Sergio Ioppolo

(Aarhus University, Denmark)


Laboratory Astrochemistry in the Era of JWST

Categories: keynote@ICTF-2023

Short bio:

Dr. Sergio Ioppolo is an Associate Professor within the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Aarhus University and a PI of the Center for Interstellar Catalysis (InterCat).

His research career began during his MSc in Physics and Astrophysics at Catania University in Italy with a thesis work in laboratory for astrochemistry. In December 2010, he was awarded a PhD in Astronomy at Leiden University in the Netherlands with a thesis supervised by Prof. Linnartz and Prof. van Dishoeck. During his first postdoctoral position in Leiden, Sergio developed a novel UHV system specifically designed to investigate the formation of complex organic molecules in space (SURFRESIDE2).

As a research leader of the Laboratory Astrophysics at the OU, Sergio transformed the laboratory space into a user facility for the investigation of physicochemical systems relevant to Space Sciences. At the same time, he led international teams in new research projects at the international HFML-FELIX Laboratory (Netherlands), RAL Space (UK), and ASTRID2 (Denmark) facilities. Since 2016, Sergio is an ordinary member of the Astrochemistry Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Royal Astronomical Society committee.


In 2017, he moved to Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) as a lecturer within the Antennas & Electromagnetics Research group to further develop his link to the UK THz laboratory community. Sergio is currently the head scientist and sole responsible for the Laboratory Ice Surface Astrophysics (LISA) ultrahigh vacuum end station at HFML-FELIX Laboratory. In partnership with other international groups, he leads and manages the Ice Chemistry for Astrophysics (ICA), the Belfast Ice Chemistry for Astrophysics (BICA), and the upcoming Vertical Irradiation Chemistry for Astrophysics (VICA) end stations at ATOMKI in Hungary, and the Portable Astrochemistry Chamber (PAC) at ISA ASTRID2. He is PI and co-I of many approved projects at HFML-FELIX, ATOMKI, ASTRID2, and CSIC-ICMM in Madrid – the Stardust Machine (NANO meets ASTRO). He is also co-I and a laboratory coordinator of the JWST Director’s Discretionary Early Release Science (IceAge), and a co-I of the JWST Cycle 1 (It’s COMplicated) and the ALMA Cycle 7 (hot cores molecular survey).