Physical, Theoretical & Computational

Fundamental Science of Photon and Electron Induced Surface Processes (#228)

Photon and electron interactions with solid surfaces play important roles in the activation and probing of surface chemical structure and reaction dynamics on the femtosecond temporal and atomic spatial scales. The fundamental forces triggered by interfacial electron transfer for molecule covered solid surfaces can provoke chemical processes that occur on femtosecond time scales. The strong coupling of the electronic and nuclear degrees of freedom upon stimulation of an interface by light or electrons present significant challenges to both experiment and theory to describe the electronically excited states and their evolution into products. A fundamental understanding of photon and electron stimulated surface dynamics is essential for the understanding of practical surface processes of substantial societal impact such as photocatalysis, photovoltaic energy conversion, CO2 capture and storage, molecular electronics, molecular machines, nanomedicine, etc. The symposium will focus on the topical areas of surface femtochemistry, surface electronic and vibrational spectroscopy, single molecule spectroscopy and chemistry, electronic structure and dynamics theory, plasmon-enhanced chemistry, and the fundamental processes in photocatalysis. The symposium will focus on experimental and theoretical studies of dynamical interfacial processes at the limits of the molecular spatial and temporal resolution. Congruent with the Pacifichem 2015 theme, the symposium will bring together the core two previous NEDO (New Energy Development Organization of Japan) sponsored international research collaborations with the intent of seeding new collaborations on the fundamental science of interfacial dynamical processes for advanced technological applications for sustainable generation of clean energy.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015