consider photocatalytic N2 activation, with a focus on performance enhancement via defect engineering, enhanced light harvesting, increased understanding of structure(morphology)-activity relationships and suppression of competing pathways.

Enzymatic N2 activation
This session will relate to enhanced understanding of enzymatic N2 activation, particularly the detail of the mechanistic pathways used in nature and how an understanding of this can inform the identification of new systems and approaches for N2 activation. The session will consider the nature of the rate determining step, the role of protein environment and the interstitial carbon and the nature of electron transfer being topics of discussion. The structure-activity relationship will also be considered, with areas such as the effect of amino acid substitution (with parallels to ligand design as mentioned below for homogeneous systems) being investigated.

Homogeneous N2 activation
This session will cover experimental and computational approaches to homogeneous and biomimetic N2 activation systems. The focus will be on mechanistic studies, pathway development, identification of novel ligands, in terms of both electronic and steric influences extending across a range of systems, the design of novel systems with boosted proton coupled electron transfer, the optimisation of solvent systems and acidity, suppression of competitive hydrogen producing pathways and the design of novel bi- and multi-metallic systems. The interplay and importance of associative and dissociative pathways will be discussed.

Attendance 

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.
Abstract Submission

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Oral Abstracts 

A full research paper containing new unpublished results always accompanies oral presentations at Faraday Discussions. Submit an oral/paper abstract by 11 July 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 7 November 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 23 January 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.

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.

Additonal 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 fees to be confirmed. 

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
  • Attendance at the conference dinner on 28 March 2023
  • 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 Discussions 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.
 
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 Discussions journal volume, issued approximately 5 months after the meeting, containing all papers presented at the meeting and accompanying discussion comments.

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 an additional charge 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. 

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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 £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.
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