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Chemical Reactions at Surfaces
Gordon Research Conference

Dates

February 8-13, 2009

Location

Ventura Beach Marriott
Ventura, CA

Organizers

Chair:
Stacey F. Bent

Vice Chair:
Michael A. Henderson

Meeting Description

Chemical reactions at surfaces underlie some of the most important processes of today, including catalysis, energy conversion, microelectronics, human health and the environment. Understanding surface chemical reactions at a fundamental level is at the core of the field of surface science. The Gordon Research Conference on Chemical Reactions at Surfaces is one of the premiere meetings in the field. The program this year will cover a broad range of topics, including heterogeneous catalysis and surface chemistry, surfaces in environmental chemistry and energy conversion, reactions at the liquid-solid and liquid-gas interface, electronic materials growth and surface modification, biological interfaces, and electrons and photons at surfaces. An exciting program is planned, with contributions from outstanding speakers and discussion leaders from the international scientific community. The conference provides a dynamic environment with ample time for discussion and interaction. Attendees are encouraged to present posters; the poster sessions are historically well attended and stimulate additional discussions. The conference provides an excellent opportunity for junior researchers (e.g. graduate students or postdocs) to present their work and interact with established leaders in the field.

Contributors

Meeting Program

SUNDAY
4:00 pm - 8:00 pmArrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:35 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:35 pm - 7:40 pm Welcome from Chair: Stacey F. Bent (Stanford University)
7:40 pm - 9:30 pm ENVIRONMENTAL SURFACE CHEMISTRY
Discussion Leader: Gordon Brown (Stanford University)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmVicki Grassian (University of Iowa)
"Chemical and Photochemical Reactions at Oxide and Carbonate Surfaces in the Atmosphere: From Fundamental Molecular Surface Processes to Global Impacts"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pm Discussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmHoward Fairbrother (Johns Hopkins University)
"Probing the Influence of Surface Chemistry on the Behavior of Nanomaterials in Aquatic Environments"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:30 pm - 11:00 pmWelcome Reception
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm HETEROGENEOUS CATALYSIS
Discussion Leader: Susannah Scott (UC Santa Barbara)
9:00 am - 9:40 amCynthia Friend (Harvard University)
"Partial Oxidation Reactions on Au: Insights into Catalysis via Fundamental Surface Chemistry"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break / Group Photo
10:30 am - 11:10 amMatthew Neurock (University of Virginia)
"Elucidating and Controlling Catalytically Active Centers and Their Environments"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmGraeme Henkelman (University of Texas at Austin)
"Modeling Long Time Scale Reaction Dynamics at Surfaces"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm SHORT "HOT TOPIC" POSTER TALKS
Discussion Leader: John Russell (NRL)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pm Peng Chen (Cornell)
7:40 pm - 7:50 pm Liney Arnadottir (University of Washington)
7:50 pm - 8:00 pm Patrick Hayes (Northwestern)
8:00 pm - 8:10 pm Momoji Kubo (Tohoku University)
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm General Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm HETEROGENEOUS CATALYSIS
Discussion Leader: John Russell (NRL)
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmChristopher Jones (Georgia Tech)
"Homogeneous or Heterogeneous Catalysis? Heck and Suzuki Reactions and Pd(0) Nanoparticle and Macroparticle Surfaces"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:30 pm - 11:00 pm Poster Session I, continued
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm SURFACE CHEMISTRY IN SOLAR ENERGY CONVERSION
Discussion Leader: Peter Strasser (University of Houston)
9:00 am - 9:40 amPrashant Kamat (University of Notre Dame)
"Quantum Dot Solar Cells. Semiconductor Nanocrystals as Light Harvestors"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amJulia Hsu (Sandia National Laboratory)
"Effect of Interfacial Modification on Conducting Polymer-Oxide Hybrid Solar Cells"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Can Li (Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics)
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 5:00 pmFree Time
5:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I, continued
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm BIOINTERFACES AND BIOFUNCTIONALIZATION
Discussion Leader: Gang-yu Liu (University of California Davis)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmHan Zuilhof (Wageningen)
"Covalently Attached Organic Monolayers on Silicon-Containing Surfaces: Convenient Routes to (Bio)Functionalization"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmMichael Grunze (University of Heidelberg)
"Surface Interactions and Reactions in Marine Fouling"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:30 pm - 11:00 pm Poster Session I, continued
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm NANOSCIENCE AND NANOPATTERNING
Discussion Leader: Talat Rahman (University of Central Florida)
9:00 am - 9:40 amDonna Chen (University of South Carolina)
"Investigations of Au-based Bimetallic Clusters on Oxides"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amPeter Feibelman (Sandia National Laboratory)
"Nano-Island Arrays on Graphene/Ir(111)"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmLudwig Bartels (UC Riverside)
"Adsorbate-Substrate and Adsorbate-Adsorbate Interactions Guiding Molecular Motion at Surfaces"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session II
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 - 8:30 pm SHORT "HOT TOPIC" POSTER TALKS
Discussion Leader: Robert Hamers (University of Wisconsin)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pm Thomas Pearl (North Carolina State University)
7:40 pm - 7:50 pm John Newberg (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab)
7:50 pm - 8:00 pm Amy Walker (Washington University)
8:00 pm - 8:10 pm Walter Paxton (Northwestern University)
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm General Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm ELECTRONIC MATERIALS CHEMISTRY
Discussion Leader: Robert Hamers (University of Wisconsin)
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmW. M. M. Kessels (Einhoven)
"In Situ Studies of Surface Reactions During Atomic Layer Deposition of Al2O3 and Pt films"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:30 pm - 11:30 pm Poster Session II, continued
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm SURFACE STRUCTURE AND DYNAMICS
Discussion Leader: Fred Henn (Omicron)
9:00 am - 9:40 amArthur Utz (Tufts University)
"Vibrational Mode-Specific and Bond-Selective Chemistry at Surfaces"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amPaul Weiss (Pennsylvania State)
"Quantitative Measurements of Adsorbate Interactions and Dynamics: Intermolecular Potentials and Functional Properties"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmJohn Boland (University of Dublin)
"Contacting and Manipulating Molecules and Clusters: Towards New Paradigms for Device Operation"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 5:00 pmFree Time
5:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session II, continued
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm LIQUID/SOLID AND LIQUID/GAS INTERFACES
Discussion Leader: Bruce Kay (Pacific Northwest National Laboratories)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmHeather Allen (Ohio State)
"Molecular Organization and Structure at the Air-Liquid Interface"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmReginald Penner (UC Irvine)
"Lithographically Patterned Nanowire Electrodeposition (LPNE)"
9:10 pm - 9:25 pm Discussion
9:25 pm - 9:30 pm Closing Remarks by Vice Chair: Michael Henderson (PNNL)
9:30 pm - 11:00 pm Poster Session II, continued
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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