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Fragmenting nano-balls to create interstellar dust grain surface analogues

PhD defence, Friday, 23 April 2021. Georgios Pantazidis.

2021.04.23 | Karen Konradi

Georgios Pantazidis

During his PhD studies, Georgios Pantazidis researched the interaction of C60 molecules with hydrogen and oxygen atoms on graphitic surfaces, in experiments that mimicked interstellar environments. Georgios Pantazidis investigated the production of an interstellar dust-grain-mantle analogue and probed reactions on its surface. The formed species on this analogue, were more thermally stable, more chemically complex and the surface more reactive towards atomic species. The new research findings contribute to the understanding of interstellar dust grain surface morphology in terms of its role in the growth of the dust grain and the enrichment of chemically complex species formed via surface reactions.


The PhD study was completed at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University.

This summary was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Friday, 23 April 2021 at 14:15
Place: The PhD defence will be held online. To receive a link to the event, please send an e-mail to aps@phys.au.dk.
Title of PhD thesis: Atomic functionalization of C60 molecules on graphitic surfaces; an interstellar perspective

Contact information: Georgios Pantazidis e-mail: gpantazidis@phys.au.dk, tel.: +45 60545224

Members of the assessment committee:

 Senior Lecturer Jan Knudsen, MAX IV Laboratory, Lund University, Sweden

Head of the research group Cornelia Jäger, Faculty for Physics and Astronomy, FSU Jena and Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Germany

Associate professor Brian Julsgaard, (chairman), Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, Denmark

Main supervisor:
Professor Liv Hornekær, Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, Denmark

Co-supervisor:
Dr. Andrew Cassidy, Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, Denmark

Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.
Due to the coronavirus situation, the PhD thesis will not be available for reading at the offices of the PhD administration. Instead, interested parties may send an e-mail to gradschool.nat@au.dk to receive a digital copy of the PhD thesis. Please note, it may in certain cases be necessary to make an individual arrangement to read the PhD thesis.

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