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Molecular and Ionic Clusters
Gordon Research Conference

Microscopic Probes of Intermolecular Forces and Cooperative Effects


February 25 - March 2, 2018


Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco
Lucca (Barga), Italy Site Information


Gary Douberly & Ruth Signorell

Vice Chairs:
Etienne Garand & Asuka Fujii

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by January 28, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Conference on Molecular and Ionic Clusters focuses on the study of molecular aggregates and the fundamental molecular physics underpinning their structure, dynamics, and optical properties. Cluster science involves a highly collaborative community of experimentalists and theorists from a broad array of disciplines, such as biophysics, aerosol science, materials science, astrochemistry, and molecular physics. Clusters provide a means by which intermolecular forces and cooperative effects can be probed as a chemical system evolves from single atoms and molecules to bulk matter. Cluster studies have lead to fundamental insights into aggregation processes that lead to aerosol formation in the troposphere, conformational preferences and dynamics in biological macromolecules, heterogeneous chemical phenomena in the interstellar medium, and the origin of catalytic behavior in inorganic nanoparticles. Sessions in this GRC explore recent theoretical and experimental innovations that allow for a detailed molecular-level study of the size-dependent chemical and physical properties associated with cluster systems. Systematic studies of cluster systems are carried out with state-of-the-art laser-based spectroscopy methods (spanning the far IR to VUV and X-ray regions of the electromagnetic spectrum), high resolution mass spectrometry techniques, photoelectron and velocity map imaging spectroscopies, terahertz and microwave spectroscopies, X-ray diffraction imaging, helium nanodroplet isolation, liquid jets, and sophisticated ion-trapping techniques. In addition, time-resolved techniques are applied to cluster systems to probe dynamical phenomena related to electron and nuclear motion and relaxation. This diverse array of experimental methods produces molecular-level information that can be compared directly to the predications of state-of-the-art theoretical methods. The synergistic combination of experiment and theory is especially relevant to the field of cluster science. This GRC highlights emerging computational approaches for exploring complex intermolecular potential energy surfaces and the photochemistry of cluster systems. The presentations at this GRC will feature invited talks, contributed oral presentations on late-breaking topics and poster sessions.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Molecular and Ionic Clusters" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


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Gary Douberly

Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by October 25, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Van der Waals Clusters
    (Julia Contreras-Garcia / Samuel Leutwyler / Martin Suhm)
  • Cluster and Condensed Phase Dynamics
    (Roland Mitric / Helen Fielding / Spiridoula Matsika / Toshinori Suzuki)
  • Metal-Containing Clusters
    (Gereon Niedner-Schatteburg / Manfred Kappes / Mathias Weber)
  • Hydrogen-Bonding and Biomolecular Clusters
    (Timothy Zwier / Otto Dopfer / Francesco Paesani / Jan Verlet)
  • Spectroscopy and Dynamics with Cryogenic Ion Traps
    (Heather Lewandowski / Brianna Heazlewood / Jana Roithova)
  • Nucleation, Microaggregation, Microsolvation
    (Xuebin Wang / Richard Bowles / Markku Kulmala / Thomas Leisner)
  • Molecular Clusters in Helium Droplets
    (Martina Havenith / Wei Kong / Paul Scheier)
  • Ionic Clusters and Photoionization
    (Daniel Neumark / Ksenia Bravaya / Andrei Sanov / Wei-Jun Zheng)
  • Neutral and Ionized Water Clusters
    (Richard Saykally / Michael Duncan / Brooks Pate)
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