I am currently working as a postdoc at the Synchrotron SOLEIL institute on the VUV beamline entitled DESIRS (Dichroïsme ESpectroscopie par Interaction avec le Rayonnement Synchrotron), situated in the suburbs of Paris.

My current research is focused on reactive molecular radical species of interest to the  astrochemical and combustion-chemistry societies, respectively. This work includes the study of spectroscopy, dynamics, physical and chemical properties of the molecules in question, etc. These may include small organic and inorganic species found in the interstellar and intergalactic media, intermediate molecular species in combustion processes, PAHs, fullerenes, etc.

I have previously worked on dissociative electron attachment (DEA) of large inorganic molecules, under the supervision of Prof. O. Ingólfsson at the University of Iceland and during my PhD at the same university, under the guidance of Prof. Á. Kvaran, however,  encompassed spectroscopy and dynamics of small molecules and radicals (e.g. HCl, DCl, HBr, HI, CH3I, CH3). I also have an invested interest in experimental astrochemistry, e.g. fragmentations of PAHs, chemical evolution of the ISM and its spectroscopic properties, etc.

During my PhD, my research’s main focus was on the photofragmentations of hydrogen halides. These were studied with mass-resolved resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) and velocity map imaging (VMI) experiments, performed in Prof. Á. Kvaran’s lab at the University of Iceland, and P. Samartzsis’ lab at the FORTH institute of electronic structure and laser in Crete. My doctoral thesis can be found here. /pdf


Dissociative electron attachment

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