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Radiation Chemistry
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24 Months

Conference Description

Since 1953 the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Radiation Chemistry has been the premier small-format meeting focused on the fundamental chemical and physical sciences of ionizing radiation and their applications. While the field of Radiation Chemistry developed from the need to understand chemical processes that occur in radiation fields of nuclear reactors and the application of radiation sciences to human health, the field has expanded to become a useful tool in understanding chemical reactivity, structures of solutions, and material and biological sciences. Radiolysis entails a complex cascade of physical and chemical transformations from femtosecond to seconds (and even years in the biological effects of radiation) time scales. The conference seeks to present the newest fundamental principles on physical, chemical and biological events and facilitate transfer of that information to a variety of applications of importance to society.

Driven by application to other disciplines, Radiation Chemistry has evolved. Pulse radiolysis techniques using accelerators allow exploration of important chemical questions using very short pulses of radiation that can create and probe highly reactive species on very short time scales. A wide variety of media, even weakly- or non-polar fluids, can examine electron-proton transfer reactions, radical ions, free radicals, solvated electrons, redox properties, bonding phenomena and radiation effects on biological macromolecules including DNA. New areas of scientific excitement are emerging in studies on the fundamental chemistry of organic media and special media such as supercritical fluids and ionic liquids. The nuclear power industry still motivates much of the industrial application as we seek a new and safer generation of reactors to generate clean power. Tremendous challenges still remain to extend the lifetime of present reactors and to make their fuel cycles safe and secure to operate. Solving obstacles related to the transportation and storage of waste materials will require novel approaches that address the complicated chemistry at interfaces by combining new experimental techniques with basic knowledge from bulk studies. The chemical effects of radiation are important in mitigating biological damage from natural, malicious or space radiation exposures, and in therapeutic uses of radiation including cancer treatment and accelerated promotion of mutations. Applications in the radiolysis of composites and polymers are now commercially widespread, but answers to many fundamental questions are still needed to comprehend the underlying mechanisms, which would lead to even higher performance materials. Dissemination of the new advances in fundamental radiation science and their application make this conference vital for anyone in the field.

What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Related Conference

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series was related to the "Radiation Chemistry" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series. Although a related GRS will typically be scheduled in conjunction with its parent GRC each time it meets, that may not always be the case. Refer to the individual meetings in the Meeting History section below for more details. For more information about the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series, click here.

What is a GRS? Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are 2-day meetings that bring graduate students and post-docs together to discuss their cutting edge research among peers and mentors. Each GRS immediately precedes an associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and topics addressed at the GRS relate closely to the GRC.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2014 Radiation Chemistry
Radiation Driven Processes in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Industry
Jul 13-18 Proctor Academy Jay A. Laverne
2012 Radiation Chemistry
Radiation Driven Processes in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Industry
Jul 29 - Aug 3 Proctor Academy William A. Bernhard
2010 Radiation Chemistry
Radiation Driven Processes in Physics, Chemistry and Biology
Jul 18-23 Proctor Academy Thomas M. Orlando
2008 Radiation Chemistry
Radiation Driven Processes in Physics, Chemistry and Biology
Jul 6-11 Waterville Valley David M. Bartels
2006 Radiation Chemistry Jul 2-7 Colby College John R. Miller
2004 Radiation Chemistry Jun 20-25 Colby College Jacqueline Belloni
2002 Radiation Chemistry Jun 23-28 Colby College Paul F. Barbara
2000 Radiation Chemistry Jun 25-30 Plymouth State College Klaus-Dieter Asmus
1998 Radiation Chemistry Jul 5-10 Salve Regina University Michael D. Sevilla
1996 Radiation Chemistry Jul 7-12 Salve Regina University John M. Warman
1994 Radiation Chemistry Jul 17-22 Salve Regina University Charles D. Jonah
1992 Radiation Chemistry Jul 6-10 Salve Regina University Charles L. Braun
1990 Radiation Chemistry Jul 9-13 Salve Regina University Alexander D. Trifunac
1988 Radiation Chemistry Jul 11-15 Salve Regina University Sanford Lipsky
1986 Radiation Chemistry Jun 23-27 Brewster Academy Myran C. Sauer
1984 Radiation Chemistry Jun 25-29 Brewster Academy Richard W. Fessenden
1982 Radiation Chemistry Jun 28 - Jul 2 Brewster Academy Gordon R. Freeman
1980 Radiation Chemistry Jun 23-27 Brewster Academy Gerhard G. Meisels
1978 Radiation Chemistry Jul 17-21 Holderness School Richard F. Firestone
1976 Radiation Chemistry Aug 23-27 New Hampton School Russell H. Johnsen
1975 Radiation Chemistry Jul 14-18 New Hampton School Larry Kevan
1973 Radiation Chemistry Jul 23-27 New Hampton School Richard A. Holroyd
1972 Radiation Chemistry Jul 3-7 New Hampton School J. Kerry Thomas
1971 Radiation Chemistry Jul 12-16 New Hampton School T. Ffrancon Williams
1970 Radiation Chemistry Jul 13-17 New Hampton School Peter J. Dyne
1969 Radiation Chemistry Jul 14-18 New Hampton School Robert R. Hentz
1968 Radiation Chemistry Jul 15-19 New Hampton School John E. Willard
1967 Radiation Chemistry Jul 17-21 New Hampton School Harold A. Schwarz
1966 Radiation Chemistry Aug 15-19 New Hampton School Leon Dorfman
1965 Radiation Chemistry Aug 2-6 New Hampton School Robert H. Schuler
1964 Radiation Chemistry Jul 27-31 New Hampton School Malcolm Dole
1963 Radiation Chemistry Jul 22-26 New Hampton School Harold A. Dewhurst
1962 Radiation Chemistry Jul 16-20 Kimball Union Academy Ellison H. Taylor
1961 Radiation Chemistry Jul 17-21 New Hampton School John L. Magee
1960 Radiation Chemistry Jul 18-22 New Hampton School Max S. Matheson
1959 Radiation Chemistry Jul 27-31 New Hampton School Warren M. Garrison
1958 Radiation Chemistry Aug 4-8 New Hampton School William H. Hamill
1957 Radiation Chemistry Jul 8-12 New Hampton School C. J. Hochanadel
1956 Radiation Chemistry Jul 9-13 New Hampton School Robert L. Platzman
1955 Radiation Chemistry Jul 4-8 New Hampton School Edwin J. Hart
1954 Radiation Chemistry Jul 5-9 New Hampton School A. O. Allen
1953 Radiation Chemistry Jun 29 - Jul 3 New Hampton School Milton Burton
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