Saturday, January 4, 2014

ECOSTBio: COST Action CM1305

At the meeting of the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) that took place on November 15, the new COST Action CM1305 (ECOSTBio: Explicit Control Over Spin-states in Technology and Biochemistry) has been approved. This Action will be a collaborative project of at least 50 groups from at least 19 countries:
Austria (AT), Belgium (BE), Switzerland (CH), Czech Republic (CZ), Germany (DE), Denmark (DK), Spain (ES), Finland (FI), France (FR), Hungary (HU), Ireland (IE), Israel (IL), Italy (IT), Netherlands (NL), Norway (NO), Poland (PL), Serbia (RS), Sweden (SE), Slovakia (SK), United Kingdom (UK)

As mentioned in the abstract of the Action, that can be found at the CM1305-page at the COST website: "It has long been recognized that metal spin states play a central role in the reactivity of important biomolecules, in industrial catalysis and in spin crossover compounds". In this ECOSTBio Action we create a network of both experimental and theoretician research groups that will tackle a diversity of chemical problems where spin is an important factor.
Summary of the ECOSTBio Action: theory and experiment combined
At this moment (Jan. 4) a total of 9 countries had already signed up, with the rest of the countries currently working on their part. It is to be expected that the ECOSTBio will kick off in the coming months (before April).

Update: First MC meeting will be on April 28.

Update2: This Action is a follow-up on the 2012 CECAM/ESF workshop I organized in Zaragoza with Mikael Johansson, and which has been highlighted in Nature Chemistry and Anales de la QuĂ­mica.

At April 11, 21 countries were signed up, with two more to come maybe (Italy, Finland)

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