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 (extended)

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.






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

Registration & abstract submission

  • Registration is free of charge and limited to 80 participants.
  • Registration includes access to all workshop talks, along with complimentary lunch breaks and gala dinner.
  • Registration is open from January 22nd to May 13th.
  • Registration is accessible through the following link.
  • Abstracts should be e-mailed to workshop (at) quantumgrain.eu after registration and no later than April 22nd.
  • Abstracts should follow the workshop template, which can be downloaded through the following link.
  • Given the limited number of participants, the Organising Committee reserves the right to modify the registration and abstract submission deadline and to give preference to those registrations requesting Poster or Oral presentation in their registration form; non-selected registrants will be informed accordingly.

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

List of participants



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