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.
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
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). Photo courtesy of Murthy Gudipati.
Invited speakers include: