Molecular chirality from a physical and theoretical chemistry perspective
Location: CECAM-HQ-EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
The inherently interdisciplinary nature of the topic of the workshop ranges from nuclear to atomic and molecular science, and involves the relationship between structure and dynamics, being investigated by both the advanced techniques of spectroscopy and of chemical kinetics. These have been vigorously developed in these last few years along often separated lines of activity by physicists and chemists, and by both experimentalists and theoreticians. Encounters are encouraged where the diversity of approaches converge towards a unified characterization of the subject.
Key objectives of the workshop are:
1. assessment by leading experimentalists of current advances in laboratory and large scale facility synchrotron-based chirality studies, in order:
a) to set up and test in the laboratory promising laser techniques and other methods for aligning and orienting molecules in directed molecular beams (such as hexapolar electric fields or supersonic seeded expansions ) ;
b) to build up not only crucial experiments in the laboratory , but also to export alignment techniques to exploit powerful available light sources, such as those at Trieste Electra Synchrotron and at Paris Soleil;
2. development of theoretical and computational tools to devise and interpret experiments from quantum, classical, semiclassical and statistical nuclear, atomic and molecular physics, and from quantum chemistry ; specific areas of investigation will be
a) parity violation [4,5] ( see previous section);
b) role of intermolecular interactions in complexes and in hydrogen bonded aggregates of relevance for the chemistry of chiral recognition [6,7];
c) processes of chiral changes [8,9] induced by oriented molecular collisions and propagation of enantiomeric excess by autocatalysis  or other mechanisms.
d) Particular attention will be paid to numerical implementations.
Andrea Lombardi (University of Perugia) - Organiser & speaker
Federico Palazzetti (University of Perugia) - Organiser & speaker