PhD student at
Department of Physics and Astronomy (IFA)
Ny Munkegade Build. 1520
DK-8000 Aarhus C
I completed my BSc in Physics in 2016 and my MSc in Materials Physics in 2018, both at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. In February 2018 I joined the Surface Dynamics Group as a PhD student under the supervision of Liv Hornekær and co-supervision of Andrew Cassidy.
My research involves investigating the catalytic activity of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the Interstellar Medium. These molecules constitute around 15% of carbon in space and have been proposed to act as catalysts in the formation of the most abundant molecule in the Interstellar Medium, H2, as well as nitrogen and oxygen bearing species. The techniques used comprise thermal desorption experiments and scanning tunneling microscopy, both under ultra-high vacuum. Currently we are focusing on the photocatalytic properties of PAHs and the impact UV light has on the stability of these molecules. The project is funded under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) “EUROPAH” and I hold the position of Early Stage Researcher in the EUROPAH network