Conference Alert: Advancing the Chemistry of the f-elements 28-30th July 2014

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Whether you’re a Royal Society of Chemistry member or not, if you have an interest in f-element chemistry, you’ll want to attend next year’s Dalton Discussion.

The chemistry of the f-elements has been pushed to the forefront of the chemical sciences right now, due to a resurged interest in the prospect of new advances in low-carbon nuclear power. As the globe turns away from conventional fossil fuels, nuclear power is becoming more and more significant, and a good understanding of the compounds involved in these processes is essential. Furthermore, the f-elements are known to exhibit very different chemistry to the transition metals, and so replacing traditional metals with f-elements could produce materials with new and exciting properties. The need for a better understanding of the chemistry and environmental impact of the f-elements is greater than ever, and meetings such as these allow for all researchers with an interest in this area to get together and discuss ideas.

Unlike a conventional conference, Dalton Discussions offer a much more interactive experience, where traditional lectures and presentations are followed by a great deal of discussion, before the research discussed will be published in a special edition of Dalton Transactions. This allows for participants to have a much bigger contribution to the meeting than you might experience at other conferences.

The RSC describe the aim of the discussion as:

“To highlight the burgeoning role, and exciting prospects for f-elements in modern, metal-based chemistry.”

And the discussion will run along the following themes:

  • Structure and bonding in f-element compounds
  • Properties and materials applications
  • Advances in reactivity and catalysis
  • f-elements in the environment

It will take place at the University of Edinburgh, and has already confirmed a range of exciting speakers who specialise in f-element chemistry. These include Geoff Cloke of the University of Sussex, Jeffrey Long of the University of California Berkley, and Marinella Mazzanti of the CEA, Grenoble, who I’ve had the pleasure of hearing speak at the University of Nottingham last year. I found Marinella’s work with uranium to be really interesting, and I’d definitely recommend attending her lecture. You can find a full list of confirmed speakers here.

The discussion includes lectures, refreshments, poster presentation, exhibitions from relevant companies and looks to be an interesting couple of days. There is a reduced registration fee for students, and students and early career researchers may be eligible for a bursary from the RSC to help cover the cost of the meeting. Accommodation and attendance of the conference dinner cost extra, but you can find all the details at the website dedicated to the discussion, found here.

So, if you have an interest in the f-elements and want be involved in a conference where you will get to be an integral part of the discussion, Advancing the Chemistry of the f-elements is for you! This exciting and rapidly-developing area of chemistry is definitely one to keep an eye out for, and this Dalton Discussion will certainly allow for the scientific community to embrace it and help move it forward.

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