|Dr. Dmitry Semenov
|Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
D-69117 Heidelberg, Germany
|Staff member since 2012
|Datenschutzerklaerung / Data protection declaration
I'm an astrophysicist and astrochemist, and currently a staff member at the Max Planck Institute of Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany. I'm also a Guest Researcher at the Organic Chemistry Department of the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. Day by day I sit a front of my laptop and peer into the display, trying to unravel mysteries of formation of our solar system and other extrasolar systems, as well as origin of prebiotic molecules in space and life on Earth. Major questions that I thrive to answer, using both theoretical predictions and observations at IR/radio frequencies, are 1) how and which simple and complex organic molecules can be synthesized in space, particularly, at the verge of planet formation process, 2) analysis and interpretation of molecular emission lines from various cosmic objects, 3) predictions of what we may learn about planet-forming disks with new generation telescopes, such as Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), NOEMA Interferometer, and the newest James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), and 4) the dawn of complex organic chemistry leading to the synthesis of crucial prebiotic compounds in cosmic bodies and in the early Earth's atmosphere and on it's surface.
For that, I've developed a range of advanced numerical models and tools, including a widely-used gas-grain astrochemistry code "ALCHEMIC" and a number of chemistry analysis and visualization tools written in IDL and Python. In addition to numerical codes, I've developed a number of chemical networks suitable for simulations of chemical evolution, including deuterium isotopic fractionation, in various astrophysical environments. Naturally, I couldn't have accomplish all of this without enormous help from our PhD students, which I supervise on a regular basis. Since 2012, I've begin giving lectures at the Heidelberg University, mainly on astrochemistry and molecular astrophysics (together with PD Dr. Holger Kreckel (MPIK) and, since 2023, with Giulia Perotti (MPIA). Below on my page you can find all the relevant information about my scientific life, publication record, PDFs of the lectures, codes, etc.
|Large collaborations and programmes:
|Cirriculum Vitae (1 page)
|List of publications on NASA ADS (as of Jan 2024)
|PhD thesis: "Dust and gas in protoplanetary discs"
|Lectures (online materials)
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Last updated: January 2024