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Center for Interstellar Catalysis


The Center for Interstellar Catalysis is funded by The Danish National Research Foundation and is hosted by Aarhus University.

The goal of InterCat is to determine whether the molecular building blocks of life can form in interstellar space. We will uncover the degree of chemical complexity attainable via low temperature catalytic reactions on nanoscale interstellar dust grains, thus determining the molecular starting conditions for the origin of life across the universe.


28.04.2021 | Offentligheden / Pressen

Ewine van Dishoeck receives a 2.3 million euro ERC Advanced Grant

Leiden Professor of Molecular astrophysics Ewine van Dishoeck has been awarded an Advanced Grant by the European Research Council (ERC)

27.04.2021 | Offentligheden / Pressen

Leiden InterCat team successful with JWST proposals

The Leiden team consisting of Ewine van Dishoeck, Melissa McClure and Harold Linnartz have been very successful in securing more than 100 hours of observing time to observe ice and dust in star-forming clouds at the the James Webb Space Telescope.

12.04.2021 | Offentligheden / Pressen

Long-awaited review reveals journey of water from interstellar clouds to habitable worlds

Professor Ewine van Dishoeck, together with an international team of colleagues, has written an overview of everything we know about water in interstellar clouds thanks to the Herschel space observatory.

08.04.2021 | Offentligheden / Pressen

InterCat featured as in-focus piece in ASTROPAH newsletter

InterCat is featured as in-focus piece in ASTROPAH newsletter. See newsletter

18.03.2021 | Offentligheden / Pressen

Open position: Associate professor or tenure-track assistant professor at Aarhus University

Open position at Aarhus University: Associate professor or tenure-track assistant professor in experimental surface science and/or laboratory astrochemistry

15.03.2021 | Offentligheden / Pressen

Liv Hornekær gives public lecture on Interstellar Catalysis

Liv Hornekær gives public lecture (in Danish) on Interstellar Catalysis at the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters

Mie Andersen - Villum Investigator recipient, AIAS fellow and member of InterCat

11.03.2021 | Offentligheden / Pressen

Mie Andersen has received a Villum grant

Mie Andersen has been awarded a Villum Young Investigator grant to study the design principles for materials that can convert CO2 into fuels or chemicals

19.11.2020 | Offentligheden / Pressen, Medarbejdere

Glycine in Space produced by Dark Chemistry

InterCat researchers participate in experiments demonstrating that glycine, the simplest amino acid, can be formed under conditions that are typical for those regions in interstellar space where new stars and planetary systems form.

03.09.2020 | Medarbejdere, Offentligheden / Pressen

ACS - Astrocheminars

On Wednesday, 9 September, the American Chemical Society, Astrochemistry Subdivision will host the first in a series of AstroCheminars that will be held on the second Wednesday of each month at 8 PM CEST (11 AM Pacific Time / 2 PM Eastern Time). Each event will feature one invited and one contributed talk. The inaugural event will feature talks…

06.07.2020 | Offentligheden / Pressen

Astrochemistry Discussions - A webinar series

Bimonthly seminars are organized at 14:00 UTC on Wednesdays for 1-1.5 hrs. The organisers invite participation from the astrochemistry community. Click through to learn how to register.

Upcoming events

tir 18 maj
11:00-12:00 | Zoom
InterCat center meeting
Zeyuan Tang, AU and Marina Rachid, UL
tir 25 maj
11:00-12:00 | Zoom
InterCat north group meeting
Research update by: Steffen Holleufer, Rijutha Jaganathan, Alfie Hopkinson, Frederik Doktor Simonsen, Zeyuan Tang, Nikolaj Rønne
tir 01 jun
13:30-15:00 | Zoom
InterCat Seminar
Speaker: Els Peeters, The University of Western Ontario, Canada Title: The photochemical evolution of PAHs in space
ons 09 jun
17:00-18:30 | Zoom
Metal Nanoparticle Catalysis - SUNCAT sessions, invited speaker Mie Andersen
Metal Nanoparticle Catalysis SUNCAT sessions: a monthly Conversation with Invited Speakers and Panelists

InterCat Seminars

Learn more about the InterCat webinar series

tir 01 jun
13:30-15:00 | Zoom
InterCat Seminar
Speaker: Els Peeters, The University of Western Ontario, Canada Title: The photochemical evolution of PAHs in space

Recent Seminars