Colloquium by Brett McGuire

Chemical and physical environments have an incredible impact on the study of the complex molecular evolution in the interstellar medium (ISM) that led to the amino acids and other biologically-relevant molecules we see in the meteorites today. I will discuss examples of how local environment and long-range (dis-)order have impacted the spectroscopy we have used to study condensed-phase molecules in the laboratory and observationally. As well, I will highlight a number of cases in which new gas-phase molecular detections in the ISM have informed, or been informed by, the local chemical and radiation environments. Finally, I will touch upon recent microwave spectroscopy efforts in the laboratory to use knowledge of chemical environments to further unbiased and semi-automated molecular discovery efforts.

Followed by wine and cheese in Pupin 1332.

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