Leverhulme Research Centre for Functional Materials Design Inaugural Symposium

 3-4 September 2018, Liverpool, UK

Developing new high-performance materials is critical to enable next-generation technologies for society. New systematic and effective approaches to this problem are required given the slow pace with which new materials have traditionally been discovered when relying on serendipity and chemical intuition. The complexity and the multi-scale nature of the relationships between material's structure and its properties makes the design of a material with given properties one of grand scientific challenges of our times. The Leverhulme Research Centre for Functional Materials Design is moving this forward by fusing leading-edge synthesis concepts from the physical sciences with ideas from the forefront of computer science, alongside experts in robotics, engineering, management and social science. This symposium brings together experts across different scientific disciplines united by the common goal of accelerating materials discovery to discuss important themes such as grand challenges, the integration of computation and experiment, algorithms, and high throughput methods.

Registration details can be found here  or by emailing lrcfmd@liv.ac.uk

 The full symposium programme can be found here 



Keynote speakers:

  • The Metaphysics of Chemical Reactivity - Professor Leroy Cronin Regius Chair of Chemistry,   School of Chemistry, University of Glasgow

  • ‘Knotting matters’ - Professor David Leigh FRS FRSE FRSC MAE  Sir Samuel Hall Chair of Chemistry, School of Chemistry, The University of Manchester

  • Computational Materials Discovery: Past, Present, and Future - Professor Artem R. Oganov MAE, Professor of Russian Academy of Sciences Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology

  • Cosmic Strings, the Higgs Boson, Dark Matter and Room-temperature Superconductivity: Grand Challenges in Materials Chemistry - Professor Nicola Spaldin FRS Professor for Materials Theory, Department of Materials, ETH Zurich

  • Future Lab – Challenges, Concepts and Realizations - Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Kerstin Thurow Professor for Automation / Life Science Automation,  Center for Life Science Automation, University Rostock


Invited speakers: 

  • Professor Martin Burke
  • Professor Mohamed Eddaoudi 
  • Dr. Jan Hamaekers
  • Professor Geoffroy Hautier
  • Dr Thomas Hammerschmidt
  • Professor Saiful Islam
  • Dr Kim Jelfs
  • Professor Jennifer Nelson
  • Dr Luca Ghiringhelli 
  • Professor Christian Scheideler
  • Professor Maria Serna
  • Professor Berend Smit