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Priority Programme Control of London Dispersion Interactions in Molecular Chemistry (SPP 1807), Call for Proposals
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
In March 2014 the Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) established the Priority Programme Control of London Dispersion Interactions in Molecular Chemistry (SPP 1807). The programme is designed to run for six years. The present call invites proposals for the second three-year funding period.

This Priority Programme aims at a thorough understanding and quantification of London dispersion interactions in molecular systems. These short-range electron correlation effects are the driving force for molecular aggregation that play a key role in thermodynamics, molecular recognition, chemical selectivity through transition-state stabilisation, and other phenomena. The primary goal of this programme is the development of chemical design principles that utilises dispersion interactions in the construction of novel molecular structures and in the design of chemical reactions. This can only be achieved through a tight interplay between synthesis, spectroscopy, and theory to quantitatively determine dispersion interactions. Novel experimental and theoretical capabilities have reached a stage that allows a clear-cut analysis of dispersion interactions. There are many challenges to understand and to utilise dispersion forces for the preparation of novel molecular structures, to elucidate the transition from molecular to bulk properties, and catalysis through fine tuning of dispersion-energy donors for optimising the interactions of ligands and substrates. The focus lies on the following topics:

Structural studies and quantification of dispersion interactions
- Quantification of dispersion-energy donors
- Design and preparation of novel dispersion-stabilised structures
- Dispersion interactions in electronically excited states

Dispersion effects on reactivity and in catalysis
- Transition-state stabilisation through dispersion-energy donors
- Solvent-induced modulation of dispersion interactions

Theory and spectroscopy as tools for the elucidation of dispersion interactions
- Experimental and theoretical method development to address dispersion interactions
- Molecular spectroscopy to quantify dispersion effects and to validate theoretical results
- Visualisation of dispersion interactions

Grant proposals should include several of the above aspects and methods or should mention the connection to complementary projects. Joint proposals of several principal investigators are also possible.
Proposals must be written in English and submitted to the DFG by 1 August 2017. Please note that proposals can only be submitted via elan, the DFG s electronic proposal processing system.

Applicants must be registered in elan prior to submitting a proposal to the DFG. If you have not yet registered, please note that you must do so by 17 July 2017 to submit a proposal under this call. You will normally receive confirmation of your registration by the next working day. Note that you will be asked to select the appropriate Priority Programme call during both the registration and the proposal process.

More information on the Priority Programme is available under:

For scientific enquiries please contact the Priority Programme coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Peter R. Schreiner, Ph.D., Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Institut für Organische Chemie,
phone +49 641 99 34300, prs@org.chemie.uni-giessen.de

Questions on the DFG proposal process can be directed to:
Dr. Johanna Kowol-Santen, phone +49 228 885-2318, johanna.kowol-santen@dfg.de
Dr. Wolfgang Wachter, phone +49 228 885-2454, wolfgang.wachter@dfg.de
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