About the Centre for Cosmic Chemistry and Physics
The purpose of the Centre is to apply research to fundamental chemical processes which are believed to occur throughout the universe. A recent review of the activities of the Centre can be found here.
Using a unique combination of theoretical and experimental techniques, such processes are investigated in the laboratory. Comparison of these results with astronomical models and observations serves to increase our knowledge and understanding of the cosmos.
Our first major project concerns the formation of hydrogen molecules on surfaces of interstellar dust grains and the second expands upon this to study the formation of more complex molecules such as methanol.
You can view a pdf document explaining the motivations and experimental activities of the centre here and we now have a resource available following our successful Stars 'R' Us display at the recent Royal Society Summer Exhibition.
The members of the UCL Centre for Cosmic Chemistry and Physics are also members of the AstroSurf network. AstroSurf is a network which aims to bring together surface scientists (both experimental and theoretical) and molecular astrophysicists to encourage the application of surface science techniques to problems that are of relevance to astronomy.
PhD Position Available
A PhD project on surface chemistry in space has become available within the CCCP working with Dr Wendy Brown in the department of chemistry at UCL. A summary of the research project can be found here.
This page last modified
27 May, 2008
by John Edridge