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Tuan Vu

  • Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, Tufts University (2013)
  • B.S. in Chemistry & Mathematics, CUNY Brooklyn College (2008)

Research Interests
  • Physics and chemistry of clathrate hydrates, organic ices, and aqueous systems utilizing vibrational spectroscopy and ab initio calculations.
  • Chemical composition and surface/subsurface processes of icy moons.
  • Specific heat capacity measurements of sedimentary materials.
  • Matrix-isolation, ultra-high vacuum, and high pressure experimentation.

Professional Experience
  • Technologist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2016 – present)
  • Caltech Postdoctoral Scholar, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2013 – 2016)
  • Graduate Researcher & Teaching Assistant, Tufts University (2008 – 2013)

Community Service
  • Peer-reviews for the Journal of Chemical Physics (American Institute of Physics) and Physics and Chemistry of Ice (Hokkaido University Press)
  • Science Judge (Applied Chemistry), 2015 Los Angeles County Science and Engineering Fair
  • Scorekeeper, 2015 National Science Bowl Regional Competition
  • Chemistry Grand Award Judge, 2014 Intel ISEF

Selected Awards
  • NSF Office of Polar Programs, Antarctic Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences Travel Award (2014)
  • Federal GAANN Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education (2009 & 2012)
  • Research Excellence Award in Chemistry, Tufts University (2010)
  • Irving F. Shaw and Pauline K. Shaw Chemistry Scholar (2007)
  • David Davidson Memorial Research Scholar (2006 & 2007)
  • W. M. Lowell Putnam Award in Mathematics (2006)
  • George Booth Memorial Award in Mathematics (2006)

Selected Publications
  1. Muñoz-Iglesias, V.; Choukroun, M.; Vu, T. H.; Hodyss, R.; Mahjoub, A.; Smythe, W.; Sotin, C. “Phase Diagram of the Ternary Water-Tetrahydrofuran-Ammonia System at Low Temperatures. Implications for Clathrate Hydrates and Outgassing on Titan.” ACS Earth Space Chem. 2018, in press, DOI: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.7b00111
  2. Thomas, E. C.; Vu, T. H.; Hodyss, R.; Johnson, P. V.; Choukroun, M. “Kinetic Effect on the Freezing of Ammonium-Sodium-Carbonate-Chloride Brines and Implications for the Origin of Ceres’ Bright Spots.” Icarus 2018, in press, DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2017.12
  3. Maynard-Casely, H. E.; Cable, M. L.; Malaska, M. J.; Vu, T. H.; Choukroun, M.; Hodyss, R. “Prospects for Mineralogy on Titan.” Am. Mineral. 2018, 103, in press. DOI: 10.2138/am-2018-6259.
  4. Vu, T. H.; Hodyss, R.; Johnson, P. V.; Choukroun, M. “Preferential Formation of Sodium Salts from Frozen Sodium-Ammonium-Chloride-Carbonate Brines – Implications for Ceres’ Bright Spots.” Planet. Space Sci. 2017, 141, 73-77.
  5. Thomas, E. C.; Hodyss, R.; Vu, T. H.; Johnson, P. V.; Choukroun, M. “Chemistry of Frozen Chloride Salts on the Surface of Europa.” ACS Earth Space Chem. 2017, 1 (1), 14-23.
  6. Vu, T. H.; Hodyss, R.; Choukroun, M.; Johnson, P. V. “Chemistry of Frozen Sodium-Magnesium-Sulfate-Chloride Brines: Implications for Surface Expression of Europa’s Ocean Composition.” Astrophys. J. Lett. 2016, 816 (2), L26.
  7. Maynard-Casely, H. E.; Hodyss, R.; Cable, M. L.; Vu, T. H.; Rahm, M. “A Co-Crystal between Benzene and Ethane, a Potential Evaporite Material for Saturn’s Moon Titan.” IUCrJ 2016, 3 (3), 1-8.
  8. Shultz, M. J.; Vu, T. H. “Hydrogen Bonding between Water and Tetrahydrofuran Relevant to Clathrate Formation.” J. Phys. Chem. B 2015, 119 (29), 9167-9172.
  9. Shultz, M. J.; Bisson, P.; Vu, T. H. “Insights into Hydrogen Bonding via Ice Interfaces and Isolated Water.” J. Chem. Phys. 2014, 141 (18), 18C521.
  10. Cable, M. L.; Vu, T. H.; Hodyss, R.; Choukroun, M.; Malaska, M.; Beauchamp, P. “Experimental Determination of the Kinetics of Formation of the Benzene-Ethane Co-Crystal and Implications for Titan.” Geophys. Res. Lett. 2014, 41 (15), 5396-5401.
  11. Vu, T. H.; Gloesner, E.; Choukroun, M.; Ibourichene, A.; Hodyss, R. “Experimental Study on the Effect of Ammonia on the Phase Behavior of Tetrahydrofuran Clathrates.” J. Phys. Chem. B 2014, 118 (47), 13371-13377
  12. Vu, T. H.; Cable, M. L.; Choukroun, M.; Hodyss, R.; Beauchamp, P. “Formation of a New Benzene-Ethane Co-Crystalline Structure Under Cryogenic Conditions.” J. Phys. Chem. A 2014, 118 (23), 4087-4094.
  13. Shultz, M. J.; Bisson, P.; Vu, T. H. “Molecular Dance: Water’s Collective Modes.” Chem. Phys. Lett. 2013, 588, 1-10 – Frontiers Article.
  14. Vu, T. H.; Shultz, M. J. “Vibrating Hydroxide in Hydrophobic Solution – The Ion to Keep an Eye on.” Chem. Phys. Lett. 2013, 572, 13-15.
  15. Shultz, M. J.; Vu, T. H.; Meyer, B.; Bisson, P. “Water: A Small Responsive Molecule.” Acc. Chem. Res. 2012, 45 (1), 15-22.
  16. Vu, T. H.; Shultz, M. J. “Spectroscopic Identification of Propane Clathrate Nucleation and Inhibition by Methanol.” In Physics and Chemistry of Ice, Y. Furukawa; Sazaki, G.; Uchida, T.; Watanabe, N.; Eds. Hokkaido University Press 2011: pp 147-152.
  17. Vu, T. H.; Shultz, M. J. “Competitive Binding of Methanol and Propane for Water via Matrix-Isolation Spectroscopy: Implications for Inhibition of Clathrate Nucleation.” J. Phys. Chem. A 2011, 115 (6), 998-1002.
  18. Vu, T. H.; Kälin, S. D.; Shultz, M. J. “Spectroscopic Identification of Water-Propane Interaction: Implications for Clathrate Nucleation.” J. Phys. Chem. A 2010, 114 (22), 6356-6360.

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