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Advances in supramolecular gels Faraday Discussion

30 April - 2 May 2025, Glasgow, United Kingdom

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Join us in Glasgow in May 2025 for this edition of the Faraday Discussion series. The Faraday Discussions are unique international discussion meetings that address current and emerging topics at the forefront of the physical sciences.

This meeting is for established and early-career scientists, postgraduate students and industrial researchers working on various aspects of supramolecular gels. It will provide an ideal forum for cross-fertilisation of ideas and understanding between the distinct but adjacent communities working in this exciting field. On behalf of the organising committee, we look forward to welcoming you to Glasgow.


Faraday Discussions have a special format where primary research papers written by the speakers are distributed to all participants before the meeting, and most of the meeting is devoted to discussing the papers. All delegates at the meeting, not just speakers, have the opportunity to make comments, ask questions, or present complementary or contradictory measurements and calculations during the discussion sessions. In addition, there is a dedicated poster session where further discussion takes place. The research papers and a record of the discussion are published in the journal Faraday Discussions.


Our ability to make soft materials based on the fundamental principles of self-assembly has led to a rich and varied global interdisciplinary community, particularly in the area of functional supramolecular gels. These gels are formed by the self-assembly of small molecules into one dimensional structures that entangle to form a network. Their applications are broad; gels have been shown to be of value in the life sciences in 3D cell culture, with a number of recent spin-out companies focused in this area but also have promise as new optoelectronic materials. The inherent interdisciplinarity of the field provides opportunities for chemists, physicists, biologists and engineers to work together, but also raises a number of challenges. Exciting new developments are opening up in transient and dynamic gels, and in the techniques used to study these systems – in particular contrast-matched small-angle scattering, cryo-TEM, and super-resolution microscopy. The four themes of this meeting will bring together different research communities and particular emphasis will be placed upon the transfer of learning between the different themes.
Design of gelling systems
Design of gelling systems is currently mainly a result of trial-and-error iteration around known structures or fortuitous discovery. We will bring together computational and experimentalists to discuss approaches to solving this. This session will explore and contrast effective approaches to gelator design (both experimental and computational), discuss how these approaches can be used to design the material properties of the resulting gels and what data are needed to inform these approaches.
Characterising supramolecular gels
Characterising supramolecular gels requires understanding across multiple length scales with all techniques used having advantages and disadvantages. To move forward, we need to be able to effectively combine multiple techniques. Recent innovations such as the use of superresolution microscopy have real potential but are not yet routinely applied to gels and there are real opportunities using more detailed cryo-TEM experiments. This session will bring together those inside and outside the community to spark ideas and drive new concepts.
Multicomponent systems
Multicomponent systems are a major potential step forward – here, we refer to combining gelling systems or mixing a gelling system with an additive. Both cases add significant complexity in terms of understanding but many opportunities that are not available with single component gels. The key discussion points in this session will be designing multicomponent systems, understanding and characterising all of the possibilities, and developing a language to describe these systems.
Using supramolecular gels
Designing gels for applications is difficult as it requires control of properties over many length scales as well as understanding of processing kinetically trapped materials. This session will also include aspects such as gels that change with time and how these can be used as well as 3D printing of gels. The key discussion points will be understanding how to control properties so that the gels can used for specific applications, with a focus on how to link measured properties to specific applications. Here, we aim to bring together users of gels for applications such as drug delivery, tissue culturing, optoelectronics etc. with those who are more focussed on preparing and characterising materials.
Abstract Submission

Oral abstracts

Submit an oral/paper abstract if you wish to be considered for an oral presentation and associated published paper. A full research paper containing 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 9 December 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 a poster abstract by 17 February 2025. Posters are displayed throughout the meeting and a poster session is held on the first evening. The 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 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 and indicate whether you are submitting an abstract for oral or poster presentation.

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Researcher development grant

If you are an RSC member and you are one of the following:a PhD student actively undertaking a PhD course in the chemical sciences;
a researcher in the chemical sciences (including post docs, research technicians and research assistants), working in academia, industry or any sector, within 10 years of leaving full time education (at the time of the application deadline).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.
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.

Sponsorship & supporting organisations
A selection of sponsorship opportunities is available for companies who would like to promote their activities at the 2025 Faraday Discussion series.
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