Welcome message

Dear Colleagues,
Noncovalent interactions were firstly taken into consideration by van der Waals in 1873, helping to revise the equation of state for real gases. In comparison to covalent bonds, intra- and intermolecular noncovalent interactions are in general weak and exhibit much lower energy and directionality, as reflected by the term ''noncovalent''. Nevertheless, in many cases these interactions can collectively play a dominant role in synthesis, catalysis and design of materials.
Currently, based on the nature of the particular elements or synthons involved in the interactions, noncovalent bonds are classified into hydrogen, aerogen, halogen, chalcogen, pnicogen, tetrel and icosagen bonds, as well as agostic, anagostic, cation-π, anion-π, n-π*, π-π stacking, metal-metal, dispersion-driven and hydrophobic interactions, etc.
As the fields of noncovalent interactions are growing intensively, several books in Wiley, Royal Society of Chemistry, Elsevier or Springer and four thematic issues on these weak forces have been published in Chemical Reviews in 1988, 1994, 2000 and 2016. The hydrogen and halogen bonds have already been defined by IUPAC (Recommendations 2011 and 2013, respectively), the definitions for chalcogen, pnicogen and tetrel bonds are under progress. Moreover, there are international conferences/symposia on Supramolecular Chemistry, and particular types of noncovalent interactions, such as The International Conference on "Horizons in Hydrogen Bond Research" (established by Prof. Lucjan Sobczyk in Poland in 1977), International Symposium on Halogen Bonding [established by Prof. Pierangelo Metrangolo and Prof. Giuseppe Resnati in Porto Cesareo (Lecce, Italy) in 2014], etc.
Thus, the chemistry of this century is expected to be largely driven by noncovalent interactions and it is timely to establish a general/regular series of International Conferences on Noncovalent Interactions (ICNI), the first one to be held on 2-6 September 2019 in Lisbon.
Further editions within this series will be followed every two years, in odd number years (2021, 2023, etc.), thus avoiding competition with other major series of conferences, i.e., the ICOMC and ICCC, which are being held in even years (2014, 2016, 2018, etc.).
We are thankful to all International Advisory Board who are well recognized scientists in this field, representing Europe, Asia, Africa and America for their support and suggestions
Hence, on behalf of the Organizing Commission, it is our pleasure to invite you to attend the 1st International Conference on Noncovalent Interactions (ICNI) to be held in Lisbon in 2019 (September 2-6). It is a honor for us to host the first Conference of this series in Portugal. The scientific level of the conference will be provided by its attendants and thus you are cordially invited to present your best and recent scientific work orally, by poster or by poster with a flash oral presentation. The final selection of the type of presentation will have to take into account the scientific programme and facilities layout. Not only the senior researchers are welcome, but also the younger ones, encouraging the exchange of ideas among different generations.
The conference aims to highlight the role of Noncovalent Interactions in Synthesis, Catalysis, Crystal engineering, Molecular recognition, Medicinal chemistry, Biology, Materials science, Electrochemical immobilization, etc. including also Theoretical aspects. All approaches will be considered, from fundamental to applied ones, including discussion of new types of noncovalent interactions (aerogen, halogen, chalcogen, pnicogen, tetrel and icosagen bonds) and multidisciplinary studies.
The Conference venue is in a privileged position concerning travel requirements. Lisbon is easily reachable from any place of the world, the airport and the main train stations are located inside the town itself (this is a unique case within the European capitals) and all are well served by metro. The Conference place, at the Universidade de Lisboa campus, is also in the town and with close access to public transportation, including metro. Diverse and convenient accommodation facilities are available close to the venue, including low-cost University residences.
Attention will also be paid to the social programme, providing opportunities for mixing, visits to cultural places, excursions to sites of unique natural beauty, and for tasting the typical Portuguese cuisine and feeling the inspiration of our wines!
We'll be most pleased to welcome you herein and do hope you will enjoy a pleasant time along all the Conference, from both scientific and social points of view.

All best wishes,

Armando J. L. Pombeiro
(IST - Chair)

Kamran T. Mahmudov
(IST - Chair)

Maximilian N. Kopylovich
(IST - Co-Chair)

M. Fátima C. Guedes da Silva
(IST - Co-Chair)


Organizing Committee

Armando J. L. Pombeiro

Kamran T. Mahmudov

M. Fátima C. Guedes da Silva

Maximilian N. Kopylovich

Luísa M.D.R.S. Martins

Elisabete C.B.A. Alegria

Carlos Nieto de Castro

Atash Gurbanov

Other Members

Abdallah Gamal (IST)
Adelino Galvão (IST)
Ana Maria Phillips (IST)
Ana Nunes (UNL)
Ana Ribeiro (IST)
Anirban Karmakar (IST)
Anup Paul (IST)
Artur Manuel Soares Silva (UA)
Bruno Rocha (IST)
Dmytro Nesterov (IST)
Gonçalo Tiago (IST)
Inês Matias (IST)
Ivy Librando (IST)
Jiawei Wang (IST)
Joaquim Luís Faria (UP)
João Tomé (IST)

Leonardo Mendes (SPQ)
Luís Frija (IST)
Manas Sutradhar (IST)
Maria Adília Charmier (IST)
Maria Alexandra Fernandes (IST)
Marta Andrade (IST)
Maxim Kuznetsov (IST)
Mohamed Soliman (IST)
Nuno Conceição (IST)
Oksana Nesterova (IST)
Sara Fernandes (IST)
Sónia Carabineiro (IST)
Susanta Hazra (IST)
Tannistha Barman (IST)
Tiago Duarte (IST)
Vânia André (IST)

IST = Instituto Superior Tecnico, Universidade de Lisboa
UNL = Universidade Nova de Lisboa
FCUL = Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa
ISEL = Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa
UP = Universidade do Porto
UA = Universidade de Aveiro
SPQ = Sociedade Portuguesa de Química

International Advisory Board

Scientific Program

The Scientific Program, within all the fields of Noncovalent Interactions and related areas of other sciences (see above), includes the following types of contributions: Plenary (40 min + 5 min discussion), Keynote (25 min + 5 min discussion) and Invited lectures (17 min + 3 min discussion), Oral communications (13 min + 2 min discussion), Flash oral presentations (5 min) and Posters.

The delegates are asked to indicate their preferable mode of presentation, although the final selection will have to take into account the scientific program and facilities layout.

The Invited Speakers will address a wide diversity of modern topics and trends by presenting their research as (i) Plenary, (ii) Keynote or (iii) Invited Lectures .

All approaches will be considered, from fundamental to applied ones, including multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary studies, overcoming artificial boundaries.

The official language will be English..


  • Synthesis
  • Catalysis (both homogeneous and heterogeneous)
  • Crystal engineering
  • Molecular recognition
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Biology
  • Materials science
  • Electrochemical immobilization
  • Theoretical aspects
  • Invited Speakers (confirmed)

    Plenary Speakers (confirmed)

    Keynote Lecturers(confirmed)

    Invited Lecturers(confirmed)



    Foreign Participants are kindly requested to check if they require visa to come to Portugal to attend the Conference

    Registration Fees

    Category Early registration
    Until June 1, 2019 (€)
    Normal Registration
    June 1 – July 20, 2019 (€)
    Later registration
    From July 20, 2019 (€)
    General Participant * 600 650 700
    Students * 400 450 500
    Retired Academic Participant * 450 500 550
    Industrial Participant * 650 720 780
    Accompanying person ** 200 220 250

    * Conference Registration includes full access to scientific activities and conference material, all coffee breaks, welcome reception, all lunches and conference dinner.
    ** Registration for Accompanying Person includes welcome reception, all lunches and conference dinner, but does not include access to scientific activities and conference material.

    Payment Information

    Bank Transfer

      Account Owner: Sociedade Portuguesa de Química
      Bank: Millennium BCP (Lisboa, Pt)
      IBAN: PT50 0033 0000 4534 5670 6780 5
      Bank address: Millennium BCP (Avenida 5 de Outubro 60-68, 1050-059 Lisboa, Portugal)

    Credit Card & Paypal
      Payment with credit card is possible - choose the payment method in your personal/registration area and follow the guidelines

    Cancellation and Refund

    • For any cancellation received until July 20, 2019, refund will be subject to a fee of 50 €
    • For any cancellation received after July 20, 2019, no refund will be made
    • All bank charges involved in the transactions are paid by the participant
    • Any request for refund must be addressed to Dr. Kamran T. Mahmudov: icni2019@chemistry.pt
    • Refunds will be handled after the Conference

    Registration Form Steps for registration

    Plenary, Keynote and Invited Lectures only by invitation, and are requested to Register at ''General Participant'' option.

    Registration Desk

    Detailed information on its location will be provided shortly.
    Registration Desk opening hours (to be confirmed according to conference program):

    • Monday, 2 September 08:00 – 18:30
      Welcome reception 18:30 – 20:30
    • Tuesday, 3 September 08:00 – 19:00
    • Wednesday, 4 September 08:00 – 14:00
    • Thursday, 5 September 08:00 – 19:00
    • Friday, 6 September 08:00 – 18:00
      Closing session 18:00

    Abstract submission


    • Synthesis
    • Catalysis (both homogeneous and heterogeneous)
    • Crystal engineering
    • Molecular recognition
    • Medicinal chemistry
    • Biology
    • Materials science
    • Electrochemical immobilization
    • Theoretical aspects


    • Plenary lecture
    • Keynote lecture
    • Invited lecture
    • Oral communication
    • Flash oral presentation
    • Poster

    Abstract Submission: October 1, 2018 - July 20, 2019

    The meeting’s official language will be English

    Abstract submission is only possible via registration site. Please log in using the password provided in the registration process and then proceed with "abstract submission". Please use the Microsoft Word file Abstract Template.

    The abstract must not exceed one A4 page. Final decision will be taken by the scientific committee upon evaluation of the submitted abstracts. The abstract file should be saved as follows: name_surname_poster.doc or name_surname_oral.doc (or docx in either case).

    Posters is standard A0 size: mm 841 (width) x mm 1189 (height).

    Each participant is entitled to submit a maximum of 2 Abstracts, provided they concern an oral communication plus a normal poster (without flash presentation).

    Accepted abstracts will be published in the Book of Abstracts (only abstracts of registered participants will be included).

    Please make sure your abstract don't contain any spelling or grammar mistakes, as it will be reproduced as submitted.

    Special Issues

    Themed Collection

    About this collection

    Noncovalent interactions (hydrogen, aerogen, halogen, chalcogen, pnictogen, tetrel and icosagen bonds, as well as cation-π, anion-π, lone pair-π, π-π stacking, agostic, pseudo-agostic, anagostic, dispersion-driven, lipophilic, etc.) concern weak forces of attraction formed between different molecules (intermolecular) or fragments of the same molecule (intramolecular). While these weak interactions were firstly taken into consideration by van der Waals in 1873, the understanding of their crucial role in synthesis, catalysis, crystal engineering, pharmaceutical design, molecular biology, molecular recognition, materials, etc. has been increasingly explored in the last few decades. Thus, it is timely to establish a general/regular series of International Conferences on Noncovalent Interactions (ICNI), the first of which is to be held on 2-6 September 2019 in Lisbon. The conference aims to bring together scientists from around the world working on this field in order to exchange ideas, discuss recent advances and future directions/plans. Articles in this web themed collection will be added below as soon as possible after they are published. Please return to this page frequently to see the collection growth.

    Sponsorship & Exhibition


    Important Dates

    • Early bird Registration: October 1, 2018 - May 31 , 2019
    • Normal Registration: June 1 - July 20, 2019
    • Later Registration: from July 20, 2019
    • Abstract Submission: October 1, 2018 - July 20, 2019
    • Abstract Acceptance Notification: until July 20, 2019


    The 1st ICNI 2019 will be held at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, situated at the university campus in a privileged position, with close access to public transportation, including metro (Campo Grande station, see metro map). The venue is easily linked by metro with the airport (see metro map), with the main train stations and the town centre.
    The registration desk will be in the hall of the building C3, where the lecture halls are also situated.

    Campus Map

    Venue Address
    Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande 016, 1749-016 Lisboa, Portugal

    GPS: 38.75814 | -9.15563 | webpage

    Metro Map

    Contact Us

    SPQ - Sociedade Portuguesa de Química

      Av. da República, 45 - 3º Esq.
      1050 - 187 Lisboa

    Vat Number: 501 139 265

    (+351) 217 934 637 11h00-12:30h and 15:00-16:30 eventos@spq.pt

    General Information - Organization/Program

    icni2019@chemistry.pt kamran_chem@mail.ru kamran_chem@yahoo.com