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Molecular & Ionic Clusters (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

New Developments in Unraveling Cluster Nucleation and Structure


January 16-17, 2016


Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express
Ventura, CA


Aude Bouchet & Olga Gorlova

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Molecular and Ionic Clusters 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.

This meeting focuses on the most recent advances dedicated to the description of small to very large aggregates of atoms and molecules. It gathers young experimentalists and theoreticians interested in the study of the growing properties and the structure of such aggregates.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Molecular & Ionic Clusters" 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: Dynamics in Size-Selected Ionic Clusters
Discussion Leader: Samer Gozem (University of Southern California, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:20 pmCarl Lineberger (JILA, University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
"Dynamics in Size-Selected Ionic Clusters"
4:20 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMetal Containing Clusters, Nucleation and Theoretical Developments
Discussion Leader: Christian Van Der Linde (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmStephanie Craig (Yale University, USA)
"Characterization of an Activated CO2 Captured on a Cationic NiI Complex Using Cryogenic Ion Chemistry"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:05 pmMichael Thompson (JILA, University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
"Structures and Solvation Effects on CO2 Reduction Catalysis Intermediates in Bi(CO2)n- and Sn(CO2)n-Clusters"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:25 pmXiaowei Song (Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Germany)
"Vibrational Spectroscopy of Titanium Oxide Anions: Structure-Reactivity Relationship"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmRussell Perkins (University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
"Solution, Interfacial, and Gas Phase Clustering of Aromatic Amino Acids"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmAdrian Morrison (The Ohio State University, USA)
"A Low-Scaling Quantum Chemistry Approach to the Simulation of Excited State Properties and Energy Transfer Processes in Sizable Molecular Aggregates"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmShirin Faraji (University of Southern California, USA)
"On the Nature of an Extended Stokes Shift in the mPlum Fluorescent Protein"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amBiomolecules and Solvation, Excited State and Dynamics
Discussion Leader: Michael Thompson (JILA, University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
9:00 am - 9:15 amAifan Alata (L'Institut des Sciences Moléculaires d'Orsay (ISMO), CNRS, France)
"Metastable Protonated Species Produced by UV-Induced Photofragmentation: Protonated Cinchonidine"
9:15 am - 9:20 amDiscussion
9:20 am - 9:35 amMarkus Schuetz (Technische Universität Berlin, Germany)
"The Role of a Charge in the Neurotransmitter 2-Phenylethylamine"
9:35 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 9:55 amJonathan Voss (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
"Forming Solvated Ionic Clusters: A Dual Cryogenic Ion Trap Spectrometer"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:15 amCristobal Perez (Max-Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter, Germany)
"Characterization of Microsolvated Crown Ethers from Broadband Rotational Spectroscopy"
10:15 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:35 amBrandon Uhler (Marquette University, USA)
"Excitonic Communication in Covalently and Non-Covalently Linked Polyfluorene Systems"
10:35 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 10:55 amSam Boldissar (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
"Interaction Dependent Dynamics of Methyxanthine Clusters"
10:55 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
The panel discussion will bring together physical chemists from academia, U.S. national laboratory and industry to share their insight and to discuss burning questions regarding career development of young scientists.
Discussion Leader: Olga Gorlova (Yale University, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Career Options for Young Scientists"
  • Charles Kolb (Aerodyne Research, Inc., USA)
  • Carl Lineberger (JILA, University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
  • Melanie Schnell (Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter, Germany)
  • Sotiris Xantheas (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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