von Montag, 14. September 2015 -  08:00 Uhr
bis Mittwoch, 16. September 2015 - 17:00 Uhr


The Faraday Division have been organising high impact Faraday Discussions in rapidly developing areas of physical chemistry and its interfaces with other scientific disciplines for over 100 years. 

Faraday Discussions have a special format where research papers written by the speakers are distributed to all participants before the meeting, and most of the meeting is devoted to discussing the papers. Everyone contributes to the discussion - including presenting their own relevant research. The research papers and a record of the discussion are published in the journal Faraday Discussions


  • Quantum optics and Plasmonics 
    Single molecules have been used for many years as test systems in quantum optics, but the combination with plasmonics opens new routes for enhancement of excitation and emission

  • Probes and Sensors for Molecular Biophysics 
    Plasmonic structures can be used as bright and stable labels, as rulers to probe dynamics, or as antennas to efficiently extract information from the nanoscale. These applications are particularly attractive in biophysics. 

  • Superresolution and Imaging of Soft and Biological Matter 
    Optical microscopy recently underwent a true revolution with superresolution imaging and a broad variety of nonlinear optical imaging modalities. The latter will be discussed in the restricted frame of single molecules and single objects. 

  • Nonlinear optics and Coherence in Biophysics 
    In relation with the previous subject, tailored light pulses open the way to manipulations of the quantum states of single molecules, and to the exploration of coherent effects in biological processes such as photosynthesis or electron transfer. 


The aim of the meeting will be to propose a synthesis of the main advances of the past several years and to map out future avenues at the interfaces between the themes.

We look forward to welcoming you to London for this Faraday Discussion. 

Supporting Organisations

We would like to thank the following organisations for their support of this event 

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Registration for Single-Molecule Microscopy and Spectroscopy: Faraday Discussion is now open!

Please read the registration information on this page before registering.

You can register by clicking on the online registration link on this page.

Please note accommodation is not included in the registration fee.


Registration includes: 

  • Attendance at the sessions 
  • Refreshments throughout the meeting
  • Lunch on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 September
  • Attendance at the poster drinks reception on Monday 14 September
  • Attendance at the conference dinner on Tuesday 15 September
  • A copy of the discussion pre-prints
  • A copy of the final theme issue of Faraday Discussion Volume containing papers presented at the Discussion (issued approximately 6 months after the meeting)**
  • For non-member registrants, membership of the RSC until the end of 2016;        

Registration fees are as follows:  

  Early bird
(by 27 July 2015)
(by 17 August 2015)
Members * £335 £385
Non-members £435 £485
Student members * £160 £210
Student non-members £185 £235
Registration fees are VAT exempt.

* If you are an RSC member and wish to register for this meeting, please select the member option on the online registration page. You will need to enter your membership number.

**Excluding students, who can order the volume at a reduced price at the conference.

Student Delegates

In order to encourage undergraduate or postgraduate students to attend the Discussion, a reduced conference fee (to include a set of pre-prints but not the final Discussion Volume) is available. This fee applies to those undertaking a full time course for a recognised degree or a diploma at a university or equivalent institution.

A copy of the publication may be purchased at less than half price, only for orders placed at the meeting where an application form will be made available.

Conference Banquet

The pre dinner drinks and the 3 course onference banquet will take place at the Royal Society on Tuesday 15 September is included in the registration fee.


Please note that accommodation is not included in the registration fee. Rooms can be booked via a booking agent - Ellis Salsby using the link at the bottom of this page.


There are a number of RSC bursaries available to student and younger members of the RSC in the early stages of their career (typically within 5 years of completing a first or postgraduate degree) who do not have support available from their employer or a research grant. 

Applicants should be RSC members at the time of application and at the meeting for which the travel bursary is being given.

The bursary is £150 per applicant and funding is supplied by the RSC Travel Grant Scheme.

The application form which is available to download from this page should be completed and returned to RSC Events by email by the deadline.

Deadline for applications: 27 July 2015

Terms & Conditions

By registering your attendance via the online registration system you are agreeing to pay all monies due, whether attending or not, unless cancellation is completed before the cancellation deadline. Payment must be completed before the start of the conference. All registrations received by the closing date will be acknowledged. If an acknowledgement is not received within 14 days, please contact RSC Events.

Cancellations received before the standard registration deadline will be subject to an administrative charge of 25%. It will not be possible to offer any refunds on cancellations received (including those for meals, accommodation or social events) after the standard registration deadline has passed, although a change in attending delegate can be made at any time. Changes to bookings for meals, accommodation or social events cannot be accepted after the deadline.

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Further Info

Since their inception, optical detection and spectroscopy of single molecules have steadily expanded to an amazing variety of disciplines in natural sciences. Domains as varied as optical microscopy, quantum optics, nanophotonics, material science and soft-matter physical chemistry all have benefited from the new, average-free insights provided by the optical isolation of single molecules, quantum dots, metal nanoparticles, and other nanometre-sized objects. The techniques themselves have also made spectacular progress with the developments in super-resolution microscopy, time-resolved measurements, absorption-based detection, combination with mechanical or electrical manipulation and recording, live-cell imaging, and metal nanoparticle-enhanced phenomena.

At the chemistry-biology interface, new probes are needed for the study of various biological processes, most of them in live cells or even live organisms, but also for superresolution microscopy. The plasmonics-chemistry interface includes studies of catalysis, diffusion in soft materials and nanofluidics. At the border between quantum optics, plasmonics and physical chemistry, low-temperature spectroscopy experiments provide candidates for the manipulation of single spins as qubits, while new structures can be designed as nanoantennas to enhance molecular fluorescence and a broad variety of nonlinear optical processes.
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Burlington House was built in 1664 as a private mansion for Sir John Denham, a wealthy lawyer, poet and architect, who held the office of Surveyor General to the Crown. He was offered some land by the King in recognition of the loyalty he had shown during the English Civil War, and the original house was built for the reception of his new bride.

In 1668 he sold it to Richard Boyle, the first Earl of Burlington and second Earl of Cork, Lord Treasurer of Ireland, who gave the building its present name. He altered and modestly enlarged the property and lived here until his death in 1697. He was, coincidentally, the elder brother of the “father of modern chemistry”, Robert Boyle.
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It then passed onto the second and then third Earl: during the 3rd Earls’ lifetime, his house was the regular meeting place of all the leading wits, poets and learned men of the day, including Alexander Pope, Dean Swift and John Gay.

When he died in 1753 Burlington House passed to his widow and then to their grandson William Cavendish. William Cavendish, the 5th Duke, married Lady Georgiana Spencer in 1774: the great-great-great-great aunt to Diana, Princess of Wales.

While Burlington House was occupied by the Cavendish family the scientist who discovered hydrogen, Henry Cavendish, lived there for several years in his youth.

In 1811, the 5th Duke gave permission to Lord Elgin to store the Elgin Marbles in the grounds to the west side of Burlington House, Lord Elgin having failed to sell the Marbles to the Government. In 1816 a Parliamentary committee came to a decision to purchase the Marbles and they were re-located to the British Museum.

In 1815, the 6th Duke of Devonshire leased the house to his uncle, Lord George Cavendish and with architect Samuel Ware made a number of considerable but unobtrusive changes over the next three years. By the order of Lord Cavendish in 1819, Burlington Arcade was built along the West side of Burlington House.

In 1854, the Government decided to purchase Burlington House for £140,000 and eventually allocated it to the use of the learned societies.

This is still true today and, together with the Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House hosts seven other societies of comparable age and standing: the Royal Academy of Arts, the Linnaean Society, Geological Society, Royal Astronomical Society, the Society of Antiquaries, The British Astronomical Association and the Geological Association.


The information and pictures provided have been found on http://www.rsc.org/about-us/our-history/#burlington.

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