Prof. Eric Herbst (University of Virginia)

Febraury, 26th @ 5pm CET
(4pm GMT / 11am EST / 8am PST / 1pm CLST or your location)

Astrochemistry Now and Then

The Current State of the Subject and Its Amazing Development

The KROME School, now at its 5th edition, represents a well established educational event in the astrochemistry community. Based on the astrochemistry package KROME, the school reviews the fundamental ingredients to understand the chemical evolution under interstellar medium conditions and its computational modeling. This year, due to the sanitary emergency, the school will be held online, from 22-26 February for the theoretical session, and 1-5 March for the practical part. For this online edition we invited to give a public talk Prof. Eric Herbst, from University of Virginia, an outstanding figure in the Astrochemistry community, who during his career worked in all the different aspects of this interdisciplinary field.

You are all invited to his public talk on February 26, 5pm CET, with a title “Astrochemistry Now and Then: The Current State of the Subject and Its Amazing Development”, telling us the incredible and fascinating tale of Astrochemistry, since its birth during the 40s, to the recent extraordinary discoveries.

Eric Herbst biography

Prof. Herbst received a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Department of Chemistry at Harvard University under Professor William Klemperer in 1972. In 1980, he moved to Duke University as associate professor of physics and was subsequently promoted to Professor of Physics. In 1991, he was appointed at The Ohio State University, initially as a Professor of Physics. In subsequent years, he got joint appointments in the departments of astronomy and chemistry. He is now Commonwealth professor in the departments of chemistry and astronomy at University of Virginia.

Professor Herbst is specifically interested in the chemical processes by which molecules grow, in using these chemical processes to predict the actual concentrations of molecules, and in the role of molecules in the understanding of their physical environments. He has a longstanding experience in different aspects of astrochemistry:from rotational spectroscopy of floppy molecules to modeling and observations. Herbst has won a number of international prizes including the Centenary Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry.