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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, August 15 2006 - 10:39 am, PDT
Study of optical properties of naturally occuring haze to assist in understanding the causes of greenhouse effects on the early Earth.