Physical, Theoretical & Computational

Recent Progress in Matrix Isolated Species (#199)

Matrix isolation spectroscopy (MIS) is an experimental technique used by chemists and physicists for more than half a century to trap normally short-lived chemical species in an inert, weakly perturbing matrix. The enduring feature of MIS stems from its unique ability to synthesize and characterize chemical species (radicals and ions, weakly bound molecules, and high energy conformers) that are not accessible by other routes. This has provided tremendous insight into the chemical bonding, intermolecular forces, and reactivity of species spanning the entire periodic table. However, MIS continues to expand by adapting to new areas of interest and by attracting both new and established researchers. This symposium will serve as a forum for researchers with interests in the physics and chemistry of MIS to meet and exchange ideas in an effort to foster new international collaborations between Pacific Rim countries. This symposium will feature current “hot topic” areas in MIS such as (1) the application of quantum matrix hosts such as solid parahydrogen and superfluid helium nanodroplets, (2) tunneling-driven chemistry of radicals and ions under low temperature conditions, (3) laboratory searches for important species in interstellar space and the atmosphere, and (4) the low temperature spectroscopy of increasingly complex bio-related molecules.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015