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Vibrational Spectroscopy (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Molecular Vibrations as Spectroscopic Probes of Chemical Dynamics


July 16-17, 2016


University of New England
Biddeford, ME


Adam Dunkelberger & Brett M. Marsh

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Vibrational Spectroscopy 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 using vibrational spectroscopy to understand the dynamics of biological, atmospheric, and energy-relevant systems on the molecular scale. The meeting also focuses on the development of leading-edge experimental and theoretical methods for addressing such problems.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Vibrational Spectroscopy" 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: Molecular Vibrations in Reaction Dynamics
Discussion Leader: Layla Qasim (Tulane University, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmF. Fleming Crim (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
"Lessons from an Almost Random Walk Through Physical Science"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmEnergy and Catalysis
Discussion Leader: Lisa Dreier (Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmSimon Schmitt (Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany)
"Water Structure at the TiO2/Water Interface Revealed with Sum Frequency Spectroscopy"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmBenjamin Rudshteyn (Yale University, USA)
"Determination of Orientation of Bipyridine Re(I) Fac-Tricarbonyl Electrocatalysts on Au and on TiO2 Surfaces Through Computational SFG Spectroscopy"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmErin Duffy (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
"Vibrational Spectroscopy of a Ruthenium Water Oxidation Catalyst and Intermediates"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmScott Ellis (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"Resonance Raman Characterization of Tetracene: Excited State Distortions that Couple Singlet Fission"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amVibrational Spectroscopy of Biological Systems
Discussion Leader: Bei Ding (University of Pennyslvania, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amJessica Flynn (National Institutes of Health, USA)
"Characterizing Molecular Structure Differences in Fibrils of Alpha-Synuclein Mutants Using Raman Spectroscopy"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amPhilip Johnson (Universität Zürich, Switzerland)
"Heterogeneous Protein-Ligand Binding Determined by 2D IR Spectroscopy with the Unnatural Amino Acid Azidohomoalanine"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amSaranya Pullanchery (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
"Probing Water Structure Next to Lipid Membranes Using Vibrational Sum Frequency Spectroscopy"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amAshley Stingel (Cornell University, USA)
"Probing the Vibrational Dynamics and Couplings of Hydrogen-Bonded Dimers with Continuum Mid-IR Spectroscopy"
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 pmSpectroscopy of Interfaces
Discussion Leader: Adrien Sthoer (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmHilary Chase (Northwestern University, USA)
"Probing Dynamics of BVOC Adsorption to Solid Surfaces"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:20 pmMing Fang (University of Houston, USA)
"Grain Structures and Boundaries on Microcrystalline Copper Covered with an Octadecanethiol Monolayer Revealed by Sum Frequency Generation Microscopy"
2:20 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
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 Air Force Office of Scientific Research under award number FA9550-16-1-0123. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Air Force.

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