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Knowledge on interactions between atoms and molecules is vital to our understanding of the  nanoworld, which includes everything from combustion to molecular biology. Such interactions are best deciphered by studying energy transfer in dynamical processes. This field has developed by studies of energy transfer of small molecules in the gas-phase.  The goal is to obtain an atomic scale understanding of dynamical events controlling complex physico-chemical phenomena.

The field of molecular energy transfer has grown out of the study of simple systems especially studies of small molecules in the gas-phase. Today, this field is striving toward a fundamental understanding of more complex problems like molecular interactions at surfaces, in the condensed phase, biological molecules and even technology applications. This field is characterized by advanced experimental tools and a highly sophisticated level of theoretical analysis. By comparing experiment and theory at the most fundamental possible level, we seek an atomic scale understanding of complex phenomena as informative and detailed as has been proven to be possible for gas-phase binary collisions. This dynamical approach to studying complex phenomena remains a grand scientific challenge.


Previous COMET Meetings with the organizer; in addition to these COMET meetings Gordon Research Conference Meetings were held in between the COMET Meetings.

Year Location Organizer
1971 Cambridge, UK Anthony Callear
1975 Loccum, Germany Peter Toennies
1979 Rodez, France Magdeleine Huetz-Aubert
1983 Cirencester, UK Anthony McCaffery
1987 Emmetten, Switzerland Martin Quack
1991 Nijmegen, Netherlands Jörg Reuss
1995 Kloster Banz, Germany Hans-Joachim Werner and Peter Andresen
1999 Assisi, Italy Antonio Laganà and Piergiorgio Casavecchia
2003 San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain Javier Aoiz, Luis Bañares and Miguel González
2007 Arcachon, France Michel Costes and Jean-Claude Rayez
2011 Oxford, UK Mark Brouard
2015 Chengdu, China  Aart Kleyn and Xueming Yang

Important Dates

September 1 2016
Abstract submission deadline for all abstract to be considered for hot topic talk

October 15 2016
Registration deadline, early bird fee applies

Deadline for the submission of poster abstracts

Post-deadline registration is possible as space allows, in this case a late fee of 100€ applies


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