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Daniel Paardekooper

Daniel Paardekooper is a NPP fellow at JPL, carrying out experimental research focusing on understanding the origin of complex organic molecules in ices across our universe. In particular, he is interested in molecules, which are relevant for the origin of life. His research at JPL will focus on incorporating a novel experimental technique that could provide additional insights in the processes occurring in ices. Before joining JPL, he completed his PhD in Leiden during which he focused on applying a novel experimental technique in astrochemistry, under supervision of Prof. dr. H.V.J. Linnartz. After his PhD, he moved to Switzerland for a short-term position (6-month) at the University of Bern in Switzerland, in the group Prof. Dr. Peter Wurz, working on time-of-flight mass spectrometer for future space exploration. Afterwards, he worked in the group of Prof. Dr. Albert Polman at AMOLF, Amsterdam, the Netherlands on Cathodoluminesence.

  • Mar 2012 – Jun 2016, PhD in Astrochemistry, Leiden University, Netherlands. Promotor: Prof. Dr. Linnartz.
  • Feb 2009 - Dec 2011, M.Sc. in Nanomaterials: Chemistry and Physics, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • Sep 2004 - Jun 2008, B.Eng in Applied physics (cum laude) Rijswijk University (TH Rijswijk), The Netherlands

Research Interests
  • Development of novel laboratory techniques aiming to increase our understanding of processes occuring in ice
  • Space instrumentation for future missions
  • Planetary, cometary and interstellar ices
  • Chemistry and physics of the interstellar medium

Professional Experience
  • Sep 2017 – present, NPP fellow at NASA JPL, Pasadena, California, United States
  • Mar 2017 – Aug 2017, Postdoctoral researcher at AMOLF, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Advisor: Prof Albert Polman
  • Aug 2016 – Feb 2017, Postdoctoral researcher at University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland. Advisor: Prof. Peter Wurz

Community Service

Peer-reviewer for international journals (ApJ e.g.)

Selected Awards
  • Sep 2017, NPP fellowship awarded by USRA for a 2(+1)-year stay at NASA JPL.
  • Apr 2017, Colloquium at Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania, Catania, Italy (Invited talk)
  • Apr 2017, Colloquium, group of Prof. Dr. Buma, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Invited talk)
  • Mar 2017, Colloquium, group of Prof. Dr. Parker Nijmegen, Netherlands (Invited talk)
  • Mar 2017, Colloquium, group of Prof. Dr. Schlemmer, Cologne, Germany (Invited talk)
  • Jan 2017 COST Action CM1401: `Our Chemical History', Faro, Portugal (Invited participant)
  • Jan 2017, CSH Symposium Bern, Switzerland (Invited talk)
  • Mar 2014: LUF travel grant

Selected Publications
  1. D.M. Paardekooper, G. Fedoseev, A. Riedo and H. Linnartz. A novel approach to measure photodesorption rates of interstellar ice analogues, the photodesorption rate of CO ice reinvestigated, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 596, (2016), A72.

  2. D.M. Paardekooper, J.-B. Bossa and H. Linnartz. Laser desorption time-of-ight mass spectrometry of UV photo-processed methanol ice, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 592, (2016) A67.

  3. N.F.W. Ligterink,* D.M. Paardekooper,* K.-J. Chuang, M.L. Both, G. A. Cruz-Diaz, J.H. van Helden and H. Linnartz. Controlling the emission pro_le of a MW driven H2 discharge lamp to simulate interstellar radiation fields. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 584 (2015) A56.

  4. J.-B. Bossa, D.M. Paardekooper, K. Isokoski and H. Linnartz. Methane ice photochemistry and kinetic study using laser desorption time-of-flight mass spectrometry at 20 K. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 17, (2015) 17346-17354.

  5. D.M. Paardekooper, J.-B. Bossa, K. Isokoski and H. Linnartz. Laser desorption time-of-ight mass spectrometry of UV photo-processed ices. Rev. Sci. Instrum., 85, (2014) 104501.

  6. J.Zhen, P. Castellanos, D.M. Paardekooper, H. Linnartz and A.G.G.M.Tielens. Laboratory formation of fullerenes from PAHs: Top-down interstellar chemistry. Astrophys. J., 797, (2014) L30.

  7. J.Zhen, D.M. Paardekooper, A. Candian, H. Linnartz and A.G.G.M. Tielens. Quadrupole ion trap/time-of-ight photo-fragmentation spectrometry of the hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene (HBC) cation. Chem. Phys. Lett., 592, (2014) 211-216.

  8. J. Bouwman, D.M. Paardekooper, H. Linnartz and L.J. Allamandola. Real-time optical spectroscopy of VUV irradiated pyrene:H2O interstellar ice. Astrophys. J., 700, (2009) 56-62.

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