Prof. Raval opened the sessions of the new Faraday Discussion devoted to Complex Molecular Surfaces and Interfaces
The city of Sheffield (UK) recently hosted the Faraday Discussion on Complex Molecular Surfaces and Interfaces from the 24th to the 26th of July 2017. This meeting brought together leading scientists working on surface structuring with molecules, surface reactivity and modelling to address the interdisciplinary scientific problem of how intermolecular interactions determine properties at interfaces. World leaders in the field, including Talat Rahman, Rasmita Raval, and Karl-Heinz Ernst joined the discussion alongside emerging researchers and PhD students, within the unique format of the Faraday Discussion meetings.
Prof. Raval, director of OPIHAS, gave the introductory lecture for this Faraday Discussion, illustrating how “molecules provide versatile building blocks, with a vast palette of functionalities and an ability to assemble via supramolecular and covalent bonding to generate remarkably diverse macromolecular systems. This is abundantly displayed by natural systems that have evolved on Earth, which exploit both supramolecular and covalent protocols to create the machinery of life. Importantly, these molecular assemblies deliver functions that are reproducible, adaptable, finessed and responsive. There is now a real need to translate complex molecular systems to surfaces and interfaces in order to engineer 21st century nanotechnology.”
The Faraday Division have been organising high impact Faraday Discussions in rapidly developing areas of physical chemistry and its interfaces with other scientific disciplines for over 100 years.
Faraday Discussions have a special format where 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. Everyone contributes to the discussion - including presenting their own relevant research. The research papers and a record of the discussion are published in the journal Faraday Discussions.
Details about this conference can be found here.
The full published volume, including papers and discussion sessions is also available.