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Monday 24 July

Room Plenary Hall 2-3
08:30 8.30am: Opening Ceremony
Dr Alan Finkel
Chief Scientist, Australia
09:15 9.15am: Plenary
Professor Andrew B. Holmes
Australian Academy of Science, Australia
5 mins travel time
Room Room 212
  Biophysical chemistry I
Chair: Toby Bell
10:20 Physical Chemistry Division Opening Ceremony
10:30 Super-resolution microscopy coming of age: from concepts to biomedical applications
Markus Sauer
11:00 Morning tea (25 mins)
  Biophysical chemistry I
Chair: Donna Whelan
11:25 Nano-IR spectroscopy and imaging of malaria infected red blood cells 
Donald McNaughton
11:45 Nano-sponge for active-targeting anti-cancer drug delivery
Tomoko Inose
12:00 Activation of Cytokine Receptors: Turning on Micromachines
Alan Mark
12:15 Design of Collagen-Mimetic Peptides to Fold AAB-Type Collagen Heterotrimers
Jia-cherng Horng
12:30 The Role Of Exciton Coupling In MCD of Light-Harvesting Complexes
Robin Purchase
12:45 Synthesis of Selective and Perdeuterated Phospholipids for Neutron Studies
Nageshwar Rao Yepuri
13:00 Lunch (60 mins)
  Computational & theoretical I
Chair: Meredith Jordan
14:00 A tale of three structures: the effect of starting structure and forcefield on membrane protein dynamics
Megan O'Mara
14:30 Application of Halogen Bonding to Catalysis and Supramolecular Chemistry
Richard M.W Wong
14:45 Energetics of akamptisomerisation: the last fundamental type of conformational isomerism
Jeffrey Reimers
15:00 Dissipation and the properties of nonequilibrium systems
Debra Bernhardt
15:15 Ferrotoroidic Ground State in a Heterometallic CrDy6 Molecular Magnet
Alessandro Soncini
15:30 Coffee break (25 mins)
  Nanomaterials & clusters I
Chair: Terry Frankcombe
15:55 A new perspective on nanoscale dynamics with ultrasensitive optical microscopy
Philipp Kukura
16:25 Singlet Fission of TIPS-Pentacene in a Host Polymer Matrix
Tak Kee
16:40 Bio-inspired superhydrophobic and superhydrophilic surfaces
Ziqi Sun
5 mins travel time
Room Plenary Hall 2-3
17:00 5pm: Plenary 
Professor Molly Stevens 
Imperial College of London, UK

Tuesday 25 July

Room Plenary Hall 2-3
08:30 8.30am: Plenary
Professor Frances Arnold
Californian Institute of Technology, USA
5 mins travel time
Room Room 212
  Atmospheric chemistry
Chair: Scott Kable
09:35 Exploring spectral signatures of hydrogen-bonding: Vibrational spectroscopy of solvated ions
Anne McCoy
10:05 Aliphatic Aldehydes as Photolytic Sources of H2 in the Atmosphere
Aaron Harrison
10:20 Morning tea (30 mins)
10:45 Measurements of radicals in the atmosphere and comparison with models
Dwayne Heard
11:05 Direct Interrogating a Key Intermediate in Combustion and Tropospheric Autoxidation
David Osborn
11:25 Products of Reactions of Carbonyl Oxides
Craig Taatjes
11:45 Laboratory Studies of Trans-Neptunian Ices and Aerosols
Courtney Ennis
12:00 Lunch (60 mins)
Physical Chemistry Division Meeting during lunch break
  Charge & electron transfer I
Chair: Alison Funston
13:00 Hot Carrier Extraction with Plasmonic Broadband Absorbers
Daniel Gomez
13:20 Aggregation Enhanced Two-photon Photoluminescence of Metal Nanoparticles
Qing-Hua Xu
13:40 Assembly of Gold Nanoparticle Tetrahedra Using DNA Scaffolds
Laurent Lermusiaux
13:55 Gating Electron Transfer in Peptides Towards Molecular Switches
Jingxan Yu
14:10 Vacuum Rabi Chemistry
James Hutchison
14:25 Organic Solar Cells: Entropy, Disorder And Delocalisation Enable Charge Separation
Samantha Hood
14:55 Coffee break (25 mins)
  Spectroscopy & dynamics I
Chair: Don McNaughton
15:25 Photodissociation, photoinduced ring opening and dissociative electron attachment
Michael Ashfold
15:55 Sub-Doppler Two-Photon-Excitation Spectroscopy of Atomic And Molecular Rydberg States
Brian Orr
16:10 Vibrational spectroscopy: catching hydrogen bonds infra red-handed
Evan Robertson
16:25 Orientation and Surface Dynamics of Organic Adsorbates on Amorphous Silica
Junming Ho
16:40 Exploring the electronic structure of 'mixed-valence' buta-1,3-diyn-1,4-diyl complexes
Paul Low
5 mins travel time
Room Plenary Hall 2-3
8:30 5pm: Plenary 
Dr Laura Kiessling 
University of Wisconsin, USA

Wednesday 26 July

Room Plenary Hall 2-3
08:30 8.30am: Plenary
Professor Ada E. Yonath
Helen and Milton A. Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Structure, Israel
5 mins travel time
Room Room 212
Gas phase chemistry
Chair: Tak Kee
09:35 Role of the hydrogen transfer in the excited state dynamics of protonated molecules
Christophe Jouvet
10:05 Experimental Evidence For SOMO-HOMO Conversion In Distonic Radical Anions
Berwyck Poad
10:20 Morning tea (30 mins)
10:45 Probing the gas phase structure of ionised lipids
Stephen Blanksby
11:05 Mechanism and Control of the Selective Fragmentation of Protein Ions
W. Alexander Donald
11:25 Photodissociation action spectroscopy of protonated N-containing aromatic ions
Adam Trevitt
11:40 Protomer-specific photochemistry using tandem ion mobility mass spectrometry
James Bull
11:55 Multi-mass velocity-map imaging the UV photodissociation+VUV dissociative ionisation of 2-bromothiophene
Christopher Hansen
12:10 Lunch (50 mins)
Biophysical chemistry II
Chair: Sarah Masters
13:00 Protein structure and dynamics through the lens of solid-state NMR
Józef Lewandowski
13:30 A chemist's approach to single molecule super resolution microscopy
Donna Whelan
13:50 Plasmonic endoscopy toward single cell interrogation
Hiroshi Uji-i
14:10 Cis resveratrol optical chirality: Towards optical detection of stress response
Seth Olsen
14:25 Generalising Marcus-Hush Theory to the Transfer of Delocalised Charges
Ivan Kassal
14:40 The entropic effect of disordered linkers in allosteric regulation
Maodong Li
15:10 Tea Break
Computational & theoretical II
Chair: Debra Bernhardt
15:25 Application of spin-ratio scaled MP2 method for studying intermolecular interactions
Ekaterina Pas
15:45 Predicting the emission efficiency of light-emitting complexes in OLEDs
Xiuwen Zhou
16:00 Efficient Potential Energy Operators in Quantum Simulations
Terry Frankcombe
16:20 Molecular Dynamics Study of Ferrocene
Feng Wang
16:35 Molecular Dynamics Study of Hydrophilic Monomers in Aqueous Solution
Erica Smith
16:50 Thermal dissociation of dibenzylsulfone to give benzyl radical
Sarah Masters
17:10 Modeling Surface Motion in Gas-Surface Systems
Alberto Pablo Sanchez Muzas
17:25 Solving the Redundant Coordinate Problem
Meredith Jordan
17:40 Prediction for anisotropic carrier mobility of tilted Dirac cones
Ting Cheng

Thursday 27 July

Room Plenary Hall 2-3
08:30 8.30am: Plenary
Professor Oliver Einsle
Spemann Graduate School of Biology and Medicine Freiburg, Germany
5 mins travel time
Room Room 212
Condensed matter
Chair: Ken Ghiggino
09:35 One-Electron Oxidation of DNA-Guanine Followed by Deprotonation: Structure-Dependent Reaction Pathways
Hongmei Su
10:05 The Stability and Negative Thermal Expansion of Ice VI/2
Lukman Hakim
10:20 Morning tea (25 mins)
10:45 The Workman–Reynolds "Freezing Potential": The inherent Physical Process
Anthony Haymet
11:00 Controlling And Preventing Oxidation Of Silicene Nanosheets
Michelle Spencer
11:15 Structural Investigations of Ionic Liquid Mixtures
Cameron Weber
11:30 THz/Far-IR condensed-phase capabilities & applications at the Australian Synchrotron
Dom Appadoo
11:45 Effects Of Temperature On Soil Water Repellence: MD And Experiment
David Henry
12:00 Lunch (60 mins)
ECR session
Chair: Adam Trevitt
13:00 The RACI Physical Chemistry Division: Early Days
Brian Orr
13:25 Experimental Replication of Titan's Cyanide Haze Atmosphere
Rebecca Auchettl
13:40 Exciton polaritons in organic molecular crystals
Girish Lakhwani
14:00 Intersystem Crossing is Important in Small Carbonyl Systems
Maggie Corrigan
14:15 Double-hybrid density functionals: is there anything new to tell?
Lars Goerigk
14:35 NOO Peroxy Radical Discovered in the Photoelectron Spectrum of NO2-
Benjamin Laws
14:50 Symmetry breaking, AgNO3, and Aspect Ratio in Gold Nanorod Growth
Wenming Tong
15:05 Coffee break (25 mins)
Nanomaterials & clusters II
Chair: Tim Schmidt
15:30 Precision Synthesis and Catalysis of Coinage Metal Clusters
Tatsuya Tskuda
16:00 Metal Clusters in Photocatalysis
Gregory Metha
16:20 Ordered Mesoporous Carbon Confined Gold Nanocatalyst
Ying Wan
16:40 Novel 2D Graphene-like Membranes for Energy Applications
Marlies Hankel
5 mins travel time
Room Plenary Hall 2-3
8:30 5pm: Plenary 
Dr Alexander Makarov 
Thermo Fisher Scientific Bremen, Germany


Room Plenary Hall 2-3
08:30 8.30am: Plenary
Professor Nieng Yan
Tsinghua University, China
5 mins travel time
Room Room 212
Spectroscopy & dynamics II
Chair: Greg Metha
09:35 New Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy methods to characterise the dynamics of protein side chains and ions by NMR spectroscopy
Flemming Hansen
10:05 Probing Roaming Dynamics in H2CO by Imaging the H2 Fragment
Scott Kable
10:20 Morning tea (30 mins)
10:45 Do We Understand How Molecules Change Their Configuration?
Warren Lawrence
11:05 Singlet Fission and Triplet Fusion for Solar Energy Conversion
Timothy Schmidt
11:25 Sensitizing Triplets with Metalloporphyrins and Metalloidoporphyrins
Laszlo Frazer
11:40 Probing Carbohydrate Structure With Raman Optical Activity (ROA)
Ewan Blanch
11:55 Room-temperature ESR spectroscopy of an efficient intramolecular singlet fission compound
Amir Asadpoorda
12:10 Lunch (50 mins)
Computational & theoretical III
Chair: Ekaterina Pas
13:00 Designing Superatomic Assemblies
Nicola Gaston
13:30 Gold-Catalysed Reactions of C-C Multiple Bonds
Brian Yates
13:45 Benchmark Calculations of Ligand-stabilised C2 Complexes
David Wilson
14:00 Solvent effects on the excited state characteristics of adenine-thymine base-pairs
Saumitra Saha
14:15 Predicting pKa – beyond small, rigid molecules
Naomi Haworth
14:30 Quantum molecular dynamics for multidimensional systems by BEL MCG
Tatsuhiro Murakami
14:45 vdW forces in nanosystems: new solutions to a sticky problem
Timothy Gould
15:00 Coffee break (25 mins)
Charge & electron transfer II
Chair: Toby Bell
15:25 Three-Dimensional Tuning of the Near-Field in Coupled Metal Nanostructures
Alison Funston
15:45 Charge transfer contributions to halogen bonding: implications for reactivity
Pierre Kennepohl
16:05 Charge Carriers Generated by Optically Pumping Excitons in P3HT Aggregate
Patrick Tapping
16:20 Ultrafast Spectroscopy of Charge Generation in Organic Photovoltaic Materials
Ken Ghiggino
16:40 Physical Chemistry Division Closing Ceremony
5 mins travel time
Room Plenary Hall 2-3
17:00 5pm: Plenary 
Professor Robert Grubbs
Californian Institute of Technology, USA