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Edith Fayolle

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M/S 183-601

Pasadena, CA 91109




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Curriculum Vitae:

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Laboratory Studies


I am a scientist who aims at understanding the chemical origins of our Solar System. My main fields of expertise are ice chemistry, sublimation, and spectroscopy relevant to pre-solar environments, icy worlds, and primitive Solar System objects.


PhD in astrochemistry 8/09 – 9/13 Sackler Laboratory for Astrophysics, Leiden Observatory, The Netherlands

Combined BSc & MSc in Molecular Physical Chemistry 9/06 - 7/09 University Paris-Sud and Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan

Professional Experience

  • Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory 9/20 - present
  • Postdoctoral researcher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory 9/17 - 9/20
  • Postdoctoral researcher at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics 12/13 - 8/17

Community Service

Dust & Ice member-at-large of the Laboratory Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society

Research Interests

  • Physical chemistry on icy surfaces
  • Interplay between gas and solid state
  • Observations of complex organic molecules
  • Link between chemistry during star-formation and chemical composition of (exo)-planetary bodies.
  • Impact of radiation and chemistry at low temperatures on microorganisms

Selected Awards

  • Rubicon fellowship awarded for a 2-year postdoctoral stay by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), January 2014.
  • ”Prix de la vocation scientifique et technique des filles”, prize awarded by the French equality of chances ministry, September 2004.

Selected Publications

  1. E.C. Fayolle, A.C. Noell, P.V. Johnson, R. Hodyss, A. Ponce, "Viability of Bacillus subtilis spores exposed to ultraviolet light at ocean world surface temperatures", Astrobiology, 20, 889, 2020
  2. E. C. Fayolle, K. I. Öberg, J. K. Jørgensen, K. Altwegg, H. Calcutt, H. S. P. Müller, M. Rubin, M. H. D. van der Wiel, P. Bjerkeli, T. L. Bourke, A. Coutens, E. F. van Dishoeck, M. N. Drozdovskaya, R. T. Garrod, N. F. W. Ligterink, M. V. Persson, S. F. Wampfler, ”Protostellar and cometary detections of organohalogens”, Nat. Astro., in press
  3. E. C. Fayolle, J. Balfe, R. Loomis, J. Bergner, D. Graninger, M. Rajappan, K. I. Öberg, ”CO and N2 desorption energies from water ice”, ApJL, 816, L28, 2016
  4. M. Bertin, E. C. Fayolle, C. Romanzin, H. A. M. Poderoso, X. Michaut, L. Philippe, P. Jeseck, K. I. Öberg, H. Linnartz, J.-H. Fillion, ”Indirect UV-photodesorption from CO:N2 binaryices - an efficient grain-gas process”, ApJ, 779,120, 2013
  5. E. C. Fayolle, M.Bertin, C.Romanzin, X.Michaut, K.I.Öberg, H.Linnartz, J.-H.Fillion, ”CO Ice Photodesorption: A Wavelength-dependent Study”, ApJL, 739, L36, 2011