Session 4: High pressure chemistry

By reducing interatomic distances pressure affects the electronic structure and chemical bonding. Compression indeed increases the orbital overlap leading eventually to chemical transformations. It often reveals new types of chemical reactions or reaction paths with improved yields. Chemistry in the realm of high pressure is therefore understood as studies on reactivity, equilibria, kinetics and mechanisms of the reactions at non-ambient conditions. It also includes synthesis of novel materials at extreme pressure (or extreme pressure and temperature), since many of the reaction products are quenchable to ambient where they remain indefinitely kinetically stable despite their thermodynamic metastability. Reactions at high pressure can be also assisted by photochemistry or electrochemistry, improving the efficiency and the selectivity of the process. Finally, in order to fully exploit the potential of high pressure chemistry, it is useful to gain a deeper understanding of chemical reactions under pressure at the atomic level and establish more realistic models. Presenters in this session are invited to explore these and other questions pertaining to chemistry at extreme pressure conditions.

Session chairs

  • Dr. Andrzej Katrusiak, Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland)
  • Dr. Kamil Dziubek, LENS (Italy)

Confirmed Speakers

  • Dr. Christine Beavers, Advanced Light Sources (U.S.A.)
  • Dr. David Allan, Diamond Light Source (U.K.)
  • Dr. Weizhao Cai, University of Utah (U.S.A.)
  • Dr. James Walsh, Northwestern University (U.S.A.)
  • Dr. Sebastian Vogel, University of Munich (Germany)
  • TBA

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