The congress will highlight the theme « Chemistry and Life » because it is a transdisciplinary subject that concerns more and more chemists.

However, it leaves room for the mainstream contributions, corresponding to the thematic divisions of the Société Chimique de France:

– Catalysis: At the heart of essential challenges for a cleaner and sustainable future. This session will address both heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis as well as hybrid catalysis. Contributions introducing new concepts, allowing a better understanding and design of catalyst from molecular to material scale and/or involving process & catalytic engineering are welcome.  

– Coordination chemistry: It comprises the synthesis, characterization and reactivity studies of coordination and organometallic complexes of transition metals and main group metals, as well as their applications in the areas of molecular materials, homogeneous catalysis, and at the interface with life (bioinorganic chemistry, bioinspired chemistry, medicinal chemistry, etc.).

– Polymers and materials chemistry: Polymers and materials play a major role in answering and solving most modern societal challenges. They are instrumental to progress in Human health and Energy for example. SCF18 welcomes contributions related to the Chemistry of polymers and materials dealing with their syntheses, characterization, properties, shaping and applications in any areas.

– Solid state chemistry: Solid state chemistry is a multidisciplinary science associating synthesis, characterization, simulation and physical properties study. Its societal impact is very high. Fundamental research in this field gave birth to major emerging technologies in various domains such as energy, telecommunications or health just to cite a few. The question now is to find the new materials that will foster the technologies of the futur.

– Industrial chemistry: Mainly focused on cross- disciplinary themes providing answers to sustainable development needs by all parties concerned i.e. industry but also civil society and stakeholders saving resources and energy while minimizing environmental impacts (REACH régulations). Among the priorities i) Eco-efficient processes including intensification, atom and energy saving, ii) uses of renewable raw materials, iii) innovative production of materials and products including toxicological and eco-toxicological expertise, iv) Develepoment of recycling/reuse of co-products and wastes (circular economy),v) environment protection /water , air and soils treatment pocesses. 

– Organic chemistry: Involves all the differents aspects dealing with the preparation, transformation and properties of molecular or supramolecular carbon frameworks: synthesis and methods, chirality and asymmetric synthesis, organometallic chemistry, bioorganic chemistry.  Organic chemistry is the main tool for understanding biological systems.

– Physical chemistry: It consists of studying the structure, the properties and the transformations of the matter by associating a description of the molecular mechanisms with the analyze of the macroscopic behaviors.

– Energy: The aim of Energy division is at the center of the energy transition. Various form of energy are explored including non-renewable, renewable, nuclear, biomass as well as conversion and energy storage… Process and technologies of energy as well as life cycle and eco-design are also of interest.