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16th International conference on materials chemistry (MC16)

3 - 6 July 2023, Dublin, Ireland



You are warmly invited to join us in Dublin in July 2023. The international conference on materials chemistry has been a key meeting in the materials calendar for three decades.

Organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, the 2023 hybbrid conference will host leading materials researchers from around the world. It's the flagship event for the RSC Materials Chemistry Community (previously Materials Chemistry Division) - and you can be a part of it.

Oral and poster presentation opportunities are available to researchers of all career stages and we invite you to submit an abstract to make your contribution. The conference 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 to Dublin and online in July 2023.

David Scanlon and Silvia Vignolini 


For MC16 we have a programme covering materials chemistry in all its breadth and diversity. There are four main themes, listed below. Plenary lectures will highlight advances across the themes and keynote speakers will describe leading work within each theme.

While MC16 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.

Approaches to material design and discovery
Materials chemistry critical to the design and development of foundation industries, evolving properties and artificial intelligence/computational materials systems, automation, sustainable processes

Future materials
Materials chemistry relating to responsive / 'smart' systems, inorganic materials, electronic and magnetic materials, new magneto-, optics, nanostructures and polymers

Materials for energy
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, solar and thermoelectrics

Materials for life
Materials chemistry related to biological or medical applications, biomimetic and bioinspired materials, and new ‘biohybrid’ systems, bio-organic/inorganic, sustainable/green chemistry
Cameron Alexander, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

Cameron Alexander is Professor of Polymer Therapeutics at the School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham, UK.
Professor Alexander received degrees (BSc and PhD) in Chemistry from the University of Durham, UK and carried out post-doctoral research at the Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis, University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and received the UK Macro Group Medal in 2014 for contributions to polymer science. His research focuses on drug, gene and cell delivery for applications in areas ranging from vaccines and therapeutics for infectious diseases through to cancers and neurodegeneration. This work has been generously funded by research councils, industry and charities.
Professor Alexander has been highly fortunate to work with scientists from more than 20 countries in his research group in the last decade, and the group maintains strong international links irrespective of political border!

Paul Attfield, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Paul Attfield holds a Chair in Materials Science at Extreme Conditions at the School of Chemistry and Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions, University of Edinburgh. He received B.A. and D.Phil. degrees from Oxford University, and he was a Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Superconductivity at the University of Cambridge during 1991-2003. He received the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Meldola and Corday-Morgan medals and Peter Day award, and he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2014. Early research contributions included pioneering resonant X-ray scattering experiments of cation and valence ordering, and studies of disorder effects in functional oxides. Current research is centred on electronic and magnetic materials including use of high pressure methods.

Andrew Beale, University College London, United Kingdom

Andrew Beale is a Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, Group leader at the Research Complex at Harwell, Chief Scientific Officer of Finden Ltd and a management group member of the EPSRC-sponsored UK Catalysis Hub. He was awarded a BSc from the University of Sussex followed by a PhD at the Royal Institution of Great Britain on the subject of in situ X-ray crystallisation studies of mixed oxide materials. He then worked as a Postdoctoral fellow, VENI research fellow and Assistant Professor in the Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Andy then returned to the UK and to UCL in 2013 as an EPSRC Early career fellow.
His interests lie in establishing structure-function relationships in materials, including catalytic solids and energy storage as a function of both time and space using X-ray & optical spectroscopic and scattering methods applied under in situ and operando conditions. In 2012 he co-founded Finden Ltd providing high-end characterisation of solid-state functional materials spanning the fields of catalysis, energy, automotive parts and pharmaceuticals. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Eugene Chen, Colorado State University, United States

Eugene Chen is a University Distinguished Professor, the John K. Stille Endowed Chair in Chemistry, and the Millennial Professor of Polymer Science and Sustainability. He received his undergraduate education in China and his Ph.D. degree from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His group’s research is centered on polymer science, green & sustainable chemistry, and chemical catalysis. His team has been recognized with: Excellence in Commercialization Award in 2012 by the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association; the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award in 2015 by the US Environmental Protection Agency; and the Arthur Cope Mid-Career Scholar Award in 2019 by the American Chemical Society.

Andrew Dove, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Andrew P. Dove is a Professor of Chemistry in the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham. His group’s research is centred around degradation in polymers with specific focusses on the development and application of sustainable polymers and degradable polymeric biomaterials. Andrew completed his Ph.D. at Imperial College, London in 2003 where he focused on metal catalyzed coordination insertion polymerization. Andrew undertook postdoctoral research first under the guidance of Prof. Robert M. Waymouth at Stanford University, California, and then as a CIPMA postdoctoral fellow at IBM, San Jose, California, under the supervision of Dr. James L. Hedrick and Prof. Robert M. Waymouth. Andrew returned to the UK to take up a RCUK Fellowship in Nanotechnology at the University of Warwick in 2005, being appointed as Assistant Professor in 2006, Associate Professor in 2009 and Full Professor in 2014. He moved to the University of Birmingham in 2018 where he is a Professor of Sustainable Polymer Chemistry. His work has been acknowledged by several awards and prizes including the 2014 RSC Gibson-Fawcett Award, 2016 ACS Biomacromolecules/Macromolecules Young Researcher Award, 2018 RSC Norman Heatley Award, 2019 MacroGroup UK Medal and 2022 RSC Corday-Morgan Prize.

María Escudero Escribano, ICREA and ICN2, Spain

María Escudero Escribano is an ICREA Professor at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) in Barcelona, where she leads the NanoElectrocatalysis and Sustainable Chemistry (NanoESC) Group. She graduated in Chemical Engineering from the University of Extremadura and obtained her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Autonomous University of Madrid (2011). She carried out her postdoctoral research at the Technical University of Denmark (2012-2015) and was a DFF-Sapere Aude: Research Fellow at Stanford University (2015-2017). She joined the University of Copenhagen in 2017 as a tenure-track Assistant Professor and Group Leader in 2017 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2021. In September 2022, she joined ICN2 as an ICREA Professor. The NanoESC Group (, led by María, investigates tailored interfaces and catalyst nanomaterials for renewable energy conversion and production of sustainable fuels and chemicals.

María has received numerous awards at national and international levels in recognition of her groundbreaking research. These awards include the European Young Chemist Award (Gold Medal) 2016, the Princess of Girona Scientific Research Award 2018, the Electrochemical Society (ECS) Energy Technology Division Young Investigator Award 2018, the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry Young Researchers Award 2019, the Clara Immerwahr Award 2019, the RSC Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division Horizon Prize: John Jeyes Award 2021, and the Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship 2021. She is an Elected Member of the Young Academy of Spain. In 2022, María was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council with her project ATOMISTIC: atomic-scale tailored materials for electrochemical methane activation and production of valuable chemicals.

Marina Freitag, Newcastle University, United Kingdom

Dr Marina Freitag is currently a Reader in Energy Materials and a Royal Society University Research Fellow at Newcastle University. She is developing new light-driven technologies that incorporate coordination polymers to solve the most important challenges in the research area, including issues of sustainability, stability and performance of hybrid PV. The development of such highly innovative concepts has given Marina international recognition, including recipient of the prestigious 2022 Royal Society of Chemistry Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize 2022, and placed her at the heart of a new wave of sustainable optoelectronic devices.Her research into hybrid molecular devices, began during her doctoral studies (2007-2011, Rutgers University, NJ, USA) where she was awarded an Electrochemical Society Travel Award and Dean Dissertation Fellowship 2011. Dr Freitag moved to Uppsala University (2013-2015) for a postdoctoral research position, which focused on the implementation of alternative redox mediators, leading to a breakthrough today known as “zombie solar cells”. Dr Freitag was invited to further develop this work at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) with Prof. Anders Hagfeldt (July 2015-August 2016). From 2016-2020 she was appointed as Assistant Professor at Uppsala University, Sweden, where she received the Göran Gustaffsson Young Researcher Award 2019. 

Tomislav Friscic, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Tomislav Friščić is a Professor and Leverhulme International Chair in Green and Sustainable Chemistry at the University of Birmingham (UK). His team is developing strategies for safer, environmentally-friendly synthesis and the design of advanced functional materials. He is a co-author on over 300 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and patent applications (4 granted so far), and is also a co-founder of two “CleanTech” start-up companies. He received his B.Sc. at the University of Zagreb with Branko Kaitner (2001), Ph.D. with Leonard MacGillivray at the University of Iowa (2006). He was a post-doctoral associate with William Jones (2006) at the Pfizer Institute for Pharmaceutical Materials Science, and Herchel Smith Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge (2008). He was a Professor and Tier-1 Canada Research Chair in Mechanochemistry and Solid-state Chemistry at McGill University until 2022.
               He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada, corresponding member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and a former Chair of the Canadian National Committee for Crystallography. His group’s work was recognized by awards, including the NSERC John C. Polany Award (2022), the Brusina Medal of the Croatian Society of Natural Sciences (2021), Award for Research Excellence in Materials Chemistry of the Canadian Society for Chemistry (2019), Royal Society of Canada Rutherford Medal (2018), Steacie Prize for Natural Sciences (2018), and others.

Janine George, BAM, Germany

Dr. Janine George received her PhD in computational and solid-state chemistry in 2017 from RWTH Aachen University, where she was advised by Richard Dronskowski. Her PhD was funded by the Fonds der chemischen Industrie. She then worked as a postdoctoral researcher and Marie Curie fellow in the laboratories of Geoffroy Hautier and Gian-Marco Rignanese at Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium, where she specialized on materials informatics and data-driven research. During her postdoc, she worked as a guest researcher in Volker Deringer's group at the University of Oxford, which was funded by HPCEuropa3. She has been a junior group leader at the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung, BAM) and at the Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena since May 2021. Her research group is interested in data analysis and high-throughput computation for material discovery.

Silvia Giordani, Dublin City University, Ireland

Silvia Giordani is a Full Professor Chair of Nanomaterials and the Head of School of Chemical Sciences at Dublin City University.  After receiving a “Laurea” in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology from the University of Milan (Italy) in 1999, she moved to the Center for Supramolecular Science at the University of Miami (USA) where she graduated with a Master and a PhD in Chemistry. In 2003 she moved to Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Ireland to work on a EU-funded Marie Curie project on “Template Grown Molecular Nanomaterials” as the young researcher. She successfully applied for the Marie Curie reintegration grant to work on a research project at the University of Trieste. In 2007 she received the prestigious President of Ireland Young Researcher Award and started her independent career as Research Assistant Professor at TCD. In September 2013 she funded the “Nano Carbon Materials” research lab at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT). In December 2016 she was appointed Associate Professor in Organic Chemistry at the University of Turin, Italy and in October 2018 Professor Chair of Nanomaterials within the School of Chemical Sciences at Dublin City University. Her main research interests are in the design, synthesis, and characterization of a wide range of nanomaterials for applications in smart and responsive bio- related nanotechnologies. She is the author/co-author of approx. 150 manuscripts, reviews and book chapters. She is the recipient of many international prizes and honours including the L’Oreal UNESCO for Women in Science fellowship, the William Evans visiting fellowship from the University of Otago (New Zealand) and is a Visiting Scientist to the Bio-Nano Institute at Toyo University (Japan).

Becky Greenaway, Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Dr Becky Greenaway is a Lecturer and Royal Society University Research Fellow at Imperial College London. She completed her DPhil at the University of Oxford in 2013 under the supervision of Prof. Ed Anderson. She then worked with Prof. Andy Cooper FRS as a PDRA at the University of Liverpool, before being awarded a URF in 2019 allowing her to establish an independent research career. In May 2020 she joined the Department of Chemistry at Imperial, where she now serves on the management team for the EPSRC Centre for Rapid Online Analysis of Reactions (ROAR), the management board for ATLAS – a new high-throughput automation facility for accelerated materials research, and she is the automation lead in the recently launched DigiFAB Institute. Becky is also on the early career advisory board for ChemPlusChem. Current research in the group focusses on the accelerated discovery of functional molecular organic materials assembled using dynamic covalent strategies. This includes the development of high-throughput automated workflows, and also of non-conventional phases of porous materials such as liquids, liquid crystals, and glasses.

Tanja Junkers, Monash University, Australia

Tanja Junkers graduated with a PhD degree in physical chemistry from Goettigen University in Germany in 2006, having worked on the determination of kinetic rate coefficients for radical reactions during polymerizations. In the two years that followed, she was research associate at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, shifting her focus more and more towards synthetic polymer chemistry. Between 2008 and beginning of 2010 she was a senior research scientist at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany in the group of Prof. Christopher Barner-Kowollik. Early 2010 she was then appointed professor at Hasselt University in Belgium, where she founded the Polymer Reaction Design group. In January 2018 she joined Monash University as full professor, focusing on her work on continuous flow polymerizations, (nano)particle formation and design of complex precision polymers. In recent years she expanded her research interests into the field of lab automation, machine learning and data driven polymer chemistry. She is an associate editor for the journals Chemical Science and Polymer Chemistry of the RSC, and a titular member of the IUPAC polymer division.

Hema Karunadasa, Stanford University, United States

Hema Karunadasa is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University, a Faculty Scientist at the SLAC National Lab, and a Senior Fellow of the Precourt Institute for Energy. She grew up in Sri Lanka and received her A.B. from Princeton University. She obtained her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from UC Berkeley and then did her postdoctoral research at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and at the California Institute of Technology. Her group uses solution-state methods for the self-assembly of solid-state materials, with an emphasis on halide perovskites and their derivatives. Her recent awards include the Brown Science Foundation Investigator award (2022) and the American Chemical Society Harry Gray award (2020) and the Inorganic Lectureship (2022). She is an Associate Editor for Chemical Science (Royal Chemical Society).

George Malliaras, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

George Malliaras is the Prince Philip Professor of Technology at the University of Cambridge. He leads the Bioelectronics Laboratory, an interdisciplinary group of scientists, engineers and clinicians who translate advances in electronics to better tools for healthcare. George received a PhD from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands and did a postdoc at the IBM Almaden Research Center, USA. Before joining Cambridge, he was a faculty member at Cornell University in the USA, where he also served as the Director of the Cornell NanoScale Facility, and at the School of Mines in France. His research has been recognized with awards from the New York Academy of Sciences, the US National Science Foundation, and DuPont, and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Linköping in Sweden. He is a Fellow of the Materials Research Society and of the Royal Society of Chemistry and serves as Deputy Editor of Science Advances.

Carlos Martí-Gastaldo, Universidad de Valencia, Spain

Carlos Martí-Gastaldo was initially trained in Coordination Chemistry and Molecular Magnetism in E. Coronado´s group at the ICMol-University of Valencia (PhD 2009), before shifting focus to apply his training to the design of Metal-Organic Frameworks during my postdoctoral stage as a Marie Curie Fellow in M. J. Rosseinsky's group at the University of Liverpool (2010-2012). He began his independent career in 2013 in Liverpool, with the award of a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. In 2014, he returned to the ICMol with a Ramón y Cajal Fellowship to lead the design of highly stable MOFs, one of the strategic research lines of the 1st ‘María de Maeztu’ Excellence program awarded to the center. With the award of an ERC Starting Grant in 2016, he established his own research group at the ICMol. The Functional Inorganic Materials team (FuniMat) is focused on the design and processing of porous inorganic materials for biological and environmental-related applications. He founded the start-ups ‘Porous Materials for Advanced Applications’ (2018) and ‘Porous Materials in Action’ (2021) to accelerate the transfer of research results into socially useful products and services. He received an ERC Consolidator Grant in 2022 and is one of the guarantor investigators of the 2nd ‘María de Maeztu’ Excellence program of ICMol (2021-2024), and main responsible of the implementation of a new research line for the Molecular Design of Biomaterials in the center.

Jamie Neilson, Colorado State University, United States

James Neilson studied Materials Science & Engineering at Lehigh University for his undergraduate degree, completing research with Professor Himanshu Jain, as well as Professor Stephen Elliot at the University of Cambridge during a summer exchange.  James earned his Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of California Santa Barbara working with Professor Daniel Morse and Professor Ram Seshadri.  He then performed postdoctoral research at Johns Hopkins University with Professor Tyrel McQueen until 2013.  In 2013, he joined the faculty of Colorado State University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry.  Since then, he has received numerous awards for his research and teaching, including the Sloan Research Fellowship from the A. P. Sloan Foundation, the Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement, and early career awards from both the Department of Energy and National Science Foundation.  Since his promotion to Associate Professor, James has received a Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship to spend the 2022-2023 academic year at the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory at the University of Oxford.  The key research theme throughout this journey has been to understand how materials synthesis influence structure and properties, along with challenges in elucidating the nature of order and disorder in atomistic structures.

Kyoko Nozaki, University of Tokyo, Japan

KyokoNozaki is a Professor at the University of Tokyo. She graduated from Kyoto University and received her Ph.D. in 1991 from the same university. Since 1991, she has been a faculty member at Kyoto University, moved to the University of Tokyo in 2002, and has been a Professor at the University of Tokyo since 2003. Her research interest is focused on the development of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts for polymer synthesis and organic synthesis.
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Itziar Oyarzabal, BCMaterials & Ikerbasque Foundation, Spain

Dr. Oyarzabal is an Ikerbasque Research Fellow at BCMaterials, the Basque Center for Materials, Applications & Nanostructures. Itziar completed her PhD in Applied Chemistry and Polymeric Materials at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU, Spain) in 2015, where she studied the magnetic (Single Molecule Magnet behaviour) and luminescent properties of discrete coordination complexes. The 3 months stay in the group of Dr. Brechin at the University of Edinburgh allowed her to receive the distinction of International Doctor and she was awarded with the extraordinary PhD Prize given by UPV/EHU. In 2016 she continued working at UPV/EHU and in 2017 she joined the group of Dr. Clérac at Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal (CRPP, France) thanks to a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship. In 2019 she prolonged her stay at CRPP due to a postdoctoral grant from the Basque Government, which allowed her to continue her research in the development of 2D metal-organic materials with interesting magnetic and conductive properties. Since 2021, she is working at BCMaterials and developing independent research lines around applicable high-performance magnetic materials.

Kevin Sivula, EPFL, Switzerland

Originally from the United States, Prof. Sivula studied chemical engineering at the Universities of Minnesota (Twin Cities), and California (Berkeley), before joining EPFL. He was appointed Assistant Professor in 2011 and Associate Professor in 2018. He directs the Laboratory for molecular engineering of optoelectronic nanomaterials (LIMNO), which focuses on developing materials and systems for solar energy harvesting and related applications, and teaches courses in transport phenomena and chemical product design.

Molly Stevens, Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Prof Molly M Stevens FREng FRS is Professor of Biomedical Materials and Regenerative Medicine and the Research Director for Biomedical Material Sciences in the Department of Materials, in the Department of Bioengineering and the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London.

Prof Stevens’ multidisciplinary research balances the investigation of fundamental science with the development of technology to address some of the major healthcare challenges. Her work has been instrumental in elucidating the bio-material interfaces. She has created a broad portfolio of designer biomaterials for applications in disease diagnostics and regenerative medicine. Her substantial body of work influences research groups around the world with over 30 major awards for the groups research and Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher in Cross-Field research.

Prof. Stevens holds numerous leadership positions including Director of the UK Regenerative Medicine Platform "Smart Acellular Materials" Hub, Deputy Director of the EPSRC IRC in Early-Warning Sensing Systems for Infectious Diseases and has previously served as President of the Royal Society of Chemistry Division of Materials Chemistry. She is the founder of several companies translating innovations in therapeutics and biosensing.

Sam Stranks, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Sam Stranks is Professor of Optoelectronics and Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. He established his research group in Cambridge in 2017, which focuses on the optical and electronic properties of emerging semiconductors including halide perovskites, carbon allotropes and organic semiconductors for low-cost electronics applications such as photovoltaics and lighting. 
Sam completed his PhD as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, receiving the 2012 Institute of Physics Roy Thesis Prize. From 2012-2014, he was a Junior Research Fellow at Oxford University and Worcester College, Oxford, before holding a Marie Curie Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2014-2016). He received the 2016 IUPAP Young Scientist in Semiconductor Physics Prize, the 2017 Early Career Prize from the European Physical Society, the 2018 Henry Moseley Award and Medal from the Institute of Physics, the 2019 Marlow Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry and the 2021 Philip Leverhulme Prize. In 2016 he was named a TED Fellow, and in 2017 listed by the MIT Technology Review as one of the 35 under 35 innovators in Europe. Sam is a co-founder of Swift Solar, a startup developing lightweight perovskite PV panels, and Sustain/Ed, a not-for-profit developing education for school-age children around climate change solutions. He is also an Associate Editor at the AAAS journal Science Advances.

Miriam M. Unterlass, University of Konstanz, Germany

Miriam M. Unterlass studied chemistry, process engineering and materials science in Germany, the UK, and France, and obtained a PhD at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in 2011. She worked as a postdoc at the École École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles in Paris, France, before starting her own group at the Technical University of Vienna (TUW), Austria, in 2012. Miriam was tenured asisstant and subsequently associate professor at TUW and obtained her habilitation in materials chemistry in 2018. In 2021, she became full professor of solid state chemistry at the University of Konstanz. Since 2018, Miriam Unterlass is an Adjunct Principal Investigator at the Research Centre for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (CeMM) in Vienna (Austria). The ambition of her group’s research is to find and develop sustainable advanced materials and molecules without compromising the compounds’ performance and diversity, especially through employing water as reaction and processing medium. She has received several accolades, including the Staatspreis Patent 2020, the FWF START prize 2017, the Austrian founder’s award PHÖNIX 2016, the Anton Paar Science award 2015, and has been elected as member of the Young Academy of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) in 2018. She is alumna of the Fast Track program of the Robert Bosch foundation (2016-2018) and of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) of the U.S. Department of State (2018).

Abstract submission

Oral abstracts

The oral abstract deadline is now closed.
Submit your oral abstract before 23 January 2023 under one of the four themes:
  • Approaches to material design and discovery
  • Future materials
  • Materials for energy
  • Materials for life
While MC16 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.

Poster abstracts

The poster abstract deadline is now closed.
Submit your poster abstract by 24 April 2023. Posters are displayed throughout the meeting. A poster prize will be awarded to the best poster presented at the conference.

Additional information

Authors will be notified of the outcome of the review process within about 10 weeks of the oral submission deadline, and 4 weeks of the poster submission deadline. Please ensure you provide the details of the presenting author.

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
  • Attendance at the poster sessions and access to the online poster gallery
  • Access to Royal Society of Chemistry’s online conference platform
  • Access to recordings of all scientific sessions post-event
  • In-person and online networking opportunities
  • Refreshments throughout the meeting, lunch on all four days
Early bird Standard
RSC member* £425+VAT £475+VAT
Non-member* £525+VAT £575+VAT
Student RSC member £225+VAT £275+VAT
Student non-member £275+VAT £325+VAT
Accommpanying person £150+VAT £150+VAT
Conference dinner £70+VAT £70+VAT
All prices quoted do not include VAT, which is added during registration at the prevailing rate in the Republic of Ireland.
Please note accommodation is not included registration fees.

Virtual registration includes:
  • Access to Royal Society of Chemistry’s online conference platform
  • Live access to all plenary sessions
  • Access to recordings of all scientific sessions post-event
  • Access to the online poster gallery and exhibitor/sponsor virtual rooms
  • Online networking opportunities
RSC member £215+VAT
Non-member £265+VAT
RSC student member £115+VAT
Student non-member £135+VAT
All prices quoted do not include VAT, which is added during registration at the prevailing rate in the Republic of Ireland.

* 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 2023 is available, the affiliate membership application will be processed and commence once the registrant has attended the event.

Conference banquet

The conference banquet will be held on 5 July 2023 at the Guinness Storehouse.

Sitting in the middle of Dublin, in the legendary St. James’s Gate Brewery, GUINNESS STOREHOUSE is indeed the “Home of GUINNESS” ! In days gone by, it was a fermentation plant, but today it has been transformed into Ireland’s number one international visitor attraction and a world class event destination. Upon arrival, guests will be invited to undertake a self-guided tour of the ground and first floors of GUINNESS STOREHOUSE. This section of the tour includes the ingredients of GUINNESS, the brewing processes and the interactive Arthur GUINNESS Gallery. Guests will be able to browse the Storehouse shop during the drinks reception

Return transport will be provided from University College Dublin to the Storehouse.

The cost is £70 plus VAT, please indicate if you would like to attend. Places are strictly limited.

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 £150+Vat which will include all lunches, refreshments and drinks receptions. The fee does not include attendance at any scientific sessions or the conference dinner.


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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Researcher Development and Travel Grants

If you are an RSC Member and you are one of the following
  • A PhD student;
  • An academic researcher within 10 years of completion of a PhD (including postdoctoral researchers);
  • Working in the industry within 10 years of leaving full-time education or;
  • A technician within 10 years of leaving full-time education.
You can apply for up to £500 to support your participation in this event.
Please note it is not necessary to have confirmation of abstract acceptance before applying for a Researcher Development and Travel Grant and we encourage you to apply as early as possible. This Grant is open for 11 months of the year – January to November.

Applicants must apply for activities occurring at least 2 months from the end of your application month. Please see the website for up-to-date information on eligibility, how to apply and submission deadlines.
Researcher Development and Travel 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).

Scientific programme

A PDF of the programme outline can be downloaded from the Downloads section at the top of the page.

Poster sessions

Friday 30 June at 16:00 (BST)
Join our online platform on Friday 30 June for an online poster session and meet our virtual poster presenters. 

Monday 3 July at 18:15 (BST)
Tuesday 4 July at 18:00 (BST)

In-person poster sessions will take place on the Monday and Tuesday evening at the above times. Posters can also be viewed during the lunch and refreshment breaks.

Whether or not you are presenting a poster, we encourage you to attend these sessions as they are your opportunity to discover and discuss new work, network with your peers, create new connections and collaborations, and (if you are a presenter) answer questions from the poster judges. 

Conference banquet

Wednesday 5 July at 19:30 (BST)
Sitting in the middle of Dublin, in the legendary St. James’s Gate Brewery, GUINNESS STOREHOUSE is indeed the “Home of GUINNESS” ! In days gone by, it was a fermentation plant, but today it has been transformed into Ireland’s number one international visitor attraction and a world class event destination. Upon arrival, guests will be invited to undertake a self-guided tour of the ground and first floors of GUINNESS STOREHOUSE. This section of the tour includes the ingredients of GUINNESS, the brewing processes and the interactive Arthur GUINNESS Gallery. Guests will be able to browse the Storehouse shop during the drinks reception

Return transport will be provided from University College Dublin to the Storehouse.

The cost is £70 plus VAT, please indicate if you would like to attend. Places are strictly limited.

Careers consultations

Slots will be available to book via the link in the Introduction section of this page.
MC16 delegates can also book a CV consultation with an RSC career and professional development adviser who will review your CV and provide one-to-one advice. 
If the slots are fully booked, please email including information that you are attending MC16 and the Careers Team will contact you directly to arrange an alternative slot. Please note these consultations are only available for RSC members.

Meet the speakers

Friday 30 June at 14:00 (BST)
Join this informal online-only session and hear from some of our speakers. Topics will include (but are not limited to): achieving/maintaining a work/life balance; grant and paper writing tips; choosing and making the most of the right opportunities; starting and leading a research group; things they wish they’d known as an early career researcher; and moving to and working in a different research environment. Questions on these and other themes are welcome – come along to what should be an interesting discussion!

Making science greener

Monday 3 July at 17:40 (BST)
Science and technology and key to a more sustainable future – from clean energy technologies to tackling disease – and laboratories are essential to carrying out the research, analysis and teaching that underpin these advances. However, laboratory buildings, processes and equipment, by their nature, can be resource and energy intensive. This session will highlight some key findings from the RSC’s Sustainable Labs report, share ideas and discuss the challenges and opportunities to drive forward lab sustainability in the chemical sciences.

Careers from chemistry

Wednesday 5 July at 16:20 (BST)
A presentation about career planning, what employers look for, tips to effectively manage your career, and ideas on what opportunities you might consider.

How to publish with impact

6 July at 10:30 (BST)
This presentation will give an overview of scientific publishing. As well as providing an introduction to the Royal Society of Chemistry books and journal programme, we will cover: how to write your paper; submission checklist, peer-review, ethics and open access. 
Sponsorship & supporting organisations
A selection of sponsorship opportunities are available for companies who would like to promote their activities at the 16th International conference on materials chemistry (MC16).

As well as booking an exhibition space, there are opportunities to sponsor social events or advertise in the abstract book. A sponsorship menu document will be available to download from this page with more details and prices soon.

If you would like more information about sponsoring the 16th International conference on materials chemistry (MC16), please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry on Sponsorship Menu
University College Dublin

University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin, 4, Ireland


Aircoach: The easiest and quickest ways to get from Dublin Airport to UCD is by Aircoach - this blue shuttle-bus picks passengers up from outside the arrivals terminal and stops outside opposite the main gate to UCD.  The Airbus 700 service operates up to every 15 minutes. Tickets for the 700 service are valid on a stand by basis for 12 hours either side of your original booking departure time. The cost is €7 one-way or €12 return. Further details can be found here:
The Aircoach stop is outside the main UCD gate.

Taxi: Taxis are also readily available at taxi ranks in Dublin Airport. A taxi from the airport to the city centre costs approximately €30 and a further €10/€15 from the city centre to UCD, Belfield.  Taxi drivers may add extra charges for each passenger and for luggage.

Train: There are two train stations in central Dublin: Connolly Station and Heuston Station. From Connolly Station it is a short walk to O'Connell Street from where the numbers 3, 10, 11B busses can be boarded - all these buses go to UCD.

Bus: The numbers 3, 10, 11B, and the 17 all provide direct bus services to UCD; the number 3, 10 and 11B can be boarded at O'Connell Street. For timetable information please visit Dublin Bus
A list of local hotels that have offered special rates to MC16 delegates are listed below.

Herbert Park Hotel & Park Residence Guests can email and quote block code ROYA280323 in order to avail of the negotiated rate. Herbert Park Hotel & Park Residence is an independent 4 star hotel in Dublin City Centre located in the picturesque area of Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. This beautifully appointed luxury hotel in Dublin enjoys a unique city setting with stunning views of the magnificent 48 acre Herbert Park. €200-230

Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane is located in the heart of Dublin, near the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and Dublin’s Docklands. It boasts a Club Vitae leisure centre, with one of the largest swimming pools in Dublin City. The hotel is within walking distance of iconic Dublin attractions. Whether it’s a business trip, a fun-filled family staycation or a relaxing night away, our hotel in Dublin has everything you need to explore the city at our doorstep. A promotional code has been set up for the rooms to be bookable through the website, the code is ROYA020723. €245

University College Dublin On-site student accommodation is available at the University College Dublin. • Conference guests will have a private bedroom with a bathroom and provided bed linen and towel. Please visit to book

The Dean Dublin We are delighted to partner with The Press Up Hospitality Group specifically The Devlin & The Dean Hotels offering a 10% discount off bedroom rates. Use Event10, when booking direct via The Dean Dublin & The Devlin website. Hotel bedroom availability and rates are subject to availability and will expire 21st of May 2023

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