Recent developments of ultrashort intense light sources operating in the XUV and X-ray spectral regions promise to revolutionize chemistry, as they will give access to dynamical processes occurring in the attosecond time scale (1 asec = 10-18 s), the natural time scale for electronic motion in atoms and molecules. Thus, such light sources will allow to address new fundamental questions about the role and possible control of electron dynamics in chemical reactivity, to investigate photoinduced charge migration in relevant molecular systems, and to image, with asec resolution, fast structural changes in molecules during proton transfer, isomerization, or motion through conical intersections. Large-scale facilities are currently being developed all over Europe for this purpose (ELI-ALPS, EuXFEL, FERMI, SwissFEL, etc), accompanied by an increasing demand of accurate theoretical support for an optimal use of these resources.

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The AttoChem network will coordinate experimental and theoretical efforts to exploit the large potential of attosecond techniques in chemistry, with the aim of designing new strategies for the control of charge migration in molecules by directly acting on the attosecond time scale. This ability will be used to selectively break and form chemical bonds, thus opening new avenues for the control of chemical reactions. The results of the Action are expected to have a significant impact in several areas of chemistry, such as photovoltaics, radiation damage, catalysis, photochemistry, or structural determination. AttoChem will also act as a liaison with the relevant stakeholders to bridge the gap to industrial applications.

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Two open positions at SIMUNE

  • Posted by Grant Holder Manager
  • On 9 July 2020
  • jobs, scientific modelling, software developer
SIMUNE is a company expert in computational simulation of materials and the development of scientific software tools related.  They are currently looking for a Simulation Software Code Developer and a Scientific Specialist in Atomic Scale Modeling. More information here:
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Call for PhD Student – MUSIQ ITN-EU project

  • Posted by Grant Holder Manager
  • On 8 July 2020
  • jobs, phd positions
Open Position: ESR4 (POLIMI, Milano) – MUSIQ Early Stage Researcher within the collaborative research project MUSIQ in the frame of the EU Horizon2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018. Starting date: 01 November 2020 Duration: 36 months Full time (40 hours/week) Salary:  Gross salary about 3000 € per month plus 600 € monthly relocation […]
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Virtual Workshop of AttoChem COST Action

  • Posted by Grant Holder Manager
  • On 8 July 2020
  • annual workshop, Virtual event, WG meeting
The first joint event of CA18222 COST Action on Attosecond Chemistry (AttoChem), to be held in September, 9-11 (2020), will be finally organised as a virtual event in cooperation between the Babeș-Bolyai University (Romania) and the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain). The Annual Workshop will last two and a half days, along which we shall […]
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AttoChem Participants

CA18222 Action is willing to provide a frame for multidisciplinary cooperation in the emerging field of Attosecond Science. Experimentalists, theoreticians and engineers are welcome to join!

AttoChem Activitites

Due to the evolving situation regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, CA18222 activities have been suspended until April 30, 2020.
1st Annual Workshop has been postponed to Sept 9-11, 2020. More info here.


We plan to disseminate our results through newsletters, training activities, workshops, reports, reviews and publications. Keep updated!

WG 1

New attosecond techniques for the control of electron dynamics in molecules.

WG 2

Computational tools for the description of attosecond electron and nuclear dynamics.

WG 3

Attosecond imaging and control of charge migration and chemical reactivity.


july 2020

01jul00:0003(jul 3)00:00QUANTUM BATTLES 2020

august 2020

23augAll Day28MOLEC 202023rd European Conference on the Dynamics of Molecular Systems