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Photochemistry and Spectroscopy Department

Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences

   Group 25: Laboratory astrochemistry

Current research topics:

- Cryogenic photochemical synthesis of heavy cyanopolyynes (HC2n+1N, NC2nN) and their spectroscopy.

- Photochemistry and spectroscopy of C3H3N-family compounds (vinyl cyanide, vinyl isocyanide, etc.)

- Photochemistry and spectroscopy of C4H3N-family compounds (methylcyanoacetylene, allenyl cyanide, propargyl cyanide, etc.)

- Photochemistry and spectroscopy of methyldicyanoacetylne (CH3C5N).

- Cavity ring-down spectroscopy of astrophysically relevant molecules.

- Metal-containing astrophysical molecules (HMgNC, HMgCN, MgC3N, MgNC3, etc.)

- Cryogenically created noble gas compounds.

- Photochemistry and spectroscopy of the halogen derivatives of cyanoacetylene, XC3N.

- Spectroscopy of thiocyanates, isothiocyanates and other sulphur-bearing astrophysically significant molecules.

- Astrochemistry of HSCN & HNCS.

- Astrochemistry of [C2 + He] and [C2+H2] collisions.

- Theory of some isomerization reactions of astrochemical interest.


We currently collaborate with:

- Institut des Sciences Moléculaires d’Orsay (Dr. Claudine Crépin, Dr. Stéphane Douin)

- Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes (Dr. Jean-Claude Guillemin)

- Aix-Marseille Université (Dr. Isabelle Couturier-Tamburelli, Dr. Nathalie Piétri)

- Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center, Toruń (Dr. Mirosław Schmidt)

- Center for Astronomy of the Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń (Prof. Jacek Krełowski)

- University of Warsaw, Chemistry Department (Prof. Joanna Sadlej)