Scientific Program

The conference aims to cover the following topics:

Formation of COMs: surface routes vs new gas-phase routes
What are new formation routes towards Complex Organic Molecules? How stable are these large molecules in various harsh interstellar enviroments? What is the abundance of COMs in various astrophysical environments?

Low temperature chemistry and kinetics and processes (gas and solid)
What is the role of low temperatures on the reactivity of main isotopologues species?

Isotopic fractionation pathways in space
What are the various fractionation pathways and in which astrophysical environments do they act?

Hydrocarbon chains and rings in space
What are formation pathways and stability of such molecules? What is their role in the chemistry in space?

Nanoparticles: Condensation, reactivity and diffusion
How do realistic surfaces of solids change the reactivity and catalytic efficiency in chemistry? How do laboratory experiments and computational simulations can help to improve our understanding of surface chemistry?

Optical and spectral properties of solids in space
How do we quantify them in laboratories and through theoretical calculations? How can we use them to learn about chemical and radiative processing of materials in space?

Challenges for astrochemical modeling
How do the new processes and reaction pathways identified in this COST Action affect astrochemical models? How can they help to interpret observational data?

High energy chemistry
Which chemical pathways are enabled through VUV, Xrays and electrons? Where in space are they relevant?
Full details of how to register for the meeting and submit a contributed abstract will be made available in early 2018.