ESF Conference in Partnership with LFUI - Charge Transfer in Biosystems  

Modena - 17.07.2011 - 22.07.2011 ESF Conference in Partnership with LFUI - Charge Transfer in Biosystems

Chaired by: Rosa Di Felice CNR-NANO S3, Modena, IT; Yuri Berlin Northwestern University, Evanston, US & Marcus Elstner Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, DE
The Conference aims at bringing together scientists active world-wide in the theoretical and experimental investigation of charge transfer in biomolecules and complex systems that include a biological component (such as protein/surface and DNA/surface interfaces), to assess the state of the art in the field in terms of methods and knowledge.
We also aim at training young scientists who pursue a multidisciplinary career that bridges physics, chemistry, biology and engineering. Another expected outcome is the creation of new collaborations that potentially may open new research avenues and lead to expanding knowledge in the near future.
Charge transfer in biological molecules is a crucial issue for its implications in chemical reactions in living organisms and for the potential exploitation in nanotechnology. The measurement and theoretical description of the phenomena have been traditionally developed and carried out by the chemistry community, with typical instruments and tools. In the last couple of decades, with the advent of nanotechnology and the investigation of nucleic acids and proteins in this context, different communities have also come into play, notably physics and engineering. Therefore, new investigation methods have been prepared and applied, in both experiment and theory. The field is now mature to integrate the various approaches towards a consensus that would boost a deeper investigation of charge transfer in bio-systems in solution and interacting with solid materials, to gain new knowledge towards improving diagnostics and therapeutics on one hand and developing the next-generation nano scale electronic devices on the other hand.
Few events have so far occurred to bring together the various communities that can convoy their expertise to improve the understanding of charge transfer phenomena. Given the latest developments in theoretical methods and experiments, the proposed conference is quite timely and the originality that can emerge from mixing experiences is outstanding.
Invited speakers will include:
Jacqueline Barton Caltech, Pasadena, US; Jochen Blumberger University of Cambridge, UK; Krzysztof Bobrowski Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology, Warsaw, PL; Thomas Carell Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, DE; Giovanni Cuniberti Technical University of Dresden, DE; P. Leslie Dutton University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, US; Paolo Facci CNR-NANO-S3, Modena, IT; Torsten Fiebig ANSER, Northwestern University, Evanston, US; Francesco L. Gervasio Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncologicas, Madrid, ES; Ferdinand Grozema Delft University of Technology, NL; Joshua Jortner Tel Aviv University, IL; Rudy Marcus California Institute of Technology, US; Dimitra Markovitsi URA CEA-CNRS, Saclay, FR; Nicola Marzari University of Oxford, UK; Maria-Elisabeth Michel-Beyerle Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, SG; Agostino Migliore Tel Aviv University, IL; Abraham Nitzan Tel Aviv University, IL; Danny Porath Hebrew University of Jerusalem, IL; Mark Ratner Northwestern University, Evanston, US; Gary Schuster Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, US; Spiros Skourtis University of Cyprus, Nicosia, CY; Alessandro Troisi University of Warwick, Coventry, UK; Hans-Achim Wagenknecht University of Regensburg, DE.

How to participate?
The conference is open to scientists world-wide, whether from academia or industry. Attendance is possible only after successful application. A certain number of grants will be available for early-stage researchers to cover the conference fee and possibly part of the travel costs. Grant requests should be made by ticking appropriate field(s) in the paragraph "Grant application" of the *application form .

Closing date for applications: 14 April 2011.

ESF contact for further information: Victoria Ibbertson - **.


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