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Christmas 2016 Research Meeting and AGM



Introduction:  The MSDG organises two Research Meetings per year, one in the summer and one just before Christmas. These meetings are informative and inspiring events which give an opportunity to both established researchers, and up-and-coming younger researchers, to disseminate and discuss their findings in a friendly and constructive environment.



In honour of the late Professor Doug Inman, a founding member of the MSDG and who made many significant contributions to the field of molten salts, the Inman Lecture was established in 2014. This year’s recipient is Professor Shaowei Zhang from the Exeter University who specialises the processing, microstructures and properties of advanced ceramics and high temperature composites. The meeting will be closed with a lecture on early molten salts research and conferences by Professor Harald Øye from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.




Venue and Timings:  The will take place the RSC, Burlington House, London, on December 19th 2016.
Registration will be form 09:00 – 09:55 and the meeting will commence at 10:00.
Morning coffee, a buffet lunch, afternoon tea, and a wine and cheese reception are included.



Theme: As usual, the 2016 MSDG Christmas Meeting accepts papers for both oral (up to 30 minutes including 5 minutes discussion) and poster (A1 or A0) presentations in all areas of the science and technology of ionic liquids and molten salts.


The MSDG is particularly keen to promote the work and activities of younger researchers so participation of students and post-doctoral workers is most welcome. Please note that the registration fee is waived for students providing oral presentations and halved for those presenting posters.


Abstract submission: Abstracts should be prepared using the MS Word template which can be downloaded from here. Ideally, the abstract should include one Figure that highlights the key results of the work. Abstracts should be submitted in WORD format (not as pdf) electronically to by December 5th 2016.


In the meantime it would be helpful should those considering presenting at the meeting submit the title of their proposed presentation along with the names of the Authors and their affiliations to


Please also note that all presentations will be via a USB enabled laptop pc and data projector. (The MSDG committee apologises for not being able to help with other types of electronic presentation materials.)


Registration: Electronic Registration is now open and will close December 5th 2016. To register, please click here.


Please note that inclusion in the Book of Abstracts, or catering provision, cannot be guaranteed after the December 5th deadlines.


Fees payment: MSDG has introduced PayPay as a convenient and secure way to pay fees – please use this method if possible. Electronic fee payment is now open.


[You can access PayPal from here]



The fees for the meeting are as follows;

Regular £ 95
Reduced rate* (students/retired etc.) £ 70
Student(giving oral presentation) £ 0
Student(giving poster presentation) £ 35


*Bursaries are available upon application to the Committee for students and retired members. If you wish to apply for a bursary please contact Dr Greg Doughty ( Decisions on awards will be made by the MSDG Committee one week prior the meeting.


**Commercial presentations relevant to molten salts and ionic liquids research and industry are welcome at the MSDG Meetings. These are mostly posters, brochures, electronic displays (e.g. on a computer screen) with information on company profiles, products and recruitment information. Please contact Dr Greg Doughty( for pricing.


For those not using PayPal, it is possible to pay the registration fee by bank transfer, purchase order or by cash or cheque (made payable to Molten Salt Discussion Group) at the meeting. To do so you will have to select the appropriate payment method when registering. You will be directed to a page giving details of how to make a payment by your chosen method. If needed, you can request an invoice from the treasurer by email using the address below.


Dr. John Slattery
Department of Chemistry
The University of York
YO10 5DD
Telephone: +44(0) 1904 322610