Fully understanding the cosmic chemical landscape will be aided by other fields, including combustion and atmospheric science (which are light-years ahead of astrochemistry
in both theory and experiment).
At present he serves as coordinator of the DRAGON program used for studies in nuclear astrochemistry
. Learn more at www.sfu.ca/chemistry/faculty/Retired/ DAuria/jda_home.htm.
Because of this technology, millimeter-wave sensors on satellites have become extremely important tools for gathering data: astrochemistry
and continuum noise measurements when the satellite is pointed upward, and weather forecasting (using a variety of measurements), oceanography, ozone and soil moisture measurements when pointed downward.
Some even think cometary debris raining down on early Earth "may potentially have played key roles in the origin of life," says researcher Scott Sandford at NASA's Astrochemistry
Lab in California.
This was the beginning of what came to be called astrochemistry
. Since then, more and more complicated atom groupings have been detected, some involving as many as many as thirteen atoms.
Michael Mautner is a physical chemist and the author of more than 100 articles on ion processes with applications to astrochemistry
 A complex organic molecule is defined in astrochemistry
as consisting of six or more atoms, where at least one of the atoms is carbon.
They cover cosmology and the high redshift universe; galaxies and galactic nuclei; interstellar matrix, star formation, and astrochemistry
; circumstellar disks, exoplanets, and the solar system; stellar evolution and the sun; and frontiers of ALMA capabilities.
The emphasis is on problems of inelastic electron scattering in such fields as plasma physics, microelectronics, nanolithography, DNA research, atmospheric chemistry, and astrochemistry
. Little attention is devoted to gas-phase elastic electron scattering.
"Besides astronomical applications, this PAH database and software can be useful as a new research tool for scientists, educators, policy makers, and consultants working in the fields of medicine, health, chemistry, fuel composition, engine design, environmental assessment, environmental monitoring, and environmental protection," said Louis Allamandola, an astrochemistry
researcher at NASA's Ames Research Center.
Among the topics are carbon chain molecules in cryogenic matrices, synthesizing carbynoid structures by the combustion flame method, polyyne-type materials, the ion irradiation of solid carbons, and cyanoalkynes and cyanopolyynes from crossed- beam experiments to astrochemistry
. Some of the 20 papers are from an October 2003 conference in Naples.