Aims/Description: The Universe was long considered to be a vast, mostly empty, expanse. Astronomers now know that the Universe is anything but. In certain regions there is extremely interesting chemistry to explore, initiated by starlight and fast-moving particles known as cosmic rays. Approximately 180 different molecules have already been detected in space, ranging from dihydrogen to simple sugars. This module will discuss the methods used to detect these molecules and the models that explain their existence. It will cover astrochemistry, and provide an introduction to extra-terrestrial chemistry and the field of astrobiology - including its potential implications for the development of life on Earth and on other planets.

Restrictions on availability: Restricted to students in Department of Chemistry.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Problem solving, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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