Symposium Proposals

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Symposium Proposal Round Two is now open for submissions. The extended deadline for symposium proposals is May 1, 2024, 11:59 PM ET.

Symposium Guidelines

Symposium proposals will be reviewed based on the following guidelines:

  •  The Pacifichem 2025 scientific program will be scheduled during the period Monday, December 15 through Saturday, December 20, 2025.
  • Each symposium must have a minimum of three co-organizers who are from different Pacific Rim countries AND are members of the Pacifichem 2025 Cosponsoring Societies or Official Participating Organizations . One shall be designated as the “Corresponding Symposium Organizer (CSO),” and all correspondence (e-mail) relating to the symposium will be directed to this contact person. It is the responsibility of the CSO to keep all other co-organizers informed.
  • All symposia are managed through the Pacifichem 2025 Abstracts System.
  • A symposium should have a title and a 150-300 word description of the topics to be covered in the technical sessions.
  • Symposium will have no more than five half-day daytime oral sessions. Additional oral and/or poster sessions may be considered by the Organizing Committee to be scheduled in the evenings.
  • Because there will be no oral General Sessions, organizers are requested to accommodate as many contributed oral papers as possible. At least 40% of symposium time should be allotted to contributed oral presentations. We recommend no more than 4 invited speakers per half- day session.
  • Each half-day oral session will have a maximum duration of 4 hours. Evening sessions, if available, will be 2 hours in duration.
  • An individual speaker may deliver no more than 2 invited presentations or 3 presentations (2 invited plus 1 contributed) during the congress. Co-authorship has no limit.
  • Pacifichem 2025 will provide voucher codes for 2 complimentary speaker registrations per approved half-day session, with a maximum of 4 per symposium. Symposia organizers are encouraged to dedicate at least one complimentary registration code to a member of an underrepresented community and/or an early career chemist. Organizers are encouraged to solicit sponsorships for additional support.
  • Organizers are expected to adhere to the Pacifichem diversity and inclusion statement goals:
    • Include a minimum of 30% of under-represented groups in science
    • Incorporate expertise from a range of Pacific Rim countries
    • Include speakers from all stages of career
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The Pacifichem organizing committee has identified these topics for potential round two submissions:


  • Micro/nanofluidics
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Vibrational spectroscopy
  • NMR
  • LIBS
  • Chemometrics
  • Analytical application of synchrotron radiation
  • Analytical X-ray spectroscopy
  • Proteomics
  • Metabolomics
  • Lipidomics
  • Optical imaging
  • Symposia devoted to specific analytes / classes of analytes, including but not limited to:
    • Techniques for analysis of toxins, proteins, microplastics, trace elements
    • Biomarkers for diagnostics


  • Biocatalysis
  • Nucleic acids
  • Extracellular vesicle
  • Bioorganic reaction mechanisms
  • Genetic code expansion and reprogramming
  • Electron transfer in biological systems
  • Biophysics of lipids and membranes

 Chemistry and Engineering for Sustainability

  • Nitrogen cycle, including NOx reduction catalysis
  • Natural products, uses of biomass
  • Solar energy conversions, solar fuels
  • Materials from natural sources such as lignin or nano-crystal cellulose
  • Life cycle analysis
  • Bioplastics

 Chemistry for Life Science and Health Care

  • in vivo click chemistry
  • Theranostics
  • Chemistry for vaccine design and development
  • Drug repurposing for pandemics or neglected tropical diseases
  • Tissue regeneration
  • Diagnostics: small molecule
  • Food chemistry
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • AI and machine learning for drug discovery

 Computational and Theoretical

  • Computational modeling design of 2D materials., porous materials, catalysts, biomaterials etc. specifically AI and ML aspects
  • Autonomous chemistry
  • Generative AI
  • Large language models in chemistry
  • Computational drug repurposing

 Educate, Communicate, Translate

  • Indigenous engagement
  • K-12
  • Outreach
  • Scientific journalism (would it be similar to science communication)
  • Systems thinking
  • AI and large language models in chemical education – uses, risks and benefits


  • Molecular assembly (cages;receptors;sensors;switches;molecular machings;host-guest)
  • Polymer catalysis
  • Solid-state electrolytes, li-ion
  • Luminescence
  • Magnetic
  • Supramolecular chemistry w/ inorganic flavor
  • Organic-inorganic hybrid
  • Qubits
  • Ammonia for energy applications
  • Solid electrolytes for battery applications
  • Main group elements mimicking transition metals
  • Synthetic and Structural Advances in Solid State Chemistry


  • Fundamental polymer science from chemistry to physics
  • Experimental rheology
  • More functional materials for energy & sustainability
  • New methods/synthesis for energy & sustainability


  • Magnetic materials
  • Next generation biomaterials


  • P-block chemistry in organic chemistry
  • Heterocycles
  • C–H functionalization
  • “Other” fields of catalysis, such as main group (e.g., frustrated Lewis pair)
  • Catalysis in carbohydrate chemistry
  • Supramolecular; non-covalent assembly
  • Medicinal chemistry (“discovery”, rather than “process”, aspect)
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Ring opening/closing
  • Aromaticity
  • Physical chemistry/excited state chemistry
  • Total synthesis
  • Catalysis in total synthesis
  • Mechanistic investigations of organic reactions
  • Non-traditional bonding for reaction control
  • Structural characterization of complex molecules/assemblies
  • Natural products isolation
  • Organic chemistry/synthesis on surfaces
  • Organic chemistry in confined spaces
  • Synthetic biology for small molecules


  • Application of Materials chemistry, most submissions are fundamentals of Chemistry
  • Excitons (missing)
  • Nanodots
  • Catalysis topics (in general)
  • Low-dimensional nanomaterials
  • Thermodynamics
  • Functional solid-state materials may have overlap
  • Physical: Interfaces [not missing but I think this area could be expanded.]
  • Plasmon Spectroscopy.
  • Surface spectroscopy
  • Upconversion / Fission
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