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Dynamics at Surfaces (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Understanding Surface and Interface Interactions: From Scattering Dynamics to Heterogeneous Catalysis


July 29-30, 2017


Salve Regina University
Newport, RI


Rachael G. Farber & Katharina Doblhoff-Dier

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Dynamics at Surfaces is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

Focusing on the same topics as the related Gordon Research Conference, this meeting offers young theoreticians and experimentalists investigating surface and interface dynamics an opportunity to present and actively discuss their work with their peers. Two established scientists in the field will provide introductory lectures to open each session; the presented talks will be selected from abstracts submitted by young investigators. A career panel featuring representatives in the field will close the GRS. GRS participants are encouraged to attend the following GRC on Dynamics at Surfaces.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Dynamics at Surfaces" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Tools, Challenges, and Opportunities in Research
Discussion Leader: Helen Chadwick (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmArthur Utz (Tufts University, USA)
"There's Gold in Them Thar Hills - Tools, Challenges, and Opportunities in Research"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMessy Surfaces
Not all interfaces are perfect crystals and not all processes that take place at surfaces are simple and clear-cut. The provocative title "Messy Surfaces" embraces liquid interfaces and self-assembly as well as the "messy" task of disentangling a multitude of processes influencing dynamics at surfaces.
Discussion Leaders: Nusnin Akter (Stony Brook University, USA) and David Nesbitt (JILA, University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:45 pm - 8:05 pmJoseph Gord (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
"Gas–Liquid Scattering Studies of Atmospheric Reactions at the Surfaces of Sea-Spray Mimics"
8:05 pm - 8:15 pmDiscussion
8:15 pm - 8:35 pmAnton Tamtögl (Institute of Experimental Physics, Graz University of Technology, Austria)
"Atomic-Scale Diffusion and Friction on a Topological Insulator Surface: H2O on Bi2Te3(111)"
8:35 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:05 pmRebecca Thompson (University of Chicago, USA)
"Oxidative Destruction of Nerve Agent Simulants by O(3P) Atomic Oxygen"
9:05 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amDifficult Surfaces
Are surfaces difficult? The physical and chemical processes happening at solid-gas interfaces certainly are! Steps, impurities, phonons, vibrations, and a myriad of interacting electrons can crucially influence reaction rates and reaction mechanisms.
Discussion Leaders: Thomas Eldridge (University of Virginia, USA) and Amy Brunsvold (SINTEF Energy Research, Norway)
9:00 am - 9:20 amAlex Schilling (Tufts University, USA)
"Templated Growth of a Chiral Thin Film Oxide"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amJörn Werdecker (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
"Observation of Vibrational Energy Redistribution in a Gas-Surface Encounter: State-to-State Scattering of CH4 from Ni(111)"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amRichard van Lent (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
"Resolving the Simplest of Reactions: Low Energy D2 Dissociation on Pt"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amBarratt Park (University of Goettingen, Germany)
"Rotationally-Resolved Scattering of Formaldehyde from the Au(111) Surface"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Career Panel
Three established career scientists will be available for an informal forum discussing the potential career paths in academia and industry: Dr. David Nesbitt, JILA Fellow and Adjoint Professor at University of Colorado Boulder; Dr. Arthur Utz, Associate Professor at Tufts University; and Dr. Amy Brunsvold, Research Scientist at SINTEF, Energy Research.
Discussion Leaders: Rachael Farber (Loyola University Chicago, USA) and Katharina Doblhoff-Dier (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"So You Have a PhD... What's Next?"
  • Amy Brunsvold (SINTEF Energy Research, Norway)
  • David Nesbitt (JILA, University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
  • Arthur Utz (Tufts University, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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