Karin Oberg

Karin Oberg

Assistant Professor of Astronomy
Karin Oberg

Research Interests: Organic molecules are found in a diverse set of astronomical environments, demonstrating that there are efficient astrochemical pathways to molecular complexity. Interstellar grains and their icy mantles are proposed to be important formation sites of many of these molecules. Understanding the structure, dynamics and chemistry of ices is thus key to advance our understanding of the chemistry in space.

The Öberg Astrochemistry Lab pursues laboratory ice experiments and astronomical observations that address how astrochemically important molecules form, and how they may evolve into larger molecules associated with the origins of life.  An important aspect of this research is to constrain the fundamental physical chemical processes that underpin ice chemistry.  In addition to exploring the chemical evolution in space, our research forms a basis for developing molecular probes of different astrophysical phenomena.

Contact Information


Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617)495-3752


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