Category Archives: Group News

Dissertation of Rizalina T. Saragi

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Rizalina Tama Saragi passed her doctoral dissertation last March, 11, 2022, following an stay in our lab which started at the end of 2017. The evaluation committee included Melanie Schnell (Kiel + DESY), Luca Evangelisti (Bologna) and Emilio Cocinero (Bilbao). Rizalina will start a postdoc later this year.

Rizalina after the dissertation with a nice bunch of flowers

Dissertation of Marcos Juanes

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Marcos Juanes passed his dissertation on September, 2, 2022. The committee members included (left to right in the picture): Pascal Dréan (Lille), Jens-Uwe Grabow (Hannover) and José Andrés Fernández (Bilbao). Marcos started later a postdoc stay at the Institut of Ion Physics and Applied Physics of the University of Innsbruck.

Marcos chose a bow tie for his dissertation.


Alberto Lesarri gave a plenary talk at the Spectroscopy and Dynamics of Molecules and Clusters (SDMC-2020) Conference, which took place the last February 20-23 in Kumbhalgarh (Rajasthan, India). The Conference was jointly organized by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT, Jodhpur), Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS, Pilani), Malaviya National Institute of Technology (Jaipur), Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (Pune), and National Chemical Laboratory (Pune). The Conference was very dynamical, providing a great opportunity for scientific exchange. This was the first and probably the last Conference this year following the COVID-19 outbreak.

Summer conferences

Our group participated in several conferences this Summer. Marcos Juanes attended the 74 International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy (ISMS) at the University of Illinois last June 17-21, presenting three oral talks. Alberto Lesarri gave oral talks at the 18 European Symposium on Gas-Phase Electron Diffraction (ESGED18) in Hirschegg (Austria), the Iberian Joint Meeting on Atomic and Molecular Physics (IBER2019) in Évora (Portugal) and the XXXVII Biannual Meeting of the Spanish Physics Society (Bienal Física 2019) in Zaragoza (Spain).

In the picture above Alberto talks at the IBER2019 in Portugal

The IBER2019 conference is the biannual meeting of the Portuguese (SPF) and Spanish (RSEF) Physics Society. The event is coorganized by the SPF and the Division of Atomic and Molecular Physics (GEFAM) of the RSEF. This year the event remembered the GEFAM founder Prof. Gerardo Delgado-Barrio (CSIC), who passed away in 2018.

Project meeting

Category : Group News University

The team of our national project, including researchers from the Universities of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), La Rioja (UR) and Valladolid (UVa) met in Logrono last January 18 to follow the research results. A new project for the period 2019-21 has been proposed.

In the picture, from left to right: Marcos Juanes, Iker Lamas, Rizalina T. Saragi, Ander Camiruaga, Judith Millán, José A. Fernández, Alberto Lesarri, Rodrigo Martínez and Asier Longarte.

CPC cover

An investigation on diphenyl disulfide has been highlighted in the cover of CPC. This collaboration with Jean Demaison and Natalja Vogt uses a combination of supersonic jet experimental data and high-level ab initio calculations for the precise determination of the equilibrium molecular structure. The cover features the biologically and industrially important disulfide bridge.

September visits

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Following the 25th Conference on High Resolution Molecular Spectroscopy we received some visits at the lab. Prof. Pascal Dréan (PhLAM, Univ. Lille) and his Ph.D. student Mhamad Chrayteh visited the lab last September 10th. Later that week we welcomed Prof. Yasuki Endo (NCTU, Taiwan) and Dr. Cabezas (NCTU, now at the CSIC, Madrid).

In the picture below Marcos Juanes, Rizalina T. Saragi, Yasuki Endo, Carlos Cabezas and Alberto Lesarri.

Below, Rizalina, Marcos and Alberto with Pascal Dréan and Mhamad Chrayteh at the historial library of the UVa.


Category : Conferences Group News

Our group organized the last 25th International Conference on High Resolution Molecular Spectroscopy in collaboration with the University of the Basque Country. The Conference gathered about 270 participants and six companies, combining 126 oral talks and posters. Marcos Juanes and Rizalina Tama Saragi presented two oral talks and two posters. The conference included a talk by the Nobel laureate Dudley Herschbach, who received the “Miguel Catalán” medal of the Group of Atomic and Molecular Physics (GEFAM) of the Spanish Chemistry (RSEQ) and Physics (RSEF) societies. The next Conference will be organized in Prague in 2020.

Marcos Juanes in the “Science Saloon” talking with Prof. Herschbach.

Rizalina T. Saragi and Prof. Herschbach.

Alberto Lesarri, Emilio J. Cocinero, Dudley Herschbach, Jens-Uwe Grabow and José A. Fernández following the award of the Catalán medal to Prof. Herschbach.


Category : Conferences Group News

Marcos Juanes attended the last International Symposium in Molecular Spectroscopy, which was organized by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Marcos presented two oral communications during the conference on the dimers of cyclohexanol and thenyl and furfuryl alcohol.


Bunsentagung 2018

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Marcos Juanes and Alberto Lesarri attended last May 10-12 the 117th Bunsentagung 2018 in Hannover, the annual conference of the Deutsche Bunsen-Gesellschaft or Bunsen society of Physical Chemistry. The Conference has been running since 1894. Alberto gave a hot topic talk and Marcos presented two posters. Several contributions to the Conference appeared in a special themed issue of PCCP “Kinetics in the real world“. The opening conference talk by Prof. James G. Anderson, with dramatic data on climate change and human health is freely available from PCCP.