The ‘Dutch Astrochemistry in the Era of JWST’ research programme is a collaboration between astrophysicists and chemists within the DAN. Its objective is to generate new experimental and theoretical data that will aid the interpretation of astronomical observations performed by JWST. The programme consists of seven research projects distributed over two main research themes: ‘inheritance versus reset – gas and ice’ (four projects) and ‘cosmic evolution of carbon – gas and PAHs’ (three projects). To guarantee a strong networking component, the supervision of each project is distributed across several institutes.
HFML-FELIX, IMM & DAN
The first research theme on ‘inheritance versus reset’ aims to understand how gas and ices evolve from molecular clouds to the planet-forming disk stage. One of the four projects striving to better this understanding is a collaboration between HFML-FELIX director Britta Redlich, Herma Cuppen (IMM) and Thanja Lamberts (Leiden University). Their project focuses on ‘Energetic processing of ices’.