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Sixth Workshop on

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

Miami, Florida, March 12-14
, 2012

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 sixth 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 Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, starting with a reception and registration on March 11, 2012, at 6 pm. The hotel allocated a block of rooms for workshop participants. These rooms can be booked by calling the hotel directly 305-949-1300 extension # 1280 or toll free reservations number 800-327-5476. Reservations must be made by February 11, 2012. Group rates are available three days pre and post group arrival and departure dates.

Transportation: Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort is located at 16701 Collins Ave. in Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160, that is 15 miles away from the Miami International Airport (MIA) and 18 miles from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).


Registration: The registration deadline is February 1, 2012. To register and to pay the registration fee ($ 250), please click the following link.

Abstract: Please email your abstract as a one-page pdf file to Alexander Mebel by February 1, 2012 (abstract form).

For additional questions, please email Alexander Mebel. We are looking forward to seeing you in South Florida in 2012.


Invited Speakers


Michel Dobrijevic

Fabien Goulay

Veronique Vuitton

Stephen Klippenstein

Thomas Orlando

Hunter Waite

Athena Coustenis

Cheuk Ng

Bill Jackson

Ian Sims

Sebastien Le Picard

Arthur Suits

Ralf Kaiser

Alexander Mebel

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