Opportunities, Challenges in Observing Chemical Reactions in Real Time
Stanford PULSE InstituteThe Jan. 28 SLAC Colloquium will feature Kelly Gaffney of the Stanford PULSE Institute, a SLAC/Stanford research center, who will discuss the opportunities and challenges inherent in developing real-time observation of chemical reactions. His talk begins at 4:15 p.m. in Panofsky Auditorium, with refreshments served beforehand at 3:45 p.m. One of the core objectives of chemistry is the efficient and selective synthesis of novel materials. While intuition and serendipity have played a key role in chemical synthesis, predicting and, ideally, controlling chemical reactivity is a critical objective of much research in the chemical sciences. An assistant professor of photon science at SLAC, Gaffney will present a personal account of key challenges and opportunities for increasing understanding of chemical reactivity through real-time observation of chemical reaction dynamics. He will discuss these issues in the context of two case studies: one focused on thermally driven hydrogen bond making and breaking in aqueous solutions, and the other on the dynamics of electronic excited states in model photocatalytic materials.