Confirmed Invited Speakers
*Sorted alphaetically by surname


Ebru Çubuk Demiralay - Suleyman Demirel University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Chemistry, Turkiye
Talk title: “Influence of the organic solvent on the dissociation constants of the drug substance”



Rui Fausto - French National Centre for Scientific Research | CNRS, France
Talk title: “Infrared-Induced Chemistry: From Changes in Molecular Shape to Chemical Reactions and Unusual Crystals”

Rui Fausto is professor of Chemistry and Director of the Coimbra Chemistry Research Centre at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. His research interests range from spectroscopy and solid-state photochemistry to chemical imaging, and theoretical and computational chemistry. He has published over 360 scientific articles and published or edited several books, being the main editor of the Journal of Molecular Structure and member of the editorial boards of several other important scientific journals. Along his career, Rui Fausto has occupied many different positions in the administration of the University of Coimbra, including the presidency of the Chemistry Department and the vice-presidency of the Sciences and Technology Faculty. He has been evaluator for many international Science funding agencies (e.g., NSF-USA, the European Research Council). Rui Fausto was awarded several merit prizes. He is member of the European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities (Paris), of several international scientific societies, and coordinator of the Education Committee of the International Observatory of Human Rights.

Infrared-Induced Chemistry: From Changes in Molecular Shape to Chemical Reactions and Unusual Crystals
R. Fausto
CQC, Department of Chemistry, University of Coimbra, Portugal

The investigation of infrared-induced chemical is a recent field of research, though its roots may be traced back to the 1963 historical paper by Hall and Pimentel [1], where the relative populations of the two conformers of matrix-isolated nitrous acid could be varied by in situ IR broadband irradiation. Because of lack of efficient selectivity, however, this type of chemistry did not collect, at that time, too much interest among the scientific community. Only 34 years later, the subject gained importance, when high-selectivity in controlling the chemical reactions could be achieved by introduction of narrowband IR excitation [2,3]. Since then, IR-induced chemistry has been developing and, nowadays, it can be used to control the molecular conformation with both high selectivity and efficiency. Furthermore, more recently IR excitation has also been shown to be usable to induce (or facilitate) other types of chemistry [4,5]. the Laboratory for Cryospectroscopy and Biospectroscopy of the University of Coimbra (CQC – Department of Chemistry) has been pioneering this type of investigations, and in this talk I will present a summary of some of our most relevant achievements in the field:

  • Efficient control of the molecular conformations by means of narrowband tunable IR excitation, including the generation of rare, elusive conformers otherwise inaccessible to experimentation;
  • Application of the research strategy to more complex systems, like dimers;
  • Controlling the conformation of selected fragments in a molecule by vibrationally exciting remotely located in space antennas;
  • Using vibrational excitation to facilitate tunneling reactions, including processes involving cleavage of chemical bonds;
  • Generation of novel high-energy crystals built from high-energy conformers.


  • R. T. Hall and G. C. Pimentel, J. Chem. Phys., 38, 1889 (1963).
  • M. Pettersson, J. Lundell, L. Khriachtchev and M. Räsänen, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 119, 11715 (1997).
  • E. M. S. Maçôas, L. Khriachtchev, M. Pettersson, R. Fausto and M. Räsänen, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 125, 16188 (2003).
  • C. M. Nunes, I. Reva, S. Kozuch, R. J. McMahon and R. Fausto, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 139, 17649 (2017).
  • A. J. Lopes Jesus, C. M. Nunes, R. Fausto and I. Reva, Chem. Comm., 54, 4778 (2018).

Acknowledgements: This investigation has been performed within the Project PTDC/QEQ-QFI/3284/2014 – POCI-01-0145-FEDER-016617, funded by the Portuguese “Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia” (FCT) and FEDER/COMPETE 2020-EU. The Coimbra Chemistry Centre (CQC) is supported by FCT, through the project UI0313/QUI/2013, also co-funded by FEDER/COMPETE 2020-EU.


Prof. Nadia Rega, Ph.D. - Department of Chemical Sciences University of Napoli, Napoli, Italy
Talk title: “Time resolved spectroscopy simulated through ab-initio molecular dynamics”



Assoc. Prof. Dr. Onder Metin - Koc University, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Turkiye
Talk title: “Nanocatalysis: A key for the development of sustainable organic synthesis methodologies and efficient energy systems ”

Talk title: Nanocatalysis: A key for the development of sustainable organic synthesis methodologies and efficient energy systems 

Erwan-Nicolas Paineau-Lanone - French National Centre for Scientific Research | CNRS, France
Talk title: “Synthetic imogolite nanotubes: a flexible building block with multipurpose applications”


Prof. Julia Perez Prieto - Institute of Molecular Science University of Valencia, Spain
Talk title: “Gold Nanomaterials as Colorimetric and Luminescent Sensors”

Talk title: Gold Nanomaterials as Colorimetric and Luminescent Sensors

Andrei Rotaru - University of Craiova & INFLPR-National Institute for Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Romania
Talk title: “Thermokinetic and (micro)structural study of various types of
ligno-cellulosic materials”


Stefano Sacanna  - Professor of Chemistry, New York University,USA
Talk title: “Programmable Matter: a modular approach to the design of microstructured materials. 

Traditionally, a chemist’s task has been to characterize and manipulate atomic and molecular building blocks. On the micron scale, however, we have the opportunity to design altogether new, colloidal, building blocks from the bottom up. This vast synthetic freedom translates into a world of assembly possibilities because while there are a set few atomic units, the colloidal periodic table is seemingly infinite. An enormous research effort is currently taking place to develop heuristics for generating three-dimensional architecture from ”soups” of intelligently designed colloids so that future materials can be imbued with intricate microscale detail.

In this talk, I will present new methods for shaping, programming and assembling matter at the nano- and micron-scale.  A particular emphasis will be given to colloidal fluids of patchy, shape-changing and active particles. 




Abstract Submission Start
March 1, 2019
Abstract Submission Deadline
October 13, 2019
Early Bird Registration
October 13, 2019
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