The Öberg Astrochemistry Group


I joined the Harvard faculty as an assistant professor in 2013. In the Astrochemistry group we explore the origins of chemical complexity in space and how these processes affect star and planet formation and especially the bulk and organic compositions of young planets.

We also investigate the inverse processes, i.e. how the chemistry is affected by different astrophysical processes and how spatially and spectrally resolved observations of molecular lines can be used to probe star and planet formation. The research comprises laboratory experiments, aimed at simulating the chemistry and physics of interstellar grain mantles, radio and infrared observations (often at high spatial resolution), and astrochemical theory.



March 20 2014: Trish Lauck wins the ACS spring 2014 Physical Chemistry Division poster prize.

Feb 18 2014: Karin Öberg is named a 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Fellow in Physics.

Dec 2013: Dr Edith Fayolle wins a Rubicon fellowship from the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) to join the Astrochemistry group for two years to study the chemistry and desorption of interstellar ices.

July 18 2013: First images of snowfall in a Solar Nebula analog. Check out the press release and Science paper. [Image credits: B. Saxton/A. Angelich NRAO/AUI/NSF, and K. Öberg]