Solvation Chemistry and Reactive Molecules


10 Oct - 15 Oct 2021


Physikzentrum Bad Honnef

Scientific organizers:

Prof. Dr. Wolfram Sander, Ruhr-Universität Bochum • Prof. Dr. Elsa Sanchez Garcia, Universität Duisburg-Essen • Prof. Dr. Martina Havenith-Newen, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Reactive molecular species such as radicals, polyradicals, carbenes, and molecular ions, play key roles for the understanding of molecular reactivity. Many reactions occur in a solvent environment, and it has been recognized that solvents actively influence reactivity and selectivity of chemical processes rather than being passive bystanders. Due to their high reactivity, most of these species are short-lived, and therefore sophisticated spectroscopic methods have to be used for their characterization. Ultrafast emission and absorption spectroscopy, negative ion photoelectron spectroscopy, matrix isolation spectroscopy, helium nanodroplet spectroscopy, cryogenic tunneling microscopy, among others, are important tools for the characterization of reactive and unusual molecules. The theoretical description of these species using quantum theory is as challenging as the experimental characterization. The highly interdisciplinary seminar will bring together an international group of renowned researchers and young scientists at the beginning of their career from the fields of molecular physics, physical chemistry, physical organic chemistry, material science, theoretical chemistry, and theoretical physics.

The WE-Heraeus-Seminar is part of the ISRIUM (International Conference on Reactive and Unusual Molecules) series of conferences and organized in cooperation with the DFG-funded Cluster of Excellence RESOLV (Ruhr Explores Solvation).

The conference language will be English. The Wilhelm and Else Heraeus-Foundation bears the cost of full-board accommodation for all participants.