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Matrix-Isolated Species, Physics & Chemistry of
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Dates

July 19-24, 2009

Location

Magdalen College
Oxford, United Kingdom

Organizers

Chairs:
Nigel A. Young & John Steven Ogden

Vice Chairs:
Charles A. Wight & Mario E. Fajardo

Meeting Description

The 2009 Gordon Conference on the Physics and Chemistry of Matrix Isolated Species is the latest in a series of bi-annual conferences starting in 1973 and alternating between Europe and the US. The 1983 US conference marked the first time that the meeting was organized under the auspices of Gordon Research Conferences. The 2009 conference marks another new development as this is the first time that the European conference has been organized as a Gordon Research Conference.

During the 55 year history of rare gas matrix isolation, the enduring feature has been the ability to synthesize and characterize chemical entities that are not accessible by other routes. This has provided huge insight into chemical structure, bonding and reactivity over great swathes of the periodic table. The conference will reflect this core activity with sessions covering the synthesis and characterization of a range of organic, main group and transition metal species. The application of matrices to astrophysics, astrochemistry, astrobiology and interstellar spectroscopy will also be covered. Understanding the fundamental physics of matrix processes has always been important, and this will be a continuing feature of the conference. The application of computational techniques has greatly increased the robustness of spectral assignments and understanding of the processes occurring, and this important area will also feature. In addition to these “core” areas there will also be a number of talks with the aim of stimulating discussion about where the future of matrix isolation lies.

The Conference will encourage leaders in the field to not only present their latest research but also to provide pointers for the future direction of matrix isolation. Junior scientists and graduate students will be encouraged to fully participate in these discussions as well as presenting their work in poster sessions. Some poster presenters will be selected for short talks in the main program. The timetabled discussion and technical sessions, as well as the opportunities for informal gatherings in the afternoons and evenings, will provide an opportunity to consider the future directions and applications of matrix isolation. The beautiful surroundings of Magdalen College, Oxford, will enhance the collegial atmosphere of this Conference.

In addition to scientific sessions, visits to important local attractions will also be organized.

Meeting Program

SUNDAY
4:00 pm - 8:00 pmArrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
5:30 pmWelcome Reception on the Cloisters Lawn
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 7:50 pmWelcome by Prof. David Clary, President of Magdalen College, Oxford
7:50 pm - 9:30 pm MATRIX ISOLATION: WHERE IS IT GOING?
Discussion Leader: Nigel Young (University of Hull)
7:50 pm - 8:20 pmMatthew Almond (University of Reading)
"Chemistry in Low-Temperature Matrices - an Overview"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:00 pmKlaus Schwentner (Freie University, Berlin)
"Guest-Host Interaction: Achievements and a View into the Crystal Ball"
9:00 pm - 9:10 pm Discussion
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm General Discussion
MONDAY
8:00 am - 9:00 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm ATMOSPHERIC AMD ASTROCHEMICAL APPLICATIONS
Discussion Leader: Mika Pettersson (University of Jyväskylä)
9:00 am - 9:30 amJohn Sodeau (University College, Cork)
"The Use of Matrix Non-Isolation to Mimic Atmospheric Cryochemistry"
9:30 am - 9:40 am Discussion
9:40 am - 10:05 amBruce Ault (University of Cincinnati)
"The Ozonolysis of Alkenes: Criegee and Beyond"
10:05 am - 10:15 am Discussion
10:15 am - 10:45 am Coffee Break / Group Photo
10:45 am - 11:15 amDoug Hudgins (NASA)
"Matrix Studies of PAHs: A Window on the Infrared Universe"
11:15 am - 11:25 am Discussion
11:25 am - 11:50 amRalf Kaiser (University of Hawaii)
"Kuiper Belt Objects in the Outer Solar system - The Final Frontier of Matrix Isolation?"
11:50 am - 12:00 pm Discussion
12:00 am - 12:20 pmRobert Kołos (Polish Academy of Sciences)
"Cyanoacetylenes and Related Interstellar Molecules"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session (odd numbered posters)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm ASTROCHEMICAL APPLICATIONS: ICES
Discussion Leader: Charles Wight (University of Utah)
7:30 pm - 8:00 pmNaoki Watanabe (University of Hokkaido)
"Reactions of Hydrogen Atoms and Molecules on Amorphous Solid Water at Very Low Temperatures"
8:00 pm - 8:10 pm Discussion
8:10 pm - 8:40 pmHelen Fraser (University of Strathclyde)
"Ices in Star Forming Regions - The Ultimate Spectroscopic Tracer of Interstellar Chemistry"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pm Discussion
8:50 pm - 9:20 pmBenny Gerber (Hebrew University of Jerusalem and UCI)
"Molecular Reactions in Water Clusters and at Ice Particles"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
TUESDAY
8:00 am - 9:00 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm QUANTUM HOSTS AND MATRIX DYNAMICS
Discussion Leader: Takamasa Momose (University of British Columbia)
9:00 am - 9:25 amVladimir Bondybey (Technical University, Munich)
"Radiation Damage, Energy Storage and Release in Low Temperature Solids"
9:25 am - 9:35 am Discussion
9:35 am - 10:00 amAlexander Nemukhin (M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University)
"Modeling Chemical Reactions and Electronic Excitations in Matrices with Hybrid Quantum Mechanical - Molecular Mechanical Methods"
10:00 am - 10:10 am Discussion
10:10 am - 10:40 am Coffee Break
10:40 am - 11:10 amMario Fajardo (USAF Research Lab., Eglin AFB)
"Matrix Isolation Spectroscopy in Solid Parahydrogen: A Primer"
11:10 am - 11:20 am Discussion
11:20 am - 11:50 amDaniele Colognesi (Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi, CNR Firenze)
"Single-Particle Dynamics of Para-Hydrogen in Solid Deuterium Matrices and Water Clathrates: Inelastic Neutron Scattering Studies"
11:50 am - 12:00 pm Discussion
12:00 pm - 12:20 pmAlkwin Slenczka (University of Regensburg)
"Electronic Spectroscopy and Photochemistry in Superfluid Helium Nano-Droplets"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree Time / Visit to Diamond Light Source (Optional)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm BRING AND SHARE TECHNICAL SESSION
Discussion Leader: Lester Andrews (University of Virginia)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmLaurent Manceron (University Pierre et Marie Curie)
"Instrumental Aspects"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pm Discussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmAdam Bridgeman (University of Sydney)
"Computational Aspects"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm Contributions from the floor and general discussion
WEDNESDAY
8:00 am - 9:00 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm HIGH TEMPERATURE AND UNSTABLE INORGANIC SPECIES
Discussion Leader: Mark Parnis (Trent University)
9:00 am - 9:45 amMagdolna Hargittai (Budapest University of Technology and Economics)
"Molecules at High Temperatures: Joint Experimental and Computational Studies"
9:45 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am - 10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:00 amMarkku Räsänen (University of Helsinki)
"Recent Advances in Noble-Gas Chemistry"
11:00 am - 11:10 am Discussion
11:10 am - 11:40 amHelge Willner (Bergische University of Wuppertal)
"Photodecomposition and Photoisomerization of Small Matrix Isolated Molecules"
11:40 am - 11:50 am Discussion
11:50 am - 12:20 pmHans-Jörg Himmel (Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg)
"Bond Activation with Small Metal Atom and Metal Oxide Clusters: Matrix Isolation and Quantum Chemical Calculations"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree Time / Visit to Blenheim Palace (Optional)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm LASER ABLATION AS A ROUTE TO NEW SPECIES
Discussion Leader: Bill Graham (Texas Christian University)
7:30 pm - 8:00 pmLester Andrews (University of Virginia)
"New Molecules from Laser-Ablated Metal Atom Reactions"
8:00 pm - 8:10 pm Discussion
8:10 pm - 8:40 pmQiang Xu (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology and Kobe University)
"Matrix Isolation Infrared Spectroscopic Studies of Lanthanide Complexes"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pm Discussion
8:50 pm - 9:20 pmMingfei Zhou (Fudan University)
"Matrix Isolation Infrared Spectroscopic Study on Oxygen-Rich Transition Metal Oxides/Dioxygen Complexes"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
THURSDAY
8:00 am - 9:00 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm NEW ORGANIC SPECIES AND BIOMOLECULES
Discussion Leader: Zofia Mielke (University of Wrocław)
9:00 am - 9:30 amRui Fausto (University of Coimbra)
"Conformational Cooling in Matrix Isolation"
9:30 am - 9:40 am Discussion
9:40 am - 10:05 amGyörgy Tarczay (Eötvös University)
"Biomolecules and Their Complexes in Low-Temperature Matrices"
10:05 am - 10:15 am Discussion
10:15 am - 10:45 am Coffee Break
10:45 am - 11:15 amThomas Bally (University of Fribourg)
"Electronic and Vibrational Spectra of Carbon Chain Radical Ions"
11:15 am - 11:25 am Discussion
11:25 am - 11:55 amWolfram Sander (University of Bochum)
"Low Temperature Chemistry of the Phenyl Radical"
11:55 am - 12:05 pm Discussion
12:05 pm - 12:30 pmBusiness Meeting
(Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair)
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session (even numbered posters)
5:30 pmReception on the Cloisters Lawn
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm SHORT TALKS BY YOUNG RESEARCHERS SELECTED FROM POSTER ABSTRACTS
Discussion Leader: Ian Dunkin (University of Strathclyde)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pm Owen Byrne (National University of Ireland Maynooth)
"Optical spectroscopy of atomic europium isolated in inert and reactive matrices - identification of lanthanide complexes by FTIR and DFT methods"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pm Discussion
7:50 pm - 8:05 pm Sebastian Riedel (Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg)
"Discovery of new oxidation states of iridium"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pm Osama Ali (Memorial University of Newfoundland)
"Vibrational Spectrum of the Propylene Oxide/Ethanol and propylene oxide/2-fluoroethanol Hydrogen bonded Complexes: A Matrix Isolation FTIR and Theoretical Study"
8:10 pm - 8:15 pm Discussion
8:15 pm - 8:30 pm Claire Pirim (University Pierre et Marie Curie)
"An FTIR Study of CO hydrogenation at very low temperature - Focus on the first step of the reaction"
8:30 pm - 8:35 pm Discussion
8:35 pm - 8:50 pm Wutharath Chin (University Paris-Sud)
"Photoisomerisation study of glycolaldehyde isolated in cryogenic matrices"
8:50 pm - 8:55 pm Discussion
8:55 pm - 9:30 pm General Discussion
FRIDAY
8:00 am - 9:00 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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