Astrochemistry Lectures

Updated May 16

The lectures on Astrochemistry by Prof. Dr. E.F. van Dishoeck will start on Monday May 24, 2022. This 3 EC course is aimed at MSc students, as well as starting PhD students. The course will be given in English; other interested students or postdocs are welcome to attend. It will be given as a block between May 24 and June 9 (see Schedule for more details). The next opportunity to take this course will be at least 2 years from now.

On these pages information, recommended as well as further literature and interesting links related to that course can be found, including copies of the lecture notes as they come along. They will be maintained and updated regularly. If you have any questions or suggestions to these pages please contact Pooneh Nazari ( or Margot Leemker (

Course description:

The space between the stars is not empty but filled with a very dilute gas with extremely low densities and temperatures, providing a unique laboratory with conditions not normally encountered on Earth. A surprisingly rich chemistry occurs in these so-called interstellar clouds, as evidenced by the discovery of nearly 150 different molecules. Some of these species were found in space before they were identified in a laboratory on Earth. How are these molecules formed? Where are they found and how do astronomers identify them? How do their abundances differ from place to place and what does this tell us about the structure of the region? How do the abundances evolve from cold clouds to planet-forming disks and comets, where they can form the basis for prebiotic species?