Bunsentagung 2011

Bunsentagung 2011

"Analysis and Control of Ultrafast Photoinduced Reactions"

The German Bunsen Society of Physical Chemsitry is honoured to invite on the occasion of the

110th Bunsentagung (Annual German Conference on Physical Chemistry)

participants from EuChemMS member organisations to a special European EuCheMS Forum on Physical Chemistry


from June 2 - 4, 2011, at the Henry-Ford Bau at the Freien Universität Berlin


Main Topic: Analysis and Control of Ultrafast Photoinduced Reactions
with Industrial Symposium and Industrial Exhibition

The main topic of the Bunsentagung 2011 focuses on state-of-the-art research in the field of the analysis and control of photoinduced reactions, where recent advances in experiments and theory are discussed. This also includes recent developments on attosecond dynamics of electronically excited states, studies on matter under extreme conditions, and the use of ultrafast X-rays pulses from free electron lasers.

Ultrafast photoinduced processes are since decades subject of fundamental interest. This is accompanied by the fundamental question: How fast can be a chemical reaction? Further, it is of general importance, if chemical processes can be controlled by the influence of light. During the last decades numerous studies were focused on processes, reaching the femtosecond time regime or even below. Femtochemistry has been pioneered by A.H. Zewail, the Nobel laureate in 1999. This field has significantly developed, where experimental progress has been strongly promoted by the availability of short pulse lasers. Important work at the border between physics, chemistry, and life sciences has been pursued more recently, which includes simple test systems and complex molecular assemblies.

Novel developments in physical chemistry and physics using experiments and theory reach from the analysis to the control of ultrafast photoinduced processes, where the field of coherent control has grown significantly. Variations in shape of photon pulses are used in order to disturb the constellations of nuclei and electrons so that the processes can be efficiently controlled and unique product states are reached. This subject has been focus of the Collaborative Research Center 450 in Berlin (SFB 450), where the final colloquium of SFB 450 will be held at the Bunsentagung 2011.