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Mathieu Choukroun

Mathieu Choukroun is a Planetary Scientist, specialized in laboratory measurements of physical (mechanical, thermal) and chemical properties of icy materials. He also applies these new results to geophysical models of icy bodies in the Solar System, in support of the interpretation of planetary mission data.

  • B. Sc., Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France (2002)
  • M. Sc., Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France (2004)
  • Ph. D. Planetary Science, Université de Nantes, France (2007)

Research Interests
  • Physical and chemical properties of icy materials: measurement, modeling, and planetary applications
  • Origin, interior structure and dynamics of icy solar system bodies
  • Chemical composition of planetary surfaces and interiors

Professional Experience
  • Planetary Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2010 - present)
  • NASA Postdoctoral Fellow at JPL (2007 - 2010)
  • Graduate Student and Teaching Assistant at the Université de Nantes, France (2004 - 2007)

Community Service
  • Peer-reviews for international journals (Icarus, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Energies, High-Pressure Research)
  • Co-author of a white paper to the NASA Planetary Science Decadal Survey
  • Session convener at AGU Fall Meeting 2009

Selected Awards
  • One NASA ROSES Outer Planets Research program grants (co-I) (2009)
  • Two NASA ROSES Outer Planets Research program grants and one NASA Astrobiology Institute grant (co-I) (2008)
  • NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship (2007)

Selected Publications
  1. Fortes A.D., Choukroun M. (2010). Phase behaviour of ices and hydrates. Space Sci. Rev., 153, 185-218, doi: 10.1007/s11214-010-9633-3.
  2. Sohl F., Choukroun M., Kargel J.S., Kimura J., Pappalardo R., Vance S., Zolotov M. (2010). Oceans within icy moons. Space Sci. Rev., 153, 485-510, doi: 10.1007/s11214-010-9646-y.
  3. Choukroun M., Grasset O. (2010). Thermodynamic data and modeling of the water and water-ammonia phase diagrams for planetary geophysics. J. Chem. Phys., 133, 144502.
  4. Davies A.G., Sotin C., Castillo-Rogez J., Matson D.L., Johnson T.V., Choukroun M., Baines K.H. (2010). Atmospheric Control of the Cooling Rate of Impact Melts and Cryolavas on Titan's Surface. Icarus, 208, 887-895.
  5. Choukroun M., Grasset O., Tobie G., Sotin C. (2010). Stability of methane clathrate hydrates under pressure: Influence on outgassing processes of methane on Titan. Icarus, 205, 581-593, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2009.08.011.
  6. Lunine J.I., Choukroun M., Stevenson D.J., Tobie G. (2009). The Origin and Evolution of Titan. In: Brown, R.H., Lebreton, J.-P., Waite, H. (Eds.), Titan from Cassini-Huygens, Ch. 3, pp. 35-59.
  7. Zhong F., Mitchell K.L., Hays C.C., Choukroun M., Barmatz M., Kargel J.S. (2009). The rheology of cryovolcanic slurries: motivation and phenomenology of water-methanol slurries with implications for Titan. Icarus, 202, 607-619.
  8. Tobie G., Choukroun M., Grasset O., Le Mouelic S., Lunine J.I., Sotin C., Bourgeois O., Gautier D., Hirtzig M., Lebonnois S., Le Corre L. (2009). Evolution of Titan and implications for its hydrocarbon cycle. Philo. Trans. R. Soc. A., 367, 619-631.
  9. Choukroun M., Grasset O. (2007). Thermodynamic model for water and high-pressure ices up to 2.2 GPa and down to the metastable domain. J. Chem. Phys., 127, 124506 (11 pages).
  10. Choukroun M., Morizet Y., Grasset O. (2007). Raman study of methane clathrate hydrates under pressure: New evidence for metastability of structure II. J. Raman Spectrosc., 38, 440-451.
  11. Grasset O., Amiguet E., Choukroun M. (2005). Pressure measurements within optical cells using diamond sensors: Accuracy of the method below 1 GPa. High Press. Res., 25 (4), 255-265.
  12. Choukroun M., O'Reilly S.Y., Griffin W.L., Pearson N.J., Dawson J.B. (2005). Hf isotopes in MARID (Mice-Amphibole-Rutile-Ilmenite-Diopside) rutile trace metasomatic processes in the lithospheric mantle. Geology, 33 (1), 45-48.
  13. Lunine J.I., Choukroun M., Stevenson D.J., Tobie G. (2009). The Origin and Evolution of Titan. In: Brown, R.H., Lebreton, J.-P., Waite, H. (Eds.), Titan from Cassini-Huygens, Ch. 3, pp. 35-59.

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