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Molecular & Ionic Clusters
Gordon Research Conference

Dates

February 19-24, 2006

Location

Crowne Plaza
Ventura, CA

Organizers

Chairs:
Michael A. Duncan & Sotiris S. Xantheas

Vice Chairs:
Daniel M. Neumark & Jeremy M. Hutson

Meeting Program

SUNDAY
4:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmASTROPHYSICAL CLUSTERS
7:30 pm - 7:45 pm Overview by Discussion Leader: Bill Klemperer (Harvard Univ., USA)
"Interstellar Chemistry; Why so many unsaturated carbon chains and can weakly bound complexes occur?"
7:45 pm - 8:30 pmMichael McCarthy (Harvard Univ., USA)
"Small Carbon, Silicon, and Sulfur Clusters in the Laboratory and in Space"
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 9:20 pm John Maier (Univ. of Basel, Switzerland)
"Gas Phase Electronic Spectra of Carbon-Containing Molecules of Relevance to Astrophysics"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmREACTIONS AND RADICALS
9:00 am - 9:15 amOverview by Discussion Leader: Dan Neumark (UC-Berkeley, USA)
"Photoinduced reactions in clusters"
9:15 am - 10:00 amMarsha Lester (Univ. of Pennsylvania, USA)
"Intermolecular Interactions and Reactions of Hydroxyl Radicals: A New View"
10:00 am - 10:10 amDiscussion
10:10 am Conference Photo / Coffee Break
10:40 am - 11:25 amJoe Francisco (Purdue Univ., USA)
"New Perspectives on Radical Reactions in Atmospheric Chemical Processes"
11:25 am - 11:35 amDiscussion
11:35 am - 12:20 pmAnna Krylov (USC, USA)
"Complex photodissociation of weakly bound covalent NO dimer: Insights from electronic structure calculations"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree Time
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmHELIUM DROPLETS
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmOverview by Discussion Leader: Andrey Vilesov (Univ. of Southern California, USA)
"Molecules, superfluidity and He droplets"
7:45 pm - 8:30 pmBirgitta Whaley (UC-Berkeley, USA)
"Spectroscopy and Superfluidity in Helium Droplets"
8:30 pm - 8:40 pm Discussion
8:40 pm - 9:20 pmMartina Havenith (Ruhr Univ. Bochum, Germany)
"Probing phonon-rotational coupling: IR spectroscopy of dopants in helium nanodroplets"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:45 pm - Poster Session 1
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMETAL CLUSTERS AND COMPLEXES
9:00 am - 9:15 amOverview by Discussion Leader: Will Castleman (Penn State Univ., USA)
"Exploring Metal Clusters"
9:15 am - 10:00 amMartin Jarrold (Indiana Univ., USA)
"Cluster Melting"
10:00 am - 10:10 amDiscussion
10:10 amCoffee Break
10:40 am - 11:25 amAtsushi Nakajima (Keio Univ., Japan)
"Electronic and Geometric Properties of Metal Encapsulated or Sandwiched Clusters"
11:25 am - 11:35 amDiscussion
11:35 am - 12:20 pmKit Bowen (Johns-Hopkins Univ., USA)
"Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Cluster Anions"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree Time
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmIONIC CLUSTERS
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmOverview by Discussion Leader: Jim Lisy (Univ. of Illinois, USA)
"Recent Developments in Ionic Clusters"
7:45 pm - 8:30 pmMasaaki Fuji (Univ. of Tokyo, Japan)
"Real-time observation of ionization induced site switching in aromatic clusters"
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 9:20 pm Lai-Sheng Wang (Pacific Northwest National Lab, USA)
"Probing the Electronic, Structural, and Chemical Properties of Metal Clusters Using Anion Photoelectron Spectroscopy"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
9:45 pm - Poster Session 2
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmHYDROGEN-BONDED NETWORKS
9:00 am - 9:15 amOverview by Discussion Leader: Ken Jordan (Univ. of Pittsburgh, USA)
"Overview of Hydrogen-Bonded Systems"
9:15 am - 10:00 amMark Johnson (Yale Univ., USA)
"Water Clusters: A Bottom-up Approach to Aqueous Chemistry"
10:00 am - 10:10 am Discussion
10:10 am Coffee Break
10:40 am - 11:25 amAnne McCoy (Ohio State Univ., USA)
"Investigations of the Dynamics and Spectroscopy of H3O2- and H5O2+ using Quantum Monte Carlo"
11:25 am - 11:35 amDiscussion
11:35 am - 12:20 pm Martin Suhm (Univ. of Goettingen, Germany)
"Subtleties and Surprises in Fluorinated Alcohol Clusters"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree Time
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
(Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair)
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmDYNAMICS IN CLUSTERS
7:30 pm - 7:45 pm Overview by Discussion Leader: Carl Lineberger (Univ. of Colorado/JILA, USA)
7:45 pm - 8:30 pmDavid Nesbitt (Univ. of Colorado/JILA, USA)
"Intramolecular Dynamics in Molecular Ions: A High Resolution Perspective"
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 9:20 pmTakayuki Ebata (Hiroshima Univ., Japan)
"IVR Dynamics of the X-H Stretching Vibrations studied by Picosecond IR-UV Pump-Probe Spectroscopy"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:45 pm - Poster Session 3
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmCLUSTERS CONTAINING BIOLOGICAL MOLECULES
9:00 am - 9:15 amOverview by Discussion Leader: Mattanjah de Vries (UC-Santa Barbara, USA)
"What can we learn from isolating biomolecules in the gas phase?"
9:15 am - 10:00 amTim Zwier (Purdue Univ., USA)
"Reorienting, shuttling, and dissociating water from a solute-water complex: New insights from hole-filling methods"
10:00 am - 10:10 amDiscussion
10:10 am Coffee Break
10:40 am - 11:25 amBernd Brutschy (Univ. of Frankfurt, Germany)
"Biomolecules in the Gas Phase by Laser Desorption/Ablation from Liquid Droplets"
11:25 am - 11:35 amDiscussion
11:35 am - 12:20 pmKlaus Mueller-Dethlefs (Univ. of Manchester, UK)
"TBA"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree Time
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmINTERMOLECULAR POTENTIALS
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmOverview by Discussion Leader: Jeremy Hutson (Univ. of Durham, UK)
"Intermolecular potentials: the problem of excited states"
7:45 pm - 8:30 pm Wolfgang Domcke (Tech. Univ. of Munich, Germany)
"Cluster Models of Aqueous-Phase Photochemistry and the Solvated Electron"
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 9:20 pm Joel Bowman (Emory Univ., USA)
"Full dimensional ab initio potentials and quantum vibrational calculations for H+(H2O)2 OH-(H2O), and Cl-(H2O)"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
9:45 pm - Poster Session 4
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDepart
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