Astrochemistry - From Laboratory Studies to Astronomical Observations

Pacifichem 2005 - Symposium 47

Honolulu, Hawai'i, December 18-20, 2005


The formation of molecules in extraterrestrial environments has fascinated scientists since the pioneering detection, of CH and CN in interstellar space. We now know of about 130 species, ranging in complexity from diatomics such as molecular hydrogen to polyatomics like the sugar glycolaldehyde, benzene, and cyanopentaacetylene, which have been identified as gas-phase constituents of extraterrestrial environments. Nevertheless, many facets of the question "How do these molecules arise?" remain unanswered or contentious. This symposium focuses on the interdisciplinary field of astrochemistry, bringing together speakers from the fields of laboratory astrochemistry (dynamics, kinetics, and spectroscopy), astrochemical modeling (physicists), theoretical astrochemistry (computational chemists), and observational astrochemistry (astronomers). By focusing on the interplay between observational data, kinetic modeling, and fundamental investigations of the details of specific molecular processes, we seek also to evaluate the emerging generalized concepts on the formation of astrochemically important molecules on the molecular level. Furthermore, by exploring the current boundaries of astrochemical knowledge, we can more effectively design new laboratory experiments under well-defined conditions (and recommend promising directions for further astronomical searches) to resolve critical unanswered aspects of molecular synthesis in extraterrestrial space on the molecular level.

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 Presentations & Proceedings

This symposium features invited (30 min) and contributed talks (20 min). In addition we allocated time slots for poster presentations. Registrations shall be submitted through the
Pacifichem Webpage. Proceedings are published by the American Institute of Physics. Detailed information on the submission process and deadlines will be released at the Pacifichem Meeting.  The list of presenters (invited, contributed, poster) can be found here.



Peter Bernath, Department of Chemistry, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West, Canada. Email: bernath@uwaterloo.ca

Ralf I. Kaiser, Department of Chemistry, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA. Email: kaiser@gold.chem.hawaii.edu

Alexander M. Mebel, Florida InternationalUniversity, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University Park, Miami, FL. Email:  mebela@fiu.edu

Young C. Minh, Korea Astronomy Observatory, 61-1, Whaam, Yusong, Taejon 305-348, Republic of Korea, Email: minh@trao.re.kr

Yoshihiro Osamura, Department of Chemistry, Rikkyo University, 3-34-1 Nishi-ikebukuro, Tokyo, 171-8501, Japan. Email: osamura@rikkyo.jp

Simon Petrie, Department of Chemistry, Australian National University,Canberra , ACT 0200, Australia. Email: spetrie@rsc.anu.edu.au