The Solid State Chemistry GRS provides a unique forum for young doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to present their work, discuss new methods, cutting edge ideas, and pre-published data, as well as to build collaborative relationships with their peers. Experienced mentors and trainee moderators will facilitate active participation in scientific discussion to allow all attendees to be engaged participants rather than spectators.
Solid state chemistry is an interdisciplinary field focused on elucidating and manipulating fundamental crystal structure-composition-property relationships in extended inorganic solids to advance critical technologies. This entails the rational design, synthesis, characterization, and optimization of functional materials for energy generation, storage, and conversion with the goal of developing smaller, faster, cleaner, and more sustainable solutions to modern societal challenges. Historically, the discovery of promising materials for target applications relied primarily on exploratory synthesis or even serendipity. But current efforts in solid state chemistry further capitalize on emerging and advancing technologies including data-driven methods, innovative synthetic approaches, and enhanced characterization techniques, to discover and improve cutting-edge functional materials.
This seminar provides a unique opportunity for graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange research findings with peers. We encourage the sharing of unpublished work, either in poster or oral form, on all facets of material discovery from computational predictions to synthesis/crystal growth to the optimization of promising materials for real-world applications. We emphasize the sharing of unpublished work to stimulate a lively discussion among participants and collectively develop new insights about the process of material discovery. In addition to oral and poster presentations, this seminar will feature a panel with mentors from industry, national laboratories, and academia on the second day of the meeting. This mentorship component promotes an interactive discussion between attendees and early career scientists who can speak knowledgeably about the job search process as well as highlight multiple possible career paths for young scientists.
The seminar will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS, either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.
The seminar chair will select speakers from abstracts submitted by April 14, 2024. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Information section above.
Gordon Research Seminars are 2-day meetings which take place on the Saturday and Sunday just prior to the start of the associated GRC. The GRS opens with a 1-hour introductory session on Saturday afternoon, followed by a poster session, dinner and a 2-hour session in the evening. Sunday morning begins with breakfast and is followed by another 2-hour session, a second poster session, and lunch. A final 1-hour session takes place just after lunch, and the associated GRC begins later that evening.