Faraday joint interest group conference 2023

3 - 5 April 2023, Sheffield, United Kingdom



Organised by the Faraday Community and associated Interest Groups of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Faraday joint interest group conference is a popular meeting in the physical chemistry calendar, attracting some of the top UK and international researchers working in the field. We have an exciting and full programme of talks – download the draft programme opposite to see what is happening when. Note in particular that the programme includes a series of pre-conference online-only sessions on Friday 31 March, including Stephen Leone’s plenary talk and the opportunity to meet some of our speakers. Book your place now to join us in Sheffield and / or online for the chance to network, collaborate and hear the latest research from our prestigious plenary and keynote speakers.

Caroline Dessent, University of York
Anthony Meijer, University of Sheffield

Scientific Co-Chairs


The programme will explore various aspects of physical chemistry:

Astrochemistry and chemistry at cold temperatures
Studying chemical reactivity under extreme conditions; space environments and planetary atmospheres
Keynote speaker: Ian Sims

Development of new biophysical methods
Advanced methods and techniques for understanding biology
Keynote speaker: Neil Hunt

Digital chemistry and machine learning
Recent developments in machine learning and data-driven chemistry, for understanding molecular structure, material properties and chemical reactions
Keynote speaker: Volker Deringer

Dynamics of soft matter
Advances in experimental and modelling techniques to study the complex dynamics of soft materials, including hydrodynamics effects, out-of-equilibrium dynamics driven by external forces and gradients of thermodynamic properties, rheology of formulations, and diffusion in porous media
Keynote speaker: Sally Price

Frontiers in excited state chemistry
Developing experimental and computational probes of light-induced chemical dynamics and reactivity
Keynote speaker: Vas Stavros

Measurement of molecules and reactions in complex environments
Applications of novel measurement techniques looking at kinetic and mechanistic studies in a range of complex chemical systems
Keynote speaker: Dan Stone

New spectroscopic approaches to measuring chemical mechanisms
New applications of advanced spectroscopic techniques to characterise the mechanisms of chemical reactions, including ultracold environments, time-resolved laser spectroscopy, in operando mass spectrometry, and online NMR spectroscopy
Keynote speaker: Brianna Heazlewood

Operando and in situ applications of neutron scattering
Generating insights from neutron scattering under demanding environments for controlled temperature, pressure, chemical environment, electrical/magnetic field, and for the study of functional materials under operational conditions
Keynote speaker: Emily Draper

Photophysics of functional and solar energy materials
Photophysics and photochemistry of materials used for solar energy conversion in the widest possible sense, including but not limited to solar cells, photocatalysts, photoelectrodes, and spectral converters
Keynote speaker: Rachel Evans

Physical chemistry for net zero - towards a sustainable future
From renewable feedstocks to cyclic chemical economies to sustainable energy supplies, the target of net zero is, and will continue to be, a grand challenge for physical chemists. A diverse session to explore existing approaches and new technologies to deliver a sustainable future
Keynote speaker: Anabel Lanterna

Rational design of soft and bio materials
Rational design approaches to soft and bio materials built from a range of building blocks, spanning from the molecular to the colloidal length scales, using theory, computation and experiment
Keynote speaker: Andrew Parnell

Understanding surface catalyst molecular interactions during catalysis
Understanding surface catalyst molecular interactions – knowledge critical to the development of new catalysts for improved performance, energy efficiency and productivity in the chemical industry
Keynote speaker: Nancy Artoli

Careers from Chemistry

Careers are changing.
They are no longer linear, with regular structured progression. Your working life could last for 50 years and in that time you may have multiple careers.
With a particular emphasis on the wide range of career options for chemistry researchers, inside and outside of academia, this session will show you how to develop ideas for your future career and where and how to look for your next role.
Roberta Croce, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands

Roberta Croce studied chemistry in Padova and completed her Ph.D. in Plant Biology/Biophysics in Milano in 1998. After two postdoc periods in Germany and Italy, she got a permanent position at the CNR. In 2006 she moved to the University of Groningen and since 2011 she is Professor of Biophysics/Photosynthesis and head of the group at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of photosynthesis, using an integrated approach including molecular biology, biochemistry and ultrafast spectroscopy. She has published more than 170 scientific articles. She is a member of the Royal Holland Society of Science and Humanity and recipient of several personal research grants. 

Laura Gagliardi, University of Chicago, United States

Laura Gagliardi received her undergraduate degree and PhD degree in theoretical chemistry from the University of Bologna in 1997, and then spent two years at Cambridge University, in England, as a postdoctoral scholar. She began her independent academic career as an assistant professor at the University of Palermo, Italy, moving in 2005 to take an appointment as associate professor at the University of Geneva, in Switzerland. In 2009, she moved to the United States where she was a professor at the University of Minnesota. She remained there until her move to the University of Chicago in 2020.
Professor Gagliardi is the Richard and Kathy Leventhal Professor at the University of Chicago with a joint appointment at the Department of Chemistry and the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering. She also serves as the Director for the Chicago Center for Theoretical Chemistry.
She has received much recognition, including the Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry from the American Chemical Society in 2020; the Award in Theoretical Chemistry from the Physical Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society in 2019, the Humboldt research award in 2018; and the Bourke Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2016. Laura  is an Elected Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2020), the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science (2019) and Academia Europaea (2018). She also serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Chemical Society. In addition to her dedication to science, Laura is a strong advocate for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Laura is a computational quantum chemist who is known for her contributions to the development of electronic structure methods and their use for understanding complex chemical systems. Her long-term goal is to advance these methods so that they can be employed to study energy-relevant chemical systems and materials. She is interested in discovering novel porous materials that can be employed for gas phase separations, CO2 capture, and environmental remediation.
She is an expert in homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis with special focus on reactions involving C–H bond activation, which are relevant to the liquefaction of natural gas. She has also significantly advanced the field of heavy-element chemistry, where her research has ranged from the fundamental level (e.g. the discovery of a new type of chemical bond in the U2 molecule), to more applied efforts such as chemical separations of spent nuclear fuels. Laura also studies magnetic materials that can be used in quantum information systems.

Stephen R. Leone, The University of California, Berkeley, United States

Stephen Leone is the John R. Thomas Endowed Chair in Physical Chemistry, Professor of Chemistry and Physics at the University of California, Berkeley, and faculty investigator, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He received his BA at Northwestern University in Chemistry and his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the University of Southern California and later established a lengthy career in Boulder, Colorado, with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Colorado, in the Institute JILA and the Departments of Chemistry and Physics. His honors include the American Chemical Society Award in Pure Chemistry, the Herbert P. Broida Prize of the American Physical Society, the Bourke Medal of the Faraday Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the American Chemical Society Peter Debye Award, the Polanyi Medal of the Gas Kinetics Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Irving Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics of the American Physical Society, the Ahmed Zewail Award of the American Chemical Society, and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Warwick. He is a member of National Academy of Sciences and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
His research interests are ultrafast and attosecond laser investigations of atomic, molecular, and solid-state dynamics in the extreme ultraviolet and X-ray. His group developed femtosecond extreme ultraviolet transient absorption and extended the methodology to attosecond transient absorption and reflectivity, attosecond transient diffraction, and attosecond four-wave mixing. His laboratories explore electronic and vibrational superpositions, curve crossing dynamics and conical intersections, ring opening processes, photofragmentation, and singlet-to-triplet transitions, semiconductor band gap physics, polaron formation, charge transfer processes in solids, charge transport across junctions, and phase changes in materials.

Jonathan Reid, University of Bristol, United Kingdom

Jonathan Reid is Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Bristol. His research interests are focused on the microphysics of aerosols, using novel techniques to study the physical, chemical and biological transformation of individual aerosol particles. He is director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science, the Editor-in-Chief of Aerosol Science and Technology, and the 2021 recipient of the Tilden Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Jana Roithová, Radboud University, Netherlands

Jana Roithová graduated from Charles University in the Czech Republic (1998). Her Ph.D. thesis focused on reaction dynamics (2003), and she learned mass spectrometry techniques with Prof. Schwarz (Berlin). From 2007 to 2018, she was a lecturer and then a professor at Charles University. Since 2018, she has held a chair in spectroscopy and catalysis at Radboud University in the Netherlands. She develops techniques to study reaction mechanisms, focusing on reactive intermediates in metal-catalyzed reactions. Her research interests span from reaction mechanisms of organometallic reactions and mechanisms of small molecule activation to new reactivity concepts and reaction design. She is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received several prizes, e.g. the Ignaz L Lieben Award from the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Rudolf Lukeš prize from the Czech Chemical Society.

Abstract Submission
Oral abstract submission is now closed. We are still welcoming poster abstracts and have extended the submission deadline until 27 February.
Prizes will be awarded to the best posters.
This event has now finished.

registration includes:
  • Attendance at all scientific sessions, including the pre-conference online sessions on Friday 31 March
  • 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 two days and a three course conference dinner at Sheffield City Hall
Virtual registration includes:
  • Access to Royal Society of Chemistry’s online conference platform
  • Live access to the pre-conference online sessions on Friday 31 March
  • Access to the live 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
In-person registration fees are as follows (subject to VAT at the prevailing rate):
Early bird Standard
RSC Member* £195 £245
Non-member** £275 £325
Student RSC member* £95 £145
Student non-member £145 £195
Accompanying persons £100 £100

Please note accommodation is not included in the in-person registration fee.

Virtual registration fees are as follows (subject to VAT at the prevailing rate):
RSC Member* £95
Non-member** £135
Student RSC member* £45
Student non-member £75

* 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. If you are an IOP or RAS member you will be able to register at the RSC member rate. Please contact events@rsc.org for your discount code.

**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.

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.


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 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 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 are available for companies who would like to promote their activities at the Faraday joint interest group meeting

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 Faraday joint interest group meeting, please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry on advertising@rsc.org Sponsorship Menu
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