First Online Summer School on Solvation Science

Traditionally, the iGSS Summer School takes place at the Ruhr-University Bochum. In 2021, the event took take place virtually via and Zoom. We encourage keen and motivated Master and PhD students with an interest in Solvation Science to apply for a place at our Summer School.




Lecture Series May 25th-26th, 2021

We are pleased to welcome internationally renowned speakers in the field of Solvation Science to give keynote talks on their research during the Lecture Series on the 25th and 26th of May. The session topics for 2021 are "Ultrafast Spectroscopic Methods to Investigate Solvation Dynamics" and "Solvation of Electron-rich and Electron-deficient Compounds".

The Lecture Series is organized and chaired by members of our Graduate School and Early Career Researchers . Students are encouraged to continue the conversation throughout the week.


Summer school Poster

Solvation of electron-rich and electron-deficient compounds

Name Affiliation Talk Title Schedule
Viktoria Däschlein-Gessner RUB, GER Metallated Ylides: Powerful Reagents for the Stabilization of Cationic Main Group Compounds Tuesday     14:15 - 15:15
Holger Braunschweig Universität Würzburg, GER Borametallomimectics - Activation of Small Molecules by Low-valent Boron Species Wednesday 11:30 - 12:30
Gerhard Erker Universität Münster, GER Frustrated Lewis Pair Chemistry: Searching for New Reactions Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00
Dietmar Stalke Universität Göttingen, GER Is the solid state structure of any help to determine the structure in solution? Wednesday  9:15 - 10:00
Jeehiun Lee Rutgers University, NJ, USA Understanding Solvation through Gas Phase Studies Tuesday      16:45 - 17:45
Robert Mulvey University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK Alkali Metal Mediation in Synthesis and Catalysis Tuesday      15:15 - 16:15

Ultrafast Spectroscopic Methods to Investigate solvation dynamics

Name Affiliation Talk Title Schedule
Sascha Schäfer Universität Oldenburg, GER Imaging ultrafast dynamics by time-resolved transmission electron microscopy Tuesday               9:15 - 10:15
Ellen Backus University of Vienna, AU Interfacial vibrational dynamics of soft matter probed with time-resolved sum frequency generation spectroscopy Tuesday             10:45 - 11:45
Malte Oppermann École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, CH

A new twist for ultrafast optical spectroscopy: Using molecular chirality to track structural dynamics in solution

Tuesday             11:45 - 12:45
Jochen Küpper DESY Hamburg, GER Unraveling ultrafast dynamics of microsolvated molecules Wednesday        14:00 - 15:00
Tanja Cuk University of Colorado Boulder, USA Resolving a catalytic mechanism at an electrode surface with high time resolution: Experimental identification of theoretical descriptors Wednesday        16:30 - 17:30
Foivos Perakis University of Stockholm, SE Structural dynamics of supercooled water and aqueous solutions using coherent x-ray scattering Wednesday        15:00 - 16:00