COST Action Our Astrochemical History CM1401

First General Meeting in Prague, May 25 - 29, 2015

The conference is open to the whole community of physical chemistry and astrochemistry.
The maximum number of attendees is set to 100 people. The conference is co-organized by University of Chemistry and Technology Prague and will be held in J. Heyrovsky institute AS CR. v.v.i., which is a centre of fundamental research in physical chemistry, electrochemistry and chemical physics.

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A large variety of chemical compounds, from hydrides to complex organic species, is observed in star and planet forming regions. These complex species are also detected in present-day comets and meteorites, possibly as witnesses of the early stages of Solar System formation. An active chemistry proceeds in the harsh environments of pre-stellar cores and proto-planetary disks, where UV photons or X-rays irradiate cold diluted gases and ices, and radicals are copiously produced. The aim of this Action is to bring together laboratory and theoretical gas phase and surface chemistry as well as large facilities based experiments with the aim of rationalizing the molecular evolution. Specific markers, such as isotopic fractionation, ices composition, and abundance ratios of isomers, must be used and understood, in order to draw a coherent picture of our chemical origins. Succeeding former European initiatives that shaped the field of Astrochemistry, this Action focuses on the molecular evolution towards higher complexity. Being a stepping-stone for building models, the Action would deliver new schemes for physical chemistry at large, like chemistry of transient species and photochemistry, in gas or on surfaces.

Tycho Brahe and Johhanes Kepler statue

Local Organizing Committee

  • Petr Slavíček, University of Chemical Technology Prague
  • Eva Muchová, University of Chemical Technology Prague
  • Daniel Hollas, University of Chemical Technology Prague
  • Jan Chalabala, University of Chemical Technology Prague
  • Martina Rubešová, University of Chemical Technology Prague
  • Laurent Wiesenfeld, Institute for Planetary Science and Astrophysics "IPAG", Grenoble

Scientific Organizing Committee

  • Nadia Balucani, University of Perugia, IT
  • Herma Cuppen, Radboud University Nijmegen, NL
  • Jean-Hugues Fillion, University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, FR
  • Helen Fraser, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
  • Lauri Halonen, University of Helsinki, FI
  • Jes Kristian Joergensen, Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, DK
  • Inga Kamp, Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, Groningen, vice-chair, NL
  • Octavio Roncero, Consejo superior de investigaciones cientificas, Madrid, ES
  • Dmitry Semenov, Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, DE
  • Petr Slavíček, University of Chemical Technology Prague, chair, CZ
  • Charlotte Vastel, IRAP, Toulouse, FR
  • Laurent Wiesenfeld, Institute for Planetary Science and Astrophysics "IPAG", Grenoble, chair, FR

Secretary of the Action

  • Beverly Bishop, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

Local Secretary

  • Vladimíra Bergerová, J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry, AS, CR, v.v.i.

Special thanks for kindly providing the image for this site to P. Theulé; T. Chiavassa, PIIM, Marseille.