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

    7/2018 - Present

    Research Scientist

    NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center, Greenbelt, MD
    6/2015 - 7/2018

    Research Scientist

    BAER 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
    6/2010 - 5/2012

    Research Associate

    SETI Institute/NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
    6/2005 - 5/2010

    Graduate Student Researcher

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

    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

    Professional Service

    Manuscript reviewer for professional journals including the Astrophysical JournalAstronomy & AstrophysicsAccounts of Chemical Research, ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, Nature Communications, Science Advances, and Astrobiology.

    Regular proposal reviewer for funding programs at NASA

    Grants

    01/01/2020 - 12/31/2023 Solar System Workings 2018, NASA

    Rates of Radiation Induced Deuterium/Hydrogen Exchange in Organic Molecules Embedded in Water Ice: Evaluating the Importance of Ice Radiation Chemistry in Observed Isotopic Ratios. 

    ; PI
    01/01/2020 - 12/31/2023 Emerging Worlds 2019, NASA

    Assessing Parent Body Processing of Amino Acids from Ice Radiation Experiments 

    ; PI

    Talks, Presentations and Posters

    Invited

    Formation and destruction of nucleobases in ices

    6 / 2020

    American Vacuum Society Seminar Series hosted by the University of Central Florida (oral presentation)

    Could polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons with excess peripheral H atoms (Hn-PAHs) be responsible for anomalous 3.4 micron emission bands in protoplanetary nebulae?

    12 / 2018

    SOFIA Community tele-talk series (oral presentation)

    Other

    The Radiolytic Stability of Thymine in Water Ice

    10 / 2020

    Division for Planetary Science (2020) virtual conference (e-poster)

    The Stability of Nucleobases Against Radiolytic Destruction in Water Ice

    6 / 2019

    Astrobiology Science Conference, Seattle, Wa. (poster)

    Laboratory Studies of the Radiolytic Destruction of Nucleobases in Icy Environments

    4 / 2019

    IAU 350, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK (poster)

    Publications

    Refereed

    Materese, C. K., P. A. Gerakines, and R. L. Hudson. 2021. "Laboratory Studies of Astronomical Ices: Reaction Chemistry and Spectroscopy." Accounts of Chemical Research, 54 (2): 280-290 [10.1021/acs.accounts.0c00637]

    Materese, C. K., M. Nuevo, S. A. Sandford, P. P. Bera, and T. J. Lee. 2020. "The Production and Potential Detection of Hexamethylenetetramine-Methanol in Space." Astrobiology, 20 (5): 601-616 [10.1089/ast.2019.2147]

    Materese, C. K., P. A. Gerakines, and R. L. Hudson. 2020. "The Radiation Stability of Thymine in Solid H2O." Astrobiology, 20 (10): ast.2019.2199 [10.1089/ast.2019.2199]

    Sandford, S. A., E. Bierhaus, P. Antreasian, et al. J. Leonard, C. K. Materese, C. W. May, J. T. Songer, J. P. Dworkin, D. S. Lauretta, and B. Rizk. 2019. "Outgassing from the OSIRIS-REx Sample Return Capsule: Characterization and Mitigation." Acta Astronautica, 166: 391-399 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1016/j.actaastro.2019.07.043]

    Cruikshank, D., C. Materese, Y. Pendleton, et al. P. Boston, W. Grundy, B. Schmitt, C. Lisse, K. Runyon, J. Keane, R. Beyer, M. Summers, F. Scipioni, S. Stern, C. Dalle Ore, C. Olkin, L. Young, K. Ennico, H. Weaver, and V. Bray. 2019. "Prebiotic Chemistry of Pluto." Astrobiology, 19 (7): 831-848 [10.1089/ast.2018.1927]

    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., 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]

    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]

    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., 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]

    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]

    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]

    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]

    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., 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]

    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]

    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]

    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]

    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., 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., P. A. Gerakines, and R. L. Hudson. 2021. "Laboratory Studies of Astronomical Ices: Reaction Chemistry and Spectroscopy." Accounts of Chemical Research 54 (2): 280-290 [10.1021/acs.accounts.0c00637]

    Materese, C. K., M. Nuevo, S. A. Sandford, P. P. Bera, and T. J. Lee. 2020. "The Production and Potential Detection of Hexamethylenetetramine-Methanol in Space." Astrobiology 20 (5): 601-616 [10.1089/ast.2019.2147]

    Materese, C. K., P. A. Gerakines, and R. L. Hudson. 2020. "The Radiation Stability of Thymine in Solid H2O." Astrobiology 20 (10): ast.2019.2199 [10.1089/ast.2019.2199]

    Sandford, S. A., E. Bierhaus, P. Antreasian, et al. J. Leonard, C. K. Materese, C. W. May, J. T. Songer, J. P. Dworkin, D. S. Lauretta, and B. Rizk. 2019. "Outgassing from the OSIRIS-REx Sample Return Capsule: Characterization and Mitigation." Acta Astronautica 166 391-399 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1016/j.actaastro.2019.07.043]

    Cruikshank, D., C. Materese, Y. Pendleton, et al. P. Boston, W. Grundy, B. Schmitt, C. Lisse, K. Runyon, J. Keane, R. Beyer, M. Summers, F. Scipioni, S. Stern, C. Dalle Ore, C. Olkin, L. Young, K. Ennico, H. Weaver, and V. Bray. 2019. "Prebiotic Chemistry of Pluto." Astrobiology 19 (7): 831-848 [10.1089/ast.2018.1927]

    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., 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]

    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]

    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., 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]

    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]

    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]

    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]

    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., 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]

    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]

    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]

    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]

    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., 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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