H2 – Commission H2 Astrochemistry


Commission H2 Astrochemistry is an upgrade of a long-running and successful Working Group of the same name.  The topic reflects one of growing importance within astronomy – the use of molecular emission and absorption lines to probe objects as diverse as planetary atmospheres and comets within our Solar System to distant galaxies at redshift greater than 6.  In addition to the intrinsic value of studying astrochemistry to astronomy, there is an additional benefit to chemistry in that conditions in the interstellar medium are so extreme in terms of temperature, densities, size and time scales not easily accessible to terrestrial laboratories. Thus astrochemistry attracts scientists from a number of different disciplines such as chemistry and planetary science.  It directly connects with new fields such as astrobiology and the study of exoplanets and their atmospheres. Because of this broad perspective, astrochemistry is a rich and vibrant field and the purpose of the Commission is to promote such connections.


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Division H Interstellar Matter and Local Universe

Thomas J. Millar

Queen's Univ Belfast
School of Maths-Physics
13 Stranmillis Rd
Belfast BT9 5FS
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 289 097 6523
Fax: +44 289 097 4536
Email: TomMillarqubacuk
Organization website: http://www.qub.ac.uk/index.html

Last updated:
December 6, 2017

Edwin A. Bergin

University of Michigan
Astronomy Dept
1085 S. University Ave
Ann Arbor MI 48109-1107
Michigan (MI)
United States

Phone: +1 734 615 8720
Fax: +1 734 763 6317
Email: eberginumichedu
Organization website: http://www.astro.lsa.umich.edu/

Last updated:
December 6, 2017

Maria R. Cunningham

University of New South Wales
School of Physics
Sydney NSW 2052
New South Wales (NSW)

Phone: +61 2 9385 5662
Fax: +61 3 9385 6060
Email 1: mariacunninghamunsweduau
Email 2: mariahuntunsweduau
Organization website: http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/

Last updated:
December 6, 2017

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