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Olivier Poch

 

NCCR PlanetS
University of Bern
Sidlerstrasse 5
3012 BERN
SWITZERLAND

Research interests

 

Organic molecules on planetary and cometary surfaces: their chemical evolution and their detection via in situ or optical remote-sensing methods.

  • Study of the influence on organic molecules of physico-chemical processes occurring on planetary and cometary surfaces (UV, sublimation).
  • Development of laboratory simulation experiments and methods for production and characterization of surface analogues.
  • Chemical evolution under Mars and Titan environmental conditions.
  • Techniques for in situ detection of organic molecules.
  • Characterization of the spectro-photometric properties of analogues of comets, icy satellites and exoplanets surfaces.
  • Implications of these results for past, current and future space missions.

Areas of expertise: Exobiology, Mars, Titan, Comets, Experimental Photochemistry, FTIR spectroscopy, UV and VIS-NIR spectro-photometry, Gas phase chromatography, Mass spectroscopy

Academic Education

 

2013-2010 :

 

 

 

2011 :

 

2010-2009 :

 

 

2009-2007 :

 

Ph.D in Atmospheric Pollution Chemistry and Environment Physics at LISA

Laboratoire Inter-universitaire des Systèmes Atmosphériques (Univ. Paris Diderot, France)

with honours

 

Diploma of the Ecole Normale Superieure of Paris (specialty in chemistry)

 

Master’s degree in Chemistry and Physics of the Atmosphere

(Univ. Paris Diderot, France, with honours)

 

Licence and Master’s degrees in Basic and Applied Chemistry

(Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie and Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris, France)

Research Experience

 

2016-2015

Post-doc.

 

Univ. of Bern

ETH Zurich

NCCR PlanetS

 

 

 

Spectro-polarimetry of ice-dust mixtures

Combination of laboratory measurements and Solar System observations to support the observation of circumstellar disks with SPHERE

 

Advisors: Pr. Nicolas Thomas and Pr. Hans Martin Schmid

2015-2013

Post-doc.

 

Univ. of Bern

Center for Space and Habitability

 

 

Spectro-photometric signatures of abiotic and biotic organic matter

Laboratory analysis of the remote sensing signatures of abiotic or biotic organic matter contained on planetary or cometary surface analogs

 

Advisor: Pr. Nicolas Thomas

2010-2013

Ph. D thesis

 

Univ. Paris Diderot

LISA laboratory

 

Search for life or habitability clues on Mars

Chemical evolution of organic molecules under simulated Martian conditions in the laboratory

Advisors: Pr. Patrice Coll and Dr. Cyril Szopa

Recipient of the PhD thesis award of the French Society of Exobiology 2014

 

2009-2010

Master 2 Internship

 

Univ. Paris Diderot

LISA laboratory

 

 

Astrobiology on Titan

Study of the chemical evolution of aerosols analogues in putative H2O-NH3 mixture in Titan’s surface or subsurface

 

Advisors: Pr. François Raulin and Pr. Patrice Coll

 

2009

Master 1 Internship

 

Max Planck Institute for

Solar System Research

 

 

Contribution to the 2018 ExoMars mission to Mars

Analysis of the chemical derivatization options for the MOMA instrument of the ExoMars mission

 

Advisor: Dr. Fred Goesmann

 

2008

Licence 3 Internship n°2

 

Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie

LATMOS laboratory

 

 

The Atmosphere of Mars

Three dimensional modeling of carbon monoxide in the Martian atmosphere

 

Advisor: Dr. Franck Lefèvre

 

 

2007

Licence 3 Internship n°1

 

Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie

LRS laboratory

 

Chemistry and the Origin of Life

Study of the fate of an amino acid adsorbed on clay mineral: glycine on saponite

 

Advisor: Pr. Jean-François Lambert

 

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