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PhD | University of Manchester

The Astrochemistry of Methanol Masers Sources: Probing The Circumstellar Environments of Massive Young Stars


- Professor Gary Fuller

  (University of Manchester, UK)

Naomi was a PhD student at the University of Manchester, Jodrell Bank Center for Astrophysics. Her research was in the Astrochemistry of Methanol Masers Sources found in the Circumstellar Environments of Massive Young Stars. She studied Class II methanol masers and complex organic species such as methyl cyanide (CH3CN), ethanol (CH3CH2OH) and dimethyl ether (CH3OCH3) in methanol masers sources. She also modelled ALMA data to constrain the abundance and excitation of the complex organic species and will compare the properties implied by the chemical model to the observational data to determine additional excitation mechanisms.

Naomi has an MPhil in Nuclear and Radiochemistry from the University of Ghana, School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences and a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.  She was a Research Scientist with the Ghana Space Science and Research Institute under the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission and was involved in the ongoing conversion of the 32m telecommunication antenna into a radio telescope for the SKA-SA project and took part in the DARA astronomy training program.

After her PhD, Naomi aims to return to Ghana to work on the converted Radio Telescope at the Kuntunse Earth Station as a Research Scientist and also work with the Ghana Radio Astronomy Club (GRAC) which is the outreach leg of the Radio Astronomy and Astrophysics Center of the Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute.

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