Anaïs Bardyn Joins DTM's Cosmochemistry Group as a Postdoctoral Fellow

Anais Bardyn
Comet Lovejoy Near Big Dipper. Image credit: NASA/MSFC/MEO/Aaron Kingery.

Anaïs Bardyn joins DTM's cosmochemistry group as a postdoctoral fellow this month, following the completion of her Ph.D. in astrochemistry/astrobiology at the University of Paris-Est in 2016.

Bardyn is interested in the study of cometary organic matter. During her Ph.D. research, she worked on the characterization and quantification of the refractory organic matter in comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko’s particles by mass spectrometry with the COSIMA instrument on board the Rosetta spacecraft. Her thesis was entitled “Characterization of the organic matter in comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko’s particles by mass spectrometry with the COSIMA instrument on board the Rosetta spacecraft." 

At DTM, Bardyn will be working with Conel Alexander and Larry Nittler. She plans to conduct in-depth analyses of collected extraterrestrial particles by a complementary suite of micro-analytical techniques. The particles are directly collected from the clean Antarctic air in the South Pole station. Pristine and primitive extraterrestrial materials are expected to be collected, some of them could originate from comets.

Another part of her postdoctoral research at DTM will be to compare the composition of the particles with the in situ data from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko acquired by the COSIMA instrument. The comparison between these two sets of unique data could lead to evidence and/or confirmation of the potential cometary origin for some of the particles collected from the Antarctic air.

Please join us in welcoming Anaïs Bardyn to our campus.

July 10, 2017

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