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Category : Conferences Group News

The 28th edition of the Austin Symposium on Molecular Structure and Dynamics took place in Dallas (USA) the days 17-20 February, chaired by Prof. Elfi Kraka (SMU). The conference permits the interaction between researchers and students working in structural chemistry, molecular spectroscopy, molecular dynamics and computational chemistry, establising bridges between experimentalists and theoreticians. Alberto Lesarri joined the conference with an invited talk entitled “Addressing non covalent interactions with broadband chirped-pulse microwave spectroscopy”.

INFRARED-JCyL infrastructure

Category : Group News

Our group received funding from the 2021 Call of Regional Infrastructure program sponsored by the Junta de Castilla y León FEDER, to acquire a chirped-pulse millimeter-wave Fourier transform spectrometer operanting in the W band (75-110 GHz). The instrument was installed in December 2022 and is now fully operational. This spectrometer is open to other groups in the region or at national or international level, permitting investigation on gas-phase molecules of structural, atmospheric or astrophysical interest.

J2IFAM 2023

Category : Conferences Group News

Our Ph.D. student Wenqin Li attended the XIV Conference of Young Researchers in Atomic and Molecular Physics, which took place in Madrid the days 1-3 February, 2023. The Conference is sponsored by the Group of Atomic and Molecular Physics (GEFAM) of the Spanish societies of Physics and Chemistry, and was oganized by an active group of young researchers from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. The conference had a very good attendance and will be organized in 2024 in Valencia.

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.