About the team

Principal investigators

Kirsten Kraiberg Knudsen

Kirsten is professor at the department of Space, Earth and Environment of Chalmers University of Technology. Her research concerns galaxy formation and evolution and Kirsten focuses in particularly on star forming galaxies at cosmological distances.

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Susanne Aalto

Susanne is also professor at the department of Space, Earth and Environment of Chalmers University of Technology. She studies star formation, supermassive black holes and powerful winds and outflows in galaxies near and far using IR and radio instruments.

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Gunnar Nyman

Gunnar is a professor at the department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology at Gothenburg University. His research is in theoretical and computational treatments of chemical reaction kinetics and dynamics, both in gas phase and condensed phase. He particularly focusses on processes that occur in interstellar molecular clouds.

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Wouter Vlemmings

Wouter is a professor at the department of Space, Earth and Environment of Chalmers University of Technology. He studies the dust and gas during late stages of stellar evolution, magnetic fields, massive star formation and general radio and submm interferometry.

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Group members

Schirmer Thiébaut

Thiébaut is a post-doctoral researcher at Chalmers University of Technology. His research focusses on the dust properties in different environments such as photon-dominated regions, AGB, and high-z galaxies. He studies how dust responses to the physical conditions through mechanisms leading to grain growth (accretion, coagulation) or destruction (photo-destruction, fragmentation).

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Rasoul Hashemi

Rasoul is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology at Gothenburg University. He studies reaction rate theories and their applications in different chemical processes.

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Affiliated local group members

Theo Khouri

Theo is a researcher at Chalmers University of Technology. His research focusses on the molecular and dusty outflows of evolved stars. He studies the near stellar environment using a variety of observational techniques.

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Matthias Maercker

Matthias is a researcher at Chalmers University of Technology. His recent research focuses on the return of dust from evolved stars, and the effect the dust may have on the medium between the stars.

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Girts Barinovs

Ģirts is associated professor at the Department of Physics of University of Latvia. He will join GU group in 2022 for his sabbatical leave. His research focuses on numerical modeling, including applications of molecular dynamics to model crystal growth and applications of quantum dynamics to model photochemistry in the interstellar medium.

Affiliated non-local group members

David Gobrecht

David will join the team at GU early next year (he is currently a post-doctoral researcher at KU Leuven). His research focuses on theory of dust nucleation and formation from a bottom-up perspective, physico-chemical modelling of different astrophysical environments, and global optimisation techniques as well as chemical-kinetic rate networks.

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