Amorphous ice and dust grains in the interstellar medium catalyze many important astrochemical and astrophysical reactions. We use molecular dynamics to simulate molecule/ice collisions and predict molecular sticking probabilities. This figure illustrates our simulated amorphous ice slab at 10 K, with red and gray balls representing oxygen and hydrogen atoms, respectively. (Stancil/Lewis collaboration)
Center Director David P. Landau has been awarded a "Doctor Honoris Causa" by the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
The American Astronomical Society prize was given to Kyle Walker for his thesis "Molecular Collisional Excitation in Astrophysical Environments and Modeling the Early Universe."