Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory

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Teresa Fornaro

Dr. Teresa Fornaro (PostDoc - Chimica)

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Main scientific activity pertains to spectroscopic studies on interactions of astrobiologically relevant molecules with minerals under plausible prebiotic and space-like conditions, focusing on Mars soil analogues for supporting life detection studies for the Mars Organics Molecule Analyser (MOMA) instrument on board the European Space Agency ExoMars space mission. Further activity concerns the study of the properties of surface materials of primitive carbon-rich asteroids to support NASA sample return mission OSIRIS-REX.

Interests: prebiotic chemistry, investigating the role of minerals in the origin of life; detection of biomolecules in extraterrestrial environments; molecular photochemistry in space conditions