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Miss Grace Richards

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Professional biography

2020 - Present: The Open University -  School of Physical Sciences PhD student 

2014 - 2019: University of Edinburgh - Integrated Masters of Physics (MPhys)

I am a first year AstrobiologyOU PhD student and the title of my project is “The feasibility of in situ VOC analysis on icy moons.” Studying physics for my Integrated Master’s degree at Edinburgh University, I have worked in both physics and microbiology labs and have a particular interest for both astrophysics and astrobiology. I also enjoy taking part in public outreach and have been involved in science festivals and school visits which have allowed me to share my enthusiasm with a wide range of audiences.

Research interests

PhD project: The feasibility of in situ VOC anaylsis on icy moons 

Main interests:

  • Habitability of icy moons, in particular Enceladus
  • Instrumentation 
  • Identification and detection of biomarkers
  • Life in ice
  • Space weathering



Development of Enceladus ice analogues for in situ analysis (2021)
Richards, Grace; Pearson, Victoria; Patel, Manish; Morgan, Geraint and Sheridan, Simon
In : European Planetary Science Congress 2021 (13-24 Sep 2021, Online)

VOC analysis: Unlocking the secrets of Enceladus' surface (2020-09-21)
Richards, Grace
Europlanet, Youtube.

Looking for life: Unlocking the secrets of Enceladus' surface (2020)
Richards, Grace
The Open University