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High-entropy alloy nanostructures: from theory to application Faraday Discussion

24 - 26 September 2025, London, United Kingdom


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Introduction

Introduction

Join us in either London 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 high-entropy alloy nanostructures. 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 London.

Format

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.
 

Themes

To benefit from the predicted superior properties of high-entropy alloy (HEA) nanostructures in future energy solutions, many fundamental scientific questions and challenges still remain. These include: the development of new synthetic routes to achieve nanostructures with compositional, morphological and structural control; development of new high-throughput characterization routines to examine the structural and elemental distribution of multi-elemental nanostructured materials with high spatial resolution; the development of theoretical models to predict the catalytic properties and active sites driving the reactions on multi-elemental surfaces; the evolution of HEA nanostructured catalysts under realistic operating conditions; magnetic properties of HEAs. This Faraday Discussion aims to bring together pioneers within this area in a cross-disciplinary manner by providing a platform to explore possible solutions to these challenges, while establishing a fundamental understanding of these novel materials. The synergy of combining theoretical and experimental experts to address these key questions will be brought out through the following four key sessions:
 
Synthesizing high-entropy alloy nanoparticles
In the first session, we will focus on the current methodologies for synthesizing HEA nanostructures using both chemical and physical approaches. Particular emphasis will be devoted to understand how the kinetic or thermodynamic character of the synthesis method predefines particle structure and compositions as well as compositional or structural variance. Furthermore, scalability of the methods and the application of in situ spectroscopy during synthesis will be addressed.
 
Advanced structural characterization of high-entropy alloy nanostructures
This session will focus on structural characterization, both experimental and computational approaches. These includes both ex situ and in situ/operando, TEM based techniques, neutron and X-ray scattering, spectroscopy, and Monte Carlo strategies. The key limitations of current, conventional characterization techniques will be discussed with a focus on development of advanced characterization tools to provide a complete picture of HEAs.
 
Application of high-entropy alloy nanostructures in electrocatalysis
This session will cover experimental and computational studies of HEA nanocatalysts as electrocatalysts, including electrochemistry and -catalysis, surface- and bulk-sensitive operando characterization, density functional theory (DFT), machine-learning and novel approaches to determining the electrocatalytic properties of HEAs. A particular focus will be outlining a framework through which new catalyst compositions can be identified, tested, and their performance understood in order to guide further catalyst development.
 
Magnetic properties of high-entropy alloy nanostructures
In this session, the magnetic properties of HEA nanostructures will be addressed. A special focus will be directed towards understanding how optimal properties can be reached through nanostructure size, shape and compositional control in combination with the effect of external sources such as the embedding matrix.
Speakers
  • Brian Cantor (Introductory lecture) University of Oxford/Brunel University London, United Kingdom
  • Dierk Raabe (Closing remarks lecture) Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Germany
  • Varun Chaudhary Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • Dirk Honecker UKRI-ISIS, United Kingdom
  • Kirsten M. Ø. Jensen University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Alfred Ludwig Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
  • Jan Rossmeisl University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Xizheng Wang University of California-Irvine, United States
  • Dongshuang Wu Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

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 19 May 2025.

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 4 July 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.
Bursaries

Grants for carers

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Accessibility grants

With our Accessibility grants, you can apply for up to £1,200 per year to help with the cost of specific support to attend a chemistry-related meeting, conference, workshop or professional development event. This support might be any form of equipment, service, or other personal expense associated with meeting your access needs.

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.
 
If you would like more information about sponsoring the 2025 Faraday Discussion series, please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry on advertising@rsc.org
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