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Dr Sabrina Gaertner

Profile summary

  • Visiting Informal Academic
  • Honorary Associate
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Physical Sciences

Professional biography




PhD in physics within the “Bonn Cologne Graduate School of Physics and Astronomy” at the University of Cologne:

Thesis title: “Influence of Internal States on Ion-Molecule Reactions in a Temperature Variable 22-Pole Ion Trap - Spectroscopy and Reaction Kinetics”


Diploma in physics at the University of Cologne:

Thesis title: “Charakterisierung einer Ionen-Wolke in einem kalten 22-Pol Ionenspeicher”

Area of specialization: laboratory astrophysics

Elective subjects: general analytical chemistry, physical chemistry



Since 2014

Open University - Laboratory Astrochemistry:

Understanding planet formation: Investigation of microgravity collisions (dust and ice aggregates between 80 and 300 K).

Porosity of instellar ice: Neutron scattering experiments to understand the structural properties of interstellar ice analogues.

2007 - 2014

University of Cologne - Laboratory Astrophysics:

Deuterium fractionation: Reaction dynamics and spectroscopy of small hydrogen (H3+ isotologues) and hydrocarbon ions (CH3+, C2H2+ isotologues) that are key to the observed enhancement of deuterium in interstellar molecules, using a temperature variable 22-pole ion trap.



Since 2014

Open University:

Tutor for lecture on practical science

regularly presentations and workshops in different public outreach events

2005 - 2014

University of Cologne:

Tutor for different lectures and lab courses, lab course coordination

regularly presentations and experiments in different public outreach events

News & articles

Mother with sick teenage daughter

Researching the needs of seriously ill young people

The Open University Sexuality Alliance with Hospice UK have received funding to explore the sex, relationships and intimacy needs in the lives of young people with a life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, as part of an initiative being launched today (15 November 2018) to support seriously ill young people.

15th November 2018
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