SCF 2021

SCF 2021

Due to the corona pandemic, the event will be postponed from June 28-30, 2021 to June 26-28, 2023

This major gathering of the French chemistry community as well as of international participants will offer an update on the most promising developments in all field of chemistry. This three-yearly scientific meeting held under the patronage of the French Chemical Society will start with a week-end for the general public in the Museum of Nantes with a topic dedicated to Chemistry in relation with Light and Color.

SCF 2021 will host the SCF awards ceremony, including the Joseph-Achille Le Bel and Pierre Süe national SCF Grand Prix and three binational awards (with Germany, Spain, and Portugal).


  • 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 chemistry: Polymers and materials play a major role in answering and solving most current societal challenges. They are instrumental to progress in Environment, Energy, Health, Mobility and Communication for example. SCF21 welcomes contributions related to the Chemistry of polymers and materials from their syntheses and characterization, to their properties, shaping and applications.
  • Solid state chemistry: Solid state chemistry is a multidisciplinary science devoted to solid materials with wide variety of chemistry, structure, and shapes (powders, crystals, thin films, crystallized or amorphous). This science encompasses synthesis, structural and morphological characterization, determination of physical (and chemical) properties, and theoretical modeling. The ultimate goal is to identify the structure/properties relationships to engineer materials for specific requirements. Solid state chemistry has a strong societal impact and is key to future developments in new technologies and sustainable processes in domains such as energy, optics, (photo)catalysis, data storage, health, sensors and microelectronics.
  • 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: Organic chemistry: Involves all the different aspects dealing with the preparation, transformation and properties of carbon-based molecular or supramolecular entities: synthesis and methods, chirality and asymmetric synthesis, organometallic chemistry, main Group chemistry, bioorganic chemistry. Organic chemistry is a central tool for understanding and designing molecular systems (from structure to reactivity).
  • Physical chemistry: Physical Chemistry aims at understanding chemical systems through the physical properties of matter – and the processes it undergoes – at scales from the atomic to the macroscopic. It covers a large number of fields, such as Photochemistry, Electrochemistry, Molecular Magnetism, Theory, Radiochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Nanosciences, Optical and Neutron spectrometries.
  • 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.
  • Education and training: The aim of this division is to report about teaching and learning of chemistry in colleges and universities, to share best practices to improve learning outcomes by changing teaching method with nowadays a specific attention to distant learning.
  • Chemistry, light and color: Light , Color and Chemistry have been strongly related since the earliest ages of Earth. Light and color are a source of inspiration for all areas of modern chemistry which currently contributes to exciting developments in diverse domains, including, energy, the Arts, medicine or all sorts of manufactured products used in daily life




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