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Expanding the Frontiers in Condensed Phase Astrochemistry:
Electron Transfer Processes in Ices and Catalysis on Interstellar Grains

253rd National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2 - 6 April 2017

The deadline for submitting an abstract is Monday 31 October 2016.

Prof. Ralf I. Kaiser (University of Hawaii)
Dr. Murthy Gudipati (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)


During the last decade, significant new experimental techniques have been developed to investigate the interaction of ionizing radiation (UV, VUV, gamma rays, charged particles) and neutrals (atoms, radicals, molecules, grains) with surfaces of solids (ices, minerals, carbonaceous compounds) in the Solar System and in the Interstellar Medium (ISM). These processes provide new fundamental insights - sometimes on the molecular level - into the chemical processes that are critical to the chemical evolution of the ISM, star and planet forming regions, and on/in icy objects in the Solar System covering a wide range from the formation of the simplest molecule (molecular hydrogen) to complex bio-relevant species such as amino acids and sugars. Two currently operating space missions to the Kuiper Belt (New Horizons) and to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (Rosetta) highlight the importance of these processes.

This 3.5 days (seven half day sessions) symposium features invited (senior and junior scientists) as well as contributed talks covering the interaction of ionizing radiation (UV, VUV, gamma rays, charged particles) and neutrals (atoms, radicals, molecules, grains) with low temperature solids (ices, minerals, organics), the formation of solids (interstellar grains; nanoparticles) from simple precursors via silicon- and carbon-bearing clusters, and the analysis of these processes both computationally and experimentally. Two special half-day sessions highlight how these investigations can be exploited to understand the data from the currently operating New Horizons and Rosetta Mission.

We anticipate 25 invited (30 min + 10 min discussion) and 25 contributed talks (15 min + 5 min discussion).

Invited speakers include:

  • Musahid Ahmed (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
  • Kathrin Altwegg (University of Bern, Rosetta, Switzerland)
  • Sushil Atreya (Univeristy of Michigan, USA)
  • Partha Bera (NASA Ames Research Center, USA)
  • Robert Continetti (University of California at San Diego, USA)
  • Will Grundy (Lowell Observatory, USA)
  • Martin Head-Gordon (University of California-Berkeley, USA)
  • Bryana Henderson (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA)
  • Thomas Henning (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Germany)
  • Eric Herbst (University of Virginia, USA)
  • Robert Hodyss (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA)
  • Reggie Hudson (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA)
  • Liv Horneaker (Aarhus University, Denmark)
  • Lahouari Krim (Pierre and Marie Curie University, France)
  • Nigel Mason (Open University, UK)
  • Michel Nuevo (NASA Ames Research Center, USA)
  • Thom Orlando (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Matthew Pasek (University of South Florida, USA)
  • Wolfram Sander (University of Bochum, Germany)
  • Steve Sibener (University of Chicago, USA)
  • Amanda Stockton (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Mark Thiemens (University of California at San Diego, USA)
  • Andrew Turner (University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA)
  • Gianfranco Vidali (Syracuse University, USA)
  • Naoki Watanabe (Hokkaido University, Japan)
  • David Woon (University of Illinois, USA)
  • Hikaru Yabuta (Osaka University, Japan)