Dr. Stefano Bovino
Stefano Bovino obtained his PhD in Chemical Sciences at Sapienza University of Rome in 2011, and has spent one year at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics before to move as a postdoc in Göttingen (2012) and Hamburg (2015). He joined UdeC in December 2017.
Stefano Bovino’s research focuses on astrochemistry, and is concerned with providing state-of- the-art models that allow a comparison and a better interpretation of the observational data, employing them to perform 3D hydrodynamical simulations of different environments. He is co-developer of the astrochemistry package KROME (www.kromepackage.org), a widely used public tool, to model chemistry and microphysics in hydrodynamical simulations.
As an astrochemist he is involved in many different problems where the microphysics could be relevant like the ISM in galaxies, star formation in molecular clouds, and the transition between the first and second generation of star where the dust have played a crucial role. He is currently working on deuterium fractionation, i.e. the ratio of deuterated to non-deuterated species, and how this process can be employed as a tool to determine the star-formation timescale.
He further works on the development and improvements of astrochemical networks, with particular emphasis on computational methods for networks reduction and chemical kinetics.
He is also a member of the Anillo ACT172033 "Formation and Growth of Supermassive Black Holes".