The aim of NanoSpace is to determine the abundance, formation mechanisms and astrochemical role of carbonaceous nanoparticles in space. Carbon is ubiquitous in space; from small carbon and hydrocarbon molecules to fullerenes and large but currently unidentified polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, carbonaceous dust particles and ultimately life. The clear identification of C60 in the interstellar medium and around planetary nebulae has provided us with a tangible key to unlock the mysteries and complexities of cosmic carbon. We will exploit this opportunity through the synergistic combination of expertise from observational astronomy, laboratory astrophysics, spectroscopy, molecular reaction dynamics, theoretical chemistry, data science, synthetic chemistry, material science and astrobiology.
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