Culture Café – ‘Space: The Final Frontier’
Title: 'Chemistry on a Comet'
Speaker: Dr David Benoit is an Astrochemist at the E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Hull.
Date: Saturday 16th November 2019
Venue: University of Hull, Business School, Allam Lecture Theatre
Time: 11am – 1pm
Find out why comets and asteroids are really more like big dusty snowballs and how they act as a "mobile chemistry lab" in space. Could our water come from outer-space and has life started by hitching a ride on a comet? Let's find out!
Dr David Benoit is an Astrochemist at the E.A. Milne centre for Astrophysics, where he studies interactions between molecules and icy interstellar dust grains. He holds a (bio)chemistry degree (U. Lausanne), a PhD in theoretical chemistry (UCL) and a German habilitation in theoretical chemistry (U. Ulm). He has authored over 55 peer-reviewed publications and uses high-performance computing to simulate the conditions observed in space and to understand how molecules vibrate on comets, asteroids and (exo)planets. He is also interested in detection of biological life forms in space, quantum properties and dynamics of large molecular systems and future technologies in high-performance computing (artificial intelligence and quantum computing).
Cost: Free Admission – All welcome but booking is required in order to guarantee a place and to enable us to ensure we have an adequately sized room booked for the session.
Enquiries: Jackie McAndrew - The Doctoral College
Telephone: 01482 466585
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