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Terahertz Applications Group

Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

Together with Teranet, an EPSRC-funded network of UK Universities and companies active in terahertz science and technology, the Molecular Spectroscopy Group and East Anglia Region of the Analytical Division of the RSC will jointly host the 4th terahertz spectroscopy meeting in Cambridge. Following three successful meetings in 2009, 2011 and 2013 with the RSC, this year's meeting is the first one involving Teranet and to mark the occasion we will return to Gonville & Caius College in Cambridge. The meeting will focus on recent advances in terahertz spectroscopy.

EPSRC Teranet  RSC Molecular Spectroscopy Group and the East Anglia Region/Analytical Division 

Advances in Terahertz Spectroscopy 

One Day Meeting 
1718 March 2016
Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge 

In the past decade terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) has emerged as a very attractive technique to perform vibrational spectroscopy at frequencies spanning from 100 GHz to 3 THz (3−100 cm). This has lead to a surge in interest in pursuing spectroscopy in the low frequency end of the far-infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum.


Thursday, 17 March
Harvey Court, West Road
Afternoon Check-in for B&B accommodation,
  Please pick up keys from the Porters Lodge at the Stephen Hawking Building
5.00 pm Meeting of the TERANET steering group
  Carvonius Centre
Old Courts, Trinity Street
7.30 pm Welcome reception
  Lord Colyton Hall
8.00 pm Dinner
  Main Hall
Friday, 18 March
Harvey Court, West Road
8.15 am – 9.30 am Breakfast
  Harvey Ct Dining Room
8.30 am – 9.00 am Registration
  Carvonius Centre
9.00 am Introduction and welcome by Teranet, the RSC Molecular Spectroscopy Group and
the East Anglia Region of the Analytical Division
9.15 am – 10.00 am Tim Korter, Syracuse University, USA
  Introduction to THz spectroscopy in the chemical sciences
10.00 am - 10.30 am Juraj Sibik, Roche R&D, Basel, Switzerland
  Direct measurement of molecular mobility and crystallisation of amorphous pharmaceuticals  using terahertz spectroscopy
10.30 am - 11.00 am Hannah Joyce, Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics, 
University of Cambridge, UK
  Terahertz spectroscopy of semiconductor nanowires 
11.00 am – 11.30 am Morning tea
11.30 am – 12.00 pm Mike Ruggiero, Department of Chemical Engineering and 
Biotechnology, University of Cambridge, UK
  The Elasticity of Biopolymers Explored Using Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy
12.00 pm – 12.30 pm Andrew Burnett, School of Chemistry, University of Leeds, UK
  Calculation of the complex permittivity of crystalline materials at terahertz and infrared frequencies
12.30 pm – 1.00 pm Phil Taday, TeraView Ltd., Cambridge, UK
  Industrial Applications of THz spectroscopy
1.00 pm – 2.00 pm Lunch buffet, posters and networking, commercial exhibits
2.00 pm – 2.30 pm Aurele Adam, Department of Imaging Physics, TU Delft, The 
  THz near-field imaging and spectroscopy
2.30 pm – 3.00 pm Yaochun Shen, Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, 
University of Liverpool, UK
  Compressed sensing: towards video rate THz imaging 
3.00 pm – 3.30 pm Jin-Chong Tan, Department of Engineering Science, University of 
Oxford, UK
  Terahertz dynamics in Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) 
3.30 pm – 4.00 pm Afternoon tea
4.00 pm – 4.30 pm Alex Valavanis, School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering,
University of Leeds, UK
  Diffuse-reflectance spectroscopy of solids and the development of compact QCL systems for gas-phase spectroscopy
4.30 pm - 4.55 pm Networking event at posters, commercial exhibits
4.55 pm Closing remarks


Bed and breakfast accommodation will be in ensuite rooms at Harvey Court.


By Train

The railway station is located one kilometre south of the city centre. From there you will need to take either a taxi or a bus to Caius.

By Car

Main routes into Cambridge and the surrounding area are marked on this map. Limited parking is available for visitors at our Harvey Court site. If you are using SatNav, the post code is CB3 9DS. There are a number of car parks in the city centre, but it is often easier to use one of the Park & Ride sites to avoid driving into the city.

Conference Dinner

The dinner will be held will be held in the Main Hall in the Old Courts of Gonville and Caius College in Trinity Street less than 10 minutes walk from Harvey Court. Gonville and Caius is one of the oldest University of Cambridge colleges. Originally named Gonville Hall, the College was founded by Edmund Gonville, Rector of Terrington in 1348. The College was re-founded in 1557 by former student and Fellow, Dr John Caius who, as part of his reconstruction, erected three Gates, which survive to the present day. 


All costs for delegates including accommodation and all meals are covered from the EPSRC TERANET fund, except for PhD students where only the delegate and accommodation costs can be covered but no travel costs (due to EPSRC restrictions).
The RSC molecular spectroscopy group will provide 10 travel bursaries of £50 to RSC Student Members who are either members of the MSG or who are prepared to join the Interest Group. 
To register please email Professor John Cunningham ( with the following information: 
•    Name and affiliation 
•    Whether or not you are joining for dinner (and any dietary requirements) 
•    Whether you will be staying the night 


Axel Zeitler (Cambridge,; John Cunningham (Teranet,; Brian Woodget (RSC EAR,; John Andrews (RSC MSG,