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PhD Student - Aix Marseille University

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Research Topics
Research Experience
Education
Research Skills

Research Topics

- Astrochemistry : Evolution of organic matter from dense molecular clouds to planetary systems.

Chemical reactivity at low temperature and high vacuum (RING project)  : Research on chemical pathways for the formation of molecules in astrophysical environments from analogs of interstellar or cometary ices.

Residue Analysis from the Heating of Interstellar Ice Analogs (RAHIIA project) :  : Understanding the composition and the evolution of organic matter in meteorites and comets from analogs.

Research Experience

11/2013 – today
Laboratory of Physique des Interactions Ioniques et Moléculaires (PIIM), Marseille, France :
PhD thesis in Astrochemistry funded by the French Space Agency (CNES) within the Spectrometry and Molecular Dynamics (SDM) research group. « Experimental simulations in laboratory to prepare for the analysis of data from space missions, as well as to study the impact in astrobiology of the evolution of organic matter in astrophysical environments »

04/2013 – 10/2013
Laboratoire Interuniversitaire des Systèmes Atmosphériques (LISA), Créteil, France :
Research Engineer – Study of the chemical and vibratory environment of the International Space Station (ISS) for EXPOSE-R (astrobiology exposure facility) and ACES (Atomic Clock Ensemble in Space) projects led by the European Space Agency (ESA)

2012
NASA Ames Research Center, California / European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) / Leiden University, Netherlands :
6 month internship – Preparation of the OREOCUBE (ORganics Exposure in Orbit) experiment for the International Space Station. Study of the evolution of organic matter in space. Physical Vapor Deposition of thin films

2011
European Space Agency (ESA) / Leiden University, Netherlands :
3 month internship – Optimization of a gas phase sampling technique for the Miller-Urey in Space Experiment (Astrochemistry)

2010 – 2011
Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France :
Design and construction of an experimental rocket (2m tall, 2000m ceiling, with embedded electronics, carrying several experiments, a parachute and a telemetry system), launched on a military base during an annual nationwide campaign organized by CNES

Education

2013-2016 PhD thesis in Astrochemistry, SDM research group, PIIM laboratory, Aix-Marseille University, France.

2009 – 2012 M.Sc. in Engineering : Bio-engineering and Nanotechnology, Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France.

2006 – 2009 Intensive courses in Maths and Physics, preparation for competitive entrance exams to Engineering Universities (Lycée Champollion, Grenoble, France).

Research Skills

GC-MS Intensive use paired with Solid Phase Micro Extraction (SPME) for the Miller-Urey in Space Experiment (MUE)

LC-MS Setting up and optimization of an LC/MS at the European Space Agency (ESA) for MUE and OREOCUBE projects

UV & IR Spectroscopy Numerous analyzes for the OREOCUBE project

SEM Scanning Electron Microscopy used to analyze thin layers deposited by Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) for the OREOCUBE project

PVD Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) using thermal evaporation in order to deposit thin organic/inorganic bi-layers on quartz substrates for the OREOCUBE project