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Molecular Interactions & Dynamics (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

New Experimental and Theoretical Techniques for Understanding Energy Transfer and Dynamics of Chemical Reactions


July 9-10, 2016


Stonehill College
Easton, MA


Olga Gorlova & Mark Shapero

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Molecular Interactions and Dynamics 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.

In keeping with the traditions of both the Atomic and Molecular Interactions and the Molecular Energy Transfer Gordon Research Conferences, this seminar encompasses areas of fundamental research in chemical physics, focusing on gas and condensed phases, interfaces, and the application of fundamental ideas to practical chemical fields. There is a strong mix of theoretical and experimental research, facilitating networking and future collaborations.

Related Meeting

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


Final 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: Interactions Between Experiment and Theory
Discussion Leader: Mark Shapero (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
3:45 pm - 3:50 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
3:50 pm - 4:20 pmAnne McCoy (University of Washington, USA)
"Working at the Crossroads Between Experiment and Theory: Reflections on Conferences, Collaborating and My Career in Chemistry"
4:20 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmBiomolecules and Surface Phenomena
Discussion Leader: Marissa Weichman (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 7:55 pmJames Davies (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
"Molecular Mobility and Interfacial Chemistry in Aerosol"
7:55 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:15 pmAndrew Deblase (Purdue University, USA)
"Conformation-Specific IR and UV Spectroscopy of Cold [YAPAA+H]+ Ions: A Stereochemical 'Twist' on the Type II Prime Beta Turn"
8:15 pm - 8:20 pmDiscussion
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDavid Herlihy (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"Direct Observation of the Oxyl Radical of Photocatalytic Water Oxidation"
8:35 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 8:55 pmBarak Hirshberg (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
"Quantum Vibrational Spectroscopy of Amino Acids Using Classical Separable Potentials"
8:55 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:15 pmSimon Purcell (Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom)
"Use of Reactive O Atom Scattering to Study the Surface Structure of Ionic Liquids"
9:15 pm - 9:20 pmDiscussion
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amChemical Interactions and Dynamics
Discussion Leader: Sarah King (Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Germany)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:25 amRebecca Ingle (University of Bristol, United Kingdom)
"Structure or Dynamics: What Drives Photoproduct Branching at Conical Intersections?"
9:25 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:45 amPhilip Shushkov (University of Bonn, Germany)
"An Approximate and Analytical Density Functional Method for Large Systems"
9:45 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:05 amKristen Zuraski (University of Southern California, USA)
"Imaging Studies of Small HCl and H2O Mixed Clusters"
10:05 am - 10:10 amDiscussion
10:10 am - 10:25 amJohn Otto (The University of Chicago, USA)
"Two Dimensional Electronic Spectroscopy of Cavitand Molecular Switch Reveals Dynamics that Limit FRET Efficiency"
10:25 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:45 amWyatt Merrill (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
"Dynamics, Trends, and Quantum Yields for CHBrCl2 Photodissociation"
10:45 am - 10:50 amDiscussion
10:50 am - 11:00 amGeneral Discussion
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
Discussion Leader: Olga Gorlova (Yale University, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Exploring Various Career Pathways for Upcoming Science Professionals"
  • Anne McCoy (University of Washington, USA)
  • David Osborn (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)
  • Gary Weddle (Fairfield University, USA)
  • Tara Yacovitch (Aerodyne Research, Inc., USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Science Financial Assistance Program, under Award Number DE-SC0014889. This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those the of United States Government or any agency thereof.

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