MECAME2016 Announcement

MEDITERRANEAN CONFERENCE ON THE APPLICATIONS OF THE MÖSSBAUER EFFECT (MECAME 2016), Hotel Albatros, Cavtat (Dubrovnik), Croatia, 31 May - 03 June, 2016

Dear colleagues,

We would like to announce that the second Mediterranean conference on the applications of the Mössbauer Effect, MECAME 2016, will be held during May 31 - June 03, 2016 in Cavtat (Dubrovnik), Croatia.   

The conference is organized in honour of Professor Dr. Philipp Gütlich, Johanes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, to celebrate his outstanding scientific contributions in the area of physical inorganic chemistry, especially in the studies of dynamic electronic structure phenomena and magnetism of transition metal compounds, of Mössbauer emission spectroscopy of physical and chemical after effects of nuclear decay in coordination compounds, of surface physics and chemistry, and industrial applications of Mössbauer spectroscopy, to name a few.

MECAME 2016 is organized with objectives to promote the mutual understandings of the researchers, who are using Mössbauer spectroscopy and related techniques in materials science, solid state chemistry and physics, coordination chemistry, environmental sciences, biomedical sciences, earth and planetary science. Physical and chemical techniques related to Mössbauer spectroscopy are also very welcome in the context of multi-analytical approaches in materials science and technology. Special emphasis will focus on progress in developments and methods using synchrotron radiation for NRS and SR Mössbauer absorption experiments, the recently opened new pathways extending classical Mössbauer spectroscopy.

To encourage young researchers and PhD students to participate in MECAME 2016, Young Scientist Best Paper Awards will be selected from oral and poster presentations.

The Conference topics include, but not limited to:

  • Nanomaterials and Thin Films
  • Magnetic and Optical Materials
  • Materials Science and Industrial Applications
  • Lattice Dynamics and Solid State Physics
  • Coordination Chemistry and Solid State Chemistry
  • Environmental Science and Catalysis
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Biological and Medical Applications
  • Synchrotron Mössbauer Spectroscopy

Conference Speakers

Plenary lectures at MECAME 2016 will be presented by Prof. Ralf Röhlsberger, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, Hamburg, Germany and by Prof. Eckhard Bill, Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, Mülheim, Germany. 

The list of up-to-date confirmed Invited Speakers is as follows:

Paul Bingham, UK

Nataliya Chistyakova, Russia

Yann Garcia, Belgium

Vijayendra Garg, Brazil

Mohammad Ghafari, Germany

Yoshio Kobayashi, Japan

Libor Machala, Czech Republic

Ko Mibu, Japan

Vladimír Šepelák, Germany

Viender K Sharma, USA

Junhu Wang, China

Juliusz A. Wolny, Germany

Yasuhiro Yamada, Japan


The Conference will be held in the Conference Hall of Remisens Hotel Albatros, located right by the sea in the magnificent surrounding of the town of Cavtat. Cavtat is a beautiful and peaceful port village with over two thousand years long history on the Adriatic seacoast, 15 kilometers (9 miles) south of Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik, a pearl of the Adriatic, can be reached several times per day by the regular boat line between old towns of Dubrovnik and Cavtat  (Cavtat – hotel Albatros – Plat – Mlini – Srebreno – Dubrovnik).

Important Dates

  • 15 December 2015: Registration and abstract submission opening ed
  • 15 April 2016: Deadline for registration and abstract submission via website
  • 10 May 2016: Deadline for payment of the registration fee
  • 31 May 2016: Deadline for manuscript submission
  • 31 May - 03 June 2016: MECAME 2016

Preparation of Contributions

Abstract submission will be done using the on-line submission system. The deadline for abstract submission is April 15, 2016. All conference contributors, including plenary and invited speakers, have to submit an abstract before the deadline. Authors of the accepted abstracts will be notified by e-mail by May 01, 2016.

Authors wishing to submit a paper should do that till May 31, 2016. The Conference proceedings will be published as a regular volume of Hyperfine Interactions (edited by Springer Nature). All submitted manuscripts will be peer-reviewed before being accepted for publication in the conference proceedings. More details about papers submission & reviewing process are available at the Conference website: 

Prof. Dr. Philipp Gütlich   – a short biography

Prof. Philipp Gütlich graduated (Diplom-Ingenieur, Dr.-Ingenieur) from the Technical University Darmstadt/Germany.

At the beginning of his academic career he used radiochemical methods to study the kinetics and mechanisms of heterogeneous exchange reactions on the surface of ionic crystals. At that time, he has also solved certain problems in hot-atom chemistry.

Very soon after the discovery of the “Recoilless Nuclear Resonance Fluorescence” by R. Mössbauer, he had the chance in the mid-sixties to collaborate as a postdoctoral fellow with physicists at Brookhaven National Laboratory (USA) on applications of the Mössbauer effect in solid state research. This formed the basis of his Habilitation Thesis “Applications of the Mössbauer Effect in Chemistry presented at the Technical University of Darmstadt in 1970. Thereafter, Mössbauer spectroscopy became the main technique of his research in studying electronic and molecular structure and magnetic properties in solid state chemistry and physics.

After moving to the University of Mainz in 1975 (Full Professorship of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry), he and his co-workers have installed other physical techniques like magnetic measurements, optical and vibrational (IR, FAR-IR, Raman) spectroscopy, diffraction methods, and calorimetry, all equipped with low temperature facilities down to the liquid helium range.

Prof. Philipp Gütlich and his research group at the University of Mainz ( have further developed special experimental techniques for  Mössbauer spectroscopy of, e.g. depth-selective surface studies with scattering methods, time-integral and time-differential emission experiments  and work  with short-lived Mössbauer sources (e.g. 61Ni with only 99 minutes-half-life).

His research group (altogether ca. 20-25 scientific persons on average during the last 30 years) always comprised chemists and physicists, which has enabled them to span the work from the synthesis of the material, characterization by physical methods, and interpretation of measured data using existing theories and creating new models. His work during the past four decades may be classified grossly as follows:

 Thermal, light- and pressure-induced spin transition phenomena in (mainly) iron(II) coordination compounds.

 Physical and chemical after-effects of nuclear decay in inorganic solids.

 Applications of Mössbauer spectroscopy to different problems of solid state research, including industrial applications.

 Instrumental development of Mössbauer spectroscopy and other physical techniques employed in Materials Science.

Prof. Philipp Gütlich has published about 480 scientific articles which earned more than 14,000 citations. Together with Harold A. Goodwin, he edited the first comprehensive book on “Spin Crossover in Transition Metal Compounds”, which appeared in 2004 in the Springer Series “Topics in Current Chemistry” and comprises three volumes. He also published a book on “Mössbauer Spectroscopy and Transition Metal Chemistry – Fundamentals and Applications”, Springer (Heidelberg, Dordrecht, London, New York), 2011, together with Eckhard Bill and Alfred X. Trautwein.

Prof. Philipp Gütlich received numerous awards and honours for his scientific achievements ( He is a Honorary Member of the International Board on the Applications of the Mössbauer Effect from 2002, Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Science (2002), Honorary Doctor and Professor of the University of Budapest (2003), Member of Academia Europia (2007) and Honorary Doctor of Toho-University, Tokyo (2007).

We look forward to meeting you in Cavtat, Croatia in 2016.

Conference Chairs:

Dr. Mira Ristić (Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia)

Prof. Tetsuaki Nishida (Kinki University, Fukuoka, Japan)

Prof. Virender K. Sharma (Texas A&M University, Texas, US)