8800 Greenbelt Rd., Bldg. 34, S143
Greenbelt, MD 20771
Personal Url: http://science.gsfc.nasa.gov/sed/bio/adrian.e.southard
Developing instrumentation for determination of the organic/elemental composition of extraterrestrial surfaces and atmospheres e.g. Mars, comets, asteroids, icy moons, the moon. Focus is on mass spectrometers and interfaces to such devices e.g. liquid chromatography and gas chromatography, and designing the ion optics necessary to make them work efficiently.
Dr. Southard’s graduate studies in the chemical physics program at University of Maryland enabled him to explore new material synthesis, deposition, and characterization methods. He has utilized this expertise to develop applications for both organic materials and new forms of carbon such as carbon nanotubes. He also has examined organic field-effect transistors to gain a deeper understanding of the charge transport mechanisms in organic materials. Dr. Southard enjoys using his background in chemical physics to design, propose, test, and simulate instruments that will allow researchers to assess the habitability and evolution of the cosmos.