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Pierre Çarçabal and Rolando Lozada visited our laboratory

Pierre Çarçabal and Rolando Lozada from CNRS (France) visited our laboratory after sereval attemps. Its flight was cancelled by a strike. They spent three days in Bilbao where we were able to discuss future projects and programming the next visits.IMG_3153In the picutre: Pierre Çarçabal (right), Rolando Lozana (center) and Emilio J. Cocinero  enjoy the Basque cuisine


Sonia Melandri and Camila Calabrese in Bilbao… again!!!

Sonia Melandri and Camila Calabrase (University of Bologne, Italy) visited our laboratory during one and two weeks respectively. They conducted experimental measurements in our laboratory successfully.

IMG_2325Camila, Emilio and the rest of the Group in a barbacue.



Iciar Uriarte, Marta Fernández, Virginia Ovejas, Jorge González, Jone Garate, Pedro Arnaiz and Monste Vallejo presented six oral communications and a posterat the VII Meeting of Young Researchers in Atomic & Molecular in Physics. The event was organized by the University of Jaen (March 18-20) and is a great opportunity for young Ph.D. and postdocs to meet and share research experiences (without their bosses…). The meeting was dedicated by Dr.Alberto Garcia-Vela, president of the GEFAM, the group of Atomic and Molecular Physics of the Spanish Societies of Chemistry (RSEQ)and Physics (RSEF). The participants in Jaen are shown in the picture below. IMG_0775

Succinic acid cover in PCCP

Showcasing research from an international collaboration of the laboratories of J.-U. Grabow, D. McNaughton. and E. J. Cocinero was highlighted by PCCP journal as cover. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015,17, 19726-19734
Ac_Succinico_PCCP_2015The torsional freedom of the carbon backbone and hydroxyl groups of succinic acid, an important platform chemical finding numerous industrial applications as well as being the focus of considerable research in atmospheric science, is elucidated. The question of the potential presence of numerous conformers is answered by an unambiguous identification of the structural and molecular properties using microwave and millimeter wave spectroscopy. The precise spectroscopic data provides evidence that the anomalous tendency of “folding the methylene unit” is favoured.


CF3Cl···H2CO complex published in Chemistry A – European Journal

Internal dynamics in halogen bonded adducts was studied by microwave spectroscopy of chlorotrifluoromethane – formaldehyde complex.

The interesting chemical aspect of this complex is that the two constituting molecules are held together by a halogen bond. The interesting spectroscopic aspects are the features of two large amplitude motions occurring in the complex: the almost free internal rotation of the CF3 top and the low barrier to internal of CH2O.

All this work was published Chemistry A – European Journal.



Emilio J. Cocinero gets the Flygare Award Lecture for his work in Chemistry

Emilio J. Cocinero, Physical Chemistry Researcher of the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU) was awarded with the Flygare Award Lecture to the best young researcher, for his achievements in the field of Molecular Spectroscopy.

The Flygare award, which recognizes the contributions of young scientists in this field, will be presented to Cocinero in the next edition of the International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, to be held in June in Illinois (USA).

Valladolid chemist, within the framework of the Conference, will give a lecture on “Elucidating Structures of Carbohydrates by High Resolution Spectroscopies”.

More information in this link.


Photo: Emilio J. Cocinero in front of Microwave spectrometer.

Emilio J. Cocinero is elected president of JIQ

During XI Simposio de Investigadores Jóvenes RSEQ – Sigma Aldrich ended up voting to elect the new Board of the Specialized Group of Young Chemist Researchers (JIQ), Emilio J. Cocinero will be the new President and Board is composed of:


PRESIDENT: Emilio J. Cocinero Pérez (UPV-EHU)

VICEPRESIDENT: Rafael Juárez Martin (URJC)

VICEPRESIDENT: Ceballos Jesus Torres (URJC)

SECRETARY: Fernando Gomollón Bel (ISQCH, CSIC-UZ)

TREASURER: Maria del Carmen Ruiz Delgado (UMA)

VOCAL: Arantzazu Gonzalez Campo (ICMAB)

VOCAL: Pau Farràs (Newcastle University)

VOCAL: Belén Fernández López (UGR)

VOCAL: Silvia Cabrera Herranz (UAM)

VOCAL: Montserrat Lopez Vallejo (UVA)

VOCAL: Adrian Bogeat Barroso (UNEX)

VOCAL: Maria Dolores Lopez Bueno (ICMAB)

CocineroPhoto: Emilio J. Cocinero, new Presiendent of JIQ


Jens-Uwe Grabow and Sonia Melandri gave two talks

Prof. Jens-Uwe Grabow  (University of Hannover) and Sonia Melandri (University of Bologne) gave two great talks at the Physichal Chemistry Department. We could enjoy of their visits for one week.

Monste got her Ph. D. dissertation

Congratulations to Montserrat Vallejo-López, who passed her Ph.D. dissertation with top qualifications last September 26. The evaluation committee included J.-U. Grabow (Hannover), S. Melandri (Bologna), J. A. Fernández (Bilbao), J. L. Domenech (CSIC-Madrid) and S. Blanco (Valladolid). Montse spent the last four years In Valladolid. She did sevaral visits to Bilbao and left a great impression. Good luck for the future!


Iciar, Monste, Alberto and Emilio in HRMS2014 – Bologna

The High-Resolution Molecular Spectroscopy (HRMS2014) meeting in Bologna was a success, with more attendants than ever. Congratulations to Prof. Walther Caminati and his team for the organization of this event. Alberto Lesarri and gave a plenary talk. Montse Vallejo, Iciar Uriarte and Emilio J. Cocinero also gave talks. Iciar got one of the Pliva prizes to the best student presentation. Several other Spanish researchers attended the meeting. Next conference will be organized by Prof. Urban in Prague in 2016 (August 30th-September 3rd, 2016).


Iciar (left) and Emilio (right) in the picture. Iciar got one of the Pliva prizes to the best student presentation

Congratulations!!! Iciar Uriarte got a FPU grant

Iciar Uriarte got a grant of Formación del Profesorado Universitario (FPU) program. This national grant has a duration of 4 years and she will be able to enjoy several international stances during her Ph. D. thesis.

Foto Iciar Uriarte

Iker León got a Juan de la Cierva contract

Iker León got a Juan de la Cierva fellowship (3-years contract) and he is moving to Barcelona to work in The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) with Prof. Jens Biegert.

PCCP cover

A work on the intermolecular cluster pyridine-methane in collaboration with the group of Walther Caminati has been chosen as cover of PCCP. Methane behaves in the complex as a noble gas, binding on top of the aromatic ring. This T-shape structure contrasts with the in-plane structure of other pyridine clusters involving halomethanes.