Christine Joblin

Research Scientist at CESR since 1995.
Director of Research (CNRS, 2007)


2005: Research habilitation – University of Toulouse III
“Physico-chimie des PAH et très petits grains interstellaires: observations et études
 en laboratoire”

1992: PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics - University of Paris 7
 "Spectroscopie de molécules aromatiques. Test du modèle PAH en astrophysique"

1989: Master in Physics (option : astrophysics) - Universities of Paris 7 and 11

Awards 2001 : Young scientist prize of the French society of Astronomy and Astrophysics (SF2A)

Research topics

  1. Interdisciplinary study of the physics and chemistry of interstellar dust and molecules with special interest in polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Approach combining astronomical observations and laboratory studies.

  2. Experience in laboratory techniques : Multi-wavelength spectroscopy from vacuum UV to far-IR in gas phase and in rare gas matrices – Mass spectrometry, ion trapping. Synchrotron radiation and laser beams

  3. Astronomical observations: Multi-wavelength spectroscopy. Spectro-imagery of photodissociation regions. Observations using space observatories and ground-based telescopes.

Current scientific responsibilities

  • Leader of the laboratory experiment PIRENEA, Piège à Ions pour la Recherche et l’Etude de Nouvelles Espèces Astrochimiques, an original set-up dedicated to the study of the photophysics and chemistry of macromolecules and nanograins in interstellar and circumstellar conditions.
    • The PIRENEA experiment
    • The ANR project GASPARIM
  • Co-Investigator of the heterodyne spectrometer HIFI of the ESA Herschel space observatory (launch 2009) . Special interest in the physics and chemistry of photodissociation regions and the science dedicated to carbon macromolecules (identification of these species using the deformation modes of the carbon skeleton in the far-IR).
  • PI of observational programmes with the Spitzer Space Telescope. Observations dedicated to the study of photodissociation regions
Cf. the SPECDR page
  •   Leader of a "pluri-formation programme" (PPF) of Toulouse University and transverse scientific action of the Midi-Pyrénées Observatory, Molécules et grains : du laboratoire à l’Univers. 
    Cf. the PPF page

    Current research administration tasks

  • 2005-present :  Member (president since 2006) of the scientific council of the interdisciplinary national programme, Programme National de Physique et Chimie du Milieu Interstellaire (PCMI)

  • 2007-present :  Member of the national council of astronomy and astrophysics (CSAA) and the scientific council of INSU-CNRS


    • Habart E., Abergel A., Boulanger F., Joblin C., Verstraete L., Compiègne M., Pineau des Forêts G., Le Bourlot J.,  Excitation of H2 in Photo-Dissociation Regions as seen by Spitzer, Astron. & Astrophys. 527 (2011), A122
    • Sellgren K., Werner M. W., Ingalls J. G., Smith J. D. T., Carleton T. M., Joblin C.,  C60 in Reflection Nebulae, Astrophys. J. Lett. 722 (2010), L54-L57
    • Joblin, C., Pilleri, P., Montillaud, J., Fuente, A., Gerin, M., Berné, O., Ossenkopf, V., Le Bourlot, J., Teyssier, D., Goicoechea,J. R., Le Petit, F.; Röllig, M., et al.,   Gas morphology and energetics at the surface of PDRs: new insights with Herschel observations of NGC 7023, Astron. & Astrophys. 521 (2010), L25-L28
    • Dubernet M.L., Boudon V., Culhane J.L., Dimitrijevic M. S., Fazliev A.Z., Joblin C. , Kupka F. et al., Virtual Atomic and Molecular Data Centre, J. Quant. Spec. Rad. Trans. 111 (15) (2010), 2151-2159
    • Joalland B., Rapacioli M., Simon A., Joblin C., Marsden C. J., and Spiegelman F., Molecular dynamics simulations of anharmonic infrared spectra of [SiPAH]+ π-complexes, J. Phys. Chem. A 114 (2010), 5846-5854
    • Useli-Bacchitta F., Bonnamy A., Malloci G., Mulas G., Toublanc D., Joblin C.,  Visible photodissociation spectroscopy of PAH cations and derivatives in the PIRENEA experiment, Chem. Phys. 371 (2010), 16-23
    • Molinari, S., Swinyard, B., Bally, J. et al., Hi-GAL: The Herschel Infrared Galactic Plane Survey, Pub. Astron. Soc. Pac. 122 (2010), 314-325
    • Simon A. and Joblin C.,  The computed infrared spectra of a variety of [FePAH]+ complexes: mid- and far-infrared features, Astrophys. J. 712 (2010), 69-77
    • Berné O., Fuente A., Goicoechea J. R., Pilleri P., González-García M., Joblin C., Mid-Infrared Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon and H2  Emission as a Probe of Physical Conditions in Extreme Photodissociation Regions, Astrophys. J. Lett. 706 (2009), L160-L163
    • Pilleri P., Herberth D., Giesen T. F., Gerin M., Joblin C., Mulas G., Malloci G., Grabow J.U., Brünken S., Surin L., Steinberg B. D., Curtis K. R., and Scott L. T.,  Search for Corannulene (C20H10) in the Red Rectangle, Mon. Not. Roy. Astron. Soc. 397 (2009), 1053-1060
    • Simon A. and Joblin C.,  Photodissociation of [Fex(C24H12)y]+ complexes in the PIRENEA set-up : iron-PAH clusters as good candidates for interstellar very small grains, J. Phys. Chem. A 113 (2009), 4878-4888
    • Pirali O., Vervloet M., Mulas G., Malloci G., Joblin C., High resolution absorption spectroscopy of thermally excited naphthalene in the infrared and far infrared spectral régions. Measurements and calculations of anharmonic parameters and vibrational interactions, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 11 (2009), 3443-3454
    • Alonso-Albi T., Fuente A., Bachiller R., Neri R., Planesas P., Testi L., Berné O., and Joblin C., Circumstellar disks around Herbig Be stars, Astron. & Astrophys. 497 (2009), 117-136
    • Berné O., Joblin C., Fuente A., Ménard F., What can we learn on protoplanetary disks from the analysis of mid-infrared carbonaceous dust emission?, Astron. & Astrophys. 495 (2009), 827-835
    • Swinyard, B., Nakagawa, T., Merken, P., et al., The Space Infrared Telescope for Cosmology and Astrophysics: SPICA. A joint mission between JAXA and ESA, Exp. Astron., 23(1) (2009), 193-219
    • Boulanger, F., Maillard, J-P., Appleton, P. et al., The Molecular Hydrogen Explorer H2EX, Exp. Astron. 23(1) (2009), 277-302
    • Joalland B., Simon A., Marsden C., Joblin C., Signature of Si-PAH+ π-Complexes in the Interstellar Medium, Astron. & Astrophys. 494 (2009), 969-976
    • Joblin C., Szczerba R,  Berné O., Szyszka C., The carriers of the mid-IR emission bands in PNe reanalysed. Evidence for a link between circumstellar and interstellar aromatic dust, Astron. & Astrophys. 490 (2008), 189-196
    • Malloci G.,  Mulas G., Cecchi–Pestellini C. and Joblin C., Dehydrogenated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and UV–bump, Astron. & Astrophys. 489 (2008), 1183
    • Simon A., Joblin C., Polfer N., and Oomens J., Infrared Spectroscopy of XFeC24H12+ (X=C5H5, C5(CH3)5) complexes in the gas phase : experimental and computational studies of astrophysical interest, J. Phys. Chem. A (2008), 112, 8551-8560
    • Cecchi–Pestellini C., Malloci G.,  Mulas G., Joblin C., Williams D.A., The Role of the Charge State of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Ultraviolet Extinction, Astron. & Astrophys. 486 (2008), L25
    • Goicoechea J. R., Berné O., Gerin M., Joblin C., Teyssier D.,  Star formation near photo-dissociation regions: Detection of a peculiar protostar near Cederblad 201, Astrophys. J. 680 (2008), 466-473
    • Berne O., Joblin C., Rapacioli M., Thomas J., Cuillandre J.-C., Deville Y., Extended Red Emission and the evolution of carbonaceous nanograins in NGC7023, Astron. & Astrophys. 479 (2008), L41-L44
    • Simon, A. and Joblin, C., Thermochemistry and infrared spectroscopy of neutral and cationic iron-PAH complexes of astrophysical interest : fundamental DFT studies, J. Phys. Chem. A 111 (2007), 9745
    • Malloci G.,  Mulas G.,  Cappellini G., Joblin C., Time-dependent density functional study of the electronic spectra of oligoacenes in the charge states –1, 0, +1, and +2, Chem. Phys. 340 (1-3) (2007), 43
    • Rapacioli M., Calvo F., Joblin C., Parneix P., Spiegelman F., Vibrations and thermodynamics of clusters of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon molecules: the role of internal modes, J. Phys. Chem. A 111 (2007), 2999-3009
    • Compiègne M., Abergel A., Verstraete L., Boulanger F., Habart E., Reach W. T., and Joblin C., Aromatic emission from the ionised mane of the Horsehead nebula, Astron. & Astrophys. 471 (2007), 205-212
    • Berné O., Joblin C., Deville Y., Smith J.D., Rapacioli M., Bernard J.-P., Thomas, J., Reach W. and Abergel A., Analysis of the emission of very small dust particles from Spitzer spectro-imagery data using Blind Signal Separation algorithms, Astron. & Astrophys. 469 (2007), 575-586
    • Malloci G., Joblin C., Mulas G., On-line database of the spectral properties of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, Chem. Phys. 332 (2007), 353.
    • Malloci G., Joblin C., Mulas G., Theoretical evaluation of PAH dications properties, Astron. & Astrophys. 462 (2007), 627.
    • Rapacioli M., Calvo F., Joblin C., Parneix P., Toublanc D., Spiegelman F., Formation and destruction of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon clusters in the interstellar medium, Astron. & Astrophys. 460 (2006), 519-531
    • Mulas G., Malloci G., Joblin C., & Toublanc, D., A general model for the identification of specific PAHs in the far-IR, Astron. & Astrophys. 460 (2006), 93-104
    • Mulas G., Malloci G., Joblin C., & Toublanc, D., Diagnostics for specific PAHs in the far-IR: searching neutral naphthalene and anthracene in the Red Rectangle, Astron. & Astrophys. 456 (2006), 161.
    • Mulas G., Malloci G., Joblin C., & Toublanc, D., Estimated IR and phosphorescence emission fluxes for specific Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in the Red Rectangle, Astron. & Astrophys. 446 (2006), 537.
    • Jolibois F., Klotz A., Gadéa F.-X., & Joblin C., Hydrogen dissociation of naphthalene cation : a theoretical study, Astron. &Astrophys. 444 (2005), 629.
    • Abergel A., Verstraete L., Joblin C., Laureijs R., Miville-Deschênes M.A., The cool interstellar medium, Space Science Reviews, 119 (1-4) (2005), 247.
    • Rapacioli M., Calvo F., Spiegelman F., Joblin C., Wales D.J.,  Stacked clusters of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons molecules, J. Phys. Chem. A 109 (2005), 2487.
    • Noel B., Joblin C., Maillard J.-P., & Paumard T., New results on the massive star-forming region S106 by BEAR spectro-imagery, Astron. & Astrophys. 436 (2005), 569.
    • Rapacioli M., Joblin C., Boissel P., Spectroscopy of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Very Small Grains in Photodissociation Regions, Astron. & Astrophys. 429 (2005), 193-204
    • Malloci G., Mulas G., & Joblin C., Electronic absorption spectra of PAHs up to vacuum UV. Towards a detailed model of interstellar PAH photophysics, Astron. & Astrophys. 426 (2004), 105.
    • Joblin C., Toublanc D., Boissel P., and Tielens A.G.G.M., Calculations of the far-infrared emission of C24H12 under interstellar conditions, Molecular Phys. 100 (2002), 3595.
    • Pech C., Joblin C., and Boissel P., The profiles of the Aromatic Infrared Bands explained with molecular carriers, Astron. & Astrophys. 388 (2002), 639.
    • Chillier X., Stone B., Joblin C., Salama F., and Allamandola L.J., D1 (2B2g) —> D0 (2Au) Fluorescence from the Matrix-Isolated perylene cation following laser excitation into the D5 (2B3g) and D2 (2B3g) electronic states, J. Chem. Phys. 116 (13) (2002), 5725
    • Boissel P., Joblin C., and Pernot P., Singular Value Decomposition : a tool to separate elementary contributions in ISOCAM spectral maps, Astron. & Astrophys. 373 (2001), L5.
    • Crété E., Giard M., Joblin C., Vauglin I., Léger A., and Rouan D., Grain populations in the M17 south-west star forming complex, Astron. & Astrophys. 352 (1999), 277.
    • Joblin C., Salama F., and Allamandola L., Absorption and emission spectroscopy of perylene (C20H12) isolated in Ne, Ar, and N2 matrices, J. Chem. Phys. 110 (15) (1999), 7287.
    • Joblin C., Which carriers for the UIR emission bands? Observations and laboratory simulations, Faraday Discuss. 109, The Royal Society of Chemistry, London (1998), p. 349.
    • Joblin C., Masselon C., Boissel P., de Parseval P., Martinovic S., and Muller J. F., Simulation of interstellar Aromatic Hydrocarbons using Ion Cyclotron Resonance. Preliminary results, Rapid Comm. Mass Spectrom. 11 (1997a), 1619.
    • Joblin C., Boissel P., and de Parseval P., Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon lifetime in cometary environments, Planet. & Space Sci. 45 (1997b), 1539.
    • Joblin C., Tielens A.G.G.M., Geballe T. R., and Wooden D. H., Variations of the 8.6 and 11.3 µm emission bands within NGC 1333: Evidence for PAH cations, Astrophys. J. 460 (1996a), L119.
    • Joblin C., Tielens A.G.G.M., Allamandola L., and Geballe T. R., Spatial variation of the 3.29 and 3.4 µm emission bands within reflection nebulae and the photochemical evolution of methylated PAHs, Astrophys. J.  458 (1996b), 610.
    • Joblin C., Salama F., and Allamandola L., Photoinduced fluorescence from the perylene cation isolated  in Ne and Ar matrices, J. Chem. Phys. 102 (24) (1995a), 9743.
    • Joblin C., Tielens A.G.G.M., Allamandola L., Léger A., d'Hendecourt L., Geballe T. R., & Boissel P., PAHs as the carriers of the 3.3 and 3.4 µm emission bands, Planet. & Space Sci 43 (1995b), 1189.
    • Joblin C., Boissel P., Léger A., d'Hendecourt L., and Défourneau D., Infrared spectroscopy of gas-phase PAH molecules II. Role of the temperature, Astron. & Astrophys. 299 (1995c), 835.
    • Salama F., Joblin C., and Allamandola L., Neutral and ionized PAHs. Contribution to the interstellar extinction, Planet. & Space Sci. 43 (1995), 1165.
    • Salama F., Joblin C., and Allamandola L., Electronic absorption spectroscopy of matrix-isolated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon cations. II. The phenanthrene cation (C14H10) and its 1-methyl derivative,  J. Chem. Phys. 101 (1994), 10252.
    • Geballe T., Joblin C., d'Hendecourt L., Jourdain de Muizon M., Tielens A.G.G.M., and Léger A., Detection of the first overtone of the 3.3 µm band in IRAS 21282+5050, Astrophys. J. 434 (1994), L15.
    • Joblin C., d'Hendecourt L., Léger A., and Défourneau D., Infrared spectroscopy of gas-phase PAH molecules I. Role of the physical environment, Astron. &Astrophys. 281 (1994), 923.
    • Léger A., d'Hendecourt L., and Joblin C., Present situation in the identification of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, Adv. Space Res. 13 (1993), 473.
    • Ehrenfreund P., d'Hendecourt L., Joblin C., and Léger A., Visible absorption bands of coal pitch.  Implications for the Diffuse interstellar bands, Astron. & Astrophys. 266 (1992), 429.
    • Joblin C., Léger A., and Martin P., Contribution of PAHs to the interstellar extinction curve, Astrophys. J. 393 (1992), L79.
    • Joblin C., Maillard J.P., d'Hendecourt L., and Léger A., Detection of diffuse interstellar bands in the infrared, Nature 346 (1990), 729.

    Invited conferences

    • Joblin C.,  Interstellar PAHs: the laboratory approach, The Chemical Cosmos: Understanding Chemistry in Astronomical Environments, Boppard (Germany), 26-29/04/2010
    • Joblin C.,  Interstellar polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons: from laboratory to astronomical models, Computational AstroChemistry - a New Era, London (UK), 6-7/01/2009
    • Joblin C.,  Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, evaporating very small grains and H2 in photodissociation regions, Elementary mechanisms of hydrogen/carbon-surface interactions, ARCHES workshop, Marseille (France), 27-28/10/2008
    • Joblin C., Berné O., Simon A., Mulas G., Laboratory studies of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons: the search for interstellar candidates, Cosmic dust – near and far, Heidelberg (Germany), 8-12 /09/2008 -
    • Joblin C., Large carbon molecules in space: the future of PAHs, Molecular Universe Research Training Network FP6 : Final Network Meeting, Boppard (Germany), 1-5/09/2008
    • Joblin C., The largest molecules and their role in space, The Molecular Universe: An International Meeting on the Physics and Chemistry of the Interstellar Medium, Arcachon (France), 5-8/05/2008
    • Joblin C., PAHs and carbonaceous nanograins : from astronomical observations to the laboratory, Atelier Grains 2007, Grenoble (France), 7-8/01/2008
    • Joblin C., H2/nanograins carbonés en astrophysique : aspects observationnels,  expérimentaux et théoriques, Adsorption, Réactivité et Contrôle de l’Hydrogène En interaction avec des Surfaces , Réunion plénière du GDR, Nouan le Fuzelier (France), 20-23/05/2007
    • Joblin C., Coupling between PAHs and H2 in photodissociation regions: observational and laboratory insights, Molecules in Space and Laboratory, Paris (France), 14-18/05/2007
    • Joblin C., Interstellar polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons : from space to the laboratory, ECAMP IX , Heraklion (Crete), 6-11/05/2007
    • Joblin C., Interstellar PAHs: recent progresses from space to the laboratory, Molecular Universe annual meeting and mid-term review, Perugia (Italy), 19-21/03/07
    • Joblin C., Large carbon molecules in space: a PAH in the sky …, SFB Colloquium in honour of Gisbert Winnewisser, Universität zu Köln (Germany), 7/10/06
    • Joblin C., Photophysics and Chemistry of PAHs and PAH clusters: from space to the laboratory, International workshop Carbon in space, Villa Vigoni (Italy), 22-25/05/06
    • Joblin C., Carbonaceous macromolecules,  Dust from fundamental studies to astronomical observations, Les Houches (France), 30/04-5/05/06
    • Joblin C., Addressing the physics and chemistry of very small particles with the Spitzer space telescope and laboratory studies,  Journées de la Société Française d’Astronomie et d’Astrophysique, Strasbourg (France), 27/06-1/07/05 
    • Joblin C., Interstellar Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons : Observational and Laboratory Insights,  60th International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, Columbus (OH, USA), 20-24/06/05
    • Joblin C., Astrochemistry in ICR traps,  Interstellar Reactions: from Gas phase to Solids, Pillnitz (Germany), 5-9/06/05
    • Joblin C., Coupling between PAHs, very small carbonaceous grains and H2 in photodissociation regions. Observational and laboratory approach,  Astro-Chemistry from Laboratory to Telescope, Cardiff (UK), 6-7/01/05
    • Joblin C., Maillard J.P., Rapacioli M., Toublanc D., Boissel P., & Armengaud M., Frabel P., Couplage entre PAH, très petits grains carbonés et H2 dans les régions de photodissociation. Observations et études en laboratoire,  Physique des poussières durant l'évolution stellaire, Meudon (France), 14-15/10/04
    • Joblin C., Boissel P., Toublanc D., Rapacioli M., Nayral C., Bruneleau N., & Armengaud M., Frabel P., Interstellar macromolecules and nanograins. Observations and laboratory experiments,  8th European Conference on Atomic and Molecular Physics/ PAMO, Rennes (France), 6-10/7/04
    • Joblin C. & Maillard J. P., Chemistry and dynamics in photodissociation regions,  Dome C Astronomy/Astrophysics Meeting, Toulouse (France), 28-30/06/04
    • Joblin C., Systèmes moléculaires et nanoparticules en astrophysique,  Colloque du GdR Agrégation, Fragmentation et Thermodynamique des Systèmes Moléculaires Complexes Isolés, Paris (France), 14-16/06/04
    • Joblin C., Photophysics and Chemistry of Carbon Macromolecules of Astrophysical Interest,  1er Congreso Nacional de Astrofisica Molecular, Ciudad Real (Spain), 1-4/12/03
    • Joblin C., Carbon macromolecules in the cycle of interstellar matter: observational and laboratory insights,  Journées de la Société Française d’Astronomie et d’Astrophysique, Bordeaux (France), 16-20/06/03
    • Joblin C., Photophysics and Chemistry of Carbon Macromolecules in Ion Traps,  Gas Phase Formation and Destruction of Carbon Based Nanoparticles, St Jacut de la Mer (France), 28-30/01/03
    • Joblin C., What lies hidden in the ISO archive on solid-state dust features?,  Exploiting the ISO Data Archive. Infrared Astronomy in the Internet Age, Sigüenza (Spain), 24-27/06/02
    • Joblin C., Coupling between PAHs and hydrogen (H, H2) in the interstellar medium and in the laboratory,  Infrared Astronomy from Antartica, Boston (USA), 5-6/03/02
    • Joblin C., Boissel P., Spectroscopie de molécules aromatiques d’intérêt astrophysique,  CLIO "Applications et Perspectives", Orsay (France), 28/02/02
    • Joblin C., Photophysics of interstellar PAHs : from space to laboratory,  Traps and Interstellar Dust, Chemnitz (Germany), 6-8/07/01
    • Joblin C., HIFI preparatory work in the laboratory . Some insight…,  Herschel Science Preparatory Workshop, Leiden (The Netherlands), 22-24/10/01
    • Joblin C., Experimental Astrophysics: a new window on the Interstellar Matter,  Semaine de l’Astrophysique Française, Lyon (France), 28/05-1/06/01
    • Joblin C., Experiments on carbon-based macro-molecules,  The role of laboratory experiments in the characterisation of cosmic materials, ISSI Workshop, Bern (Switzerland), 2-8/05/00
    • Joblin C., Abergel A., Bregman J., d'Hendecourt L., Heras A., Jourdain de Muizon M., Pech C., and Tielens A.G.G.M., Spectroscopic diversity of the UIR bands as revealed by ISO. Towards a molecular carrier identification,  ISO beyond the peaks, The 2nd ISO workshop on analytical spectroscopy with SWS, LWS, PHT-S and CAM-CVF, Villafranca, Madrid (Spain), 2-4/02/00
    • Joblin C., Aromatic molecules in space and in laboratory,  International Workshop Devoted to Dark Matter in the Solar System, Meudon (France), 3-28/05/99
    • Joblin C., Which carriers for the unidentified IR emission bands ? Observations and Laboratory simulations,  Chemistry and Physics of Molecules and Grains in Space, University of Nottingham (UK), 15-17/04/98
    • Joblin C., Spectroscopie des PAHs,  Chimie Organométallique dans le  Milieu Interstellaire; Aspects spectroscopique, Ecole thématique du CNRS, Hendaye (France), 17-20/05/98

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