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Sabrina Gaertner

SANDALS Instrument Scientist, Science and Technology Facilities Council

I am a researcher in Laboratory Astrochemistry. While the focus of my PhD project was on gas-phase ion-neutral reactions and spectroscopy, I switched fields to solid state astrochemistry in 2014. I am investigating planet forming collisions (using microgravity environments) and the structural properties of interstellar water ices and their analogues for planetary science experiments (using neutron scattering facilities).


  • 2017–present
    Instrument Scientist, ISIS Neutron and Muon Source
  • 2014–2017
    Postdoctoral research associate in Astrochemistry, The Open University
  • 2010–2014
    Research Associate, University of Cologne
  • 2009–2010
    Research Assistant, University of Cologne
  • 2008–2009
    Undergraduate Assitant, University of Cologne


  • 2013 
    University of Cologne (Germany), PhD / Physics
  • 2008 
    University of Cologne (Germany), Diplom Physikerin


  • 2017
    The Astrophysical Journal, Micrometer-sized Water Ice Particles for Planetary Science Experiments: Influence of Surface Structure on Collisional Properties
  • 2013
    Journal of Physical Chemistry A, High-Resolution Spectroscopy of CH2D+ in a Cold 22-Pole Trap
  • 2012
    The Astrophysical Journal, The Low-temperature Nuclear Spin Equilibrium of H3+ in Collisions with H2
  • 2012
    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, Transfer of a Proton Between H2 and O2