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Horizons symposium: Electronic & energy materials

25 - 26 September 2023, Berlin, Germany



Join us for this exciting in person 2-day symposium hosted by Materials Horizons and Nanoscale Horizons.
The symposium will showcase a wide variety of cutting-edge work in the areas of electronic and photonic materials, and materials for energy applications, with chemists, physicists and materials scientists presenting their most outstanding work.
We warmly invite you to join us in Berlin in September 2023 and look forward to welcoming you to the discussion.

About the symposium

Leading researchers and emerging investigators from a broad range of backgrounds will come together to explore and celebrate the theme of the 2023 Horizons symposium: Electronic and energy materials.

In addition to the scientific programme of invited talks, the invited speakers will also be complemented by flash talks and poster sessions to provide further networking opportunities and discussion for all attendees. Finally, a ‘meet the editor’ panel discussion will provide an opportunity to hear from our journal editors on their tips and tricks for a successful submission. 

We hope the event will provide ample opportunities to network and engage with the speakers, members of the Materials Horizons and Nanoscale Horizons Editorial Board and other attendees. Join us for some exciting discussions and to share your ideas with key members of the materials and nanoscience community.

The invited speakers for this symposium will discuss research over a range of topics, including: 
  • Materials for optoelectronics and electronics
  • Materials for energy conversion
  • Functional devices
  • Interface engineering


Abstract Submission

Poster abstracts

The poster abstract submission is now closed.
Submit your poster abstract by 17 July 2023. Posters are displayed throughout the meeting with a dedicated poster session and refreshments on the first evening of the symposium. If your poster is accepted for this event, you will receive an email from us with further information. 

Additional information
All poster abstracts will be reviewed and authors will be notified of the outcome of the review process within about 4 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. 

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. 

Registration includes:
  • Attendance at all scientific sessions
  • Live interaction with delegates
  • Attendance at the poster session
  • Refreshments throughout the meeting
Please note accommodation is not included in the in-person registration fee.

Registration fees are as follows (subject to VAT at the prevailing rate):
Early bird Standard
RSC Member* £180+Vat £200+Vat
Non-member** £200+Vat £220+Vat
Student RSC member* £100+Vat £120+Vat
Student non-member £120+Vat £140+Vat
All prices quoted do not include VAT, which is added during registration at the prevailing rate in the UK

*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.

Student delegates

In order to encourage undergraduate or postgraduate students to attend the symposium, 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.


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).
Sponsorship & supporting organisations
A selection of sponsorship opportunities are available for companies who would like to promote their activities at the Horizons symposium: Electronic & energy materials.

As well as booking a exhibition space, there are opportunities to sponsor poster sessions or advertise in the abstract book. A sponsorship menu document is available to download from this page with more details and prices.

If you would like more information about sponsoring the Horizons symposium: Electronic & energy materials, please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry on Sponsorship Menu
Erwin Schrödinger Center

Erwin Schrödinger Center, Humboldt University of Berlin, Rudower Ch 26, Berlin, 12489 , Germany

Norbert Koch (Chair), Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

Norbert Koch studied technical physics at the Technische Universität Graz, Austria. At the same university he received a doctorate in solid state physics in 2000. After two years as staff scientist at Joanneum Research in Weiz, Austria, he spent two years as postdoc at Princeton University and worked on organic/metal interfaces and covalently surface-bound self-assembled monolayers. Upon moving to Berlin, Germany, in 2003, he started building his own group, and contributed to the fundamental understanding of interfaces of organic semiconductors with inorganic materials and devising methods to optimize interface electronic properties. In 2009 he was appointed as full professor in the Department of Physics of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and in 2010 his group at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie was established. His current research portfolio encompasses unravelling the fundamentals of organic semiconductor doping and hybrid interfaces of electronic materials, such as perovskites and 2D semiconductors.

Miaofang Chi, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, United States

Miaofang Chi is a Distinguished Scientist at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Prior to joining the Microscopy Group at ORNL in 2008, she was a student fellow at the National Center for Electron Microscopy at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2004-2006) and at Lawrence Livermore National laboratory (2006-2008). She was awarded the Burton Metal by the Microscopy Society of America in 2016, and the Kurt Heinrich Award from the Microanalysis Society (2019), and named as Fellow of Microscopy Society of America in 2022.  She has extensive research experience in the development and application of novel electron microscopy techniques for energy and quantum materials. Her current research focuses on understanding mass and electron transport and redistribution behavior at the atomic-scale at functional interfaces in materials and systems for energy storage, sustainability and quantum information science. 

Stefan Hecht, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

Stefan Hecht studied chemistry at Humboldt University, where he investigated chemiluminescence and photocatalysis in the group of Jürgen Bendig. After his diploma work on photochemical rearrangements with the late William G. Dauben he stayed at the University of California, Berkeley, and carried out his doctoral research with Jean M. J. Fréchet in the area of dendritic macromolecules. In 2001, he started his independent research group at Free University of Berlin and subsequently the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research in Mülheim/Ruhr before accepting a call to Humboldt University, where he was full professor from 2006 until 2019. From the summer of 2019 until the end of 2022, he has served as the Scientific Director of the DWI – Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials and held the Chair of Macromolecular Chemistry at RWTH Aachen University before returning to his alma mater as Einstein Professor and Founding  Director of the Center for the Science of Materials Berlin.

Yi Long, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

Yi Long received her PhD in Materials Science at Cambridge University. She started as a Teaching Fellow at Nanyang Technology University Singapore in 2005 with a focus on Lab-to-Fab technology transfer for industries. She successfully delivered three technologies including one coating process to Seagate Technology, the leading hard-disk company in the world. In 2011, she switched to an academic research center on smart materials and devices. Now she is a Global STEM Scholar and Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her group currently focuses the integration of organic and inorganic smart materials with (1) energy-saving applications, and (2) novel advanced functional devices. She has received several awards including the Government's Global STEM Professorship Scheme Hong Kong 2023, Winner for the Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year 2022 in Engineering, GreenAwards Top 3 London 2022 and TechnologyTechConnect Innovation Washington 2016. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Zhiyong Tang, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, China

Zhiyong Tang is a Professor at the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology in China. He received his B.S. and M.S. from the Department of Environmental Chemistry at Wuhan University before receiving his PhD from the Changchu Institute of Applied Chemistry in Dr Erkang Wang’s group. Zhiyong was a research Fellow in the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Oklahoma State University and University of Michigan, respectively, working with Nicholas Kotov. He joinged the National Center for Nanoscience and technology in 2008 and his research interests are centred on the fabrication and application of functional inorganic nanomaterials in the fields of energy and the environment.

Mark Thompson, University of Southern California, United States

Prof. Mark E. Thompson is Professor of Chemistry, Materials Science and Chemical Engineering at the University of Southern California.  Prof. Thompson received his B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1980 (U.C. Berkeley) and his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1985 (California Institute of Technology).  He spent 2 years as a postdoctoral fellow at Oxford University before taking a position in the chemistry department at Princeton University in 1987, as an assistant professor.  In 1995, he moved his research team to the University of Southern California where he holds the Ray R. Irani Chair of Chemistry. His research involves the study of materials and devices for electroluminescence, photovoltaics and solar cells, chemical/biological sensing and catalysis. He is a fellow of the AAAS and National Academy of Inventors.  He has received multiple awards for his work in organic LEDs, including the MRS Medal (2006), the Jan Rajchman Medal from the Society for Information Display (2006), ACS Richard C. Tolman Award (2011) and the ACS Chemistry of Materials Award (2015) and most recently he was awarded the IEEE Photonics award in 2016 and the Nishizawa Medal in 2017. 

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