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Physical Organic Chemistry (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Uniting Structure, Function and Theory in the Study of Novel Chemical Systems


June 24-25, 2017


Holderness School
Holderness, NH Site Information


Conerd Frederickson & Kevin Padberg

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this meeting was May 27, 2017. You may still submit an application, which may be considered by the conference chair if there is still room available.

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Physical Organic Chemistry 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.

The research presented at this seminar will demonstrate the wide breadth of concepts in physical organic chemistry and allow attendees to familiarize themselves with the topics covered at the subsequent Gordon Research Conference. The friendly and collegial atmosphere of the seminar will support discussion of cutting edge science and foster the development of a diverse community of early-career scientists who are ready to take full advantage of the stimulating environment provided by the GRC. Poster presentations and discussion sessions will focus on an array of topics including, but not limited to, supramolecular chemistry, spectroscopy, carbon rich molecules, catalysis, computational chemistry, free radical chemistry, materials chemistry and synthesis.

With the resounding success of the first two GRS sessions for this conference, we look forward to you joining us in this tradition to kick off the GRC.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 24, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Physical Organic Chemistry" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. 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: Noncovalent Catalysis
Discussion Leader: Heidi van de Wouw (The Johns Hopkins University, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmAnita Mattson (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA)
"Enantioselective Carbon-Carbon Bond Construction with Non Covalent Catalysis"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmSupermolecular and Noncovalent Chemistry
Discussion Leader: Anthony Rosales (University of Notre Dame, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmDanielle Fagnani (University of Florida, USA)
"Homochiral Self-Assembly of [2.2]Paracyclophane"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmHerdeline Ann Ardona (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
"Molecular Engineering Approaches for the Development of Pi-Conjugated Peptides Towards Bioelectronics"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmSeth Sharber (Tufts University, USA)
"Substituent Effects and Noncovalent Control over Optoelectronic Properties in Phenylene Ethynylene Oligomers"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmChang-Hong Chen (Texas A&M University, USA)
"Synthesis and Properties of Bidentate Lewis Acids with Large Binding Pockets"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amUsing Synthesis to Probe Theory
Discussion Leader: Jonathan Marshall (University of Alberta, Canada)
9:00 am - 9:20 amMartina Bühringer (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)
"Unsymmetrically Substituted Tetraaryl[n]cumulenes: Studies on the Barrier to Rotation and Chain Elongation"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amMarcel Strauss (Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany)
"Sensing Odd-Even Effect in n-Alkanes in Solution by Meta Substituted Azobenzene Probes"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amHenriette Lissau (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
"Subphthalocyanine Scaffolds as the Central Piece of Larger Macrocyclic Systems"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amPavle Troselj (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
"Recognition of Synthetic Complementary Sequences"
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
Discussion Leader: Daniel Seidenkranz (University of Oregon, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Mentorship and Careers in Physical Organic Chemstry"
  • Rik Tykwinski (University of Alberta, Canada)
  • Anita Mattson (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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