William B Brinckerhoff

William B Brinckerhoff

  • Chief , Planetary Environments Laboratory
  • 301.614.6397 | 301.614.6406
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 699
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

    William B. Brinckerhoff is a senior research scientist in the Planetary Environments Lab at Goddard Space Flight Center. Dr. Brinckerhoff is involved in a number of experimental research and development projects for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. He has served as PI, deputy PI, or Co-I for several NASA instrument development awards concerning mass spectrometers and sample handling systems for future missions to planetary bodies. He currently serves as Project Scientist for the Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer (MOMA) instrument on the 2020 ExoMars mission and as Co-I for the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) investigation on the Curiosity rover. Dr. Brinckerhoff also has strong interests in small body geochemistry, planetary mission design, and astrobiology, serving as PI of a project studying hypervelocity impact-induced organic synthesis and as Co-I in the Goddard Center for Astrobiology team of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, a virtual research consortium seeking to design and conduct experiments related to the formation and distribution of organic molecules.

    Current Projects

    Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer (MOMA)

    Project Scientist for the MOMA investigation on the 2018 ExoMars rover mission. MOMA is led by the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Germany. The Mass Spectrometer subsystem of MOMA is under development at Goddard.

    Positions/Employment

    10/2015 - Present

    Chief, Planetary Environments Lab

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
    9/2007 - Present

    Research Space Associate

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
    4/2011 - 9/2015

    Associate Chief, Planetary Environments Lab

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
    11/1999 - 9/2007

    Senior Professional Staff

    Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD

    Education

    Ph.D. (Experimental Condensed Matter Physics), The Ohio State University (1995)
    B.A. (Physics), The Johns Hopkins University (1990), with Departmental and General Honors
    B.S. (Computer Science), The Johns Hopkins University (1990), with Departmental Honors

    Publications

    Refereed

    Gautier, T., J. A. Sebree, X. Li, et al. V. T. Pinnick, A. Grubisic, M. J. Loeffler, S. A. Getty, M. G. Trainer, and W. B. Brinckerhoff. 2017. "Influence of trace aromatics on the chemical growth mechanisms of Titan aerosol analogues." Planetary and Space Science, 140: 27-34 [10.1016/j.pss.2017.03.012]

    Li, X., R. M. Danell, V. T. Pinnick, et al. A. Grubisic, F. van Amerom, R. D. Arevalo, S. A. Getty, W. B. Brinckerhoff, A. E. Southard, Z. D. Gonnsen, and T. Adachi. 2017. "Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer (MOMA) laser desorption/ionization source design and performance characterization." International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, 422: 177 - 187 [https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijms.2017.03.010]

    Goetz, W., W. B. Brinckerhoff, R. Arevalo, et al. C. Freissinet, S. Getty, D. P. Glavin, S. Siljeström, A. Buch, F. Stalport, A. Grubisic, X. Li, V. Pinnick, R. Danell, F. H. van Amerom, F. Goesmann, H. Steininger, N. Grand, F. Raulin, C. Szopa, U. Meierhenrich, and J. R. Brucato. 2016. "MOMA: the challenge to search for organics and biosignatures on Mars." International Journal of Astrobiology, 15 (03): 239-250 [10.1017/s1473550416000227]

    Freissinet, C., D. P. Glavin, P. R. Mahaffy, et al. P. R. Miller, J. L. Eigenbrode, R. E. Summons, A. E. Brunner, A. Buch, C. Szopa, P. D. Archer, H. B. Franz, S. K. Atreya, W. B. Brinckerhoff, M. Cabane, P. Coll, P. C. Conrad, D. J. Des Marais, J. P. Dworkin, A. G. Fairén, P. François, J. P. Grotzinger, S. Kashyap, I. L. Kate, L. A. Leshin, C. A. Malespin, M. G. Martin, F. J. Martin-Torres, A. C. McAdam, D. W. Ming, R. Navarro-González, A. A. Pavlov, B. D. Prats, S. W. Squyres, A. Steele, J. C. Stern, D. Y. Sumner, B. Sutter, and M. P. Zorzano. 2015. "Organic molecules in the Sheepbed Mudstone, Gale Crater, Mars." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 120: 495-514 [10.1002/2014JE004737 ]

    Arevalo Jr., R., W. B. Brinckerhoff, F. Van Amerom, et al. R. M. Danell, V. T. Pinnick, X. Li, S. A. Getty, L. M. Hovmand, A. Grubisic, P. R. Mahaffy, F. Goesmann, and H. Steininger. 2015. "Design and Demonstration of the Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer (MOMA) on the ExoMars 2018 Rover." IEEE Aerospace,

    Li, X., R. M. Danell, W. B. Brinckerhoff, et al. V. T. Pinnick, F. van Amerom, R. D. Arevalo, S. A. Getty, P. R. Mahaffy, H. Steininger, and F. Goesmann. 2015. "Detection of Trace Organics in Mars Analog Samples Containing Perchlorate by Laser Desorption/Ionization Mass Spectrometry." Astrobiology, 15 (2): 104-110 [10.1089/ast.2014.1203]

    Giri, C., C. P. McKay, F. Goesmann, et al. N. Schäfer, X. Li, H. Steininger, W. B. Brinckerhoff, T. Gautier, J. Reitner, and U. J. Meierhenrich. 2015. "Carbonization in Titan Tholins: implication for low albedo on surfaces of Centaurs and trans-Neptunian objects." International Journal of Astrobiology, 15 (03): 231-238 [10.1017/s1473550415000439]

    Glavin, D. P., C. Freissinet, J. Eigenbrode, et al. K. Miller, M. Martin, R. Summons, A. Steele, H. Franz, D. Archer, W. Brinckerhoff, A. Brunner, A. Buch, M. Cabane, P. Coll, P. Conrad, D. Coscia, J. P. Dworkin, J. Grotzinger, S. Kashyap, P. Mahaffy, C. McKay, D. Ming, R. Navarro-Gonzalez, B. Sutter, C. Szopa, and S. Teinturier. 2014. "Origin of Chlorobenzene Detected by the Curiosity Rover in Yellowknife Bay: Evidence for Martian Organics in the Sheepbed Mudstone? ." MSL Science Team, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference , 45: 1157-.

    Ming, D. W., P. D. Archer Jr, D. P. Glavin, et al. J. L. Eigenbrode, H. B. Franz, B. Sutter, A. E. Brunner, J. C. Stern, C. Freissinet, A. C. Mcadam, P. R. Mahaffy, M. Cabane, P. Coll, J. L. Campbell, S. K. Atreya, P. B. Niles, J. F. Bell III, D. L. Bish, W. B. Brinckerhoff, A. Buch, P. G. Conrad, D. J. Des Marais, B. L. Ehlmann, A. G. Fairen, K. Farley, G. J. Flesch, P. Francois, R. Gellert, J. A. Grant, J. P. Grotzinger, S. Gupta, K. E. Herkenhoff, J. A. Hurowitz, L. A. Leshin, K. W. Lewis, S. M. McLennan, K. E. Miller, J. Moersch, R. V. Morris, R. Navarro-Gonzalez, A. A. Pavlov, G. M. Perrett, I. Pradler, S. W. Squyres, R. E. Summons, A. Steele, E. M. Stolper, D. Y. Sumner, C. Szopa, S. Teinturier, M. G. Trainer, A. H. Treiman, D. T. Vaniman, A. R. Vasavada, C. R. Webster, J. J. Wray, and R. A. Yingst. 2014. "Volatile and Organic Compositions of Sedimentary Rocks in Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars." Science, 343: 6169 [doi:10.1126/science.1245267]

    Uckert, K., N. J. Chanover, S. Getty, et al. W. B. Brinckerhoff, X. Li, M. Floyd, D. G. Voelz, X. Xiao, R. Tawalbehy, N. McMillan, A. Chavez, P. J. Boston, D. A. Glenar, S. Ecelberger, and T. Cornish. 2014. "A comparative study of in situ biosignature detection spectroscopy techniques on planetary surfaces." 2014 IEEE Aerospace Conference, [10.1109/aero.2014.6836262]

    Getty, S. A., W. B. Brinckerhoff, X. Li, et al. J. E. Elsila, T. Cornish, S. Ecelberger, Q. Wu, and R. Zare. 2014. "A Compact Tandem Two-Step Laser Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer for In Situ Analysis of Non-Volatile Organics on Planetary Surfaces." IEEE, 978-1-4799-1622-1/14:

    Glavin, D. P., C. Freissinet, K. E. Miller, et al. J. L. Eigenbrode, A. E. Brunner, A. Buch, B. Sutter, P. D. Archer Jr., S. K. Atreya, W. B. Brinckerhoff, M. Cabane, P. Coll, P. G. Conrad, D. Coscia, J. P. Dworkin, H. B. Franz, J. P. Grotzinger, L. A. Leshin, M. G. Martin, C. McKay, D. W. Ming, R. Navarro-González, A. Pavlov, A. Steele, R. E. Summons, C. Szopa, S. Teinturier, and P. R. Mahaffy. 2013. "Evidence for perchlorates and the origin of chlorinated hydrocarbons detected by SAM at the Rocknest aeolian deposit in Gale Crater." J. Geophys. Res., 118: 1955 – 1973 [10.1002/jgre.20144]

    Brinckerhoff, W. B., V. T. Pinnick, F. H. van Amerom, et al. R. M. Danell, R. Arevalo Jr., M. S. Atanassova, X. Li, P. R. Mahaffy, R. J. Cotter, F. Goesmann, and H. Steininger. 2013. "Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer (MOMA) Mass Spectrometer for ExoMars 2018 and Beyond." IEEE Aerospace,

    Ming, D. W., P. D. Archer, D. P. Glavin, et al. J. L. Eigenbrode, H. B. Franz, B. Sutter, A. E. Brunner, J. C. Stern, C. Freissinet, A. C. McAdam, P. R. Mahaffy, M. Cabane, P. Coll, J. L. Campbell, S. K. Atreya, P. B. Niles, J. F. Bell, D. L. Bish, W. B. Brinckerhoff, A. Buch, P. G. Conrad, D. J. Des Marais, B. L. Ehlmann, A. G. Fairen, K. Farley, G. J. Flesch, P. Francois, R. Gellert, J. A. Grant, J. P. Grotzinger, S. Gupta, K. E. Herkenhoff, J. A. Hurowitz, L. A. Leshin, K. W. Lewis, S. M. McLennan, K. E. Miller, J. Moersch, R. V. Morris, R. Navarro-Gonzalez, A. A. Pavlov, G. M. Perrett, I. Pradler, S. W. Squyres, R. E. Summons, A. Steele, E. M. Stolper, D. Y. Sumner, C. Szopa, S. Teinturier, M. G. Trainer, A. H. Treiman, D. T. Vaniman, A. R. Vasavada, C. R. Webster, J. J. Wray, R. A. Yingst, O. Kemppinen, N. Bridges, J. R. Johnson, M. Minitti, D. Cremers, L. Edgar, J. Farmer, A. Godber, M. Wadhwa, D. Wellington, I. McEwan, C. Newman, M. Richardson, A. Charpentier, L. Peret, P. King, J. Blank, G. Weigle, M. Schmidt, S. Li, R. Milliken, K. Robertson, V. Sun, M. Baker, C. Edwards, B. Ehlmann, J. Griffes, M. Newcombe, C. Pilorget, M. Rice, K. Siebach, K. Stack, C. Brunet, V. Hipkin, R. Leveille, G. Marchand, P. S. Sanchez, L. Favot, G. Cody, L. Fluckiger, D. Lees, A. Nefian, M. Martin, M. Gailhanou, F. Westall, G. Israel, C. Agard, J. Baroukh, C. Donny, A. Gaboriaud, P. Guillemot, V. Lafaille, E. Lorigny, A. Paillet, R. Perez, M. Saccoccio, C. Yana, C. Armiens-Aparicio, J. C. Rodriguez, I. C. Blazquez, F. G. Gomez, J. Gomez-Elvira, S. Hettrich, A. L. Malvitte, M. M. Jimenez, J. Martinez-Frias, J. Martin-Soler, F. J. Martin-Torres, A. M. Jurado, L. Mora-Sotomayor, G. M. Caro, S. N. Lopez, V. Peinado-Gonzalez, J. Pla-Garcia, J. A. Manfredi, J. J. Romeral-Planello, S. A. Fuentes, E. S. Martinez, J. T. Redondo, R. Urqui-O'Callaghan, M.-P. Z. Mier, S. Chipera, J.-L. Lacour, P. Mauchien, J.-B. Sirven, H. Manning, A. Hayes, J. Joseph, R. Sullivan, P. Thomas, A. Dupont, A. Lundberg, N. Melikechi, A. Mezzacappa, J. DeMarines, D. Grinspoon, G. Reitz, B. Prats, E. Atlaskin, M. Genzer, A.-M. Harri, H. Haukka, H. Kahanpaa, J. Kauhanen, O. Kemppinen, M. Paton, J. Polkko, W. Schmidt, T. Siili, C. Fabre, M. B. Wilhelm, F. Poitrasson, K. Patel, S. Gorevan, S. Indyk, G. Paulsen, J. Schieber, B. Gondet, Y. Langevin, C. Geffroy, D. Baratoux, G. Berger, A. Cros, C. d'Uston, O. Forni, O. Gasnault, J. Lasue, Q.-M. Lee, S. Maurice, P.-Y. Meslin, E. Pallier, Y. Parot, P. Pinet, S. Schroder, M. Toplis, E. Lewin, W. Brunner, E. Heydari, C. Achilles, D. Oehler, D. Coscia, G. Israel, G. Dromart, F. Robert, V. Sautter, S. Le Mouelic, N. Mangold, M. Nachon, F. Stalport, F. Raulin, J. Cameron, S. Clegg, A. Cousin, D. DeLapp, R. Dingler, R. S. Jackson, S. Johnstone, N. Lanza, C. Little, T. Nelson, R. C. Wiens, R. B. Williams, A. Jones, L. Kirkland, B. Baker, B. Cantor, M. Caplinger, S. Davis, B. Duston, K. Edgett, D. Fay, C. Hardgrove, D. Harker, P. Herrera, E. Jensen, M. R. Kennedy, G. Krezoski, D. Krysak, L. Lipkaman, M. Malin, E. McCartney, S. McNair, B. Nixon, L. Posiolova, M. Ravine, A. Salamon, L. Saper, K. Stoiber, K. Supulver, J. Van Beek, T. Van Beek, R. Zimdar, K. L. French, K. Iagnemma, K. Miller, F. Goesmann, W. Goetz, S. Hviid, M. Johnson, M. Lefavor, E. Lyness, E. Breves, M. D. Dyar, C. Fassett, D. F. Blake, T. Bristow, L. Edwards, R. Haberle, T. Hoehler, J. Hollingsworth, M. Kahre, L. Keely, C. McKay, M. B. Wilhelm, L. Bleacher, D. Choi, J. P. Dworkin, M. Floyd, J. Garvin, D. Harpold, A. Jones, D. K. Martin, E. Raaen, M. D. Smith, F. Tan, M. Meyer, A. Posner, M. Voytek, R. C. Anderson, A. Aubrey, L. W. Beegle, A. Behar, D. Blaney, D. Brinza, F. Calef, L. Christensen, J. A. Crisp, L. DeFlores, J. Feldman, S. Feldman, I. Jun, D. Keymeulen, J. Maki, M. Mischna, J. M. Morookian, T. Parker, B. Pavri, M. Schoppers, A. Sengstacken, J. J. Simmonds, N. Spanovich, M. D. Juarez, A. Yen, F. Cucinotta, J. H. Jones, E. Rampe, T. Nolan, M. Fisk, L. Radziemski, B. Barraclough, S. Bender, D. Berman, E. N. Dobrea, R. Tokar, R. M. Williams, T. Cleghorn, W. Huntress, G. Manhes, J. Hudgins, T. Olson, N. Stewart, P. Sarrazin, E. Vicenzi, S. A. Wilson, M. Bullock, B. Ehresmann, V. Hamilton, D. Hassler, J. Peterson, S. Rafkin, C. Zeitlin, F. Fedosov, D. Golovin, N. Karpushkina, A. Kozyrev, M. Litvak, A. Malakhov, I. Mitrofanov, M. Mokrousov, S. Nikiforov, V. Prokhorov, A. Sanin, V. Tretyakov, A. Varenikov, A. Vostrukhin, R. Kuzmin, B. Clark, M. Wolff, O. Botta, D. Drake, K. Bean, M. Lemmon, S. P. Schwenzer, R. B. Anderson, E. M. Lee, R. Sucharski, M. A. Hernandez, J. J. Avalos, M. Ramos, M.-H. Kim, C. Malespin, I. Plante, J.-P. Muller, R. Ewing, W. Boynton, R. Downs, M. Fitzgibbon, K. Harshman, S. Morrison, W. Dietrich, O. Kortmann, M. Palucis, A. Williams, G. Lugmair, M. A. Wilson, D. Rubin, B. Jakosky, T. Balic-Zunic, J. Frydenvang, J. K. Jensen, K. Kinch, A. Koefoed, M. B. Madsen, S. L. Stipp, N. Boyd, S. VanBommel, S. Jacob, T. Owen, S. Rowland, E. Atlaskin, H. Savijarvi, E. Boehm, S. Bottcher, S. Burmeister, J. Guo, J. Kohler, C. M. Garcia, R. Mueller-Mellin, R. Wimmer-Schweingruber, J. C. Bridges, T. McConnochie, M. Benna, H. Bower, H. Blau, T. Boucher, M. Carmosino, H. Elliott, D. Halleaux, N. Renno, M. Wong, R. Pepin, B. Elliott, J. Spray, L. Thompson, S. Gordon, H. Newsom, A. Ollila, J. Williams, P. Vasconcelos, J. Bentz, K. Nealson, R. Popa, L. C. Kah, C. Tate, M. Day, G. Kocurek, B. Hallet, R. Sletten, R. Francis, E. McCullough, E. Cloutis, I. L. ten Kate, R. Kuzmin, R. Arvidson, A. Fraeman, D. Scholes, S. Slavney, T. Stein, J. Ward, J. Berger, and J. E. Moores. 2013. "Volatile and Organic Compositions of Sedimentary Rocks in Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars." Science, 343 (6169): 1245267-1245267 [10.1126/science.1245267]

    Chanover, N., R. Tawalbeh, D. Glenar, et al. D. Voelz, X. Xiao, K. Uckert, P. Boston, T. J. Cornish, S. Ecelberger, S. A. Getty, W. B. Brinckerhoff, and P. Mahaffy. 2012. "Rapid Assessment of High Value Samples: An AOTF-LDTOF Spectrometer Suite for Planetary Surfaces." IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings, [10.1109/AERO.2012.6187060]

    Bishop, J., H. B. Franz, W. Goetz, et al. D. Blake, C. Freissinet, H. Steininger, F. Goesmann, W. B. Brinckerhoff, S. A. Getty, V. T. Pinnick, and P. R. Mahaffy. 2012. "Coordinated analyses of Antarctic sediments as Mars analog materials using reflectance spectroscopy and current flight-like instruments for CheMin, SAM and MOMA." Icarus, 224 (2): 309-325 [10.1016/j.icarus.2012.05.014]

    Getty, S. A., W. B. Brinckerhoff, R. D. Arevalo, et al. M. A. Floyd, X. Li, T. J. Cornish, and S. Ecelberger. 2012. "A Miniature Laser Desorption/Ionization Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer for in situ Analysis of Mars Surface Composition and Identification of Hazards in Advance of Future Manned Exploration." Concepts and Approaches for Mars Exploration, 4302.

    Getty, S. A., W. B. Brinckerhoff, T. J. Cornish, S. Ecelberger, and M. A. Floyd. 2012. "Compact two-step laser time-of-flight mass spectrometer for in situ analyses of aromatic organics on planetary missions." Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 26: 1.

    Getty, S. A., W. B. Brinckerhoff, T. J. Cornish, et al. S. Ecelberger, X. Li, M. A. Floyd, N. Chanover, K. Uckert, D. Voelz, X. Xiao, R. Tawalbeh, D. Glenar, J. E. Elsila, and M. P. Callahan. 2012. "Laser Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry for Future In Situ Planetary Missions." International Workshop on Instrumentation for Planetary Missions, 1100.

    Mahaffy, P. R., C. R. Webster, M. Cabane, et al. P. G. Conrad, P. Coll, S. K. Atreya, R. Arvey, M. Barciniak, M. Benna, L. Bleacher, W. B. Brinckerhoff, J. L. Eigenbrode, D. Carignan, M. Cascia, R. A. Chalmers, J. P. Dworkin, T. Errigo, P. Everson, H. Franz, R. Farley, S. Feng, G. Frazier, C. Freissinet, D. P. Glavin, D. N. Harpold, D. Hawk, V. Holmes, C. S. Johnson, A. Jones, P. Jordan, J. Kellogg, J. Lewis, E. Lyness, C. A. Malespin, D. K. Martin, J. Maurer, A. C. McAdam, D. McLennan, T. J. Nolan, M. Noriega, A. A. Pavlov, B. Prats, E. Raaen, O. Sheinman, D. Sheppard, J. Smith, J. C. Stern, F. Tan, M. Trainer, D. W. Ming, R. V. Morris, J. Jones, C. Gundersen, A. Steele, J. Wray, O. Botta, L. A. Leshin, T. Owen, S. Battel, B. M. Jakosky, H. Manning, S. Squyres, R. Navarro-González, C. P. McKay, F. Raulin, R. Sternberg, A. Buch, P. Sorensen, R. Kline-Schoder, D. Coscia, C. Szopa, S. Teinturier, C. Baffes, J. Feldman, G. Flesch, S. Forouhar, R. Garcia, D. Keymeulen, S. Woodward, B. P. Block, K. Arnett, R. Miller, C. Edmonson, S. Gorevan, and E. Mumm. 2012. "The Sample Analysis at Mars Investigation and Instrument Suite." Space Sci Rev, 170 (1-4): 401-478 [10.1007/s11214-012-9879-z]

    Johnson, P. V., R. Hodyss, K. Tang, W. B. Brinckerhoff, and R. D. Smith. 2011. "The laser ablation ion funnel: Sampling for in situ mass spectrometry on Mars." Planetary and Space Science, 59: 387 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1016/j.pss.2011.01.004]

    Getty, S. A., I. Ten Kate, S. H. Feng, et al. W. B. Brinckerhoff, E. H. Cardiff, V. E. Holmes, T. T. King, M. J. Li, E. Mumm, P. Mahaffy, and D. P. Glavin. 2010. "Development of an evolved gas-time-of-flight mass spectrometer for the Volatile Analysis by Pyrolysis of Regolith (VAPoR) instrument." International Journal of Mass Spectrometry , 295: 124-132.

    Non-Refereed

    Glavin, D. P., C. Freissinet, P. R. Mahaffy, et al. K. Miller, J. Eigenbrode, R. Summons, M. Martin, H. Franz, A. Steele, D. Archer, S. Atreya, W. Brinckerhoff, A. Brunner, A. Buch, M. Cabane, P. Coll, P. Conrad, D. Des Marais, J. P. Dworkin, A. Fairen, P. Francois, J. Grotzinger, S. Kashyap, C. Malespin, A. McAdam, D. Ming, R. Navarro-Gonzalez, A. Pavlov, S. Squyres, J. Stern, D. Sumner, B. Sutter, and C. Szopa. 2015. "Martian Chlorobenzene Identified by Curiosity in Yellowknife Bay: Evidence for the Preservation of Organics in a Mudstone on Mars ." Lunar and Planetary Science Conference 46: 1178- .

    Getty, S. A., W. B. Brinckerhoff, T. J. Cornish, et al. X. Li, M. A. Floyd, R. D. Arevalo, J. E. Elsila, and M. P. Callahan. 2013. "Two-step Laser Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry to Elucidate Organic Diversity in Planetary Surface Materials." 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference 2676.

    Selected Public Outreach

    Spaceflight Mass Spectrometry: 1963-2018 6 / 2014 - 6 / 2014
    ASMS presented a small exhibition featuring models of spaceflight mass spectrometers employed in the exploration of the Solar System over the past several decades. Mass spectrometers have contributed substantially to our understanding of planetary science and astrobiology, and their continued use has a bright future with new technologies under development. Displayed models include engineering units, flight spares, and demonstration reproductions from robotic planetary missions to Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Titan, and Mars. Experts were on hand to answer questions about instrument design, mission science achievements, and future directions associated with these one-of-a-kind instruments.

    Brief Bio

    William B. Brinckerhoff is a senior research scientist in the Planetary Environments Lab at Goddard Space Flight Center. Dr. Brinckerhoff is involved in a number of experimental research and development projects for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. He has served as PI, deputy PI, or Co-I for several NASA instrument development awards concerning mass spectrometers and sample handling systems for future missions to planetary bodies. He currently serves as Project Scientist for the Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer (MOMA) instrument on the 2020 ExoMars mission and as Co-I for the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) investigation on the Curiosity rover. Dr. Brinckerhoff also has strong interests in small body geochemistry, planetary mission design, and astrobiology, serving as PI of a project studying hypervelocity impact-induced organic synthesis and as Co-I in the Goddard Center for Astrobiology team of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, a virtual research consortium seeking to design and conduct experiments related to the formation and distribution of organic molecules.

    Publications

    Refereed

    Gautier, T., J. A. Sebree, X. Li, et al. V. T. Pinnick, A. Grubisic, M. J. Loeffler, S. A. Getty, M. G. Trainer, and W. B. Brinckerhoff. 2017. "Influence of trace aromatics on the chemical growth mechanisms of Titan aerosol analogues." Planetary and Space Science 140 27-34 [10.1016/j.pss.2017.03.012]

    Li, X., R. M. Danell, V. T. Pinnick, et al. A. Grubisic, F. van Amerom, R. D. Arevalo, S. A. Getty, W. B. Brinckerhoff, A. E. Southard, Z. D. Gonnsen, and T. Adachi. 2017. "Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer (MOMA) laser desorption/ionization source design and performance characterization." International Journal of Mass Spectrometry 422 177 - 187 [https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijms.2017.03.010]

    Goetz, W., W. B. Brinckerhoff, R. Arevalo, et al. C. Freissinet, S. Getty, D. P. Glavin, S. Siljeström, A. Buch, F. Stalport, A. Grubisic, X. Li, V. Pinnick, R. Danell, F. H. van Amerom, F. Goesmann, H. Steininger, N. Grand, F. Raulin, C. Szopa, U. Meierhenrich, and J. R. Brucato. 2016. "MOMA: the challenge to search for organics and biosignatures on Mars." International Journal of Astrobiology 15 (03): 239-250 [10.1017/s1473550416000227]

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