Category Archives: Group News

Jose A. Fernandez talk

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Our research partner José Andrés Fernández gave an inspiring talk to Chemistry degree UVa students on non-covalent forces last March 18, 2016. The title of the talk was “Non-Covalent Interactions: How to Sink a Ship with a Piece of Ice“. José Andrés runs the laser spectroscopy and mass spectrometry lab at the University of the Basque country in Bilbao (UPV-EHU) and at the same time leads a team on MALDI imaging. Our collaboration in high resolution spectroscopy now spans more than 10 years and three national projects, bringing together rotational and double-resonance electronic and vibrational laser spectroscopies.



Caminati visit

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Walther Caminati visited the UVA the first week of December to discuss common research. Professor Caminati works at the Università di Bologna (Italy) and is author of more than 350 publications. He has explored multiple chemical problems using rotational spectroscopy, in particular molecules with large-amplitude tunnelling motions. He previously enjoyed a sabatic year at the UVa in 2005.


Prof. Caminati at the UVa last December 2015.

Grabow visit

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Jens-Uwe Grabow visited our lab the last weeks of November. Prof. Grabow (Uni. Hannover) is a world expert in rotational spectroscopy. Some of his interests include the relation between Spectroscopy and particle physics, large-amplitude motions, and new spectroscopy techniques. The visit continues a long-standing collaboration with the Hannover group.

Jens_visit2015Prof. Dr. Jens-Uwe Grabow at the Faculty of Sciences – UVa.

HRMS 2015

The XXIV Colloquium on High Resolution Molecular Spectroscopy (HRMS 2015) was organized in Dijon last August 23-28, 2015. Our group presented a poster on the conformational map of enflurane. Emilio Cocinero gave a plenary talk at the meeting. Next meeting in the HRMS series will be in Helsinki in 2017.

HRMS2015In the picture below part of the Spanish team at the HRMS 2015, including Dionisio Bermejo and José Luis Domenech (CSIC), Alberto (UVa) and María Eugenia Sanz (UCL, London).

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B. Sc. thesis – Patricia Monge

Congratulations to Patricia Monge, who passed her B. Sc. thesis last July 10! Patri analyzed the conformational preferences of two seven-membered rings (cycloheptene and cyanocycloheptane) and got a 8.5/10 qualification. Work on these molecules will continue in the next months in collaboration with the Grabow group in Hannover.


ISMB 2015

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The International Symposium on Molecular Beams (ISMB-2015, June 28 – July 3) was organized this year in the World-Heritage city of Segovia (Spain), chaired by Profs. Javier Aoiz and Luis Bañares (Universidad Complutense, Madrid). The meeting brought together about 90 researchers and had special sesions to honor the figures of Profs. Piero Casavecchia (Perugia) and Mike Ashfold (Bristol). Alberto gave a talk last July 2 on “Microwave Spectroscopy of Neutral Molecular Clusters“.

ISMB2015 group compressedGroup photo of ISMB-2015.

ismb2015Segovia. The city was first cited in a History book in 79 BC.


Jon Hougen visit

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Jon Hougen, emeritus researcher at NIST-Gaithersburg,visited Spain for a conference in Madrid. He later gave a talk at the University of the Basque Country on hybrid Hamiltonians for molecules with two simmultaneous large-amplitude motions last May 4th. The picture below shows Jon after is talk.

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Chemistry Olympics

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The Prize Session of the last regional Chemistry Olympics was held last April 10 at the main Hall of the Faculty of Sciences, organized by the Spanish Chemists’ Association (AQCYLANQUE). Alberto gave a talk on “Molecules and Symmetry” intended for the secondary-school students who participated in the competition. The talk is freely available. In the picture below we see the three winners, together with the Faculty Dean, University Rector and organizers.


16510642564_65f8f02eec_zIn the picture: Dean Fernando Villafañe (4th left), Rector Daniel Miguel (5th) and professors Marisol Vega, Alberto Lesarri and José Martín (right side).


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Montse Vallejo presented an oral communication at the VII Meeting of Young Researchers in Atomic & Molecular in Physics. The event was organized by the University of Jaen (March 18-20) and is a great opportunity for young Ph.D. and postdocs to meet and share research experiences (without their bosses…). The meeting was dedicated by Dr. Alberto Garcia-Vela, president of the GEFAM, the group of Atomic and Molecular Physics of the Spanish Societies of Chemistry (RSEQ) and Physics (RSEF). The local organizers of the meeting in Jaen are shown in the picture below.



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Alberto Lesarri gave an invited talk at the International Conference on Frontiers of Spectroscopy (ICFS2015), organized by the Physics Department of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU, Varanasi, India). The meeting marked the 75th anniversary of the Spectroscopy Laboratory at BHU. The University was founded in 1916 and comprises 4 Institutes, 14 Faculties and more than 140 Departments. BHU ranks first in research output (Scopus, WoS) among Indian Universities.

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