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Curriculum Vitae:

Edith Fayolle

I am an astrochemist who aims at understanding the chemical evolution from star-formation to young solar systems. It is the elusive interaction of light with molecules and my fascination for star- and planet-formation that led me to do research on chemistry in space.

I have strong experience in laboratory techniques to study ice-related physical and chemical processes. I also take part in observational programs focused on molecular detections. I plan to apply my interdisciplinary skills toward understanding icy bodies in our Solar system, assessing their potential at harboring life, and support the interpretation of planetary mission data


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

Preparatory school in physics and chemistry 9/04 – 7/06 Blaise Pascal High school, Clermont-Ferrand, France

Research Interests

Everything related to molecules in space with a special focus on:

  • 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.

Professional Experience

Postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics 12/13 – 8/17

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, 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. E. C. Fayolle, K. I. Öberg, H. M. Cuppen, R. Visser, H. Linnartz, ”Laboratory H2O:CO2ice desorption data: entrapment dependencies and its parameterization with an extended three-phase model”, A&A, 529, A74, 2011

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