Chemistry Events

See a list of this year’s seminar speakers, along with summaries of past seminars, on the Chemistry Department Seminars page.

Jan 31

Chemistry Department Seminar: Munira Khalil (University of WA-Seattle)

"Chemistry in Multicolor: Using Light to Capture Fast Molecular Motion"

Friday, January 31st, 2020
3:30 – 4:30 pm / AND 121
Munira Khalil

Why and how should we think about chemistry on the timescale of a femtosecond (one millionth of one billionth of a second)?  The absorption of light by chemical and biochemical reagents results in material changes in a few femtoseconds, which is comparable to the timescale of a molecular vibration.  These ubiquitous processes are responsible for the elementary steps in photosynthesis, vision and DNA photodamage.  The Khalil research group at the University of Washington develops new experimental tools using light pulses of many colors, from the infrared to X-rays to study ultrafast chemical phenomena.  This talk will describe how new multicolor techniques are uncovering details of the ways in which light energy is transformed into chemical and mechanical motion.

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