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Electron Donor-Acceptor Interactions (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

New Frontiers in Energy Harvesting and Storage from Biological Systems to Nanostructured Materials


August 6-7, 2016


Salve Regina University
Newport, RI


Aiko Kurimoto & Christoph Schierl

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Electron Donor-Acceptor Interactions is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is to discuss the role of electron and energy transfer in topics ranging from biological systems to nanostructured materials for energy harvesting and storage applications. Topics to be addressed will fall into, but not limited to, the following subdivisions: 1) solar energy conversion and storage, 2) electron transfer in biological and biomimetic systems, 3) magnetic and spin effects on charge transfer, 4) electron and energy transfer in metal redox systems, 5) single molecule charge transfer, 6) electron and energy transfer in nanoscale systems.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Electron Donor-Acceptor Interactions" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Future Challenges and Opportunities in Energy Harvesting and Storage: Materials
Discussion Leader: Alexandra Roth (Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmNatalie Stingelin-Stutzmann (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
"Novel Solar Energy Harvesting Options and Beyond: Designing New Materials and Device Structures"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmSolar Energy Conversion and Storage
Discussion Leader: Kevin Felter (TU Delft, The Netherlands)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmJenna Logsdon (Northwestern University, USA)
"Investigating the Charge Separation Mechanism of Self-Assembled Electron Donor-Acceptor Molecules"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmAnnabell Bonn (Uppsala University, Sweden)
"Accumulative Electron Transfer in Molecular Systems - Towards Artificial Photosynthesis"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmJennifer Miller (Michigan State University, USA)
"Investigating the Interfacial Electron Transfer of Iron-Based Sensitizers in Semiconductor-Chromophore Assemblies"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmJoseph Christensen (Northwestern University, USA)
"Toward Photodriven Accumulation of Multiple Reductive Charge Equivalents for Artificial Photosynthesis"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amElectron Transfer in Molecules and Beyond
Discussion Leader: Anna Beiler (Arizona State University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amAlejandro Cadranel (Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)
"Screening Supramolecular Interactions Between Carbon Nanodots and Porphyrins"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amSofia Garakyaraghi (North Carolina State University, USA)
"Beyond Molecular Photochemistry: Semiconductor Nanocrystals as Triplet Sensitizers"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amAshutosh Mishra (Northwestern University, USA)
"Dynamic and Mechanism of Hole-Transport in DNA-Hairpin Model Systems"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amMorteza Waskasi (Arizona State University, USA)
"Marcus Bell-Shaped Electron Transfer Kinetics Observed in an Arrhenius Plot"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Being a Chemist in a Multidisciplinary World
Discussion Leader: Jillian Larsen (University of California, Riverside, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Beyond Graduate School"
  • Vanessa McCaffrey (Albion College, USA)
  • Wesley Sattler (The Dow Chemical Company, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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