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Physical Organic Chemistry (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Advances in Understanding - Structure, Function and Reactivity


June 20-21, 2015


Holderness School
Holderness, NH


Luke F. Gamon

Associate Chair:
Conerd Frederickson

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Physical Organic Chemistry 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 GRS will be held at Holderness School, Holderness, New Hampshire from June 20-21, 2015.

The breadth of research covered at this seminar is representative of the diversity of physical organic chemistry, and provides attendees a chance to become familiar with topics covered in the associated Gordon Research Conference. A friendly and collegial atmosphere will allow for the stimulating exchange of cutting-edge science. Discussion sessions and oral presentations will include (but are not limited to) topics such as molecular design and synthesis, mechanistic organic and biological chemistry, reactive intermediates and radical chemistry, catalysis, supramolecular chemistry, material design, spectroscopy and photochemistry, and computational chemistry.

After the extremely successful inaugural GRS we look forward to continuing the tradition with you. The opportunity of this springboard into the associated GRC is not one you’ll want to miss!

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Physical Organic Chemistry" 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: Development of a Research Program
Discussion Leader: Onyekwere Ogba (Oregon State University, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmBenjamin King (University of Nevada, Reno, USA)
"A Personal Case Study"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmSynthesis and Theory
Discussion Leader: Ben Amara Arij (IFP New Energy, France)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmOliver Dumele (ETH Zürich, Switzerland)
"The Power of Halogen Bonding to Assemble Molecular Capsules"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmAdam Feinberg (University of Rochester, USA)
"Alkoxyl Radicals as Hydrogen Atom Donors"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmStephanie Hare (University of California, Davis, USA)
"Theozyme Dynamics of Theoretical and Biologically Relevant Systems"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmJunming Ho (Yale University, USA)
"Triplet States in Light-Harvesting Proteins: A Computational Investigation"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amStructure and Function
Discussion Leader: Peter Sebej (Masaryk University, Czech Republic)
9:00 am - 9:20 amSamantha Keller (University of Calgary, Canada)
"Structure Property Relationships of Pyrene Based Electron Acceptors"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amElango Kumarasamy (Columbia University, USA)
"Intramolecular Singlet Fission on Oligoacenes"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amPenghao Li (University of Oregon, USA)
"Novel Reactivity and Physical Properties of Cycloparaphenylene-Related Macrocycles"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amJohannes Petersen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
"H-Cruciform Molecules: A New Family of Pi-Extended Tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) Structures"
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: Career Panel
Discussion Leader: Luke Gamon (The University of Melbourne, Australia)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Successful Careers in Physical Organic Chemistry"
  • Michael Haley (University of Oregon, USA)
  • Benjamin King (University of Nevada, Reno, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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