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The Extensive and Ubiquitous Role of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in Space

Objective

Large Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) molecules are deeply interwoven in the fabric of the Universe and lock up ~15% of the elemental carbon in the interstellar medium (ISM) of galaxies. They dominate the mid-infrared emission characteristics of galaxies that can be used to trace star formation locally as well as in the early universe, they influence the phase structure of the ISM and the star formation rate of galaxies, and they are the epitome of molecular complexity in space, heralding the importance of top-down chemistry. In spite of the influential role of PAHs in the ISM, their lifecycle, catalytic activity, interaction with interstellar radiation, gas and grains and their role in the organic inventory of solar system bodies is still poorly understood. The EUROPAH ETN aims to change this by creating a highly multidisciplinary network that combines astronomy, molecular physics, molecular spectroscopy, environmental science, quantum chemistry, surface sciences, and plasma physics in a comprehensive research and training program. EUROPAH will train 16 ESRs through cutting edge individual research and innovation projects investigating key physical and chemical processes of PAHs in space and related terrestrial settings and linking directly to R&D needs of our industrial beneficiaries. EUROPAH will engage all ESRs in industry driven innovation activities aimed at R&D of the industrial participants products and services, including outreach activities led by our industrial science communication beneficiary. Research and innovation training is complemented by an extensive program of network-wide training events to expose ESRs to all disciplines in the network and to instill in them a comprehensive set of transferable skills. This will provide the ESRs with a unique learning environment in a multidisciplinary setting aimed at developing a research oriented creative and innovative mind set and will place them well for a future career in academia or in industry.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016
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Coordinator

AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Denmark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 773 551,68

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 680 998,08
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 455 479,80
Address
Riccarton
EH14 4AS Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE PAUL SABATIER TOULOUSE III
France
EU contribution
€ 525 751,20
Address
Route De Narbonne 118
31062 Toulouse Cedex 9
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 546 575,76
Address
Brownlow Hill 765 Foundation Building
L69 7ZX Liverpool
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
WESTFAELISCHE WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET MUENSTER
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Schlossplatz 2
48149 Muenster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAET ZU KOELN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Albertus Magnus Platz
50931 Koeln
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STICHTING RADBOUD UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 255 374,28
Address
Houtlaan 4
6525 XZ Nijmegen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GRAPHIC SCIENCE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 273 287,88
Address
The Sheilings Barn Long Lane Felton Common North Somerset
BS40 9YP Bristol
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (3)

Hiden Analytical Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
Europa Boulevard 420
WA5 7UN Warrington
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO
Italy
Address
Via Festa Del Perdono 7
20122 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA
Italy
Address
Viale Del Parco Mellini 84
00136 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations