apologies for cross postings - the following 
meeting may be of interest to astrochemistry 
enthusiasts and is organized by the chair of the 
Astrophysical Chemistry Group of the RSC and RAS.

Faraday Discussion 147: Chemistry of the Planets

14 - 16 June 2010
Saint Jacut de la Mer, Brittany, France

Call for oral abstracts deadline - 21 August 2009


We have now entered a second 'golden age' of 
planetary exploration, with a host of exciting 
missions either underway, or due to report back 
in the next few years. Probes are able to land on 
planets or descend into their atmospheres, and 
apply powerful analytical techniques to determine their chemical compositions.

The wealth of chemical information sent back from 
these missions has stimulated major efforts in 
laboratory experiments and computational 
modelling, and created a fascinating area for 
multidisciplinary exchange around the theme of 
the chemistry of the planets, encompassing 
aspects of chemistry (physical, organic and 
inorganic), physics and astronomy, geology and 
geochemistry, and exobiology, proving the right 
conditions for a fruitful Faraday Discussion at 
the interface of these disciplines.

Furthermore, the recent discovery of water and 
methane in the atmosphere of an extrasolar planet 
(exoplanet) opens up a whole new and exciting 
field of planetary chemistry outside of the Solar System.


Chemistry of giant exoplanets
Neutral atmospheric chemistry, thermosphere and 
ionosphere of Titan and the giant planets
Surface chemistry, surface -atmosphere interactions and volcanism
Planetary atmospheric aerosols
Planetary exploration: present and future
Ground-based and remote experimental techniques for planetary chemistry

Scientific Committee
Professor Ian Sims (Institute of Physics - Rennes, France) (Chair)
Dr Bruno Bézard (Observatoire de Paris-Site de Meudon, France)
Dr André Canosa (Universite de Rennes 1, France)
Dr Helen Fraser (University of Strathclyde, UK)
Professor John Plane (University of Leeds, UK)
Professor Jonathan Tennyson (University College London, UK)

Contact and Further Information RSC Conferences
Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, 
Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0WF, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 432380 / 432254
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 423623
Email: RSC Conferences

Dr. Helen Fraser
Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA)
Department of Physics
University of Strathclyde
John Anderson Building
107 Rottenrow, Glasgow G4 0NG

phone +44 141 548 3420
fax +44 141 552 2891

"The University of Strathclyde is a charitable 
body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC015263".

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