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Vibrational Spectroscopy
August 3-8, 2008
Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA

The conference focuses on using vibrational spectroscopy to probe structure and dynamics of molecules in gases, liquids, and interfaces. The goal is to bring together a collection of researchers who share common interests and who will gain from discussing work at the forefront of several connected areas. The intent is to emphasize the insights and understanding that studies of vibrations provide about a variety of systems.


SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 11:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pm VIBRATIONAL DYNAMICS IN SOLUTION
Discussion Leader: Tim Lian (Emory University, Department of Chemistry)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pm Sanford Ruhman (The Hebrew University, Dept. of Physical Chemistry)
"Investigating and controlling vibrational dynamics by impulsive spectroscopy"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pm Discussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pm Tahei Tahara (RIKEN)
"Looking for the reaction coordinate of photo-isomerization of cis-stilbene"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:45 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pm VIBRATIONAL THEORY
Discussion Leader: Brooks Pate (University of Virginia, Department of Chemistry)
9:00 am - 9:40 am Net Sibert (University of Wisconsin, Department of Chemistry)
"Dynamics and Spectroscopy of Formic Acid Dimer"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Joel Bowman (Emory University, Department of Chemistry)
"Full Dimensional Ab initio Potential Surfaces and Vibrational Dynamics: (H2O)2, (H2O)3, and the Tunneling Splitting in Malonaldehyde"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Anne McCoy (The Ohio State University, Department of Chemistry)
"Puzzling Protons: spectral signatures of large amplitude vibrational motions in hydrogen-bonded systems and molecular ions"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm VIBRATIONAL MICROSCOPY
Discussion Leader: Eric Potma (University of California, Irvine, Department of Chemistry)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Sunney Xie (Harvard University, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology)
"CARS Microscopy: Vibrational Imaging for Biology and Medicine"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm Søren Keiding (Åarhus Universitet Kemisk Institut)
"CARS-microspectroscopy of optically trapped samples"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm VIBRATIONS AT INTERFACES
Discussion Leader: Franz Geiger (Northwestern University, Department of Chemistry)
9:00 am - 9:40 am Heather Allen (The Ohio State University, Department of Chemistry)
"Studying vibrations of Lipids, Salts, Acids, and Water at Air-Aqueous Interfaces"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Alex Benderskii (Wayne State University, Department of Chemistry)
"Vibrational and Rotational Dynamics at Aqueous Interfaces by Sum-Frequency Generation"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Robert Walker (University of Maryland, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry)
"It's about time! Exploring the effects of reorientation and dynamics in vibrational sum frequency spectroscopy"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm TERAHERTZ SPECTROSCOPY
Discussion Leader: Edwin Heilweil (NIST)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Charles Schmuttenmaer (Yale University, Department of Chemistry)
"Polymorph Dependence of Far-Infrared Libron Modes in Amino Acid Crystals"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm Keisuke Tominaga (Kobe University, Molecular Photoscience Research Center)
"Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy on low-frequency spectra of condensed phases; molecular crystals, liquids, solutions, and proteins"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm VIBRATIONS IN THE GAS PHASE
Discussion Leader: David Nesbitt (University of Colorado & JILA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry)
9:00 am - 9:40 am Patrick Vacarro (Yale University, Department of Chemistry)
"Resonant Four-Wave Mixing Probes of Vibrationally Mediated Proton-Transfer Dynamics"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Martin Suhm (Georg-August-Unversitat, Institute for Physical Chemistry)
"Spontaneous Raman scattering and direct IR absorption in supersonic jets: From alcohol conformations to subnano-schnapps spectroscopy"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmMartina Havenith (Ruhr-Universität Bochum Lehrstuhl für Physikalische Chemie II)
"From microsolvation of HCl in helium nanodroplets towards macrosolvation"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
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 pm MULTIDIMENTIONAL VIBRATIONAL SPECTROSCOPY
Discussion Leader: John Wright (University of Wisconsin, Madison,Department of Chemistry)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Andrei Tokmakoff (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Chemistry)
"2D IR spectroscopy of protein amide vibrations"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm Dwayne Miller (University of Toronto, Department of Chemistry)
"New insight into the length and time scales of the hydrogen bond network of liquid H2O"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm VIBRATIONS OF BIOMOLECULES
Discussion Leader: Martin Zanni (University of Wisconsin)
9:00 am - 9:40 am Chris Cheatum (University of Iowa, Department of Chemistry)
"Watching the Protein Mambo: Fast Enzyme Dynamics"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Sean Decatur (Mount Holyoke College, Department of Chemistry)
"Isotope-edited Infrared Spectroscopy as a Probe of Polypeptide Aggregation"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmFeng Gai (University of Pennsylvania, Department of Chemistry)
"Infrared study of the hydration, folding and aggregation of peptides"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm VIBRATIONAL RETROSPECTIVE
Discussion Leader: Philip Reid (University of Washington, Department of Chemistry)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmRobin Hochstrasser (University of Pennsylvania, Department of Chemistry)
"Ultrafast 2D IR echoes in aqueous solutions of ions and polar vibrators"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

 
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