Chemistry Of Life Projects
Friday, July 17 2009 - 2:16 pm, PDT
The goal of this projects is to develop a new and more sensitive method for the determination of bioburdens for planetary protection purposes.
Calculation of High-Resolution IR Spectra, Including Line Lists and Intensities, for Astronomically Interesting Molecules and their Isotopes: NH3, CO2, SO2, CH3OH, CH3CN, and CH3-O-CH3
Monday, June 01 2009 - 10:04 am, PDT
Determination of line spectra for a range of eigenstates of astrobiologically interesting compounds; this info can be used in interpreting spectra from the Herschel, SOFIA, and JWST missions
Sunday, February 01 2009 - 2:56 pm, PST
Testing of a Raman/UV instrument designed for remote detection of organic materials on future astrobiology missions, to assist in the protection of other planets from Earth microbes carried by spacecraft.
Thursday, January 01 2009 - 2:09 pm, PST
The goal of this project is to expand the content and capabilities of the NASA Ames PAH IR Spectroscopic Database (www.astrochem.org/pahdb) that we have previously developed with NASA grant support.
Friday, December 05 2008 - 2:07 pm, PST
A comprehensive study of the spectral characteristics of carbonaceous species with the goal of understanding the effects of size, molecular structure, clustering, and charge on the spectra, and allowing us to more accurately interpret the emission characteristics of the interstellar medium.
Monday, September 01 2008 - 10:33 am, PDT
Research into sustainable energy sources for NASA’s long-term missions, with analysis of two of the most promising biofuel feedstocks: cellulose and algae.
Friday, August 01 2008 - 4:43 pm, PDT
Study of aqueous minerals on Mars and testing of a novel methodology to search for traces of current and past life in these minerals.
Friday, August 01 2008 - 2:17 pm, PDT
Study of the conditions under which amorphous and crystalline ices form, modeling of the surface environments of outer solar system objects, and development of rules for ice formation in the outer solar system.
Prebiotic Synthesis of Autocatalytic and Self-Replicating Molecules from Sugars as the Primary Carbon Source
Monday, June 30 2008 - 2:19 pm, PDT
A study of the chemical processes on the primitive Earth that generated the first autocatalytic molecules and microstructures involved in the origin of life.
An Automated Meteoroid Orbit Survey to Measure the Fragmentation History of (Mostly) Dormant Comets in the Near Earth Orbit Population
Tuesday, May 06 2008 - 10:19 am, PDT
Testing of the hypothesis that the disintegration of dormant comets is the dominant contribution of dust to the zodiacal cloud.