Events

Jul
12
Sun
FEMTO12 – The Hamburg Conference on Femtochemistry @ CFEL, CUI, DESY, and Universität Hamburg
Jul 12 @ 8:30 am – Jul 17 @ 9:30 am

The 12th Femtochemistry Conference (FEMTO12) – Frontiers of ultrafast phenomena in Chemistry, Biology, and Physics – will take place in Hamburg, Germany, from 12. to 17. July 2015. The venue will be the Campus Bahrenfeld of DESY and the University of Hamburg, which with its unique facilities and scientific environment provides a great scientific setting for this ultrafast science conference.

Hamburg, officially “Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg”, is the second largest city in Germany and the eighth largest city in the European Union. The Hamburg Metropolitan Region has more than 5 million inhabitants. The port of Hamburg, on the river Elbe, is the second largest port in Europe (after the Port of Rotterdam) and tenth largest worldwide. Hamburg is a major transport hub and is one of the most affluent cities in Europe. The city is a notable tourist destination for both domestic and overseas visitors and it is ranked 17th in the world for livability in 2012. See, for instance, http://english.hamburg.de for more details on the city.

FEMTO12 will bring together scientists from all over the world to present and discuss the most recent advances in femtosciences, including reaction dynamics, coherent control, structural dynamics, solvation phenomena, liquids and interfaces, fast processes in biological systems, strong field processes, attosecond electron dynamics and aggregates, surfaces and solids with contributions from both theory and experiment.

Registration is open at http://www.femto12.org/registration, with a deadline of 30. April 2015 for abstract submission and early bird payment. A number of submitted abstracts will be selected for hot topics talks.

In order to allow as many early-stage researchers as possible to attend the conference, the Hamburg Center for Ultrafast Imaging provides substantial support for PhD students upon application. Please see http://www.femto12.org/registration for details. Moreover, a block of rooms is set aside in the DESY guest house especially for students participating in FEMTO12.

Further details regarding travel and housing are provided on the FEMTO12 website.

The confirmed invited speakers are listed at http://www.femto12.org/program/speaker and currently include

  • Bernd Abel (Universität Leibzig)
  • Philip Anfinrud (NIDDK, NIH, Bethesda, MD)
  • Huib Bakker (AMOLF, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Misha Bonn (MPI Polymer Research, Mainz)
  • Tobias Brixner (Universität Würzburg)
  • Francesca Calegari (Politecnico di Milano)
  • Martin Centurion (University of Nebraska)
  • Henry Chapman (CFEL, DESY and Universität Hamburg)
  • Majed Chergui (EPFL Lausanne)
  • Martina Dell’Angela (Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste)
  • Thomas Elsaesser (Max-Born-Institut, Berlin)
  • Fernando Martín García (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid)
  • Leticia González (Universität Wien)
  • Frank de Groot (University of Utrecht)
  • Kevin Kubarych (University of Michigan)
  • Damien Laage (ENS Paris)
  • Stefan Lochbrunner (Universität Rostock)
  • Jom Luiten (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven)
  • Dwayne Miller (CFEL, MPSD, Hamburg and University of Toronto)
  • Keith Nelson (MIT, Cambridge, MA)
  • Kenji Ohmori (Institute for Molecular Science, Okazaki)
  • Hrvoje Petek (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Arnaud Rouzée (Max-Born-Institut, Berlin)
  • Artem Rudenko (Kansas State University)
  • Tamar Seideman (Northwestern University, Evanston, IL)
  • Henrik Stapelfeldt (Aarhus University)
  • Villy Sundström (University of Lund)
  • Toshinori Suzuki (Kyoto University)
  • Regina de Vivie-Riedle (LMU München)
  • Peter Vöhringer (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn)
  • Matthias Wollenhaupt (Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg)
  • Hans Jakob Wörner (ETH Zürich)
Aug
22
Sat
XAFS16
Aug 22 – Aug 28 all-day

The upcoming 16th International  XAFS16 International Conference on X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (www.xafs16.org) will be held in Karlsruhe/Germany, August 23-28, 2015.

A 1-day symposium (organized within the main conference) entitled “Current and future opportunities for X-ray spectroscopies at XFELs”, will  provide a broad overview of the current status and challenges for various types of X-ray spectroscopies at the recently operational X-ray Free Electron Laser Facilities (XFELs), including XAFS, non-resonant and resonant XES. The emphasis will be given to ultrafast time-resolved X-ray spectroscopic studies exploiting the unique and unprecedented brightness and ultrashort pulse duration of these 4th generation light sources exploiting both soft and hard X-radiation. It will also highlight the future opportunities for X-ray spectroscopies in the context of the rapidly improving XFEL technology. 

We are now in the process of finalizing details of the symposium program and we would like to strongly encourage you to submit abstracts to XAFS16 concerning Session 17: “Spectroscopies at XFEL sources, Time-resolved and ultrafast techniques” (see the following link for a list of all topics for abstract submission: http://www.xafs16.org/26.php).

Both invited/contributed talks will be selected from the abstracts, next to poster presentations. The extended deadline for abstract submission for XAFS16 is in a few days only, March 15th, 2015.

Nov
2
Mon
3rd XLIC General Meeting @ Centrum Hotel
Nov 2 – Nov 4 all-day
3rd XLIC General Meeting @ Centrum Hotel | Debrecen | Hajdú-Bihar | Hungary

The 3rd General Meeting of the COST Action CM1204 “XUV/X-ray light and fast ions for ultrafast chemistry (XLIC)” will be held from 2 to 4 November, 2015 in Debrecen, Hungary. At the end of the first day (around 17 h. ) we will have the 4th XLIC Management Committee meeting, where the main advances of the Action and future directions will be examined.

The conference will consist of 24 lectures given by invited speakers, 12 oral presentations by young  scientists as well as 2 poster sessions. More information can be obtained in the meeting website: http://xlic.unideb.hu/

Registration: There is no registration fee to attend the meeting but participants must register  filling the corresponding form before September 20th, 2015.

Accomodation: Due to the intended all-under-one-roof format of the meeting, all participants are strongly advised to stay in the Centrum Hotel, where the conference will take place. The package per person offered by the organizers is 265 EUR in single room and 188 EUR in double room.

Abstracts: The deadline for submitting the abstracts is September 15. Abstracts may be submitted in either Latex or MS Word compatible formats. The corresponding templates and other information can be checked here.

Young Scientists Forum: Young scientists willing to participate in the 2nd XLIC YSF should submit their abstract together with a short CV before September 15th, 2015.
See details here: https://xlic.qui.uam.es/?p=2154

Reimbursement: Invited speakers and MC members will be reimbursed for theis travel expenses in accordance to COST rules. Any reduction in the flat rates will be announced soon.

Nov
3
Tue
2nd XLIC Young Scientist Forum @ Centrum Hotel
Nov 3 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The 3rd XLIC General Meeting will include also the 2nd Young Scientist Forum (YSF) – a special half-day with talks given by young researchers (PhD students and post-docs). The talk format will be 15 minutes + 5 minutes of discussion.

Seven young speakers will be selected by the young scientific committee on the basis of the submitted abstracts. The presenting author should attach also a short CV (including information about education, oral presentations and publications). For YSF talk, an abstract has to be submitted before September 15th, 2015.

Moreover, during the meeting, two special poster sessions are foreseen in order to exchange views and stimulate discussion on research topics, and to support interdisciplinary communication between the researchers. All young researchers participating in the XLIC General Meeting are encouraged to present a talk and/or poster.

The length of the abstract is limited to one A4 page, including figures and tables (see http://xlic.unideb.hu/abstracts).

The selection of young speakers will be announced on September 25th, 2015.

Apr
18
Mon
Static and Dynamic methods for the study of photoinitiated processes @ CECAM-ES (ZCAM)
Apr 18 – Apr 22 all-day
Static and Dynamic methods for the study of photoinitiated processes @ CECAM-ES (ZCAM) | Zaragoza | Aragón | Spain

The tutorial will be organized in 4 theoretical and 5 practical sessions, the latter taking place in the computer lab. The theoretical sessions will be of 4.5 hours and practical sessions will last 4 hours. The school will comprise 3 didactic blocks.
The first block will have an introductory character and will offer an overview of the field. The following block will focus on mono- and multi-configurational electronic structure methods for the description of excited states. The last block will cover dynamics methodologies. (see description below). The school will end with a comprehensive overview (2 hours) of state-of-the-art applications, limitations, suitabilities, future perspectives and challenges of the different static and dynamical approaches described in the school.

1st Block (6 hours): Overview of modern electronic and vibrational photochemistry. Born-Oppenheimer approximation. Ground and excited potential energy surfaces topology and light-matter interaction. Building bridges between experiment and theory: theoretical approaches to simulate steady state and transient absorption spectra. Excited state deactivation processes.

2nd Block (18 hours): Quantum Chemical Calculations of Excited States: Mono- and Multiconfigurational Methods. CASSCF and RASSCF methods. Choice of the active space. Single vs. state-average calculations. Basis sets considerations. Introducing dynamical correlation: the CASPT2 method. CASPT2 problems and solutions. DFT. Runge-Gross theorems. Linear response TDDFT. Propagation of the electronic density. Spectra calculation. Approximation of xc-functionals. This block includes 3 practical sessions of 4 hours each, comprising introductions to MOLCAS and OCTOPUS codes, simulation of absorption spectra and exploration of the topography of potential energy surfaces (location of stationary points and surface crossings).

3rd Block (14 hours): Wave Packet propagations and semiclassical dynamics. Time-evolution operator, propagation. Relaxation method, filtering method. Interaction with an electric field. Correlation functions, spectra and eigenfunctions. Pump-probe spectroscopy and control, including an introduction to optimal control theory and local control. Born-Oppenheimer and Ehrenfest dynamics. Nonadiabatic dynamics, Tully’s surface hopping. This block includes 2 practical sessions of 4 hours each, introducing quantum and semiclassical dynamics techniques.

Registration: http://www.cecam.org/workshop-6-1316.html

Apr
25
Mon
Theoretical Solid State Chemistry: theory, modelling, and simulation @ CECAM-ES (ZCAM)
Apr 25 – Apr 29 all-day
Theoretical Solid State Chemistry: theory, modelling, and simulation @ CECAM-ES (ZCAM) | Zaragoza | Aragón | Spain

The tutorial will cover the fundamentals and the practical use of state-of-the-art codes for the calculation of the electronic structure of bulk solids, surfaces, and defects and impurities in solids. This includes applications in thermodynamical properties, phase transitions, temperature and pressure effects, magnetic and spectroscopic properties, and surface properties including reactivity of and at surfaces. The influence of structural vacancies both in bulk and at surfaces will be addressed as an important topic influencing in a significant way the properties of different materials. The chemical reactivity of surfaces will be the subject of one of the lectures of the course, with a full discussion of different aspects of the modelling of the CO oxidation in a Y-doped TiO2 supported gold nanoparticles catalyst. That is, in summary, the content of the main theoretical and practical sessions, grouped into 8 and 4 subjects, respectively.

(Theo-1) Symmetry (Pablo García Fernández)
Summary of basic concepts. Space groups. Tensor quantities. Crystal strain. Bloch theorem. The symmetry of the wavefunction under periodic boundary conditions.

(Theo-2) Electronic structure. (Cristina Díaz)
Cluster and periodic models. Atomistic models. Kohn-Sham equations and DFT methodologies. Electronic structure calculations. Phonons and crystal searching.

(Theo-3) Thermodynamic properties. (Cristina Díaz)
Static models. Equation of state of solids. Phase transitions. Mechanisms and kinetics of phase transitions. Thermal effects.

(Theo-4) Chemical bonding and microscopic approach. (Julia Contreras)
Topologies of scalar fields in crystals. Electron density, electron localization function and reduced density gradient chemical functions. Chemical origin of compresibility. Chemical bonding reconstruction along a phase transition.

(Theo-5) Ab initio simulation of the structure, thermodynamic properties and reactivity in surfaces. (Antonio Márquez)
Computational models in Surface Science. Structure of surfaces: Tasker’s classification of ionic surfaces. Relaxation, rumpling, and reconstruction of surfaces. Surface energies. Surface defects: O vacancies in metal oxides. Adsorption at surfaces. Case studies: organic molecules and transition metal atoms at oxide surfaces. Reactivity at surfaces: organic molecules at simple surfaces. Role of point defects. Case study: CO oxidation on an oxide supported metal catalyst. Case study: highly correlated metal oxides: the case of ceria.

(Theo-6) Ab initio simulation of magnetic and optical properties, and structural instabilities of solids. (Miguel Moreno)
Introduction: Role of impurities in crystalline solids. Impurities in insulators. Localization. What are the calculations useful for? Substitutional Transition Metal Impurities in insulators: Description of states. Study of Model Systems: interatomic distances and colour. The colour of gemstones containing Cr3+. Static Jahn-Teller effect: description. Static Jahn-Teller effect: experimental evidence. Insight into the Jahn-Teller effect. Off centre motion of impurities: evidence and characteristics. Origin of the off centre distortion. Softening around impurities.

(Theo-7) Magnetic interactions in Molecules and Solids: Basic concepts and Spin Hamiltonians (Coen de Graaf)
Spin Hamiltonians. Effective Hamiltonian theory. Magnetism in condensed matter. Spin waves for ferromagnets. Antiferromagnetic lattices. Electron transport. Quantum Chemical approach to solid state magnetism. Four center interactions in cuprates.

(Theo-8) Magnetic anisotropy, Double exchange and spin wave theory (Coen de Graaf)

Registration: http://www.cecam.org/workshop-6-1308.html

Mar
14
Tue
4th XLIC General Meeting @ Hotel Pyramida
Mar 14 – Mar 16 all-day
4th XLIC General Meeting @ Hotel Pyramida | Prague | Czech Republic

The 4th  XLIC General Meeting (COST Action CM1204) will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, on March 14-16, 2017. It will also host the final XLIC Management Committee (March 14) and the 3rd Young Scientist Forum (YSF).

ABSTRACTS:
Deadline for the submission of abstracts is January 31st, 2017. Abstracts should be written in English and uploaded via the online form.

REGISTRATION:
Interested participants must register before February 14th, 2017, by filling the corresponding form.  All meeting participants must pay a conference package (including lunch, dinner and coffee) for the days attending the meeting. To proceed with the payment, please, fill, sign and send to reservation@hotelpyramida.cz the following form.

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM
The conference will consist of lectures given by invited speakers, Young Scientist Forum and 2 poster sessions.
NEW: The draft full scientific program, including timetable, talks and list of poster contributions can be downloaded here: XLIC_GM_2017-ScientificProgram (the most updated version should be checked in the meeting website: http://www.jh-inst.cas.cz/xlic2017/programme).

3rd YOUNG SCIENTISTS FORUM:
There shall be a special half-day session with talks given by young researchers (PhD students and post-docs) on March 15. It will include 12 lectures, out of which 6 oral contributions will be chosen by YSF committee based on submitted abstracts. The deadline for abstract submission for YSF was 31st January 2017.
Applicants asking for the talk at YSF are also required to submit a short CV which is to be emailed to xlic2017@jh-inst.cas.cz. Abstracts submitted after the deadline will not be considered for the selection.
For more details see http://www.jh-inst.cas.cz/xlic2017/home and  http://www.xlic.eu. You can also contact A. Domaracka (domaracka@ganil.fr).
Selected YSF speakers can ask for financial support from XLIC COST Action.
NEW: The list of young researchers selected to give a talk has been published here: https://xlic.qui.uam.es/?p=3369

ACCOMMODATION:
Due to all-under-one-roof format of the conference, accommodation is also available: both single and double rooms for the price of 65 EUR/night. To book your room, please, fill, sign and send to reservation@hotelpyramida.cz the following form before February 14th, 2017.
More information can be found in the meeting website: http://www.jh-inst.cas.cz/xlic2017/accommodation

FINANCIAL SUPPORT:
The participation of  XLIC MC members and speakers will be supported with Action budget (with the exception of MC Observers coming from IPC Institutions). COST will also fully reimburse those young researchers selected for oral contributions in the Young Scientist Forum and, depending on the budget, we will try to cover also expenses from other young participants.
Participants entitled for reimbursement will receive an official notification before the meeting. We strongly recommend to check the COST rules for reimbursement before incurring any expense in:

Accommodation and meal expenses will be reimbursed on the basis of flat rates. A reduction on maximum flat rates allowed for this particular meeting has been agreed by XLIC MC. The applicable rates are 100 EUR for accommodation and 20 EUR for meal expenses. For participants staying in cheaper hotels less money can be claimed  by requesting the reimbursement for a smaller number of nights/meals.
For travel expenses actual costs can be claimed on the basis of the receipts provided (any restriction applying to travel expenses will be notified to each participant entitled for reimbursement).

IMPORTANT:
Participants selected for reimbursement are kindly asked to keep their expenses as low as possible to ensure a wide distribution of the Action budget.
The submission of claims shall be done after the meeting, but, for any non-regular expense or doubt you may have, please, better ask in advance (info@xlic.eu). E.g. fligths departure/arrivals from/to places other than where the eligible participant is working/residing, extra meals, nights, taxi expenses, etc. shall not be reimbursed if permission is not requested before the meeting.
Please note that claims submitted later than 30 days after the meeting shall not be considered.

Mar
19
Sun
2nd XLIC Training School, Erice (IT) @ ETTORE MAJORANA FOUNDATION AND CENTRE FOR SCIENTIFIC CULTURE
Mar 19 – Mar 28 all-day
2nd XLIC Training School, Erice (IT) @ ETTORE MAJORANA FOUNDATION AND CENTRE FOR SCIENTIFIC CULTURE | Erice | Sicilia | Italy

The International school on “The Frontiers of Attosecond and Ultrafast X-ray Science” will be held from 19th to 28th March 2017 in Erice, Sicily, Italy.

The primary objective of this new school is to educate the next generation of scientists who will impact the future of attosecond and ultrafast x-ray science. We anticipate that the school will meet on a regular basis every two years and become a foundation for the ultrafast community. Consequently, the main topics of the course are the following: (i) attosecond science and technology, devoted to the generation and application of attosecond pulses to the investigation of electronic dynamics in atoms, molecules, nanostructures and condensed phases; (ii) fundamentals, methods and applications of free electron lasers, synchrotron radiation, ion collisions in atomic and molecular science. Lectures will cover current developments in theory and experiments but are also intended to give the basics of the field.

Please note that, PhD students and post-docs willing to attend the school can apply for scholarships (deadline 30 January 2017). For more details see: http://www.erice-attosecond.it/registration

The school co-organised by XLIC COST Action and sponsored by Politecnico di Milano, Italian Ministry of Education and Scientific Research, Sicilian Regional Parliament, ELI-ALPS and Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture.

The organizers,

Louis Di Mauro, Alicja Domaracka, Mauro Nisoli and  Sergio Martellucci

Aug
12
Sat
FEMTO13 @ Marriott Resort Casamagna Cancun
Aug 12 – Aug 17 all-day

The Femtochemistry (FEMTO13) Conference will be dedicated to the Legacy of Professor Ahmed Zewail.

FEMTO13 will take place in Cancun, Mexico, from August 12th to 17th, 2017. At the conference there will be a Mini-Symposium of Zewail Alumi, and there will be a Mini-Symposium where The 6th Ahmed Zewail Prize in Molecular Sciences will be awarded to Professor Michael Grätzel from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland.

The venue will be the Marriott Resort Casamagna Cancun, located on the beach near Cancun city and not too far from the Maya city of Tulum.

We invite you to visit us @ http://femto13.unam.mx/ to explore our list of outstanding invited speakers and exciting scientific program.

Marcos Dantus and Jorge Peon

If you have any questions or you would like to see our first circular email  us directly at femto13@chemistry.msu.edu

May
21
Mon
CECAM School: New Computational Methods for Attosecond Molecular Processes @ CECAM-ES
May 21 – May 25 all-day
CECAM School: New Computational Methods for Attosecond Molecular Processes @ CECAM-ES | Zaragoza | Aragon | Spain

The recent development of novel light sources like x-ray free-electron lasers and table-top lasers for high-harmonic generation, which are capable of delivering controllable sequences of intense sub-femtosecond ionizing pulses, has opened the way to monitor and control electron dynamics in atoms and molecules at its natural time scale, the attosecond (Chem. Rev. 2017, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.6b00453). The description of the coherent superposition of electronic continuum states that the interaction of such pulses with molecules generates goes beyond the capabilities of standard quantum-chemistry packages, which have been designed to describe the lowest bound states. Furthermore, stationary state-based pictures based on lowest-order perturbation theory are, in most cases, inapplicable. The purpose of this school is to introduce state-of-the-art ab-initio, hybrid and TDDFT numerical methods that can cope with ultra-fast dynamics in the electronic continuum of molecules, with an emphasis on unbound states in strong-fields and on the need to go beyond single-active-electron models to properly account for electron correlation. The course is directed to advanced master students, PhD students and young post-doctoral researchers in atomic and molecular physics, theoretical chemistry and applied mathematics, with an interest in developing new software for coherent control of electronic dynamics in systems of chemical interest.

The tutorial will be organized in 5 theoretical sessions and 4 practical sessions in the computer lab. Both theoretical and practical sessions will be of 4 hours. The school comprises four didactic blocks. The first block has an introductory character. It offers an overview of the field and a tutorial on strong field physics. The following three blocks focus on systems of increasing complexity and will be devoted to the description and use of new computational methods for fast time evolution in correlated systems in non-perturbative conditions (see description below). The school will end with a comprehensive overview of state-of-the-art results in attosecond pump-probe and strong field molecular science obtained with ab initio “exact” simulations in small systems, on the one side, and with TD-DFT effective-field simulations, capable of coping with larger systems, on the other side. The future perspectives, challenges and mutual interaction of these two complementary approaches will be discussed.

More information: https://www.cecam.org/workshop-1552.html