Next-Generation Materials for Energy Chemistry – poster deadline

We are delighted to share with you a selection of the Accepted Manuscripts that will be discussed at the upcoming Faraday Discussions meeting on the theme of Next-Generation Materials for Energy Chemistry taking place in Xiamen, China from 27-29th October 2014.

We hope that you will join us to discuss this exciting topic along with leading scientists including Peidong Yang, Lee Cronin, Nenad Markovic, Zhong Lin Wang and many more. Register today!

Submit a poster abstract by 18th August

You can find out more about the unique format of Faraday Discussions on our FAQs page.

Enjoy reading this selection of Accepted Manuscripts:

Comparison of photoelectrochemical water oxidation activity of a synthetic photocatalyst system with Photosystem II
Yi-Hsuan Lai, Masaru Kato, Dirk Mersch and Erwin Reisner
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00059E

Graphene-supported iron-based nanoparticles encapsulated in nitrogen-doped carbon as a synergistic catalyst for hydrogen evolution and oxygen reduction reactions
Xinhe Bao, Jing Wang, Guoxiong Wang, Shu Miao and Jiayuan Li
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00123K

Bridging Silicon Nanoparticles and Thermoelectrics: Phenylacetylene Functionalization
Shane Ashby, Jason A. Thomas, Jorge García-Cañadas, Gao Min, Jack Corps, Anthony V Powell, Hualong Xu, Wei Shen and Yimin Chao
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00109E

Carbonization of Self-assembled Nanoporous Hemin with a Significantly Enhanced Activity for Oxygen Reduction Reaction
Yan Xie, Chizhou Tang, Zhiqiang Hao, Yang Lv, Ruixia Yang, Xuming Wei, Wei-Qiao Deng, Anjie Wang, Baolian Yi and Yujiang Song
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00121D

Check back to this post for more articles over the coming weeks!

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Electrical component hitches a ride with mechanical support

Danielle Whittaker writes about a hot Faraday Discussions article for Chemistry Wordl

A new composite material that can simultaneously withstand mechanical loads and store electrical energy has been created by scientists in the UK and Belgium. Based on activated carbon fibres, the structural supercapacitor has been formed into a full-size car boot lid that can power LEDs.


Read the full article in Chemistry World»

Read the original article in Faraday Discussions – it’s free to access until 8th August:
FD 172: Multifunctional Structural Energy Storage Composite Supercapacitors
Natasha Shirshova, Hui Qian, Matthieu Houlle, Quentin Fontana, Joachim H G Steinke, Anthony R.J. Kucernak, Emile Greenhalgh, Alexander Bismarck and Milo Sebastian Peter Shaffer
Faraday Discuss., 2014, Accepted Manuscript, DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00055B

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Nucleation: an article collection and an upcoming meeting

We are delighted to highlight some excellent research recently published in a range of Royal Society of Chemistry journals on a theme of nucleation and its role in directing the assembly of materials.

Nucleation – A Transition State to the Directed Assembly of Materials is also the topic of a Faraday Discussions meeting taking place in Leeds, UK from 3 March – 1 April 2015.

Find out more about the meeting on our website and then submit your oral abstract via our submission system today. The deadline is 30 June 2014.

You can also find more details about what makes Faraday Discussions different from other meetings.

We hope you enjoy the following selection of reviews and original research:

Crystallising trimesic acid from DMSO solutions – can crystallography teach us anything about the process of crystal nucleation?
Roger J. Davey, Monika Brychczynska, Ghazala Sadiq, Geoffrey Dent and Robin G. Pritchard
CrystEngComm, 2013,15, 856-859
DOI: 10.1039/C2CE26712H

Ionic co-crystals of racetams: solid-state properties enhancement of neutral active pharmaceutical ingredients via addition of Mg2+ and Ca2+ chlorides
Fabrizia Grepioni, Johan Wouters, Dario Braga, Saverio Nanna, Baptiste Fours, Gérard Coquerel, Geraldine Longfils, Sandrine Rome, Luc Aerts and Luc Quéré
CrystEngComm, 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4CE00409D

Pre-nucleation clusters as solute precursors in crystallisation
Denis Gebauer, Matthias Kellermeier, Julian D. Gale, Lennart Bergström and Helmut Cölfen
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014, 43, 2348-2371
DOI: 10.1039/C3CS60451A

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Organic Photonics & Electronics – HOT research in Faraday Discussions

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It’s all HOT research (as recommended by the referees) and it’s all due to be discussed at Organic Phontonics & Electronics: Faraday Discussion 174 in Strathclyde from 8-10 September 2014.

You can get involved:

Read these papers to have a sneak-preview of the HOT research featuring at this exciting event:

Breaking the simple proportionality between molecular conductances and charge transfer rates
Ravindra Venkatramani, Emil Wierzbinski, David H Waldeck and David N Beratan
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00106K

Dynamic Amplification of Light Signals in Photorefractive Ferroelectric Liquid Crystalline Mixtures
Takeo Sasaki, Satoshi Kajikawa and Yumiko Naka
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00068D

Computation of Hole Mobilities: Comparison of Single Crystal and Surface Adsorbed Models
Rose A Krawczuk, Joseph J.W. McDouall, William Mitchell and Steven Tierney
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00082J

Highly efficient organic devices based on small-molecule organic semiconductors
Karl Leo, Vadim Lyssenko and Simone Hofmann
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00094C

Bio-sorbable, liquid electrolyte gated thin-film transistor based on a solution processed zinc oxide layer
Luisa Torsi, Mandeep Singh, Gerardo Palazzo, Giuseppe Romanazzi, Gian Paolo Suranna, Nicoletta Ditaranto, Cinzia Di Franco, Maria Vittoria Santacroce, Mohammad Yusuf Mulla, Maria Magliulo and Kyriaki Manoli
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00081A

Hybrid organic semiconductor lasers for bio-molecular sensing
Anne-Marie Haughey, Caroline Foucher, Benoit Guilhabert, Alexander Kanibolotsky, Peter Skabara, Glenn A Burley, Martin D Dawson and Nicolas Laurand
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00091A

Characterization and simulation of electrolyte-gated organic field-effect transistors
Katharina Melzer, Marcel Brändlein, Bogdan Popescu, Dan Popescu, Paolo Lugli and Giuseppe Scarpa
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00095A

To find out more about the unique format of Faraday Discussions read our FAQs. We look forward to seeing you in Strathclyde!

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Join us to discuss this HOT research

Faraday Discussions, Royal Society of Chemistry. Journal cover image.Check out these HOT articles which have recently been published as Accepted Manuscripts in Faraday Discussions:


Effects of Structural Disorder and Surface Chemistry on Electric Conductivity and Capacitance of Porous Carbon Electrodes

Boris Dyatkin and Yury Gogotsi
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00048J

Redox-active electrolyte for supercapacitor application
Elzbieta Frackowiak, Mikolaj Meller, Jakub Menzel, Dominika Gastol and Krzysztof Fic
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00052H

Nanodiamond surface redox chemistry: influence of physicochemical properties on catalytic processes
Thomas Varley, Katherine B Holt, George Harrison and Meetal Hirani
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00041B

Organocatalysis for New Chiral Fullerene-based Materials
Rosa M. Girón, Silvia Reboredo, Juan Marco-Martínez, Salvatorre Filippone and Nazario Martin
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00065J


All four articles will be discussed at upcoming Faraday Discussions meetings on:

Find out more about the unique format of Faraday Discussions and register to attend one or both of these exciting meetings: http://rsc.li/fd-events.

There are even some bursaries to help undergraduates and postgraduates attend!

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Top 10 Faraday Discussions articles January–March 2014

Read on to find out which Faraday Discussions articles your colleagues were downloading most between January and March 2014

Spectroscopy of molecules in very high rotational states using an optical centrifuge
Liwei Yuan, Carlos Toro, Mack Bell and Amy S. Mullin
Faraday Discuss., 2011,150, 101-111
DOI: 10.1039/C0FD00021C, Paper
From themed collection Frontiers in Spectroscopy

Self-assembly of biomolecular soft matter
Samuel I. Stupp, R. Helen Zha, Liam C. Palmer, Honggang Cui and Ronit Bitton
Faraday Discuss., 2013,166, 9-30
DOI: 10.1039/C3FD00120B, Paper
From themed collection Self-Assembly of Biopolymers

Hydrogen evolution on nano-particulate transition metal sulfides
Jacob Bonde, Poul G. Moses, Thomas F. Jaramillo, Jens K. Nørskov and Ib Chorkendorff
Faraday Discuss., 2009,140, 219-231
DOI: 10.1039/B803857K, Paper
From themed collection Electrocatalysis

The liquid–liquid transition in supercooled ST2 water: a comparison between umbrella sampling and well-tempered metadynamics
Jeremy C. Palmer, Roberto Car and Pablo G. Debenedetti
Faraday Discuss., 2013,167, 77-94
DOI: 10.1039/C3FD00074E, Paper
From themed collection Mesostructure and Dynamics in Liquids and Solutions

Importance of many-body orientational correlations in the physical description of liquids
Hajime Tanaka
Faraday Discuss., 2013,167, 9-76
DOI: 10.1039/C3FD00110E, Paper
From themed collection Mesostructure and Dynamics in Liquids and Solutions

Introductory Lecture: Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy: new materials, concepts, characterization tools, and applications

Jon A. Dieringer, Adam D. McFarland, Nilam C. Shah, Douglas A. Stuart, Alyson V. Whitney, Chanda R. Yonzon, Matthew A. Young, Xiaoyu Zhang and Richard P. Van Duyne
Faraday Discuss., 2006,132, 9-26
DOI: 10.1039/B513431P, Paper
From themed collection Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy

Spontaneous tubulation of membranes and vesicles reveals membrane tension generated by spontaneous curvature
Reinhard Lipowsky
Faraday Discuss., 2013,161, 305-331
DOI: 10.1039/C2FD20105D, Paper
From themed collection Lipids & Membrane Biophysics

Simultaneous frequency and dissipation factor QCM measurements of biomolecular adsorption and cell adhesion
Michael Rodahl, Fredrik Höök, Claes Fredriksson, Craig A. Keller, Anatol Krozer, Peter Brzezinski, Marina Voinova and Bengt Kasemo
Faraday Discuss., 1997,107, 229-246
DOI: 10.1039/A703137H, Paper
From themed collection Interactions of Acoustic Waves With Thin Films and Interfaces

A first principles comparison of the mechanism and site requirements for the electrocatalytic oxidation of methanol and formic acid over Pt
Matthew Neurock, Michael Janik and Andrzej Wieckowski
Faraday Discuss., 2009,140, 363-378
DOI: 10.1039/B804591G, Paper
From themed collection Electrocatalysis

Viscoelastic phase separation in soft matter and foods
Hajime Tanaka
Faraday Discuss., 2012,158, 371-406
DOI: 10.1039/C2FD20028G, Paper
From themed collection Soft Matter Approaches to Structured Foods

Join us for a meeting this year – find out more!

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Opportunities for discussion with prize winning researchers

We are delighted to announce that the Spiers Memorial Award Winners for 2014 are:

Professor Pulickel M. Ajayan Professor Pulickel M. Ajayan, Rice University for his pioneering contributions to the field of carbon based nanomaterials.
Professor Fred Wudl Professor Fred Wudl, University of California, Santa Barbara for his many innovative developments to the field of organic electroactive materials and plastic electronics.

We invite you to join us and hear these award winning researchers delivering their introductory lecture at a Faraday Discussions meeting later in the year.

Faraday Discussions journal cover imageProf. Ajayan will deliver the Introductory lecture at New Advances in Carbon Nanomaterials: Faraday Discussion 173 which takes place in London between 1 – 3 September 2014.

Prof. Wudl will be starting off proceedings with his lecture at Organics, Photonics & Electronics: Faraday Discussion 174 in Strathclyde, Scotland (8-10 September 2014).

As with all Faraday Discussion meetings there is also an opportunity for you to take part:

  • Submit a poster. The deadlines are 23 June 2014 for New Advances in Carbon Nanomaterials, and 16 June 2014 for Organics, Photonics and Electronics.
  • Join the disussion. All the discussion of papers at the meeting are recorded and published as part of the final volume so every delegate has a chance to be fully involved. There is more information on how Faraday Discussions work in our FAQs.
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    2014 Faraday Discussions – Registration open!

    We have a wide range of very diverse discussion topics this year, and registration is now open for each of them – so don’t miss your opportunity to register now at the early bird rates.

    FD169: Molecular Simulations and Visualization
    7-9 May 2014, Nottingham, UK 

    FD170: Mechanochemistry: from functional solids to single molecules
    21-23 May 2014, Montreal, Canada    

    FD171: Emerging Photon Technologies for Chemical Dynamics
    9-11 July 2014, Sheffield, UK    
    Early bird deadline – 17 May

    FD172: Carbon in Electrochemistry
    28-30 July 2014, Sheffield, UK    
    Early bird deadline – 9 June

    FD173: New Advances in Carbon Nanomaterials
    1-3 September 2014, London, UK    
    Early bird deadline – 14 July

    FD174: Organics, Photonics & Electronics
    8-10 September 2014, Glasgow, UK 
    Early bird deadline – 7 July

    FD175: Physical Chemistry of Functionalised Biomedical Nanoparticles
    17-19 September 2014, Bristol, UK   
    Early bird deadline – 21 July

    FD176: Next-Generation Materials for Energy Chemistry
    27-29 October 2014, Xiamen, China   
    Early bird deadline – 1 September

    To help you on your way we offer a number of very attractive bursary options, so please do make the most of your Faraday Division membership.

    If you are new to Faraday Discussions be sure to find out more – discover how every contribution is recorded and published in the corresponding journal volume.

    We look forward to welcoming you to a meeting this year!

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    Faraday Discussion 177: Temporally and Spatially Resolved Molecular Science

    We invite you to join us at Temporally and Spatially Resolved Molecular Science: Faraday Discussion 177, which will be held at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India from 12-14 January 2015.

    This discussion will bring together crystallographers and spectroscopists from chemistry, physics and biology to promote new interdisciplinary research and to benefit from complementary approaches and techniques in the rapidly emerging areas of ‘time resolved studies’, leading to a greater overall understanding of structural dynamics. Discussion themes include:

    • Dynamics of the Chemical Bond
    • Time and Space Resolved Methods
    • Local and Global Dynamics
    • Future Challenges and Emerging Techniques

    Submit your abstract today via our submission system.

    The deadline for oral abstracts is 21st April 2014

    Confirmed invited speakers:

    Elagannan Arunan, Indian Institute of Science, India
    Godfrey Beddard, University of Leeds, UK
    Volker Deckert, Jena University, Germany
    Jonathan Hirst, University of Nottingham, UK
    Wolfgang Junge, University of Osnabruck, Germany
    R. J. Dwayne Miller, Max Planck Unit for Structural Dynamics at the University of Hamburg, Germany
    Shaul Mukamel, University of California, USA
    Paul Raithby, University of Bath ,UK

    In addition there will be a discussion meeting, entitled ‘Advances in Structure and Dynamics’ held directly after the Faraday Discussion in Bangalore on 15 – 16 January 2015. More information will be available on the website in due course.


    You may be interested in these articles in the area of temporally and spatially resolved molecular science, recently published in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP). A sister journal to Faraday Discussions, PCCP brings you content of the highest quality in physical chemistry, chemical physics and biophysical chemistry.

    Probing structural evolution along multidimensional reaction coordinates with femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy
    Renee R. Frontiera, Chong Fang, Jyotishman Dasgupta and Richard A. Mathies
    DOI: 10.1039/C1CP22767J, Perspective

    Ultrafast time resolved studies of the photochemistry of acyl and sulfonyl azides
    Jacek Kubicki, Yunlong Zhang, Jiadan Xue, Hoi Ling Luk and Matthew Platz
    DOI: 10.1039/C2CP40226B, Perspective

    Chemistry in solution: recent techniques and applications using soft X-ray spectroscopy

    Kathrin M. Lange, Alexander Kothe and Emad F. Aziz
    DOI: 10.1039/C2CP24028A, Perspective

    Ultrafast UV spectroscopy: from a local to a global view of dynamical processes in macromolecules
    Andrea Cannizzo
    DOI: 10.1039/C2CP40567A, Perspective


    We hope you can join us for Temporally and Spatially Resolved Molecular Science: Faraday Discussion 177. Professor Siva Umapathy and the rest of the Scientific Committee look forward to welcoming you and your colleagues to Bangalore.

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    FD 169: Molecular Simulations and Visualization-deadline for poster abstracts is 24th February

    There is only one week left  in which to submit your poster abstract for Molecular Simulations and Visualization: Faraday Discussion 169

    Virtual Reality represents a formidable communication and learning tool that could significantly speed up understanding of dynamic behaviour of complex biomolecular systems. This meeting is an excellent opportunity to bring the relevant disciplines closer together and benefit from collaborations across diverse fields.

    Don’t miss your chance to be part of this significant meeting which will illustrate and discuss the potential of Human–Computer Interaction and Virtual Reality for computational molecular sciences.

    Submit your abstract by 24th February 2014!

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