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Astrochemistry Subdivision Archives

Past Chairs

2019-2020: Ryan C. Fortenberry
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
University of Mississippi

2018-2019: Michael C. McCarthy
School of Engineering and Applied Science
Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

2017-2018: Susanna Widicus Weaver
Department of Chemistry
University of Wisconsin - Madison

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

2021: Danna N. Qasim
Advisors: Prof. Harold Linnartz & Prof. Ewine van Dishoeck
University: Leiden University
Title: "Dark ice chemistry in interstellar clouds"

2020: Andrew M. Turner
Advisor: Prof. Ralf Kaiser
University: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Title: "A Photoionization Reflectron Time-of-Flight Investigation of Phosphorus
Chemistry in Extraterrestrial Ices"

2020 Honorable Mention: Ko-Ju Chuang
Co-Advisors: Prof. Ewine van Dishoeck & Prof. Harold Linnartz
University: Leiden University
Title: "The Formation of Complex Organic Molecules in Dense Clouds:
Sweet Results from the Laboratory"

2019: Cameron J. Mackie
Co-Advisors: Prof. A. G. G. M. Tielens & Dr. Timothy Lee
University: Leiden University
Title: "The Anharmonic Infrared Spectra of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons"

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

Astrochemical Complexity in Planetary Systems
Organizers: Martin A. Cordiner and Christropher J. Bennett
ACS Spring Meeting 2021

Water in the Universe
Organizers: Geoffrey A. Blake and Sergio Ioppolo
258th ACS Meeting (Fall 2019)
San Diego, CA

New Spectroscopic Techniques for Astrochemisty
Organizers: Kyle N. Crabtree and Michael C. McCarthy
256th ACS Meeting (Fall 2018)
Boston, MA

Quantum Chemistry, Dynamics, and Reaction Modeling for Molecules and Materials in Astrophysical Environments
Organizers: David E. Woon and Herma Cuppen
255th ACS Meeting (Spring 2018)
New Orleans, LA

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

Frontiers of Solar System Chemistry: Planets to Comets and Beyond
Organizers: Reggie Hudson and Stefanie N. Milam
252th ACS Meeting (Fall 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 (Fall 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 (Spring 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 (Fall 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 (Spring 2014)
Dallas, TX

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

Chemistry as a Tool for Space Exploration & Discovery at Mars
Organizers: Mark Allen, Jeff Bada, and Ronald Cohen
242nd ACS Meeting (Fall 2011)
Denver, CO

Recent Advances in Observational and Experimental Astrochemistry
Organizers: Thomas M. Orlando and Geoff Blake
239th ACS Meeting (Spring 2010)
San Francisco, CA

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