Carbon in the Universe
This session invites contributions from observational, theoretical and laboratory astrochemists who focus on studying the chemistry of carbon. Carbon plays a crucial role in many processes in the universe; it is important in the formation of cosmic dust, plays a key role in the energy balance of interstellar gas (ionised carbon) and star formation (carbon monoxide), and is thought to be the class of molecules responsible for the enigmatic Diffuse Interstellar Bands (DIBs). Cosmic carbon is known to take many molecular forms, from small diatomic species to dust grains to large polyatomic molecules. Indeed, buckyballs are the largest known molecules in the universe and consist entirely of carbon (60+ atoms).

Despite observations showing that carbon is commonplace in the universe, relatively little is known about the chemistry involved in the formation processes of carbonaceous molecules and dust. This session aims at discussing recent observational findings from ground-based and spaced-based observatories, as well as laboratory and theoretical results.
Charlotte Marshall, June McCombie
E11, E12. Friday 9am & 1:30pm