Friday, 24 March 2023 12:40

Out-of-equilibrium processes and laser-chemistry: from biospheres to cosmos

On March 29 the online conference "Out-of-equilibrium processes and laser-chemistry: from biospheres to cosmos" in memory of Prof. Anna Giardini will take place. The conference will be live-streamed from the Library of the National Academy of Sciences called off the XL

The development and the application of experimental methodologies and advanced technologies have allowed to obtain significant advances in the field of non-equilibrium chemical processes. In more than 50 years of scientific research, Prof. Anna Giardini foremost developed and applied several of such methodologies, and her work has been recognized worldwide as experimentally brilliant and deeply involved in the study of both theoretical and experimental processes. 
Her research activities comprised electron coincidence spectroscopy (e,2e), and laser chemistry applications, among which the most relevant are multiphoton spectroscopy of atoms, molecules, and clusters, laser deposition and ablation, and time-resolved pump-probe spectroscopy. 
In the last 15 years, her career focused on the study of molecular chirality, which is a fundamental aspect of asymmetric synthesis, pharmaceutical chemistry, earth life evolution, and life search in the universe. Anna Giardini, full professor of molecular spectroscopy at Sapienza University of Rome, and of physical-chemistry at the University of Basilicata, has developed several parts of her researches within the CNR, where she has been chief of the Potenza section of the Institute of Inorganic Methodologies and Plasma, as well as director of the Institute of Special Materials. 
The conference brings together contributions from students and colleagues who have collaborated with her in the past years and who have been influenced by the extent of her research. The conference's topics concern different sectors of specialization of modern physical chemistry, mainly methodologies that use not only lasers, but also synchrotron light to investigate systems of biological, astrochemical, or applicative interest in the field of energy, cultural heritage and nanotechnologies. 
The event is part of the "Days on Sciences of Change and Transitions", and will follow the two-day event dedicated to the Academy's member Giangualberto Volpi, "Chemical kinetics at micro-, meso-, bio-scales", which will take place at the Accademia dei Lincei on 27 and 28 March.

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