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Workshop on Excitons in Natural and Manmade Materials - Program

Sunday 17/2
Nonadiabatic Dynamics
Chair: Roi Baer
11:00 11:10 Sanford Ruhman Opening Remarks
11:10 11:50 Eberhard Gross MPI Halle, Germany What's the correct classical force on the nuclei: A fresh look at potential energy surfaces and Berry phases in the time domain
11:50 12:30 Siva Umapathy Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India Frequency and time-resolved resonance Raman approaches to understanding conical intersections: examples and potential experiments
12:30 13:10 Giulio Cerullo Politecnico di Milano, Italy Real-time wavepacket dynamics through a conical intersection: the primary event of vision
13:10 14:40 Lunch
14:40 15:20 Wolfgang Domcke Technische Univ. Munchen, Germany Computational studies of the photoinduced homolytic dissociation of water in hydrogen-bonded chromophore-water complexes
15:20 16:00 Bern Kohler Montana State University, USA Unraveling excited state localization and decay in single- and double-stranded nucleic acids
16:00 16:40 Alan Aspuru Guzik Harvard University, Massachussettes, USA Towards the happy marriage of correlated electronic structure and open quantum systems theory: The correlated polaron theory
16:40 17:00 Coffee
Magnetoreception and Avian Navigation
Chair: Roi Baer
17:00 17:40 Abraham Nitzan Tel Aviv University, Israel Excitonic effects in molecular electronics and molecular plasmonics
17:40 18:20 Kiminori Maeda University of Oxford, UK Magnetically sensitive light-induced reactions in cryptochromes
18:20 19:00 Thorsten Ritz UC Irvine TBA
19:00 20:30 Dinner
20:30 22:30 Poster session

Monday 18/2
Natural photoreceptors I
Chair: Micha Asscher
08:30 09:10 Joachim Heberle Frei Universität, Berlin, Germany The good vibrations of membrane protein action
09:10 09:50 MordechaiSheves Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovoth, Israel Light-induced activation mechanism of retinal proteins
09:50 10:05 Gil Toker Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel Dramatically enhanced photo induced processes within porous silicon
10:05 10:25 Coffee
10:25 11:05 Marco Garavelli Universita di Bologna, Bologna, Italy Photoinduced events in retinal systems: a computational perspective
11:05 11:45 Uri Banin Hebrew University of Jerusalem Dimensionality matters: dimensionality effects on optoelctronic behavior of semiconductor nanocrystals
12:00 16:30 Lunch (sandwiches) + Visit to Masada (departure from Lobby)
Natural photoreceptors II
Chair: Naomi Ginsberg
16:30 17:10 Joseph Wachtveitl Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Frankfurt am Main, Germany Primary reactions of microbial rhodopsins
17:10 17:50 Noam Agmon Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel Proton wires in gfp: from x-ray structures to dynamics
17:50 18:05 Evgenia Vaganova Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel Photophysical processes in pyridine based polymer blend induced by white light/far IR irradiation
18:05 20:00 Dinner
20:00 20:40 Anna Krylov University of Southern California, USA Quantum chemistry behind bioimaging: Insights from ab initio studies of fluorescent proteins and their chromophores
20:40 21:20 Dan Huppert Tel Aviv University, Israel Ultrafast excited state  proton transfer

Tuesday 19/2
Natural photoreceptors III
Chair: Dorit Shemesh
08:30 09:10 Benny Gerber Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel New developments in ab-initio molecular dynamics simulations of chemical reactions
09:10 09:50 Jasper van Thor Imperial College, London, UK Photoreactions in fluorescent proteins
09:50 10:20 Ksenia Bravaya Univ. Southern California, Los Angeles, USA On the interplay between the excited and elec-tron-detached states of the GFP chromophore
10:20 10:40 Coffee
10:40 11:20 Helmut Grubmuller MPI Göttingen, Germany Atomistic simulation of single molecule experiments: Molecular machines and a dynasome perspective
11:20 12:00 Wolfgang Lubitz MPI Mulheim, Germany Light-induced water oxidation in photosynthesis
12:00 12:40 Itamar Willner Hebrew University of Jerusalem Photochemistry with bio-inspired and biomimetic organized assemblies
12:40 14:30 Lunch
Excitonics in nanomaterials I
Chair: Shamai Speizer
14:30 15:10 Oleg Prezhdo Rochester University, New York, USA Time-domain ab initio studies of excited state dynamics in semiconductor nanocrystals
15:10 15:50 Naomi Ginsberg University of California, Berkeley, USA Imaging heterogeneous ultrafast exciton dynamics in organic semiconducting thin films
15:50 16:10 Itai Gdor Farkas Center, HUJI, Israel Hyperspectral probing of exciton dynamics and multiplication in PbSe nanocrystals
16:10 16:30 Coffee
16:30 17:10 Eran Rabani Tel Aviv University, Israel Multiexciton Generation in Nanocrystals and Nanorods
17:10 17:50 Patanjali Kambhampati McGill University, Canada Multiexcitons in semiconductor nanocrystals as a platform of ultrafast all-optical switching and logic
19:00 Banquet at Matzokei Dragot (departure from hotel lobby)

Wednesday 20/2
Excitonics in nanomaterials II
Chair: Eberhard K. U. Gross
09:00 09:40 Stephan Kummel University of Bayreuth, Germany A density-based first-principles description of exciton dynamics - hope or hopeless?
09:40 10:20 Leeor Kronik Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovoth, Israel Frontier orbitals and charge-transfer excitation energies from density functional theory
10:20 10:45 Paul Arpin University of Toronto, Canada Ultrafast spectroscopy of phycobiliproteins from cryptophyte algae
10:45 11:00 Coffee
Quantum effects in biology
Chair: Eran Rabani
11:00 11:40 Ronnie Kosloff Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel Weak field coherent control and its role in quantum biology
11:40 12:20 Elad Harel Northwestern University, Illinois, USA Long-range excitonic transport in a biomimetic system inspired by the bacterial light-harvesting apparatus
12:20 13:00 Lunch (Sandwiches)
13:00 13:40 Tal Schwarz Tel Aviv University Chemistry under strong light-matter coupling
13:40 14:20 Shaul Mukamel University of California, Irvine, USA Probing energy transfer and charge separation in photosynthetic reaction centers by nonlinear spectroscopy with classical light and entangled photons

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