Since 2013 the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion organizes a Summer School once a year. From 2013 to 2015 the department of Prof. Neese 'Molecular Theory and Spectroscopy' organized and coached the Summer School. With the title "Methods in Molecular Energy Research: Theory and Spectroscopy" it gave interested students from all over the world the opportunity to learn something new about spectroscopic methods and their theoretical calculations. 2016 Prof. Schlögls department 'Heterogeneous Catalysis' joined the Summer School. In 2018, Prof. Schlögl's department will design the Summer School on its own for the first time. Thus, this year's Summer School covers all aspects of heterogeneous catalysis. The aim of the Summer School was and still is to familiarize the students with the methods and to bring them up to date with the latest research.
Some lectures of the Summer School 2014 are also available on youtube.com
Summer School 2018
The theme of this year's Summer School, which will take place from 2 to 7 September 2018 in the Wissenschaftspark Gelsenkirchen, is "Catalysis and Energy: from Synthesis to Application".
Summer School 2017
Around 100 young scientists from all over the world took part in the 5th Summer School hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion.
The school was titled „Electronic Structure and Spectroscopy of Transition Metal Complexes“ and took place at the Wissenschaftspark in Gelsenkirchen. It was addressed to graduate students, post-doctoral scientists, and senior researchers with experimental or theoretical background, who are interested in the deep connections between molecular electronic structure, magnetism, spectroscopy, and reactivity of transition metal complexes.
The school was organized by the depatments "Molecular Theory and Spectroscopy" (Frank Neese), and "Inorganic Spectroscopy" (Serena DeBeer).
Summer School 2016
From 18th-25th September 2016 the 4th Summer School of the MPI CEC took place in the Wissenschaftspark Gelsenkirchen. Molecular Theory and Spectroscopy was again central in the 2016 edition of our summer school, however, we also expanded the content of our program in an effort to bridge the historic divide between homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. Our Summer School on "Physical Methods in Molecular and Heterogeneous Catalysis" with experts from the molecular and the heterogeneous areas of catalysis research taught on physical methods that are used for the study and characterization of both molecular and heterogeneous systems. By combining these historically distinct areas under a single program, we aim to help the students develop an appreciation of the common physical principles and to encourage a unified view of analytical methods in catalysis.
Summer School 2015
More than 100 young scientists from all over the world took part in the third Summer School hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in the Wissenschaftspark in Gelsenkirchen. Under the title "Methods in Molecular Energy Research: Theory and Spectroscopy" the students learned a lot about spectroscopic methods and their theoretical calculations. The aim of the Summer School is to acquaint the students with the methods and to update them to the status quo of the current research.
Detailed information can be found in our press release.
Slides of the Special Interest lectures
Introduction to effective Hamiltonians (Frank Neese)
Electron Correlation – Accuracy in Electronic Structure Methods (Alexander A. Auer)
Advanced Ligand Field Theory (Mihail Atanasov)
Theoretical Spectroscopy Beyond DFT (Dimitrios Manganas)
QM/MM Methods: Theory and Examples using ORCA (Marius Retegan)
Summer School 2014
From 31st of August to 6th of September 2014 the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion hosted a Summer School on "Methods in Molecular Energy Research: Theory and Spectroscopy" for the second time. This year the scientific event, which was organized by the department Molecular Theory and Spectroscopy of Prof. Neese, took place at the Wissenschaftspark in Gelsenkirchen.
Summer School 2013
From 2nd to 6th of September 2013 the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion started its first Summer School on "Methods in Molecular Energy Research: Theory and Spectroscopy". The scientific event, which was organized by the department Molecular Theory Spectroscopy of Prof. Neese, took place in Essen.
Find some detailed information about the program and the lectures of the Summer School in our Press release (German only).