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Liquids, Chemistry & Physics of (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Molecular Origins of Macroscopic Phenomena


August 5-6, 2017


Holderness School
Holderness, NH Site Information


Steven E. Strong & Richard C. Remsing

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 8, 2017. 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.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by May 5, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on the Chemistry and Physics Liquids of 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 will explore the connection between molecular interactions and emergent properties in liquid phase systems. An interdisciplinary selection of speakers will discuss a variety of topics, including but not limited to glasses, water, ionic liquids, and their interfaces, with contributions from theory, simulation, and experiment.

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 May 5, 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 "Liquids, Chemistry & Physics of" 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: Frontiers in the Theory of Liquids
Discussion Leader: Harshad Pathak (Stockholm University, Sweden)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmPhillip Geissler (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"Frontiers in the Theory of Liquids"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmHydration and Water
Discussion Leader: Clara-Magdalena Saak (Uppsala University, Sweden)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmTimothy Duignan (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
"Single Ion Solvation Free Energies with Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics"
7:45 pm - 7:55 pmDiscussion
7:55 pm - 8:10 pmYamila Anahi Perez Sirkin (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
"Modeling the Vapor Pressure of Water Solutions: From Bulk to Nano-Droplets"
8:10 pm - 8:20 pmDiscussion
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmClemens Richter (Leibniz Institute of Surface Modification, Germany)
"Non-Local Autoionization Processes in Aqueous Solutions and Solvent Clusters"
8:35 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:00 pmJan Schaefer (Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany)
"Monitoring Interfacial Ionic Strength in Real Time: The Impact of Dissolution at the Silica/Water Interface"
9:00 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmSucheol Shin (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Three-Body Molecular Interactions Mediate the Polarization and Polarizability of the Liquid Water-Vapor Interface"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amBiomolecules, Glasses, and Ionic Liquids
Discussion Leader: Yensil Park (The Ohio State University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:15 amMadeleine Beasley (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
"How Increasing Side Chain Length Affects Stable Glass Forming Ability: Vapor-Deposited Glasses of a Series of Organic Phosphates"
9:15 am - 9:25 amDiscussion
9:25 am - 9:40 amSampreeti Jena (University of Minnesota, USA)
"Effects of High DMSO Concentrations in Freeze Concentrate Used for Protein Vitrification Solutions"
9:40 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:05 amNicholas Ludwig (University of Chicago, USA)
"Charge Dense Liquids and an Old Model in a New Light"
10:05 am - 10:15 amDiscussion
10:15 am - 10:30 amSamuel Niblett (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
"New Insights into the Pinned Glass Transition from an Energy Landscapes Approach"
10:30 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 10:55 amDylan Suvlu (University of Maine, USA)
"Entropy Effects and Solvent-Mediated Interactions in the Helix-Coil Transition in Nanotubes"
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
Discussion Leader: Robert Seidel (Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Germany)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Careers in Science"
  • Ellen Backus (Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany)
  • Edward Castner (Rutgers University, USA)
  • Nancy Levinger (Colorado State University, USA)
  • Susan Rempe (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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