New horizons in nanoelectrochemistry Faraday Discussion

14 - 16 October 2024, Nanjing, China



Join us for this latest addition to our Faraday Discussion series, planned to take place in Nanjing in October 2024. For over 100 years and 300 meetings, Faraday Discussions have led the conversation in the sciences lying between chemistry, physics and biology. Many Discussions have become landmark meetings in their field, with their unique format allowing for in-depth discussions and opportunities to establish new collaborations.
This meeting is for established and early-career scientists, post-graduate students and industrial researchers interested in Nanoelectrochemistry, at any scale, from single-entity to ensemble.
Oral and poster presentation opportunities are available to all, and we 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 Nanjing, China.

Yi-Tao Long
Nanjing University and Conference Chair


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 Discussion journal. Find out more in the video available.


The aim of this meeting is to bring together researchers working on nanoelectrochemistry, whatever the scale.

At this Faraday Discussion meeting, new advances in nanoelectrochemistry will be discussed, in which individual, transient intermediate and fast charge transfer at the nanointerface can be probed, enabling a comprehensive understanding of electrochemistry at any scale (single entity to ensemble). New theoretical models are also being developed to understand the dynamic and stochastic processes during nanopore electrochemical confinement. The combination of nanoelectrochemistry with other techniques such as scanning probe microscopy or spectroscopy techniques has proven to be a useful tool for single cell imaging, dynamic electrochemical reaction tracking, which facilitates a better understanding of dynamic electron transfer processes and dynamic mass transfer at the nano-interface. New spectroscopic methods/instruments will also be included in the discussion as they relate to improving spectral and spatial resolution beyond the optical diffraction limit, as well as actively control processes at the nanoscale. This Faraday Discussion meeting will provide opportunities for nanoelectrochemisty researchers to exchange novel ideas face-to-face, further advancing this promising research field.

The Faraday Discussion will be organised into the following themes:

Confined Nanopore Electrochemistry
The ultimate challenge of modern electroanalytical chemistry is to reach single-molecule level detection with high spatial and temporal resolution. Nanopores are nanoscale-sized channels that address this challenge by providing a confined space that is compatible with single-molecule scale. Confined Nanopore electrochemistry exhibits sensitivity for detecting single entities such as small molecules, nucleic acid polymers, proteins, viruses and nanoparticles using an electrical signal. In this session, attention will focus on the deep understanding of dynamic single-molecule reactions, DNA and protein sequencing, the interaction of single molecules, and so on.

Scanning Electrochemical Probe Microscopy
Scanning Electrochemical Probe Microscopy (SEPM), including Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (SECM), Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy (SICM), Scanning Electrochemical Cell Microscopy (SECCM) etc., is a powerful technique that provides chemical characterization, quantification, and spatiotemporal information at the nanoscale. The non-invasive and high-resolution electrochemical imaging capabilities of SEPM make it particularly effective for the study of individual atoms, molecules, nanoparticles and cells into nanoscopic structural entities.

Spectroelectrochemistry and light active processes at the Nanointerface
Electrochemistry can be used to determine concentrations of known compounds or to obtain information concerning reaction kinetics. However, it is less suitable for elucidating unknown reaction intermediates or products. By combining electrochemistry with an optical technique, more qualitative and quantitative information about the processes occurring at the electrodes can be obtained. This session involves a broad variety of promising spectroelectrochemical approaches that allow in situ acquisition of multi-dimensional information of the analyte at a nanointerface. Moreover, light is a controllable energy enabling one to tune reactive properties at the nanoscale.

Systems Nanoelectrochemistry: From single-entity to ensemble
The rapid development of nanoelectrochemistry provided a sensitive method to measure individual entities at the micro-/nano-scale. However, the activity and the micro-environment of individual entities are correlated, which is often related to the interaction between the entities and electrodes or adjacent individual entities. Nanoelectrochemistry is not just measurements of individual entities or groups of entities, but is ultimately used to provide a comprehensive understanding of electrochemical systems and dynamic kinetics at any scale (from single-entity to ensemble). This session will focus on the “Systems Electrochemistry” measurement of a single-entity, entity-entity interactions, entity-nanointerface interaction, and the multi-disciplinary approaches to correlate entity-to-global understanding.
Abstract Submission

Oral abstracts

Submit an oral/paper abstract by 29 Jnanuary 2024 if you wish to be considered for an oral presentation and associated published paper.  A full research papercontaining 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 then submit a full research paper with a significant amount of new, unpublished work by 28 May 2024.

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 22 July 2024. 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

All oral and poster abstracts will be reviewed by the committee. Authors will be notified of the outcome of the review process within about 6 weeks of thesubmission deadline. The abstracts should be no longer than one A4 page in portrait layout. Please ensure you provide the details of thepresenting author and indicate whether you are submitting an abstract for oral or poster presentation.
Registration fees to be confirmed.

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 14 October 2024
  • Attendance at the conference dinner on 15 October 2024
  • 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.

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.


The RSC 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, or have childcare, caring responsibilities or other care needs, please contact us to discuss your requirements so that we can enable your attendance. Please refer also to our Grants for carers fund, for more information please see the ‘bursaries’ section on this page.

Terms and Conditions for Events run by the Royal Society of Chemistry


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).

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