Postponed | Faraday Joint Interest Group Conference 2020 🗓 🗺

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Message from the conference organisers: After careful consideration of the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, we have made the decision to postpone the Faraday joint interest group conference. We are grateful for the continued support and commitment of the scientific committee and speakers, and we plan to reschedule the conference in the near future. All delegates will be contacted and an announcement made on this page as soon as new dates are available. Please contact us at if you have any questions.

Showcasing UK physical chemistry research

You are warmly invited to join us in Sheffield in April 2020. This Faraday Division joint interest group conference is the second in the series, the first in 2017 being a big success, it is set to be a highlight for the physical chemistry community in 2020 – and you can be a part of it, just like us.

We will be sending our very own Sales Manager, Ben Parker to host a table top stand and he will be able to discuss a number of products of interest like the Quantum Design OptiCool, QD Systems and Montana.

Organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry and their Faraday Division, this meeting will host some of the leading physical chemistry researchers from the UK. It promises to be a great forum for researchers to network with and build strong collaborations within their community and related disciplines.


The Diamond Building, University of Sheffield

Speakers – Plenary

Marsha I. Lester, University of Pennsylvania, United States

Marsha Lester has risen through the academic ranks at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is currently the Edmund J. Kahn Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry of the School of Arts & Sciences.  She completed a four-year term as Chair of the Department of Chemistry in 2009.  Lester was Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Chemical Physics from 2009-2018.  Lester’s research group has developed innovative methods for stabilising ‘entrance channel complexes’ and reaction intermediates of environmental significance.  Her group has employed novel spectroscopic methods to rigorously characterise these important, yet previously uncharted, regions of chemical reaction pathways.  Lester has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.  In addition, she has been awarded the Herbert P. Broida Prize of the American Physical Society, the Garvan-Olin Medal of the American Chemical Society, and the Bourke Lectureship of the Faraday Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Majed Chergui– École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Ewine van Dishoeck – University of Leiden, Netherlands

Roel Dullens – University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Speakers – Keynote

  • Arantxa Arbe – CSIC-UPV, Spain
  • Paola Caselli – Max Planck Institute, Germany
  • Andy Cooper – University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Hazel Cox – University of Sussex, United Kingdom
  • Gábor Csányi – University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Basile Curchod – Durham University, United Kingdom
  • Dwayne Heard – University of Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Philipp Kukura – University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Gail McConnell – University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
  • Günther Rupprechter – TU Wien, Austria
  • Jenny Clark – University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • Roman Fasel – EMPA, Switzerland
  • William Gannon – University of Kentucky, United States
  • Maria Sanz – King’s College London, United Kingdom
  • Serena Viti – University College London, United Kingdom


The programme will explore various aspects of physical chemistry:

Advances in materials
Current advancement of materials suitable for solving global challenges in the area of energy generation and storage, materials for information technology and materials for environment

Biophysics and imaging
Advanced imaging techniques for understanding biology

Chemistry at cold temperatures
Study of molecules and reactions at cold to ultracold temperatures. From rate measurements to formation of ultra-cold molecules

Chemistry at surfaces
Investigation of chemistry on surfaces including catalysis, photocatalysis and thin films

Excited state processes
Developing experimental and computational probes of light-induced chemical dynamics and reactivity

Machine learning methods in material property prediction
Recent developments in the application of machine-learning tools to predict and interrogate the properties of molecules, liquids and solids

Magnetic Materials
Investigations of magnetic and spintronic materials using theory and experiments focusing on analysis and new generation applications

Neutron spectroscopy and allied techniques
Neutron spectroscopy and related techniques, such as IR, Raman and NMR, highlighting current status and future perspectives

Next-generation quantum chemical methods: From development to applications
Recent developments in quantum chemical methods for calculating the properties of molecules, liquids and solids. Applications to model important chemical systems such as catalysts, batteries and enzymes

Observational Astrochemistry
Using observations to find evidence molecules in space. These can be obtained using both space and terrestial telescopes

Theory and applications. Understanding how photocatalysts, be it molecular or solid, can accelerate or initiate chemical reactions when illuminated, including the discovery of new photocatalysts and new photocatalysed reactions

Photophysics of functional and solar cell materials
Light-induced processes in materials ranging from photoactive proteins to transition metal oxides, perovskites, nanoparticles and organic semiconductors with applications in artificial photosynthesis, solar cells and devices

Simulation and Modelling of astrochemical and atmospheric processes
Chemical networks, large scale modelling

Structure of Molecules
Developments in the determination of electronic and geometric structure of molecules and intermolecular interactions using spectroscopic and computational methods

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