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Astrochemistry Subdivision Archives

Future Astrochemistry Directions

An open forum on astrochemistry was held by Reggie Hudson and Ryan Fortenberry at the "Bringing Astrochemicals Back to Earth" Symposium at the August 2015 ACS Meeting in Boston. This was followed up by a similar open forum at the April 2017 ACS Meeting in San Francisco. For inclusion of new ideas in this subdiscipline, feel free to add to the linked Google Doc.

Past Chairs

2017-2018: Susanna Widicus Weaver
Department of Chemistry
Emory University

2016-2017: Reggie Hudson
Astrochemistry Laboratory
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

2015-2016: Timothy J. Lee
Division of Space Sciences and Astrobiology
NASA Ames Research Center

2014-2015: Martin Head-Gordon
Department of Chemistry
University of California-Berkeley

2013-2014: Arthur Suits
Department of Chemistry
Wayne State University

2012-2013: Ralf I. Kaiser
Department of Chemistry
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Past Secretaries

2016-2018: Ryan C. Fortenberry
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Georgia Southern University
University of Mississippi

2013-2015: Ralf I. Kaiser
Department of Chemistry
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Dissertation Awards

2018: Alexander Ruf
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Philippe Schmidtt-Kopplin
University: Technische Universität München
Title: Previously Unknown Organomagnesium Compounds in the Astrochemical Context

2017: Eric T. Parker
Advisor: Prof. Facundo M. Fernandez with collaboration from Dr. Jason Dworkin
University: Georgia Tech
Title:New Insights into Biomolecule Polymerization Under Plausible
Primordial Earth Conditions: Implications for the Origin of Life

2016: Brian M. Hays
Advisor: Prof. Susanna Widicus Weaver
University: Emory University
Title: Rotational Spectroscopy of O(1D) Insertion Products

2015: Brett A. McGuire
Advisor: Prof. Geoffrey A. Blake
University: California Institute of Technology
Title: Time-Domain TeraHertz Spectroscopy and Observational Probes
of Prebiotic Interstellar Gas and Ice Chemistry

Past Symposia

Molecules in Space: Linking the Interstellar Medium to (Exo)Planets
Organizers: Xander G. G. M. Tielens and Partha P. Bera
254th ACS Meeting (2017)
Washington, DC

Expanding the Frontiers in Condensed Phase Astrochemistry: Electron Transfer Processes in Ices and Catalysis on Interstellar Grains
Organizers: Ralf I. Kaiser and Murthy Gudipati
253th ACS Meeting (2017)
San Francisco, CA

Frontiers of Solar System Chemistry: Planets to Comets and Beyond
Organizers: Reggie Hudson and Stefanie N. Milam
252th ACS Meeting (2016)
Philadelphia, PA

Bringing Astrochemicals Back to Earth: Formation Mechanisms, Stability, and Spectroscopic Signatures
Organizers: Ryan C. Fortenberry and M. Samy El-Shall
250th ACS Meeting (2015)
Boston, MA

Carbon in the Galaxy: The Formation of Complex Organics from the Outflow of Carbon Stars and Their Evolution
Organizers: Louis J. Allamandola and Timothy J. Lee
249th ACS Meeting (2015)
Denver, CO

Extreme Biochemistry from Small Molecules to Proteins: Formation, Stability, Structure, and Function
Organizers: Robert J. Stanley, Ralf I. Kaiser, and Yong Ba
248th ACS Meeting (2014)
San Francisco, CA

Chemistry in the Interstellar Medium: New Frontiers in Laboratory, Theory, and Observation
Organizers: Eric Herbst, Ralf I. Kaiser, and Susanna Widicus-Weaver
247th ACS Meeting (2014)
Dallas, TX

Frontiers in Solar System Exploration
Organizers: Ralf I. Kaiser and Nadia Balucani
Video Highlights (begin at 1:30).
246th ACS Meeting (2013)
Indianapolis, IN

If you have suggestions for additional information to include, please contact the secretary or any of the officers of the Astrochemistry Subdivision.