Fifth Workshop on

‘Titan Chemistry – Observations, Experiments, Computations, and Modeling’

Poipu Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii, April 11-14
, 2011

Saturn’s moon Titan is the only solar system body besides Earth and Venus with a thick atmosphere and solid surface and is widely considered as a natural laboratory on the planetary scale to understand the prebiotic che­mis­try on proto-Earth. The Cassini-Huygens mission to Titan has opened a new chapter in Solar System exploration and extraterrestrial atmospheric chemistry. On January 14, 2005, the Huygens probe successfully descended through the atmosphere of Titan and safely landed on its surface. An extraordinary new world has been unveiled. The scientific data obtained by the Huygens experi­ments and by the Cassini Orbiter - currently being archived and analyzed – are far from being understood.

This workshop is part of the NSF-Collaborative Research in Chemistry (CRC) Network "Chemistry of Unsaturated Hydrocarbons in Titan's Atmosphere” and the fifth in a series of annual meetings aimed to better understand the hydrocarbon chemistry taking place in the atmosphere and on the surface of Titan. It brings together atmospheric modelers, astronomical observers, mission specialists, planetary scientists, phy­­si­cal chemists (dynamics, kinetics, photochemistry), theoreticians (electronic struc­ture, dyna­mics calculations), astrobiologists, and or­ganic chemists. By focusing on the interplay between observational & mis­sion data, modeling, and funda­mental investigations of the underlying chemical reactions and photochemical processes, we also seek emerging generalized concepts on the che­mical pro­cessing of hydrocarbon-rich atmospheres of planets and their moons in the Solar System. By exploring the current boundaries of planetary science and chemical know­ledge, we can more effectively design new laboratory experiments under well-defined con­ditions (and recommend promising directions for further observational searches) and upcoming Solar System missions to resolve hitherto unanswered aspects of molecular syn­the­sis in our Solar System.

The workshop features invited (45 min) as well as contributed talks (30 min) including a mix of observation, experiments (ion and neutral chemistry; gas phase and condensed phase), theory, and modeling.

Accommodation: The workshop will take place in the Sheraton Kauai starting with a reception and registration on April 11, 2011, at 6 pm. The hotel allocated a block of rooms for workshop participants. These rooms can be directly booked by faxing the room reservation form to Sheraton Kauai.

Transportation: Various airlines offer non-stop flights from SFO and LAX to Lihue (LIH). The conference location is a 30 minutes drive from the airport.

Registration: The registration deadline is March11, 2011 (registration form).

Abstract: Please email your abstract as a pdf file to ralfk@hawaii.edu by February 1, 2011 (abstract form).

For additional questions, please email to ralfk@hawaiii.edu  We are looking forward to seeing you on Kauai in 2011.

 

 


Time
Tuesday, April 12
Wednesday, April 13
Thursday, April 14
7:00-8:00
Breakfast
Presiding
Ralf Kaiser
Alex Mebel
Ruth Signorell
8:00-8:45
Thomas Orlando (I6)
8:45-9:15
David Osborn (C14)
9:15-10:00
Ralk Kaiser (I7)
Ian Sims (I12)
10:00-10:15
Break
Break
Break
Presiding
Thom Orlando
Sebastian Le Picard
Nathalie Carrasco
10:15-10:45
10:45-11.30
Mark Smith (I3)
11:30-12:00
Sarah Hoerst (C16)
12:00-1:00
Lunch
1:00-5:00
Scientific Discussion
5:00-6:00
Dinner
Presiding
Ian Sims
Gianfranco Vidali
Kevin Wilson
6:00-6:30
Ludovic Biennier (C4)
Xu Zhang (C17)
6:30-7:15
7:15-7:45
7:45-8:00
Break
Break
Break
Presiding
Arthur Suits
Yuk Yung
Mark Smith
8:00-8:45
Arthur Suits (I10)
8:45-9:15
Veronique Vuitton (I16)
9:15-9:45