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The 4th International Online Conference on Crystals

Part of the International Electronic Conference on Crystals series
18–20 Sep 2024
Event's Timezone: Central European Summer Time
Abstract Submission Deadline
8th May 2024
Abstract Acceptance Notification
25th June 2024

Registration Deadline
16th September 2024

Liquid Crystals, Biomolecular Crystals, Crystal Engineering, Inorganic Crystalline Materials, Organic Crystalline Materials, Hybrid and Composite Crystalline Materials, Materials for Energy Applications, Crystalline Metals and Alloys
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IOCC is Free to Participate.

Register and submit your abstract today to be part of cutting-edge discussions and networking opportunities!

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Welcome from the Chair

You are cordially invited to participate in the 4th International Electronic Conference on Crystals (IOCC 2024), sponsored by the MDPI open access journal Crystals. This is a new and improved initiative based on the experience from the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd International Electronic Conference on Crystals, (;; which affords the opportunity for researchers engaged in the study of crystalline materials to present their research and exchange ideas with their colleagues. We take full advantage of the Internet, removing the need to travel and omit participation expenses. This is a virtual conference held at is a platform developed and sponsored by MDPI to organize electronic conferences, and to provide our community with the technical support for hosting our digital conferences.

The fourth conference will be organized around the following topics and related themes.

1. Liquid Crystals
2. Biomolecular Crystals
3. Crystal Engineering
4. Inorganic Crystalline Materials
5. Organic Crystalline Materials
6. Hybrid and Composite Crystalline Materials
7. Materials for Energy Applications
8. Crystalline Metals and Alloys

Participants stand a chance to win six highly coveted Best Oral Presentation Awards and Best Poster Presentation Awards, with prize money.

Accepted papers will be gathered in the Proceedings journal (ISSN: 2504-3900) of the conference for free. Selected extended versions of the papers can be published in the journal Crystals with a discount of 20% on the Article Processing Charge (ISSN 2073-4352; Impact Factor: 2.7).

I am looking forward to seeing your participation in these exciting discussions, hearing new ideas and perspectives in the field and welcoming all participants to the online conference.

Conference Chair:
Prof. Dr. Alessandra Toncelli
Department of Physics, University of Pisa, Italy
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Event Chair

Department of Physics, University of Pisa, Italy

I have been an associate professor at the University of Pisa since 2017. I began my academic career in the field of growth and spectroscopic characterization of rare-earth-doped crystalline insulating materials in the visible and near-infrared regions. Then, my research interests have expanded towards the mid-infrared and THz regions. Throughout my career, I have characterized and optimized many devices and materials for various applications such as photonics, scintillation, quantum information technologies, biomedicine, etc. Recently, I have been working on developing new spectroscopy and imaging methods in the THz region for monitoring plant health, fruit and food quality and I am also working on the development of integrated photonics circuits for quantum computing applications. As of 2024, in all these research areas, I have published more than 200 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, I hold two patents, and I am accredited with an h-index of 52 in Scopus and 50 in ISI WoS.

Session Chairs

Prof. Dr. Vladimir Chigrinov

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China

Professor Vladimir G. Chigrinov is Professor of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology since 1999. He is an Expert in Flat Panel Technology in Russia, recognized by the World Technology Evaluation Centre, 1994, and SID Fellow since 2008. He is an author of 6 books, 31 reviews and book chapters, about 322 journal papers, more than 677 Conference presentations, and 121 patents and patent applications including 38 US patents in the field of liquid crystals since 1974. He got Excellent Research Award of HKUST School of Engineering in 2012. He obtained Gold Medal and The Best Award in the Invention & Innovation Awards 2014 held at the Malaysia Technology Expo (MTE) 2014, which was hosted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 20-22 Feb 2014. He is a Member of EU Academy of Sciences (EUAS) since July 2017. He got A Slottow Owaki Prize of SID in 2018 He is 2019 Distinguished Fellow of IETI (International Engineering and Technology Institute): Since 2018, he works as Professor in the School of Physics and Optoelectronics Engineering in Foshan University, Foshan, China. 2020-2024 Vice President of Fellow of Institute of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (IDSAI) Since 2021 distinguished Fellow of Institute of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. Since March 2022, he is A Fellow of National Academy of Technology for his contributions to Information Electrical and Electronic Research:

Prof. Dr. Hongbin Bei

School of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, China

Dr. Bei currently is a professor at the School of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University. His research interests focus on alloy design and behavior, structural materials under extreme conditions, multiscale mechanical behaviors, physical metallurgy, metal and alloys. He has been published more than 200 in peer-reviewed journal and cited by more than 20000 times according to Google scholar. His publication can be found in

Prof. Dr. Ferdinando Costantino

University of Perugia, Italy

Ferdinando Costantino received the PhD in Chemistry from University of Perugia in 2005 and in 2006-2007 worked in Rennes as Post-Doc fellow. Then he moved to San Diego (CA) for a short term scholarship at UCSD. From 2010 to 2016 he was associate fellow of ICCOM-CNR institute in Florence. In 2015 he won the Nardelli prize from the Italian Crystallographic Association (AIC) as young researcher working on crystallographic methods. He is actually associate professor of inorganic chemistry and material sciences at the University of Perugia. He is member of the Italian Chemical Society (SCI) and Italian Crystallographic Association (AIC). His scientific interests are focused on the synthesis and characterization of hybrid materials based on layered materials and porous compounds based on metal phosphonates and MOFs for gas adsorption, catalysis and proton conductivity. Co-author of 110 research papers in international journals (h-index = 34) and three book chapters and of many communications at national and international congresses.

Prof. Dr. Vladimir P. Fedin

Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry

Prof. Dr. Vladimir P. Fedin was born in Penza (USSR) in 1954 and received his M.Sc. (1976) and Ph.D. (1980) degrees from Moscow State University (under supervision of academician A.N. Nesmeyanov). As a postdoc, he worked in Germany (Prof. Dr. A. Müller, AvH Fellowship), UK (Prof. A.G. Sykes, RS Kapitza Fellowship), and Japan (Prof. T. Saito, JSPS). Visiting professor at the universities of Bielefeld, Regensburg, Karlsruhe, Versailles, La Laguna, Warsaw. In 1981 he joined the Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. From 2005 to 2019, he served as Director of this institute. From 2019 to the present, he heads the Department of chemistry of coordination, cluster and supramolecular compounds of this institute. Since 2005, he has also been the head of the Department of Inorganic Chemistry at Novosibirsk State University. His research interests include the chemistry of chalcogenide clusters, polyoxometalates, supramolecular chemistry of cucurbit[n]urils, and, in recent years, MOF-based materials for separation, catalysis, proton conductivity and sensing. In 2011, he was elected a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Prof. Dr. Vladimir P. Fedin has published over 600 peer-reviewed papers that have been cited over 14,000 times, H-index = 53.

Dr. Ioannis Spanopoulos

Department of Chemistry, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA

Ioannis earned his Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry from the University of Crete, where he worked on the development of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) for gas storage and separation applications. Following this, he joined the research group of Prof. Mercouri G. Kanatzidis at Northwestern University as a post-doctoral fellow, developing perovskite semiconductors for optoelectronic applications. In 2021, he started his independent career at the University of South Florida as an Assistant Professor at the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering. He received the 2020 IIN Outstanding Researcher award from the International Institute for Nanotechnology, the 2022 ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator Research award, and he is a Fellow of the International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM). Research at the Spanopoulos Group focuses on utilizing molecular and crystal engineering to design and synthesize next-generation, multi-functional materials for energy and environmental-related applications.

Prof. Xuejun (James) Ren

Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Xuejun (James) Ren is a Professor of Engineering and Director of at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. He graduated from Yanshan University (China) with a BEng (H.) degree in Materials Science and Engineering in 1991 and obtained his MSc-PhD degree in Advanced Manufacturing and Design (University of Hull, UK) in 2000. He has previously worked at Uni. of Exeter, Loughborough Uni., Serco Assurance/AMEC. His current research interests and activities are in Materials Characterization, Processing, Modelling and Data-led New Materials Development. He has authored/co-authored over 100 SCI journal papers, supervised 15 PhD students. He is PI/coordinator for several EU projects on data-led materials development and manufacturing.

Dr. David B. Cordes

EaStCHEM School of Chemistry, University of St Andrews, UK

David received his PhD from the University of Otago in 2006, having worked on the structural characterisation of coordination polymers. He started postdoctoral work in 2007 at The University of Alabama, followed by positions at Imperial College London, and the University of St Andrews. These positions included work on a wide variety of projects, including ionic liquid, polyhedral oligosilsesquioxanes and supramolecular chemistry, but all had an underlying link to single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Following this, in 2012 he moved to Texas Tech University to take up a position running the X-ray diffraction lab in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, before returning to the School of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews in 2013 to take up a position as X-Ray Crystallographer. Since 2022 he has run the X-ray Crystallography Service.

Event Committee

Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Naples Federico II

S7. Materials for Energy Applications

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

S3. Crystal Engineering

Faculty of Chemistry, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain

S3. Crystal Engineering

Instituto de Cerámica y Vidrio, CSIC, Spain

S6. Hybrid and Composite Crystalline Materials & S7. Materials for Energy Applications

Institute of Physics, Lodz University of Technology, Wolczanska, Lodz, Poland

S4. Inorganic Crystalline Materials

Institute for Optoelectronic Systems and Microtechnology (ISOM) and Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales (ETSII), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Madrid, Spain

S1. Liquid Crystals & S3. Crystal Engineering

Department of Chemical Engineering, Loughborough University, Leicestershire LE11 3TU, UK

S3. Crystal Engineering

European Space Research and Technology Centre, Keplerlaan 1, 2201 AZ Noordwijk, The Netherlands

S6. Hybrid and Composite Crystalline Materials

Department of Chemical, Materials and Production Engineering, University of Napoli Federico II, piazzale Tecchio 80, 80125 Napoli, Italy

Research Keywords
S8. Crystalline Metals and Alloys

Riken, Wako, Japan

Research Keywords
S3. Crystal Engineering & S4. Inorganic Crystalline Materials

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China

Research Keywords
S4. Inorganic Crystalline Materials

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M139PL, UK

Research Keywords
S1. Liquid Crystals

Department of Engineering Materials and Biomaterials, Silesian University of Technology, Konarskiego St. 18a, 44-100 Gliwice, Poland

Research Keywords
S7. Materials for Energy Applications

Institute of General and Ecological Chemistry, Lodz University of Technology, Lodz, Poland

Research Keywords
S6. Hybrid and Composite Crystalline Materials

Department of Physics and Quantum Photonic Science Research Center, Hanyang University, Seoul 04763, Republic of Korea

Research Keywords
S6. Hybrid and Composite Crystalline Materials & S8. Crystalline Metals and Alloys

Coordination and Supramolecular Chemistry Group (Suprametal), Institute of Materials (iMATUS), Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Research Keywords
S4. Inorganic Crystalline Materials

Institute of Crystallography, National Research Council-CNR, Bari, Italy

Research Keywords
S5. Organic Crystalline Materials

Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento, Via Mesiano 77, 38123 Trento, Italy

Research Keywords
S7. Materials for Energy Applications

Invited Speakers

Riken, Wako, Japan

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Instructions for Authors

Instructions for Authors
The 4th International Online Conference on Crystals will accept abstracts only. The accepted abstracts will be available online on during and after the conference.

Important Deadlines
Deadline for abstract submission: 8 May 2024
Announcement of oral and poster abstract results: 25 June 2024; You will be notified of the acceptance of an oral/poster presentation in a separate email.

Certificates of Participation are available in your logged-in area of, under “My certificates” after the conference.

Abstract Submission
1. Abstract submissions should be completed online by registering with and using the "New Submission" function once logged into the system. No physical submission is necessary.
2. The abstract should include an introduction, methods, results, and conclusion sections, and be about 200–300 words in length.
3. All accepted abstracts will be published in MDPI’s Proceedings journals (ISSN: 2504-3900). If you wish to publish a proceedings paper or a research article in the journal, please refer to the “Publication Opportunities” Section.
4. All abstracts should be submitted and presented in clear, publication-ready English with accurate grammar and spelling.
5. You may submit multiple abstracts. However, only one abstract will be selected for oral presentation.
6. All abstracts accepted for presentation will be collected in a book of abstracts, which will be published on the website after the conference.

Detailed Requirements
1. The submitting author must ensure that all co-authors are aware of the contents of the abstract.
2. Please select only one presenter for each submission. If you would like to change the presenter after submission, please email us accordingly.

Note: We only accept live presentations.

Oral Presentation and Slides Submission
The slot for the oral presentation is 15 minutes. We recommend a 12-minute presentation, leaving about 3 minutes for a Q&A session.

Authors are encouraged to prepare a presentation in PowerPoint or similar software, to be displayed online along with the abstract. Slides, if available, will be displayed directly on the website using the proprietary slide viewer at Slides can be prepared in exactly the same way as for any traditional conference where research results are presented. Slides should be converted to PDF format prior to submission so that they can be converted for online display.

Poster Presentation
  • Should include the title, authors, contact details, and main research findings, as well as tables, figures, and graphs where necessary.
  • File format: PDF (.pdf).
  • Size in pixel: 1,080 width x 1,536 height–portrait orientation.
  • Size in cm: 38.1 width x 54.2 height–portrait orientation.
  • Font size: ≥16. Examples of successful submissions can be viewed here at the following links: (1), (2), (3)
You can use our free template to create your poster. The poster template can be downloaded here.

The Poster Sessions will take place in Zoom break-out rooms. The rooms will be named after your surname. You will automatically be assigned to your break-out room. Please note that you will be leading your own room, i.e. sharing your screen, handling the comments in the chat if there are any, etc. People will then be able to visit your room and discuss your poster with you. Please make sure you have the Zoom Desktop client or mobile app, version 5.3.0 or higher.

We will reach out to you closer to the dates of the conference with more information.

Publication Opportunities
- Crystals Journal Publication

Participants in this conference are cordially invited to contribute a research article to the Special Issue, published in Crystals journal (ISSN: 2073-4352, Impact Factor: 2.7), with a 20% discount on the publication fee. Details of the special issue will be announced here later. Please note that no other discounts are applicable. All submitted papers will undergo MDPI’s standard peer-review procedure. The abstracts should be cited and noted on the first page of the paper.

- Proceeding Paper Publication

You are welcome to submit a proceeding paper (4-8 pages) to Chemistry Proceedings journal (ISSN: 2673-4583) after the conference. Proceedings papers must be prepared in MS Word and should be converted into PDF format prior to submission. Publication of the proceedings will be free of charge.

Authors are asked to disclose that it is a proceeding paper of the IOCC 2024 conference paper in their cover letter. Carefully read the rules outlined in the 'Instructions for Authors' on the journal’s website and ensure that your submission adheres to these guidelines.

Proceedings paper submission deadline: 31 October 2024.

Manuscripts for the proceedings issue must be formatted as follows:
  • Title.
  • Full author names.
  • Affiliations (including full postal address) and authors' e-mail addresses.
  • Abstract.
  • Keywords.
  • Introduction.
  • Methods.
  • Results and Discussion.
  • Conclusions.
  • Acknowledgements.
  • References.
Potential Conflicts of Interest
It is the authors' responsibility to identify and declare any personal circumstances or interests that may be perceived as inappropriately influencing the representation or interpretation of clinical research. If there is no conflict, please state "The authors declare no conflicts of interest." This should be conveyed in a separate "Conflict of Interest" statement preceding the "Acknowledgments" and "References" sections at the end of the manuscript. Any financial support for the study must be fully disclosed in the "Acknowledgments" section.

MDPI, the publisher of the platform, is an open access publisher. We believe authors should retain the copyright to their scholarly works. Hence, by submitting an abstract to this conference, you retain the copyright to the work, but you grant MDPI the non-exclusive right to publish this abstract online on the platform. This means you can easily submit your full paper (with the abstract) to any scientific journal at a later stage and transfer the copyright to its publisher if required.


Registration for IOCC 2024 will be free of charge! The registration includes attendance at all conference sessions.

If you are registering several people under the same registration, please do not use the same email address for each person, but their individual university email addresses. Thank you for your understanding.

Please note that the submission and registration are two separate parts. Only scholars who registered can receive a link to access the conference live streaming. The deadline for registration is 16 September 2024.

Event Awards

To acknowledge the support of the conference's esteemed authors and recognize their outstanding scientific accomplishments, we are pleased to announce that the conference will provide 6 awards including Best Oral Presentation Award and Best Poster Award.

The Awards
Best Oral Presentation Award and Best Poster Award

Number of Awards Available: 6

The Best Oral Presentation Award is given to the paper judged to make the most significant oral contribution to the conference.

The Best Poster Award is given to the submission judged to make the most significant and interesting poster for the conference.

There will be six winners selected for this award. The winner will receive a certificate and 200 CHF each.

Sponsors and Partners

For information regarding sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please click here.


Media Partners

Conference Secretariat

Ms. Teodora Cremene
Ms. Iustina Bostan

For inquiries regarding submissions and sponsorship opportunities, please feel free to contact us.