Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Vincent Kofman

(Research Scientist)

Vincent Kofman's Contact Card & Information.
Org Code: 693
Mail Code 693
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Brief Bio

Vincent Kofman is a postdoctoral associate working with dr. Geronimo Villanueva on advancing the Planetary Spectrum Generator to model high temperature exoplanet atmospheres. 

During his Ph.D. at the Sackler Laboratorium for Astrophysics in Leiden, Vincent developed and build an experimental setup to spectroscopically characterize astrophysical ice mixtures, with a particular focus on water ice and embedded organic molecules. 


Post-doctoral researcher

American University - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

September 2018 - Present

Incorporating state-of-the-art spectroscopic databases into the Planetary Spectrum Generator to simulate exoplanet atmospheres. Assessing detectability of molecular species in exoplanet atmospheres using both high-resolution ground-based spectroscopy and low-resolution with upcomming space telescopes.

Doctor of Philosophy

Leiden Observatory - Leiden, the Netherlands

September 2014 - August 2018

Designed and build an experimental setup to study the chemistry and physics in interstellar analogues. 

Royal Dutch Academy of Science Research Fellow

Utrecht University - Utrecht, the Netherlands

February 2013 - November 2013

Developed methods to map elemental abundances in resin-embedded sediments using micro-XRF.



2021. "No evidence of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus from independent analyses." Nature Astronomy 5 (7): 631-635 [10.1038/s41550-021-01422-z] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "Probing the Atmospheric Cl Isotopic Ratio on Mars: Implications for Planetary Evolution and Atmospheric Chemistry." Geophysical Research Letters 48 (9): [10.1029/2021gl092650] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "Absorption in exoplanet atmospheres: Combining experimental and theoretical databases to facilitate calculations of the molecular opacities of water." Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer 270 107708 [10.1016/j.jqsrt.2021.107708] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "A non-energetic mechanism for glycine formation in the interstellar medium." Nature Astronomy 5 (2): 197-205 [10.1038/s41550-020-01249-0] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "A new model of monodeuterated ethane (C2H5D) spectrum: Enabling sensitive constraints on the D/H in ethane emission in comets." Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer 255 107225 [10.1016/j.jqsrt.2020.107225] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "The Refractive Index of Amorphous and Crystalline Water Ice in the UV-vis." The Astrophysical Journal 875 (2): 131 [10.3847/1538-4357/ab0d89] [Journal Article/Letter]

2018. "A multifunctional setup to record FTIR and UV-vis spectra of organic molecules and their photoproducts in astronomical ices." Review of Scientific Instruments 89 (5): 053111 [10.1063/1.5027079] [Journal Article/Letter]

2017. "Laboratory spectroscopy and astronomical significance of the fully-benzenoid PAH triphenylene and its cation." Molecular Astrophysics 7 19-26 [10.1016/j.molap.2017.04.002] [Journal Article/Letter]

Teaching Experience

Planetary Science 
Leiden Observatory. Instructor for first year astronomy students course in 2015 and 2016. 

Chemistry of the Earth 1 and 2 
Utrecht University. Instructor for first and second year course in 2012 and 2013.


Master of Science
Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Organic and inorganic geochemistry of sediments. 

Bachelor of Science
Groningen University, the Netherlands and Uppsala, Sweden. Organic synthesis of water oxidation catalyst. 

Professional Service

Organization of Planetary and Exoplanetary Science Network
Coordinated post-doc and PhD network for planetary and astronomy researchers in the Netherlands, 2014-2018. 

Anonymous Reviewer
Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, the Astrophysicla Journa, Science Advances