Programme Themes - 7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress

Programme Themes

The congress will provide valuable opportunities for members of the chemistry community to network, exchange ideas and build collaborations through the welcome reception, social programme and scientific sessions.


  • Catalysis at the homo/hetero/bio interface

    Catalysis is being transformed and many studies now try to emulate cascade processes in which several reaction steps are combined using a combination of catalysts. This session aims to capture new emerging catalysis that is at the interface between the more traditional areas

    Heterogeneous catalysis

    New developments in heterogeneous catalysis in areas of application such as biomass utilisation, clean hydrogen production and CO2 utilisation. In addition new areas of synthesis and materials including single atom catalysis, MOFs and advanced characterisation methods

    Homogeneous catalysis

    New emerging areas of homogeneous catalysis with respect to applications in green chemistry and manufacturing, novel catalysts and synthesis methods, reaction mechanisms and spectroscopy

    Biological catalysis

    Biotransformations are at the heart of the global chemical industry’s transition to economic and environmental sustainability and this session will include all aspects; renewable feedstocks to manufacture a growing range of products for pharmaceuticals, home and personal care, food and drink, polymers, crop protection and lubricants; fundamental enzyme mechanism and modelling; biotransformations in flow systems; biotransformations for sustainable synthesis; biotransformations in metabolism/nutrition

  • Biomolecular assembly processes

    Protein folding and misfolding, lipid assembly processes, creating artificial cells, understanding cellular architecture (organelles), protein-lipid complexes (e.g. mass spec analysis), carbohydrates and cellular recognition, peptide-based materials. Origins of Life.

    Bioimaging, analysis and diagnostics

    Single molecule fluorescence, high-resolution biomolecular and cellular imaging, single cell DNA and RNA sequencing and diagnostics, point of care and third world diagnostics, nanoconstructs for diagnostic applications, biomarker-based diagnostics. Novel deep tissue imaging concepts and technologies.

    Synthetic biology

    Protein engineering (e.g. DNA polymerases, DNA repair enzymes), gene editing e.g. CRISPR, extending the genetic code via modified DNA, tRNA, mRNA, non-canonical amino acids in proteins. Understanding the epigenetics of nucleic acids. Modelling of synthetic biology. Evolution of proteins. Tools for synthetic biology. Metabolomics.

    Chemical biology and drug discovery

    Beyond Lipinski’s rules: macromolecular drugs, cell uptake of macromolecular drugs, targeting specific cell types, new classes of oligonucleotide analogues and oligonucleotide-based therapeutics, next-generation aptamers, novel “small molecule” therapeutic approaches (e.g. Protacs), intelligently-functionalised antibodies and nanobodies, controlled release, covalent drugs and activity/affinity-based probes.

  • New approaches to clean fuels

    Advances in developing clean fuels including CO2 activation, hydrocarbons, carbon capture and storage, hydrogen production and storage, biofuels, photo and electro catalysis and water splitting

    Fuel cells and batteries

    Fuel cells and electrolysers and all aspects of energy storage, including batteries and supercapacitors

    Solar photovoltaics

    All aspects of solar energy generation from photovoltaics including design and optimisation of solar cells, new materials and resource recovery

    Sustainable use of resources and green chemistry

    Scarce natural resources, recycling, sustainable resources, greener synthetic methodology, catalyst and process design, new solvents including water, greener chemicals and materials, circular economy and life cycle analysis, CO2 as a chemical feedstock, biorefineries

    Clean water and air

    Environmental chemistry related to clean water and air: water treatment, water reuse, resource recovery from water, improving air quality, controlling and monitoring air quality

  • Inorganic reaction mechanisms

    Mechanisms of inorganic chemistry reactions involving photochemistry and electrochemistry, as well as the study of luminescence and electron transfer based on a combined experimental and computational approach

    Bioinorganic chemistry

    Bioinorganic chemistry as inspiration for inorganic models and catalysts, the role of metals in medicine and the design of inorganic radiopharmaceuticals for diagnostics and therapy

    Main group chemistry

    New main group compounds, their association with transition elements in forming clusters and solids: experiment and theory

    Transition metal chemistry

    The chemistry of transition d and f elements, and their applications including in the design of single molecule magnets, hybrid materials, and catalysts

  • Materials governed by scale and dimensionality

    How the nano- and microstructure of materials governs their properties: from quantum dots, nanoparticles, and thin films or 2D materials to porous and hierarchically-structured solids

    Un-conventional syntheses of inorganic solids

    Preparation of materials with novel characteristics under extreme conditions like high-temperature/high-pressure, or by field-assisted synthesis in electrical or magnetic fields, or by soft chemistry e.g. in ionic liquids

    Functional materials and their electronic, magnetic and optical properties

    The electronic structure of solids paving the way to functionality: spintronics, magnets, solid state lighting, and thermoelectrics – in theory and experiment. This includes materials for devices like sensors, light-emitting diodes, semiconductors, energy conversion and storage technologies


    Design of new biomaterials, biomimetic syntheses, biomineralization, and applications in biological and medical systems, drug delivery, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine

    Soft control: macromolecules and smart polymers

    Responsive polymers, liquid crystals, and gels as smart materials: Synthesis, characterization and theory of soft solids

  • Supramolecular chemistry and self-assembly

    Spontaneous formation of molecular assemblies in organic solvents and in water

    Molecular machines and designed materials

    Synthesis and characterization of molecular shuttles, rotors, motors, other mechanical devices, and other functional molecules

    Organic synthesis and methodology

    New synthetic methodology, CH activation, remote and late stage functionalization, synthesis and semi-synthesis of natural products and biologically active compounds, green chemistry, reactions in water

    Organic reaction mechanisms

    Organometallics, heteroatom chemistry, fullerene chemistry, flow chemistry, solid phase chemistry

  • Photochemistry / photophysics / electrochemistry

    Fundamental photochemistry, photophysics and electrochemistry; cross-cutting aspects of photochemistry and electrochemistry related to materials science (e.g. solar energy conversion, photocatalysis, sensing and imaging through luminescence); supramolecular photochemistry: photochromism and photoswitching; photobiological processes; electrochemistry and instrumentation

    Advances in physical chemistry

    Structure and dynamics of materials and surfaces, physical chemistry of functional materials, soft matter and interfaces for biomedical and environmental applications, relationship between physical properties structure of food and nutritional health, thermodynamics, catalysis, surface science, ultrafast reactions, electron transfer, structures and dynamics of water

    Advances in analytical chemistry and methods

    Novel methods and advanced materials in analytical chemistry, chemical sensors and biosensors, mass spectrometry, separation science, food safety and security

    Computational and theoretical chemistry

    Theoretical and computational methods as well as their applications to elucidate structure, energetics, interactions and reactivity of matter at length scales from the atom to the bulk

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