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The following is a selected list of conferences of interest to BZA members. A full conference diary, including international meetings, is maintained by the IZA on their website.

11th International Symposium on the Characterization of Porous Solids (COPS-XI), Avignon (France), 14th-17th May, 2017

The 11th International Symposium on the Characterization of Porous Solids (COPS-XI) in Avignon (France) is the latest of a series of symposia, held every 3 years, devoted to fundamental and applied research on the characterization of the structure of porous materials and the relationship between structure and material performance.

The scope includes

  • experimental characterization methods, such as X-ray diffraction, NMR, adsorption, mercury intrusion, calorimetry ...
  • theoretical and simulation methods used to interpret experimental data, such as molecular simulation, classical and statistical mechanical theory, pore network modeling ...
  • applied research, on the impact of measured material properties on performance in applications

The aim of this series of symposia is to bring together experts from academia and industry in order to share the latest developments in the characterization of porous solids using the various experimental and/or computational methods, together with the understanding of the relationships between the measured material properties and the final performance for a given application.

New directions in porous crystalline materials: Faraday Discussion, 5 - 7 June 2017, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), covalent-organic frameworks (COFs), and related molecular porous materials have entered a stage where not just the porosity, but other physical attributes are now playing a major role in their properties. Catalytic properties rivalling those of classic heterogeneous catalysts are being unearthed by carefully engineering isolated active sites in the pores. Photophysical properties enabled by both the rigidity and the controlled dynamics of the porous environment are making strides from both fundamental and applied perspectives. Applications in energy storage are emerging as well, enabled by important advances in increasing the electrical and ionic conductivity in these materials to values that rival and even surpass those of organic semiconductors. Exciting magnetic properties are being reported in such materials with increasing frequency as well, suggesting that perhaps porous magnets and possibly superconductors are also within reach.

This Discussion will thus focus on several important new directions in the chemistry of porous crystalline materials and will attempt to distil converging themes.


7th FEZA Conference The ZEOLITES: Materials with Engineered Properties, Sofia (Romania) 3 - 7 July 2017

The 7th International FEZA Conference is organized by Bulgarian Zeolite Association under the auspices of the Federation of European Zeolite Associations – FEZA. The conference will be held in the period July 3-7, 2017, in the National Palace of Culture in Sofia. FEZA school will be organized immediately after the conference.