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Molecular & Ionic Clusters
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24 Months

Conference Description

The Gordon Research Conference on "Molecular and Ionic Clusters" focuses on clusters, which are the initial molecular species found in gases when condensation begins to occur. Condensation can take place solely from molecules interacting with each other at low temperature, producing van der Waals clusters, or when molecules condense around charged particles (electrons, protons, metal cations, molecular ions), producing ion-molecule clusters. The latter class of clusters are models for solvation. This conference focuses on new ways to make clusters composed of different kinds of molecules, new experimental techniques to investigate the properties of the clusters and new theoretical methods with which to calculate the structures, dynamical motions and energetics of the clusters. Some of the main experimental methods employed include molecular beams, mass spectrometry, laser spectroscopy (infrared and UV-Visible) and photoelectron spectroscopy. Techniques include laser absorption spectroscopy, laser induced fluorescence, resonance enhanced photoionization, mass-selected photodissociation, photofragment imaging, ZEKE photoelectron spectroscopy, etc. In recent years, the special properties of liquid helium droplets have provided an ultra-cold environment in which to study condensation, and this methodology has been featured in recent sessions.

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Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.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 is related to the "Molecular & Ionic Clusters" 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)
2018 Molecular & Ionic Clusters
Microscopic Probes of Intermolecular Forces and Cooperative Effects
Feb 25 - Mar 2 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Gary Douberly
Ruth Signorell
2016 Molecular & Ionic Clusters
Molecular Clusters from Bimolecular Complexes to the Onset of Bulk Matter
Jan 17-22 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Mathias Weber
Otto Dopfer
2014 Molecular & Ionic Clusters
Structure and Dynamics of Isolated Particles: From Small Clusters to Atmospheric Aerosols
Apr 27 - May 2 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Andrey Vilesov
Anne Zehnacker-Rentien
2012 Molecular & Ionic Clusters Jan 29 - Feb 3 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Anne B. McCoy
Frank Stienkemeier
2008 Molecular & Ionic Clusters Sep 7-12 Centre Paul Langevin Daniel M. Neumark
Jeremy M. Hutson
2006 Molecular & Ionic Clusters Feb 19-24 Crowne Plaza Michael A. Duncan
Sotiris S. Xantheas
2004 Molecular & Ionic Clusters Sep 5-10 Centre Paul Langevin Timothy S. Zwier
Klaus Muller-Dethlefs
2002 Molecular & Ionic Clusters Jan 6-11 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express James M. Lisy
1998 Molecular & Ionic Clusters Jan 4-9 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Roger E. Miller
1996 Molecular & Ionic Clusters May 5-10 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Mark A. Johnson
Udo Buck
1995 Molecular & Ionic Clusters Jan 8-13 Casa Sirena Hotel Giacinto Scoles
1992 Molecular & Ionic Clusters Oct 4-9 Kloster Irsee Ingolf V. Hertel
1990 Molecular & Ionic Clusters Sep 3-7 Centro Studi Santa Maria Maddalena Welford Castleman
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