University College London -- Monday 5th November 2012

The Chemistry Department of University College London will host the 2012 Young Astrochemists' Meeting, which is sponsored by the LASSIE International Training Network and the Astrophysical Chemistry Group of the RSC/RAS.
Interested participants are invited to register attendance at the meeting, and to submit abstracts for talks and posters in all areas of astrochemistry (observations, modeling, theory and experimental) to: yam2012@star.ucl.ac.uk.
There are no registration fees associated with attendance at this meeting, and lunch will be provided.

Schedule

10.30 -- 11.15 Rings in space: Benzene, PAHs and C60 (Invited talk)
Prof. Peter Sarre (University of Nottingham)
Laboratory astrochemistry
11.15 -- 11.35 Astronomically relevant laboratory studies of H2S    
Fabrizio Puletti (UCL)
11.35 -- 11.55 The formation of molecular anions in space    
Ewelina Szymanska-Skolimowska (Open University)
11.55 -- 12.15 Diffusion and reactivity of O atoms on water ice, silicates and graphite     
Marco Minissale (Universite de Cergy-Pontoise & Observatoire de Paris)
12.15 -- 12.35 The ortho-to-para ratio of newly-formed H2 and D2 on amorphous solid water    
Lisseth Gavilan (Universite de Cergy-Pontoise & Observatoire de Paris)
LUNCH/POSTERS
Observational astrochemistry
13.30 -- 13.50 The molecular chemistry of NGC6302    
Kerry Hebden (JBCA)
13.50 -- 14.10 Detection of the 21 micron feature in carbon- and oxygen-rich objects    
Kyle Roberts (University of Nottingham)
14.10 -- 14.30 Using AKARI to determine the prevalence of H2O ice in star-forming regions    
Aleksi Suutarinen (Open University)
14.30 -- 14.50 Constraining the physical and chemical conditions in hot cores    
Hannah Calcutt (UCL)
COFFEE
Theoretical astrochemistry
15.10 -- 15.30 3D-PDR: A new three-dimensional astrochemistry code for treating photodissociation regions    
Thomas Bisbas (UCL)
15.30 -- 15.50 Modelling ammonia formation in diffuse cloud environments    
Richard Rollins (UCL)
15.50 -- 16.10 Statistical learning from chemical models of star forming regions    
Antonios Makrymallis (UCL)
16.10 -- 16.30 Electron-impact resonant vibration excitation cross-sections and rate coefficients for carbon monoxide    
Vincenzo Laporta (UCL)
POSTERS & WINE

Registered participants

Posters Posters up to and including size A0 are acceptable. Portrait orientation preferred.

X-ray irradiation of pure CH3OH, comparison with UV and electron irradiation -- Antonio Jimenez Escobar (Open University)
Hydrogenation of PAHs and its effect on the UIR band spectrum -- Rachel Gover (University of Nottingham)
Electron stimulated processes of astrophysically relevant molecules on solid surfaces -- D. Marchione (Heriot-Watt University)
Low Energy Ion Irradiation and Thermal Desorption Studies of Astrophysical Ice Analogues -- Elena-Andra Muntean (Queen's University, Belfast)
Formation of nitrogen-bearing molecules in interstellar ice analogues by electron irradiation and thermal processing -- B.G. Nair (Open University)
Computational Study of Photochemistry and Spectroscopy of Benzene-Water Clusters of relevance to Insterstellar Ice Structures -- D. Sharma (Heriot-Watt University)
Modelling Desorption of 'Real' Interstellar Ices -- Mark Whelan (UCL)

Location Nyholm Room, Department of Chemistry, Christopher Ingold Building, 20 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0QB. (see sidebar for map)
Travel UCL is best served by Euston railway station and Euston, Euston Square, King's Cross, Warren Street and Russell Square underground stations. (see sidebar for airport connections)
Accommodation Unfortunately we cannot organise accommodation for this conference, however there are many hotels around UCL. (see sidebar for suggestions)
Visas Please contact us as soon as possible if you need an invitation letter for visa purposes.

Wendy Brown & Paul Woods