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Water & Aqueous Solutions
July 27 - August 1, 2008
Holderness School
Holderness, NH
Chair:
Alan K. Soper

Vice Chairs:
Victoria Buch & Pavel Jungwirth

Water is the spice of life. Without water we would not exist, nor would any form of life. Water occurs in our oceans, in our atmosphere, drives our climate, is underground, and sculpts our landscape. It is essential to our industry and survival as a species. We drink it, wash in it, paint with it, dispose of waste products in it, use it to keep things cool, use it to heat things up, use it to transport huge weights over vast distances. Yet how one single fluid manages to perform so many different functions for us is not fully understood. Even seemingly simple questions like “How are water molecules arranged?” do not have clear cut answers.

Is water made up of strings or is it a network? Does water have a second critical point? Is there a fragile – strong transition in supercooled water? What does water look like at surfaces and near biological molecules? These are just some of the questions we will be addressing at this year’s Gordon Research Conference on Water and Aqueous Solutions. A team of the world’s experts has been assembled to tell us the latest news. Do come and join in the debate about this most esoteric yet common material.


Contributors

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 11:00 pmArrival and Check-in
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Chair's Informal Reception
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:36 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:36 pm - 9:30 pm WATER IN CLUSTERS
Discussion Leader: Branka Ladanyi (Colorado State University)
7:36 pm - 8:06 pm Evan Williams (Berkeley)
"Spectroscopy and Nanocalorimetry of Gaseous Hydrated Ions: A Bridge to the Aqueous Solution"
8:06 pm - 8:14 pm Discussion
8:14 pm - 8:44 pm Lai-Sheng Wang (Washington State University)
"Probing the Solvation and Solvent Stabilization of Complex and Multiply-Charged Anions Using Photoelectron Spectroscopy"
8:44 pm - 8:52 pm Discussion
8:52 pm - 9:22 pm Bruce Doak (Arizona State University)
"Vacuum Injection, Manipulation, and Examination of Microscopic Liquid Droplets"
9:22 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:45 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pm COMPUTER SIMULATION OF WATER AND SOLUTIONS
Discussion Leader: Dominik Marx (Bochum)
9:00 am - 9:30 am Mark Tuckerman (New York University)
"Structure and dynamics of water and hydrated charge defects: Ab initio molecular dynamics investigations with converged basis sets"
9:30 am - 9:45 am Discussion
9:45 am - 10:15 am Thomas Hofer (Innsbruck)
"Incorporation of electronic quantum effects in molecular simulations via QM/MM models"
10:15 am - 10:30 am Discussion
10:30 am Coffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 am Valeria Molinero (Utah)
"Ice nucleation & the liquid-liquid transition"
11:30 am - 11:45 am Discussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pm Stephen Garofalini (Rutgers)
"Dissociative chemisorption of water onto silica surfaces and enhanced hydronium ion formation"
12:15 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 INTERFACES AND SURFACES
Discussion Leader: Nancy Levinger (Colorado State)
7:30 pm - 8:00 pm Franz Geiger (Northwestern)
"Environmental Interfaces Studied by Second- and Third-Order Nonlinear Optics"
8:00 pm - 8:10 pm Discussion
8:10 pm - 8:40 pm Mary Jane Shultz (Tufts)
"Unraveling hydrogen-bonded water with nonlinear polarization spectroscopy and ice"
8:40 pm -8:50 pm Discussion
8:50 pm - 9:20 pm Alex Benderskii (Wayne State)
"Vibrational and Rotational Dynamics at Aqueous Interfaces by Sum-Frequency Generation Spectroscopy"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm ULTRAFAST TECHNIQUES
Discussion Leader: Casey Hynes (ENS, Paris)
9:00 am - 9:30 am Huib Bakker (AMOLF, Amsterdam)
"Pump-probe spectroscopy of water and aqueous solutions"
9:30 am - 9:45 am Discussion
9:45 am - 10:15 am Thomas Elsaesser (MBI, Berlin)
"Ultrafast vibrational dynamics of bulk liquid H2O and H2O in DNA"
10:15 am - 10:30 am Discussion
10:30 am Coffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 am Ben Schwartz (UCLA)
"Holes in Liquids? Using naturally-occuring solvent cavities to test the linear response approximation for electron transfer reactions"
11:30 am - 11:45 am Discussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pm Erik Nibbering (MBI, Berlin)
"Ultrafast infrared probing of proton transfer pathways in aqueous acid-base neutralization"
12:15 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 SOLUTIONS PURE AND APPLIED
Discussion Leader: Kersti Hermansson (Uppsala, Sweden)
7:30 pm - 8:00 pm Daniel Bowron (ISIS Facility, UK)
"Comprehensive structural characterisation of ion hydration and bulk solution structure by neutron scattering and Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy"
8:00 pm - 8:10 pm Discussion
8:10 pm - 8:40 pm Jefferson Creek (Chevron Energy Technology Corporation)
"State-of-the-art perspectives of natural gas hydrates in industrial flow assurance"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pm Discussion
8:50 pm - 9:20 pm Carolyn Koh (Colorado School of Mines)
"Structure, formation and decomposition studies of natural gas hydrates"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm NEW SPECTROSCOPIES
Discussion Leader: Uwe Bergmann (Stanford)
9:00 am - 9:30 am Bernd Winter (MBI Berlin)
"Photoelectron spectroscopy studies of the electron dynamics and intermolecular energy transfer in aqueous solutions"
9:30 am - 9:45 am Discussion
9:45 am - 10:15 am Lars Pettersson (Stockholm)
"X-ray spectroscopy and DFT studies of water structure: two structural motifs"
10:15 am - 10:30 am Discussion
10:30 am Coffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 am Giulio Monaco (ESRF)
"X-ray Raman studies of water and ice"
11:30 am - 11:45 am Discussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pm John Tse (Saskatchewan)
"XAS of water in the condensed phase"
12:15 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 EXOTIC PHASES OF WATER
Discussion Leader: Marek Koza (ILL France)
7:30 pm - 8:00 pm Sow-Hsin Chen (MIT)
"Pressure and Temperature Dependences of the Dynamic Crossover and Density of Supercooled Confined Water and Their Relations to the Existence of a Liquid-Liquid Critical Point"
8:00 pm - 8:10 pm Discussion
8:10 pm - 8:40 pm Christiane Alba-Simionesco (Université de Paris-Sud)
"How anomalous is the temperature dependence of the density of supercooled water?"
8:40 pm -8:50 pm Discussion
8:50 pm - 9:20 pm Thomas Loerting (Innsbruck)
"Structural Transitions In Amorphous Ices"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm APPLICATIONS TO BIOLOGY
Discussion Leader: Fabio Bruni (Roma Tre)
9:00 am - 9:30 am Jane Vanderkooi (University of Pennsylvania)
"Water at the interface of biological molecules"
9:30 am - 9:45 am Discussion
9:45 am - 10:15 am Lorna Dougan (Columbia University)
"Identifying the role of the solvent environment in protein folding using single molecule force spectroscopy"
10:15 am - 10:30 am Discussion
10:30 am Coffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 am Ivan Brovchenko (Dortmund)
"What properties of a spanning network of hydration water make biological functions possible?"
11:30 am - 11:45 am Discussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pm Elmar Fuchs (Technische Universität Graz)
"Experiments with the floating water bridge"
12:15 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 WATER IN THE ENVIRONMENT
Discussion Leaders: Alan Soper / Pavel Jungwirth / Victoria Buch
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Poster Presentations
8:30 pm - 9:15 pm Keynote Lecturer: George W. Scherer (Princeton)
"The Role of Water in Conservation of Art"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

 
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