My master thesis at the University of St Andrews (MSci in Astrophysics) was an investigation of hydrocarbon equilibrium and disequilibrium chemistry in the dusty atmospheres of oxygen-rich objects, such as Brown Dwarfs and giant gas planets. Hydrocarbon molecules are vital for the formation of organic compounds, and are believed to contain a possible structural answer to the origin of life. Publications related to this work can be found here.
This project was part of the LEAP (European FP7 fund) research effort to understand the electrification and chemistry in extraterrestrial atmospheres.
This work was supervised by Dr. Christiane Helling.