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I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smitshonian Center for Astrophysics interested in the chemistry that takes place in the cold parts of star- and planet-forming regions. I perform my research in the group of Karin Öberg and my work is supported by a Rubicon fellowship offered by NWO (The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research). I aim to understand physical-chemical processes induced in molecular ices on grains around young stars through both laboratory work and observations.

I obtained my PhD in Harold Linnartz's group (Sackler Laboratory for Astrophysics, Leiden, NL) who has been supervising my thesis work together with Jean-Hugues Fillion (Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France). I also worked in close collaboration with my co-promotor at the time, Karin Öberg. I received my magister's degree in physical chemistry (BSc and MSc) from Paris Sud university.


  • Laboratory astrophysics with an emphasis on physical chemistry on icy surfaces
  • Interplay between gas and solid state molecules in star forming regions
  • Observations of complex molecules around young stellar objects
  • Link between chemistry at protostellar stage and planetary atmosphere composition
  • and many more topics related to chemistry in space...

  • Edith Fayolle

    Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
    60 Garden St, MS-15
    Cambridge, MA 02138 (USA)
    E-mail : efayolle@cfa.harvard.edu