The EUROPAH conference

Dear colleagues,

The EUROPAH network invites you to participate in an online conference to discuss the contribution of EUROPAH to our understanding of the role of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the Interstellar Medium

The EUROPAH conference will take place online, on Monday 8th March 2021 from 14.00 – 18.00 (CET)


14.00 Welcome address

14.05 “Beyond EUROPAH” – Invited Speaker
Annemieke Petrignani University of Amsterdam

Plenary session
(Chair Liv Hornekær)
14.40 Gabi Wenzel Université de Toulouse
Isomer diversity in the –H fragments of methylated PAHs
14.50 Rijutha Jaganathan Aarhus University
The Influence of Configuration and Functionalisation on Interstellar PAH Reactivity

15.10 Break

15.25 Lindsey St. Mary Heriot-Watt University
Time-related Alteration of Aqueous Phase Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) Photoproducts Upon Interaction with TiO2 Nanoparticles
15.40 Yaolin Wang University of Liverpool
Prediction of plasma reforming of naphthalene using a hybrid machine learning model
15.55 Georgios Pantazidis Aarhus University
Atomic functionalization of C60 provides a route to form interstellar, dust-grain-mantle analogues
16.10 Laurène Cheilan University of Bristol
Public engagement culture in EUROPAH and the production of academic identities

16.30 Break

Parallel Sessions

Session 1 – Spectroscopy
(Chair Stephan Schlemmer)

16.40 Shreyak Banhatti
Universität zu Köln
Infrared action spectroscopy of doubly charged PAHs and their contribution to the aromatic infrared bands

16.55 Julianna Palotás
Radboud University
Laboratory IR spectra of protonated fullerenes

17.10 Sanjana Panchagnula
Leiden University
Structural investigation of doubly dehydrogenated pyrene cations

17.25 Evgeny Posenitskiy
UT3-Paul Sabatier
On application of Deep Learning to nonadiabatic
molecular dynamics of phenanthrene

Session 2- PAHs & surfaces
(Chair Helmut Zacharias)

16.40 Dario Campisi
Leiden University
The Interaction of PAHs and C60 with Forsterite: Machine Learning and DFT-D4 studies

16.55 Rushdi Senevirathne
Heriot Watt University
Understanding Decalin Conformational Isomer Desorption from Silica Surfaces

17.10 Zeyuan Tang
Aarhus University
Dimerization of polycyclic aromatic
hydrocarbons on graphene

17.25 Michał Bulak
Leiden University
UV photolysis of acetylene ice as a possible formation pathway of PAHs

17.40 – Closing comments and video montage

All of the presentations will be recorded and will be available for viewing here, via the EUROPAH website, after the conference. Contributed talks will be 12+3 mins duration.

Download all abstracts:

Please register your interest to receive a link to the conference stream.

Conference scope

The conference aims to showcase the contributions of EUROPAH to our understanding of the role that PAH molecules play in the physics and chemistry of the Interstellar Medium. Particular attention will be drawn to the diversity within EUROPAH and the collaborative nature of the network.

The scientific organising committe:

  • Liv Hornekær (Aarhus University, DK)
  • Stephan Schlemmer (University of Cologne, DE)
  • Xander Tielens (Leiden University, NL)

The scientific organising committee will review all abstracts submitted by the deadline and nominate highlight talks for the plenary session.

It is permisible to record your presentation in advance if you are unable or unwilling to present live. Please communicate any issues to the conference organiser.

Conference organiser:

Andrew Cassidy (Aarhus University, DK).