Dr. Christopher K Materese

Dr. Christopher K Materese

  • Research AST, Planetary Studies
  • 301.286.7502
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 691.1
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Positions/Employment

    6/2005 - 5/2010

    Graduate Student Researcher

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
    6/2010 - 5/2012

    Research Associate

    SETI Institute/NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
    6/2012 - 5/2015

    NASA Postdoctoral Fellow

    Oak Ridge Associated Universities/NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
    6/2015 - 7/2018

    Research Scientist

    BAER Institute/NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
    7/2018 - Present

    Research Scientist

    NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center, Greenbelt, MD

    Education

    2010 - Ph.D. (Physical Chemistry) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Dissertation "Using atomistic simulations to uncover microscopic details of nucleosomal electrostatics, energy landscapes of proteins and photovoltaic polymer dynamics."

    2005 - B.S. (Chemistry) The Pennsylvania State University

    Professional Societies

    American Chemical Society, 2010 - Present

    Publications

    Refereed

    Materese, C. K., M. Nuevo, B. L. McDowell, C. E. Buffo, and S. A. Sandford. 2018. "The Photochemistry of Purine in Ice Analogs Relevant to Dense Interstellar Clouds." The Astrophysical Journal, 864 (1): 44 [10.3847/1538-4357/aad328]

    Materese, C. K., M. Nuevo, and S. A. Sandford. 2017. "The Formation of Nucleobases from the Ultraviolet Photoirradiation of Purine in Simple Astrophysical Ice Analogues." Astrobiology, 17 (8): 761-770 [10.1089/ast.2016.1613]

    Materese, C. K., J. D. Bregman, and S. A. Sandford. 2017. "The Detection of 6.9 μm Emission Features in the Infrared Spectra of IRAS 04296+3429, IRAS 05341+0852, and IRAS 22272+5435: Evidence for the Presence of Hn-PAHs in Post-AGB Stars." The Astrophysical Journal, 850 (2): 165 [10.3847/1538-4357/aa960d]

    Bera, P. P., M. Nuevo, C. K. Materese, S. A. Sandford, and T. J. Lee. 2016. "Mechanisms for the formation of thymine under astrophysical conditions and implications for the origin of life." The Journal of Chemical Physics, 144 (14): 144308 [10.1063/1.4945745]

    Materese, C. K., M. Nuevo, and S. A. Sandford. 2015. "N- ANDO-HETEROCYCLES PRODUCED FROM THE IRRADIATION OF BENZENE AND NAPHTHALENE IN H2O/NH3-CONTAINING ICES." The Astrophysical Journal, 800 (2): 116 [10.1088/0004-637x/800/2/116]

    Materese, C. K., D. P. Cruikshank, S. A. Sandford, H. Imanaka, and M. Nuevo. 2015. "ICE CHEMISTRY ON OUTER SOLAR SYSTEM BODIES: ELECTRON RADIOLYSIS OF N2-, CH4-, AND CO-CONTAINING ICES." The Astrophysical Journal, 812 (2): 150 [10.1088/0004-637x/812/2/150]

    Sandford, S. A., P. P. Bera, T. J. Lee, C. K. Materese, and M. Nuevo. 2014. "Photosynthesis and Photo-Stability of Nucleic Acids in Prebiotic Extraterrestrial Environments." Topics in Current Chemistry, 123-164 [10.1007/128_2013_499]

    Materese, C. K., D. P. Cruikshank, S. A. Sandford, et al. H. Imanaka, M. Nuevo, and D. W. White. 2014. "ICE CHEMISTRY ON OUTER SOLAR SYSTEM BODIES: CARBOXYLIC ACIDS, NITRILES, AND UREA DETECTED IN REFRACTORY RESIDUES PRODUCED FROM THE UV PHOTOLYSIS OF N2:CH4:CO-CONTAINING ICES." The Astrophysical Journal, 788 (2): 111 [10.1088/0004-637x/788/2/111]

    Nuevo, M., C. K. Materese, and S. A. Sandford. 2014. "THE PHOTOCHEMISTRY OF PYRIMIDINE IN REALISTIC ASTROPHYSICAL ICES AND THE PRODUCTION OF NUCLEOBASES." The Astrophysical Journal, 793 (2): 125 [10.1088/0004-637x/793/2/125]

    Sandford, S. A., M. P. Bernstein, and C. K. Materese. 2013. "THE INFRARED SPECTRA OF POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS WITH EXCESS PERIPHERAL H ATOMS (Hn-PAHs) AND THEIR RELATION TO THE 3.4 AND 6.9 μm PAH EMISSION FEATURES." The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 205 (1): 8 [10.1088/0067-0049/205/1/8]

    Materese, C. K., M. Nuevo, P. P. Bera, T. J. Lee, and S. A. Sandford. 2013. "Thymine and Other Prebiotic Molecules Produced from the Ultraviolet Photo-Irradiation of Pyrimidine in Simple Astrophysical Ice Analogs." Astrobiology, 13 (10): 948-962 [10.1089/ast.2013.1044]

    Wilger, D. J., S. E. Bettis, C. K. Materese, et al. M. Minakova, G. A. Papoian, J. M. Papanikolas, and M. L. Waters. 2012. "Tunable Energy Transfer Rates via Control of Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Structure of a Coiled Coil Peptide Scaffold." Inorganic Chemistry, 51 (21): 11324-11338 [10.1021/ic300669t]

    Savelyev, A., C. K. Materese, and G. A. Papoian. 2011. "Is DNA’s Rigidity Dominated by Electrostatic or Nonelectrostatic Interactions?" J. Am. Chem. Soc., 133 (48): 19290-19293 [10.1021/ja207984z]

    Zhuravlev, P. I., C. K. Materese, and G. A. Papoian. 2009. "Deconstructing the Native State: Energy Landscapes, Function, and Dynamics of Globular Proteins." The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 113 (26): 8800-8812 [10.1021/jp810659u]

    Materese, C. K., A. Savelyev, and G. A. Papoian. 2009. "Counterion Atmosphere and Hydration Patterns near a Nucleosome Core Particle." Journal of the American Chemical Society, 131 (41): 15005-15013 [10.1021/ja905376q]

    Materese, C. K., C. C. Goldmon, and G. A. Papoian. 2008. "Hierarchical organization of eglin c native state dynamics is shaped by competing direct and water-mediated interactions." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105 (31): 10659-10664 [10.1073/pnas.0801850105]

    Luellen, B. A., M. E. Szapacs, C. K. Materese, and A. M. Andrews. 2006. "The neurotoxin 2′-NH2-MPTP degenerates serotonin axons and evokes increases in hippocampal BDNF." Neuropharmacology, 50 (3): 297-308 [10.1016/j.neuropharm.2005.09.006]

    Publications

    Refereed

    Materese, C. K., M. Nuevo, B. L. McDowell, C. E. Buffo, and S. A. Sandford. 2018. "The Photochemistry of Purine in Ice Analogs Relevant to Dense Interstellar Clouds." The Astrophysical Journal 864 (1): 44 [10.3847/1538-4357/aad328]

    Materese, C. K., M. Nuevo, and S. A. Sandford. 2017. "The Formation of Nucleobases from the Ultraviolet Photoirradiation of Purine in Simple Astrophysical Ice Analogues." Astrobiology 17 (8): 761-770 [10.1089/ast.2016.1613]

    Materese, C. K., J. D. Bregman, and S. A. Sandford. 2017. "The Detection of 6.9 μm Emission Features in the Infrared Spectra of IRAS 04296+3429, IRAS 05341+0852, and IRAS 22272+5435: Evidence for the Presence of Hn-PAHs in Post-AGB Stars." The Astrophysical Journal 850 (2): 165 [10.3847/1538-4357/aa960d]

    Bera, P. P., M. Nuevo, C. K. Materese, S. A. Sandford, and T. J. Lee. 2016. "Mechanisms for the formation of thymine under astrophysical conditions and implications for the origin of life." The Journal of Chemical Physics 144 (14): 144308 [10.1063/1.4945745]

    Materese, C. K., M. Nuevo, and S. A. Sandford. 2015. "N- ANDO-HETEROCYCLES PRODUCED FROM THE IRRADIATION OF BENZENE AND NAPHTHALENE IN H2O/NH3-CONTAINING ICES." The Astrophysical Journal 800 (2): 116 [10.1088/0004-637x/800/2/116]

    Materese, C. K., D. P. Cruikshank, S. A. Sandford, H. Imanaka, and M. Nuevo. 2015. "ICE CHEMISTRY ON OUTER SOLAR SYSTEM BODIES: ELECTRON RADIOLYSIS OF N2-, CH4-, AND CO-CONTAINING ICES." The Astrophysical Journal 812 (2): 150 [10.1088/0004-637x/812/2/150]

    Sandford, S. A., P. P. Bera, T. J. Lee, C. K. Materese, and M. Nuevo. 2014. "Photosynthesis and Photo-Stability of Nucleic Acids in Prebiotic Extraterrestrial Environments." Topics in Current Chemistry 123-164 [10.1007/128_2013_499]

    Materese, C. K., D. P. Cruikshank, S. A. Sandford, et al. H. Imanaka, M. Nuevo, and D. W. White. 2014. "ICE CHEMISTRY ON OUTER SOLAR SYSTEM BODIES: CARBOXYLIC ACIDS, NITRILES, AND UREA DETECTED IN REFRACTORY RESIDUES PRODUCED FROM THE UV PHOTOLYSIS OF N2:CH4:CO-CONTAINING ICES." The Astrophysical Journal 788 (2): 111 [10.1088/0004-637x/788/2/111]

    Nuevo, M., C. K. Materese, and S. A. Sandford. 2014. "THE PHOTOCHEMISTRY OF PYRIMIDINE IN REALISTIC ASTROPHYSICAL ICES AND THE PRODUCTION OF NUCLEOBASES." The Astrophysical Journal 793 (2): 125 [10.1088/0004-637x/793/2/125]

    Sandford, S. A., M. P. Bernstein, and C. K. Materese. 2013. "THE INFRARED SPECTRA OF POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS WITH EXCESS PERIPHERAL H ATOMS (Hn-PAHs) AND THEIR RELATION TO THE 3.4 AND 6.9 μm PAH EMISSION FEATURES." The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series 205 (1): 8 [10.1088/0067-0049/205/1/8]

    Materese, C. K., M. Nuevo, P. P. Bera, T. J. Lee, and S. A. Sandford. 2013. "Thymine and Other Prebiotic Molecules Produced from the Ultraviolet Photo-Irradiation of Pyrimidine in Simple Astrophysical Ice Analogs." Astrobiology 13 (10): 948-962 [10.1089/ast.2013.1044]

    Wilger, D. J., S. E. Bettis, C. K. Materese, et al. M. Minakova, G. A. Papoian, J. M. Papanikolas, and M. L. Waters. 2012. "Tunable Energy Transfer Rates via Control of Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Structure of a Coiled Coil Peptide Scaffold." Inorganic Chemistry 51 (21): 11324-11338 [10.1021/ic300669t]

    Savelyev, A., C. K. Materese, and G. A. Papoian. 2011. "Is DNA’s Rigidity Dominated by Electrostatic or Nonelectrostatic Interactions?" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133 (48): 19290-19293 [10.1021/ja207984z]

    Zhuravlev, P. I., C. K. Materese, and G. A. Papoian. 2009. "Deconstructing the Native State: Energy Landscapes, Function, and Dynamics of Globular Proteins." The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 113 (26): 8800-8812 [10.1021/jp810659u]

    Materese, C. K., A. Savelyev, and G. A. Papoian. 2009. "Counterion Atmosphere and Hydration Patterns near a Nucleosome Core Particle." Journal of the American Chemical Society 131 (41): 15005-15013 [10.1021/ja905376q]

    Materese, C. K., C. C. Goldmon, and G. A. Papoian. 2008. "Hierarchical organization of eglin c native state dynamics is shaped by competing direct and water-mediated interactions." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105 (31): 10659-10664 [10.1073/pnas.0801850105]

    Luellen, B. A., M. E. Szapacs, C. K. Materese, and A. M. Andrews. 2006. "The neurotoxin 2′-NH2-MPTP degenerates serotonin axons and evokes increases in hippocampal BDNF." Neuropharmacology 50 (3): 297-308 [10.1016/j.neuropharm.2005.09.006]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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