Bunsen-Tagung 2022 - Understanding Dispersion Interactions in Molecular Chemistry

September 07-09, 2022 in Giessen

Understanding Dispersion Interactions in Molecular Chemistry


!! The deadline for submitting abstracts for lectures has been extended !!

  • lectures: March 15, 2022
  • last-minute-posters: June 30, 2022 (limited number of poster walls available: first come, first served)


We cordially invite you to the Bunsen-Tagung 2022 in Giessen!


Giessen is a vibrant city in the heart of Germany – with the highest “density” of students among German university towns and therefore also one of the liveliest cities in Germany. Justus Liebig University is more than 400 years old, and it is one of the birthplaces of modern chemistry – with the original Liebig laboratory (now the Liebig Museum) as one of the major sites from the history of chemistry. Only a few years ago, the chemistry department has moved to one of the most modern chemistry buildings in Europe. 

The 121st Bunsen-Tagung focuses on dispersion interactions and their multifold manifestations in chemistry. Dispersion is the driving force for molecular aggregation that plays a key role in the thermodynamic stability of (meta)stable structures, molecular recognition, chemical selectivity through transition-state stabilization, protein folding, enzyme catalysis, and many more. Despite the pioneering work of London and others in the 1930s, our understanding of dispersion interactions has only recently become much better. The aim of the Bunsen-Tagung is therefore to highlight the progress in a rapidly developing field encompassing both experiment and theory.

Parallel sessions will be run to present the most recent results from all other fields of physical chemistry – from gas phase chemistry to the solid state, from thermodynamics to quantum chemistry, from electrochemical studies to high-resolution spectroscopy. We are convinced that you will enjoy the open atmosphere of the conference and the wide scope of subjects from fundamental to applied physical chemistry.

We are excited to host the “in presence” Bunsen-Tagung 2022 for the first time in many years not at the traditional “Himmelfahrt” holiday, and we are dedicated to make this vividly debated move a success. We hope that you will also feel invited to contribute to the scientific success, either by presenting your own work or by learning from others!

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Giessen,

Jürgen Janek, Peter R. Schreiner, and Martin Suhm
Chairs of the Bunsen-Tagung 2022