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The Dawn of Organic Chemistry

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Project "DOC" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
 Total cost 2˙454˙367 €
 EC max contribution 2˙454˙367 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-10-01   to  2022-09-30


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1    UNIVERSITE GRENOBLE ALPES FR (GRENOBLE) coordinator 2˙454˙367.00


 Project objective

Terrestrial life is based on organic chemistry, on the complex combination of relatively small molecules containing less than 50 atoms of carbon and other elements in smaller quantities. Some of these bricks, notably amino acids, are found in meteoritic and cometary material, a fact (among others) which led the Nobel laureate C. de Duve to conclude that “the seeds of life are universal” and “life is an obligatory manifestation of matter, written into the fabric of the Universe”. The objective of the DOC project is to understand the dawn of organic chemistry, namely the start of organic chemistry in systems similar to the progenitor of the Solar System, with the ultimate goal to understand how organic chemistry builds up and evolves in these systems and, consequently, to understand how universal the chemical seeds of life are. To achieve this objective, I propose to build a reliable theory for the organic chemistry in nascent Solar type systems, by combining in a tightly coordinated way new ground-breaking astronomical observations, quantum chemistry computations, astrochemical/chemi-physical models and sophisticated analysis tools. The DOC project is based on (i) a mine of first-class data from already awarded Large Programs at IRAM and from a plethora of smaller proposals at IRAM, ALMA and APEX, (ii) new state-of-the-art quantum chemistry computations to understand astrochemistry reactions at the molecular level, and (iii) models and tools to fully exploit the new data and computations. My ambition is to provide a reliable theory not only for the astrochemical and the star and planet formation communities, but also for the extragalactic one. Indeed, the new highly sensitive spectral observations from facilities like IRAM, ALMA and, in the future, SKA will inevitably contain lines from many organic molecules. DOC ambition is to ultimately allow us to understand how organic chemistry unfolds in the Universe.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 J. Ospina-Zamudio, B. Lefloch, C. Ceccarelli, C. Kahane, C. Favre, A. López-Sepulcre, M. Montarges
First hot corino detected around an isolated intermediate-mass protostar: Cep E-mm
published pages: A145, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201832857
Astronomy & Astrophysics 618 2020-04-24
2018 M. Melosso, A. Melli, C. Puzzarini, C. Codella, L. Spada, L. Dore, C. Degli Esposti, B. Lefloch, R. Bachiller, C. Ceccarelli, J. Cernicharo, V. Barone
Laboratory measurements and astronomical search for cyanomethanimine
published pages: A121, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201731972
Astronomy & Astrophysics 609 2020-04-24
2018 Cecilia Ceccarelli, Serena Viti, Nadia Balucani, Vianney Taquet
The evolution of grain mantles and silicate dust growth at high redshift
published pages: 1371-1383, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty313
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 476/1 2020-04-24
2019 Daniela Ascenzi, Andrea Cernuto, Nadia Balucani, Paolo Tosi, Cecilia Ceccarelli, Luca Matteo Martini, Fernando Pirani
Destruction of dimethyl ether and methyl formate by collisions with He +
published pages: A72, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201834585
Astronomy & Astrophysics 625 2020-04-24
2017 C. Ceccarelli, P. Caselli, F. Fontani, R. Neri, A. López-Sepulcre, C. Codella, S. Feng, I. Jiménez-Serra, B. Lefloch, J. E. Pineda, C. Vastel, F. Alves, R. Bachiller, N. Balucani, E. Bianchi, L. Bizzocchi, S. Bottinelli, E. Caux, A. Chacón-Tanarro, R. Choudhury, A. Coutens, F. Dulieu, C. Favre, P. Hily-Blant, J. Holdship, C. Kahane, A. Jaber Al-Edhari, J. Laas, J. Ospina, Y. Oya, L. Podio, A. Pon, A. Punanova, D. Quenard, A. Rimola, N. Sakai, I. R. Sims, S. Spezzano, V. Taquet, L. Testi, P. Theulé, P. Ugliengo, A. I. Vasyunin, S. Viti, L. Wiesenfeld, S. Yamamoto
Seeds Of Life In Space (SOLIS): The Organic Composition Diversity at 300–1000 au Scale in Solar-type Star-forming Regions
published pages: 176, ISSN: 1538-4357, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aa961d
The Astrophysical Journal 850/2 2020-04-24
2018 Germán Molpeceres, Albert Rimola, Cecilia Ceccarelli, Johannes Kästner, Piero Ugliengo, Belén Maté
Silicate-mediated interstellar water formation: a theoretical study
published pages: 5389-5400, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty3024
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 482/4 2020-04-24
2018 Nadia Balucani, Dimitrios Skouteris, Cecilia Ceccarelli, Claudio Codella, Stefano Falcinelli, Marzio Rosi
A theoretical investigation of the reaction between the amidogen, NH, and the ethyl, C2H5, radicals: a possible gas-phase formation route of interstellar and planetary ethanimine
published pages: 30-37, ISSN: 2405-6758, DOI: 10.1016/j.molap.2018.10.001
Molecular Astrophysics 13 2020-04-24
2018 Marzio Rosi, Luca Mancini, Dimitrios Skouteris, Cecilia Ceccarelli, Noelia Faginas Lago, Linda Podio, Claudio Codella, Bertrand Lefloch, Nadia Balucani
Possible scenarios for SiS formation in the interstellar medium: Electronic structure calculations of the potential energy surfaces for the reactions of the SiH radical with atomic sulphur and S 2
published pages: 87-93, ISSN: 0009-2614, DOI: 10.1016/j.cplett.2018.01.053
Chemical Physics Letters 695 2020-04-24
2018 C. Favre, C. Ceccarelli, A. López-Sepulcre, F. Fontani, R. Neri, S. Manigand, M. Kama, P. Caselli, A. Jaber Al-Edhari, C. Kahane, F. Alves, N. Balucani, E. Bianchi, E. Caux, C. Codella, F. Dulieu, J. E. Pineda, I. R. Sims, P. Theulé
SOLIS IV. Hydrocarbons in the OMC-2 FIR4 Region, a Probe of Energetic Particle Irradiation of the Region
published pages: 136, ISSN: 1538-4357, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aabfd4
The Astrophysical Journal 859/2 2020-04-24
2018 Claudine Kahane, Ali Jaber Al-Edhari, Cecilia Ceccarelli, Ana López-Sepulcre, Francesco Fontani, Mihkel Kama
First Measurement of the 14 N/ 15 N Ratio in the Analog of the Sun Progenitor OMC-2 FIR4
published pages: 130, ISSN: 1538-4357, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aa9e88
The Astrophysical Journal 852/2 2020-04-24
2018 Dimitrios Skouteris, Nadia Balucani, Cecilia Ceccarelli, Noelia Faginas Lago, Claudio Codella, Stefano Falcinelli, Marzio Rosi
Interstellar dimethyl ether gas-phase formation: a quantum chemistry and kinetics study
published pages: 3567-3575, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty2903
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 482/3 2020-04-24
2018 E Bianchi, C Codella, C Ceccarelli, F Vazart, R Bachiller, N Balucani, M Bouvier, M De Simone, J Enrique-Romero, C Kahane, B Lefloch, A López-Sepulcre, J Ospina-Zamudio, L Podio, V Taquet
The census of interstellar complex organic molecules in the Class I hot corino of SVS13-A
published pages: 1850-1861, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty2915
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 483/2 2020-04-24
2018 Dimitrios Skouteris, Nadia Balucani, Cecilia Ceccarelli, Fanny Vazart, Cristina Puzzarini, Vincenzo Barone, Claudio Codella, Bertrand Lefloch
The Genealogical Tree of Ethanol: Gas-phase Formation of Glycolaldehyde, Acetic Acid, and Formic Acid
published pages: 135, ISSN: 1538-4357, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aaa41e
The Astrophysical Journal 854/2 2020-04-24
2018 Anna Punanova, Paola Caselli, Siyi Feng, Ana Chacón-Tanarro, Cecilia Ceccarelli, Roberto Neri, Francesco Fontani, Izaskun Jiménez-Serra, Charlotte Vastel, Luca Bizzocchi, Andy Pon, Anton I. Vasyunin, Silvia Spezzano, Pierre Hily-Blant, Leonardo Testi, Serena Viti, Satoshi Yamamoto, Felipe Alves, Rafael Bachiller, Nadia Balucani, Eleonora Bianchi, Sandrine Bottinelli, Emmanuel Caux, Rumpa Choudhury, Claudio Codella, François Dulieu, Cécile Favre, Jonathan Holdship, Ali Jaber Al-Edhari, Claudine Kahane, Jake Laas, Bertrand LeFloch, Ana López-Sepulcre, Juan Ospina-Zamudio, Yoko Oya, Jaime E. Pineda, Linda Podio, Davide Quenard, Albert Rimola, Nami Sakai, Ian R. Sims, Vianney Taquet, Patrice Theulé, Piero Ugliengo
Seeds of Life in Space (SOLIS). III. Zooming Into the Methanol Peak of the Prestellar Core L1544
published pages: 112, ISSN: 1538-4357, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aaad09
The Astrophysical Journal 855/2 2020-04-24
2019 C H Yuen, M A Ayouz, N Balucani, C Ceccarelli, I F Schneider, V Kokoouline
Dissociative recombination of CH2NH2+: a crucial link with interstellar methanimine and Titan ammonia
published pages: 659-664, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty3514
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 484/1 2020-04-24
2018 Lorenzo Zamirri, Silvia Casassa, Albert Rimola, Mireia Segado-Centellas, Cecilia Ceccarelli, Piero Ugliengo
IR spectral fingerprint of carbon monoxide in interstellar water–ice models
published pages: 1427-1444, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty1927
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 480/2 2020-04-24
2018 Cécile Favre, Davide Fedele, Dmitry Semenov, Sergey Parfenov, Claudio Codella, Cecilia Ceccarelli, Edwin A. Bergin, Edwige Chapillon, Leonardo Testi, Franck Hersant, Bertrand Lefloch, Francesco Fontani, Geoffrey A. Blake, L. Ilsedore Cleeves, Chunhua Qi, Kamber R. Schwarz, Vianney Taquet
First Detection of the Simplest Organic Acid in a Protoplanetary Disk
published pages: L2, ISSN: 2041-8213, DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/aad046
The Astrophysical Journal 862/1 2020-04-24
2018 Albert Rimola, Dimitrios Skouteris, Nadia Balucani, Cecilia Ceccarelli, Joan Enrique-Romero, Vianney Taquet, Piero Ugliengo
Can Formamide Be Formed on Interstellar Ice? An Atomistic Perspective
published pages: 720-734, ISSN: 2472-3452, DOI: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.7b00156
ACS Earth and Space Chemistry 2/7 2020-04-24
2018 M De Simone, F Fontani, C Codella, C Ceccarelli, B Lefloch, R Bachiller, A López-Sepulcre, E Caux, C Vastel, J Soldateschi
Deuterium and 15N fractionation in N2H+ during the formation of a Sun-like star
published pages: 1982-1990, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty353
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 476/2 2020-04-24
2018 C. Codella, E. Bianchi, B. Tabone, C.-F. Lee, S. Cabrit, C. Ceccarelli, L. Podio, F. Bacciotti, R. Bachiller, E. Chapillon, F. Gueth, A. Gusdorf, B. Lefloch, S. Leurini, G. Pineau des Forêts, K. L. J. Rygl, M. Tafalla
Water and interstellar complex organics associated with the HH 212 protostellar disc
published pages: A10, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201832765
Astronomy & Astrophysics 617 2020-04-24

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