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Name: Dr. Steven Charnley

Astrochemistry Laboratory, Mail Code 691
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Phone: (301) 286-9706

E-mail: Dr. Steven Charnley

Current Position

    Physical Scientist, Astrochemistry Laboratory


  • 1988 - Ph.D., Theoretical Physics, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  • 1980 - M.Sc. Operational Research, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
  • 1978 - B.Sc. (Hons.) Natural Philosophy, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

Research Areas

    Theoretical astrochemistry and molecular astrophysics; interstellar medium; comets; astrobiology; star formation; protoplanetary disks; isotopic fractionation; primitive materials; radio astronomy.

Professional Experience

    Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; University of California, Berkeley; SETI Institute; NASA Ames Research Center; NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (since 9/2/08).

Selected Publications

  • 2008   Charnley S.B. & Rodgers, S.D., "Interstellar Reservoirs of Cometary Matter.", Space Sci. Rev., 138, 59.
  • 2008   Rodgers, S.D. & Charnley S.B., "Nitrogen Isotopic Fractionation of Interstellar Nitriles.", Astrophys. J., 689, 1448.
  • 2008   Rodgers, S.D. & Charnley S.B., "Nitrogen Superfractionation in Dense Cloud Cores.", Mon. Not. R. astr. Soc., 385, L48.
  • 2007   Butner, H.M., Charnley S.B., Ceccarelli, C. et al., "Discovery of Interstellar Heavy Water.", Astrophys. J. Letters, 659, L137.
  • 2006   Ciesla, F.J. & Charnley S., "The Physics and Chemistry of Nebular Evolution,." In Meteorites and the Early Solar System II Eds. D. Lauretta and H. McSween, University of Arizona Press, 209.
  • 2005   Charnley, S., Kuan, Y.-J., Huang, H.-C., et al., "Astronomical Searches for Nitrogen Heterocycles.", Adv. Space Res., 36, 137.
  • 2004   Rodgers, S.D., Charnley S.B., Boice, D.C. & Huebner, W.F., "Physical Processes and Chemical Reactions in Cometary Comae.", In COMETS II, Eds. Festou, M., Keller, H.U. & Weaver, H.A., University of Arizona Press, 505.
  • 2003   Kuan, Y.-J., Charnley S.B., Huang, H.-C., Tseng, W.-L., Kisiel, Z., "Interstellar Glycine.", Astrophys. J., 593, 848.
  • 2002   Charnley S.B. & Rodgers, S.D., "The End of Interstellar Chemistry as the Origin of Nitrogen in Comets and Meteorites.", Astrophys. J. Letters, 569, L133.
  • 2001   Charnley S.B., "Stochastic Theory of Molecule Formation on Dust.", Astrophys. J. Letters, 562, L99.
  • 2001   Rodgers, S.D. & Charnley S.B., "Chemical Differentiation in Regions of Massive Star Formation.", Astrophys. J., 546, 324.
  • 2000   Ehrenfreund, P. and Charnley S.B., "Organic molecules in the interstellar medium, comets and meteorites: A voyage from dark clouds to the early Earth.", Annu. Rev. Astron. Astrophys., 38, 427.

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