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

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.
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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)

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UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 680 998,08

HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 455 479,80

UNIVERSITE PAUL SABATIER TOULOUSE III

France

EU Contribution

€ 525 751,20

THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 546 575,76

WESTFAELISCHE WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET MUENSTER

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 216,48

UNIVERSITAET ZU KOELN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 216,48

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 255 374,28

GRAPHIC SCIENCE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 273 287,88

Partners (3)

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Hiden Analytical Ltd

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 722346

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2016

  • End date

    30 September 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 009 451,64

  • EU contribution

    € 4 009 451,64

Coordinated by:

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark