Summer School

Spectroscopy and Electronic Structure of Transition Metal Complexes

Wissenschaftspark Gelsenkirchen, Germany

The combination of spectroscopic techniques with quantum chemistry and high-level computation is a fundamental component of modern molecular sciences. This powerful synergy drives cutting-edge research in fields ranging from inorganic chemistry to biochemistry and from catalysis to energy research. The summer school focuses particularly on how this combination is used in transition metal chemistry. Its goal is to provide young scientists with the fundamental knowledge and practical skills required to achieve this synergy in their own work.

The school is addressed to graduate students, post-doctoral scientists, and researchers who want to understand how molecular theory and spectroscopy relate, who wish to enrich their studies, or who plan to expand their research into new challenging directions. The format of the school is equally appropriate for experimentalists who wish to incorporate theoretical input in their own research, and for participants who already have a background in computational chemistry and wish to learn how theory is used for predicting spectroscopic properties.

The Summer School on Spectroscopy and Electronic Structure of Transition Metal Complexes is jointly organized by the Mülheim Max-Planck Institutes (MPI für Chemische Energiekonversion and MPI für Kohlenforschung). It follows on a series of highly popular and successful past editions and is scheduled for September 29th to October 4th 2019. It will take place at the Science Park (Wissenschaftspark) of Gelsenkirchen, Germany.


The summer school will consist of morning lectures by top researchers on various types of spectroscopy (EPR, UV/Vis, IR/Raman, XAS/XES, Mössbauer, etc), as well as on introductory aspects of theoretical chemistry, ligand field theory and magnetism. Lectures are followed in the afternoon by practical sessions with hands-on computational exercises.

Depending on individual interests, the participants may choose to attend optional special interest lectures on selected advanced topics of spectroscopic or computational techniques. A poster session will give the opportunity to discuss current research with the lecturers and other participants in the context of the summer school.


Organizers: Dimitrios A. Pantazis, Serena DeBeer, Frank Neese

Contact: Esther Schlamann / info[a], +49 (0)208 306-3743

This Summer School is part of the International Max Planck Research School on Reactive Structure Analysis for Chemical Reactions (IMPRS-RECHARGE).

Supported by

With the kind support of the Editorial Board of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) of the Royal Society of Chemistry