QuantumGrain Workshop

Emerging Horizons in the Chemistry of the Universe

Barcelona, June 9th – 12th 2024

January 22nd

Registration (free) and abstract submission open

April 22nd

Abstract submission deadline
Abstract decision on April 29th (closed)

May 13th

Registration deadline
Limited to 80 participants


The QuantumGrain Workshop will start with a Welcome & Registration event on June 9ᵗʰ at 1pm.
The closing session will end on June 12ᵗʰ at 1pm.
The Banquet dinner is included in the registration and will take place on June 11ᵗʰ.


How does the chemical complexity transform throughout the intricate process that culminates in the creation of a Sun and its accompanying planetary system? Does the chemical diversity observed in Solar-like planetary systems have its roots in the earliest stages of their formation, or does a complete chemical reset occur at some point? A potent approach for addressing these inquiries involves a comparative analysis of the chemical compositions found in interstellar clouds, young protostars and primitive celestial bodies within the Solar System, utilizing astrochemistry as a pivotal tool. However, to undertake such investigations effectively, a comprehensive comprehension of the mechanisms governing the chemical evolution from a molecular cloud to a nascent planetary system is essential.

By joining the efforts from observational measurements in combination with astrochemical modeling and laboratory experiments great advances have been done to improve our know-how on the chemical composition and evolution and space. More recently, computational chemistry based on quantum mechanical simulations and molecular modeling has recently been integrated into this fascinating interdisciplinary field by providing unprecedented and invaluable atomic-scale information to chemistry occurring in the Universe, which is fundamental to fully understand Astrochemistry, this way becoming at the new frontier and an indispensable hinge between the different astrochemical disciplines.

The overarching objective of this conference is to convene the key players in this inherently interdisciplinary pursuit, including observational astrochemists, computational chemists, experimentalists and astrochemical modelers. Recent substantial advancements in these domains have created an opportune moment for these communities to come together and collectively ride the crest of this scientific wave.


Download the complete program and book of abstracts here!

Sunday, June 9th
13:00Welcome & Reception
15:20Cecilia Ceccarelli
16:00Rafael Martín-Domenech
16:20Coffee break
16:45Stefan Bromley
17:15Chiara Mininni
17:35Silvia Alessandrini
Monday, June 10th
9:30Giulia Perotti
10:00Joan Enrique-Romero
10:20Zeyuan Tang
10:40Bhala Sivaraman
11:00Coffee break
11:30Fabrice Duvernay
12:00Eleonora Bianchi
12:20Vincent Esposito
12:40Partha Bera
15:00Thanja Lamberts
15:30Miguel Sanz-Novo
15:50Alex Byrne
16:10Stefan Vogt-Geisse
16:30Coffee break
17:00Marco Minissale
17:20Andrés Megías
17:40Gabriella Di Genova
18:00-20:00Poster Session
Tuesday, June 11th
9:30Nadia Balucani
10:00Marta de Simone
10:20Julie Vitorino
10:40Hexu Ye
11:00Coffee break
11:30Izaskun Jiménez-Serra
12:00Gunnar Nyman
12:20Juan Carlos del Valle
12:40Victoria Cabedo
15:00Piero Ugliengo
15:30Julia Santos
15:50Samuel Del Fre
16:10Anessa Ahmad
16:30Coffee break
17:00Elettra Piacentino
17:20Lisa Giani
17:40Marten Raaphorst
20:00Banquet dinner
Wednesday, June 12th
9:30Cristina Puzzarini
10:00Germán Molpeceres
10:20Basile Husquinet
10:40Joan Mariñoso
11:00Coffee break
11:30Naoki Watanabe
12:00Dario Campisi
12:20Sándor Demes
12:40Ni-En Sie
13:00Closing + Lunch

The Venue
Casa de Convalescència

Casa Convalescència, one of the last great works of Catalan Art Nouveau, is part of the complex of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau. The complex was designed in the late 19th century to alleviate the shortage of hospital space in Barcelona. The whole hospital complex, including the Casa, was declared Historical Artistic Monument in 1978 and World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.

Casa de la Convalescència
Carrer de Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 171
08041 Barcelona, Catalonia

Invited speakers

Nadia Balucani

Università di Perugia

Stefan Bromley

Universitat de Barcelona

Cecilia Ceccarelli

Univ. Grenoble Alpes

Izaskun Jiménez-Serra

Centro de Astrobiología

Thanja Lamberts

Leiden University

Fabrice Duvernay

Aix-Marseille Université

Giulia Perotti

Max Planck Institute for Astronomy

Piero Ugliengo

University of Torino

Naoki Watanabe

Hokkaido University

Cristina Puzzarini

Università di Bologna


This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No. 865657) for the project “Quantum Chemistry on Interstellar Grains” (QUANTUMGRAIN).

Local and Scientific Organising Committee

Albert Rimola
Eric Mates-Torres (sysadmin)
Niccolo Bancone
Vittorio Bariosco
Alicja Bulik
Andreha Gelli
Leane Jubert
Harjasnoor Kakkar
Berta Martínez-Bachs
Gerard Pareras
Jessica Perrero
Mònica Cervera