Christine Joblin winner of the CNRS Silver Medal

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The CNRS Silver Medal honors a researcher for the originality, quality and importance of his/her work, recognized nationally and internationally.

Christine Joblin is Director of Research at the CNRS and specialist in the study of large carbon molecules of astrophysical interest.

She earned a PhD in Astrophysics and Space Technologies from the University Paris 7 in 1992 and devoted her thesis to interstellar polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), a theme that still runs today her research career. The following year, she left for a postdoctoral stay of three years at the NASA Ames Research Center in California.

Back in France, Christine Joblin joined the Centre d’Étude Spatiale des Rayonnements (CESR) where she implemented an astrophysics laboratory experiment with the PIRENEA device. This activity earned her the price of the Société Française d’Astronomie et d’Astrophysique (SF2A) in 2001.

Today she goes on her research work at the IRAP (Research Institute in Astrophysics and Planetology) on the formation of the PAH and very small particles of carbon dust, their changes during the cycle of cosmic matter and their impact on physical and chemical evolution of astrophysical environments, combining experimental studies, astronomical observations and modeling work. This work is based on a better understanding of the fundamental properties of large carbon molecules. It is part of a multi- and inter-disciplinary approach involving astronomers, physicists and physico-chemists, an approach which she has supported through her involvement in the “Physics and Chemistry of the Interstellar Medium” national program of INSU-AA of which she assured the Presidency from 2006 to 2014.

Christine Joblin, with two Spanish colleagues, recently awarded an ERC (European Research Council) Synergy Grant for the NANO-COSMOS project that aims to better understand the formation of stardust. This project will enable the local astrophysics laboratory activity to reach a new dimension with the contribution of scientists and engineers issued from the laboratories of the University Paul Sabatier / CNRS : IRAP-OMP but also LCAR and LCPQ at IRSAMC and Laplace.

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  • Christine Joblin, IRAP,



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