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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


Renaud Demadrille, CEA-Grenoble, France

Renaud Demadrille is a senior research fellow at the Interdisciplinary Research Institute of Grenoble (IRIG) at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in France. He received his PhD in organic chemistry in 2000 from the University of Aix-Marseille II in France where he was a fellowship of PPG Industries and Essilor International. After obtaining PhD, he worked as a junior research engineer in the R&D center of an international chemical company. Then he joined in 2002 the CEA as a postdoctoral fellow to develop semiconducting polymers for organic photovoltaics before being appointed in 2005 as a permanent researcher at CEA-Grenoble in the Fundamental Research Division. His research focuses on the synthesis and the characterisation of new pi-conjugated molecules and macromolecules for organic and hybrid photovoltaics, optoelectronics and thermoelectricity. In 2018, he received the prize of "Innovation in chemistry for energy" by the French Society of Chemistry (SCF) and in 2019 he was recipient of a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant.

Zhongyi Jiang, Tianjin University, China

Zhongyi Jiang is a Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering and Technology at Tianjin University. He received his PhD degree from Tianjin University (China) in 1994. He was a visiting scholar of University of Minnesota with Prof. Edward Cussler in 1997 and California Institute of Technology with Prof. David Tirrell in 2009. He is the winner of National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars in China, the Cheung Kong Chair Professor and the Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. His group is interested in biomimetic and bioinspired membranes and membrane processes, biocatalysis, and photocatalysis. He has co-authored over 600 publications. He is selected on the list of highly cited scholars (chemical engineering) in China and the list of highly cited scholars (chemical engineering) in the world.

Emil List-Kratochvil, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Emil List-Kratochvil graduated in Technical Physics (1998) and received a doctoral degree in experimental Solid-State Physics in (2000) from Graz University of Technology, where he also went on for a Habilitation in Solid State Physics (2003) to become Associate Professor (2004). 2006-2015 he was appointed Scientific Managing Director of the NTC Weiz GmbH. Since 2015 he is full Professor for Hybrid Devices in a joint appointment in the Departments of Physics and Chemistry of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Among others he received the Fritz Kohlrauschpreis of the Austrian Physical Society (2004). Since 2018 he is also leader of the joint researcher group “Generative production processes for hybrid components” at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. With his team he is currently working on electronic and optoelectronic components (based on hybrid material systems and organic or hybrid semiconductors), additive resource-efficient deposition techniques and in-situ nanostructuring and combinatorial synthesis methods. Based on his broad experience in working in joint R&D projects with partners from academia, startup companies and industry, his team is not only work on basic research projects but also undertakes substantial efforts to transfer findings from basic research to applications.

José A. Márquez Prieto, FAIRmat, Germany

Dr. José A. Márquez is a domain expert in the field of optoelectronic materials and the scientific coordinator of the NFDI (National Research Data Infrastructure) consortium FAIRmat at Humboldt University in Berlin. Márquez's research interests include novel compound semiconductors, high-throughput methods for energy materials, data-driven experimental workflows, materials informatics, and artificial intelligence in general. Currently, he is working alongside the FAIRmat team to develop NOMAD as a FAIR data management platform for experimental materials science.

Jaime Martin, University of La Coruña, Spain

Jaime Martín is an associate professor at University of La Coruña (Spain), where he leads the Group of Functional Polymer Materials (, which is devoted to gain understanding of the solid-state microstructure of organic semiconductors and how this is connected with their optoelectronic properties. He also holds a visiting Ikerbasque position at POLYMAT in San Sebastián. Graduated from the Institute of Polymer Science and Technology of CSIC (Spain), Jaime held a number of postdoctoral positions, e.g., at the Institute for Micro- and Nanotechnology (Madrid 2011-2014), at Imperial College London (London, as Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow, 2014-2017), and at POLYMAT in San Sebastian (as a Gipuzkoa Fellow, 2017). In 2018, he was awarded with the Ikerbasque Research Fellowship and the Ramon y Cajal Fellowship, both tenured track positions, at the University of the Basque Country in San Sebastian (Spain), form where, eventually, he moved to the University of La Coruña.

Janet Macdonald, Vanderbilt University, United States

Janet Macdonald is an associate professor of chemistry at Vanderbilt University and a member of the Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Her research program focuses on the phase-selective synthesis of nanocrystalline materials, especially preparing non-natural phases of metal chalcogenides. Her group also studies fundamental charge transfer phenomena from semiconductor nanocrystals for solar-to-fuel technologies and photovoltaics, including specialized ligand synthesis to aid charge transfer.
Janet received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from McGill University, followed by a PhD from the University of Alberta in 2008. After postdoctoral research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, she joined the chemistry faculty at Vanderbilt University in 2011.

Erin Ratcliff, University of Arizona, United States

Prof. Erin Ratcliff in an Associate Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Arizona, with courtesy appointments in Materials Science and Engineering and Chemistry and Biochemistry. She also holds a joint appointment at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. At UArizona, Prof. Ratcliff is the Director of the Laboratory for Interface Science of Printable Electronic Materials and co-Director of the Institute for Energy Solutions. She received a PhD in Physical Chemistry at Iowa State University in 2007, where she established her love of electrochemical methods and interface science. Her research focuses on mechanisms of electron transfer and transport across interfaces, including semiconductor/electrolyte interfaces and durability of printable electronic materials, including organic semiconductors and metal halide perovskites.

Kazuo Takimiya, RIKEN, Japan

Kazuo Takimiya received his Ph. D. in 1994 from Hiroshima University under the supervision of Professor Fumio Ogura. Thereafter, he joined Professor Tetsuo Otsubo’s research group at Hiroshima University where he studied organic conductors/superconductors. After returning from his stay in Professor Jan Becher’s group at Odense University, Denmark (1997-1998), he was promoted to associate professor in 2003, and to a full professor in 2007 at Hiroshima University. In 2013, his group moved to RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science (CEMS). He was then appointed as a professor in Tohoku University in 2017. His current interests are the synthesis, characterization, and application of organic semiconductors, especially heteroaromatic-based small molecule and polymer semiconductors to field-effect transistors, photovoltaics, and thermoelectric devices. 

Adrienne Stiff-Roberts, Duke University, United States

Adrienne Stiff-Roberts is Jeffrey N. Vinik Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University, where she is also the Associate Dean for Community-Based Innovation and Director of Graduate Studies for the University Program in Materials Science and Engineering. Dr. Stiff-Roberts received a B.S. in physics from Spelman College (1999), a B.E.E. in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech (1999), and an M.S.E. in electrical engineering (2001) and a Ph.D. in applied physics (2004) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research interests include the synthesis of multi-component and hybrid (organic-inorganic) materials using a novel approach for organic-based thin film deposition that combines solution- and vacuum-processing. Known as resonant infrared matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation (RIR-MAPLE), this technique offers unique integration of novel functions into organic-based films and devices that are difficult, if not impossible, to achieve otherwise.

Yana Vaynzof, Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research , Germany

Prof. Dr. Yana Vaynzof is the Chair for Emerging Electronic Technologies at the Technical University of Dresden (Germany) and a Director at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden. She received a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (Israel) in 2006 and a M. Sc. In Electrical Engineering from Princeton University (USA) in 2008. In 2011, she received a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Cambridge (UK). From 2011 to 2013, Yana was a postdoctoral research associate at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge (UK) and an assistant professor at Heidelberg University (Germany) from 2014 to 2019. Yana Vaynzof is the recipient of a number of fellowships and awards, including the ERC Starting Grant, ERC Consolidator Grant, Gordon Wu Fellowship, Henry Kressel Fellowship, Fulbright-Cottrell Award and the Walter Kalkhof-Rose Memorial Prize. Her research interests lie in the field of emerging photovoltaics focusing on the study of material and device physics of organic, quantum dot and perovskite solar cells.

Ewa Wierzbicka, Military University of Technology, Poland

Dr Ewa Wierzbicka graduated in Chemistry from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland with a Doktor/PhD degree in 2016. In 2017 she started work as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain in the international ALMAGIC. Next, she worked at the University of Erlangen–Nuremberg, Germany, Department of Materials Science in the field of photocatalysis and later, materials synthesis for application in photoelectrocatalysis in the framework of the Humboldt Research Fellowship at the Humboldt University of Berlin. From May 2022, she is leading a research project at the Military University of Technology in Warsaw, Poland sponsored by The Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange and National Science Centre. Her current research is focused on varied forms of TiO2 synthesis/modification (nanopowders, anodic nanoporous layers, single crystals) by metal doping, formation of core–shell metal–semiconductor junctions, surface reduction by high-temperature hydrogen annealing, or light-induced effects.

  • Yan Lu Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Germany
  • Eva Unger Lund University, Sweden

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

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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):
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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.


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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.

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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:
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