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XI SIJ – RSEQ-Sigma Aldrich

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The XI Symposium of Young Researchers of the Spanish Society of Chemistry and Sigma Aldrich was¬†organized¬†in Bilbao on November 4-7, 2014. The meeting brings together young Chemistry researchers, including also postdocs, ¬†Ph. D and M. Sc. students. Montse Vallejo and Elena Caballero presented an oral talk and a poster, respectively. The participation of 152 people was the largest in its history. Below Montse and Elena in front of Elena’s poster.

Congresos Jovenes RSEQ recortado


Montse’s Ph.D. dissertation

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Congratulations to Montserrat Vallejo-López, who passed her Ph.D. dissertation with top qualifications last September 26. The evaluation committee included J.-U. Grabow (Hannover), S. Melandri (Bologna), J. A. Fernández (Bilbao), J. L. Domenech (CSIC-Madrid) and S. Blanco (Valladolid). Montse spent the last four years here and left a great impression in the Department. Good luck for the future!

Tesis Montse IMAG1771

September Visits

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Prof. Jens-Uwe Grabow (Hannover) and Prof. Sonia Melandri (Bologna) visited our group the last week of September. Prof. Grabow gave a talk to Faculty, students and general public on September 23, in collaboration with the Physics section of the Faculty of Sciences. The talk (below) connected molecular rotation experiments with Astrochemistry and particle Physics.


HRMS2014 – Bologna success

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The High-Resolution Molecular Spectroscopy (HRMS2014) meeting in Bologna was a success, with more attendants than ever. Congratulations to Prof. Walther Caminati and his team for the organization of this event. Alberto Lesarri and gave a plenary talk on Friday 5 (below). Juan Carlos López, Montse Vallejo, Emilio Cocinero and Iciar Uriarte also gave talks. Iciar got one of the Pliva prizes to the best student presentation. Several other Spanish researchers attended the meeting. Next conference will be organized by Prof. Urban in Prague in 2016 (August 30th-September 3rd, 2016).


In the picture Alberto presents the outline of the talk. Below, from left to right: Emilio, Alberto and Juan Carlos.

HRMS2014 DSC_0403-2


B. Sc. Exams

Congratulations to Elena Caballero-Mancebo who passed her¬†B. Sc. dissertation last July 15th at the UVa Faculty of Sciences. Elena’s work was titled “Molecular Modelling and Rotational Spectroscopy¬†of Multiconformational Systems” and got a qualification of 9/10.


ISMS meeting

The International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy (ISMS), a landmark for the high-resolution Spectroscopy community, will move to Champaign-Urbana this year (June, 16-20). The meeting follows 68 succesful editions at the Ohio State University (Columbus, OH). Our group collaborates in five communications.

TOC caprolactone version 2

We show in the figure above two conformations observed for the floppy seven-membered ring of caprolactone.

Hannover time

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Montse Vallejo started a research visit to the group of Prof. Jens-Uwe Grabow at the Leibniz Universit√§t Hannover. Prof. Grabow’s research has impacted multiple¬†areas¬†in rotational spectroscopy and heads¬†one of the best European labs in this field.

The high-vacuum chamber of a broadband IMPACT-FTMW spectrometer in Hannover is shown below (the lab will be in a temporary location till 2015 because of building renovation).


Hamburg talk

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Alberto Lesarri visited the group of “Structure and Dynamics of Cold and Controlled Molecules” headed by Melanie Schnell at the¬†Max-Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter & Center for Free-Electron Laser Science in Hamburg for an invited talk. Melanie’s group recently published chirality detection using MW spectroscopy in Nature and Angewandte Chemie.


J2IFAM meeting

The VI Meeting of Young Researchers in Atomic and Molecular Physics (J2IFAM) will take place in Bilbao along the dates 22-24 January 2014. The J2IFAM meeting is a good opportunity to bring together Ph.D. students and young researchers. From our group Montse Vallejo will be presenting an oral talk.



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José Andrés Fernández and Alberto Lesarri were giving talks at the meeting of the Molecular Physics Division (GEFAM) of the Spanish Chemical Society. In the picture Jose addresses his talk.