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Dr. Christopher Bennett received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa in 2009. He spent three years as a postdoctoral associate at the NASA Astrobiology Institute (Institute for Astronomy, Hawai’i) from 2009-2012 and two years as a postdoctoral associate at Georgia Tech from 2012 – 2014 in the department of Chemistry. He then joined GeorgiaTech as a research scientist for two years from 2014-2016 before joining UCF in 2016, where he has been an Assistant Professor since 2016.

PHYSICAL & ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY:

Development of novel ultra-high vacuum techniques and instrumentation · surface science · thin film preparation and characterization · ionization techniques; resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) and synchrotron radiation · kinetics · molecular beam generation · polymer chemistry · computational chemistry for the predication of molecular properties · interaction of charged particles and photons with matter · non-equilibrium chemistry · radical & excited state chemistry.

INSTRUMENTAL TECHNIQUES:

FTIR spectroscopy · time-of-flight and quadrupole mass spectrometry · synchrotron photoionization · electron-, ion-, and photon-stimulated desorption · Raman spectroscopy · developing new Raman spectroscopy techniques, with biomedical applications · temperature programmed desorption · ToF-SIMS.

ASTROCHEMISTRY, ASTROBIOLOGY, AND PLANETARY SCIENCE:

Participation in mission and instrument development (particularly Raman and time-of-flight mass spectrometers) · interaction of radiation with surfaces · space weathering of airless bodies · Kuiper belt objects · comets · icy satellites · Mercury · the Moon · chemistry in the interstellar medium · origin of amino acids, peptides, and sugars on the early Earth · origin of life.

2016:

  1. C.J. Bennett, J. L. McLain, M. Sarantos, R. D. Gann, A. DeSimone, T. M. Orlando, “Potential Contributions to Mercury’s Exospheric Calcium and the Loss of Hollows Surface Material: Photon-Stimulated Desorption of Calcium Neutrals from Calcium Sulfide”, Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 121, 137 (2016)

2014:

  1. C.J. Bennett, C. P. Ennis, R. I. Kaiser, “Implantation of Energetic D+ Ions into Carbon Dioxide Ices and Implications to our Solar System: Formation of D2O and D2CO3”, the Astrophysical Journal, 794, 57 (2014)
  1. C.J. Bennett, C. P. Ennis, R. I. Kaiser, Experimental Studies on the Formation of D2O and D2O2 by Implantation of Energetic D+ Ions into Oxygen Ices. The Astrophysical Journal, 782, 63 (2014)

2013:

  1. C.J. Bennett, C. Pirim, T. M. Orlando, “Space Weathering of Solar System Bodies – A Laboratory Perspective”, Chemical Reviews, 113(12), 9086 (2013)
  1. C.J. Bennett, S. J. Brotton, B. M. Jones, A. K. Misra, S. K. Sharma, R. I. Kaiser, “High-Sensitivity Raman Spectrometer to Study Pristine and Irradiated Interstellar Ice Analogs”,  Analytical Chemistry, 85(12), 5659 (2013)

2011:

  1. S.B. Morales, C.J. Bennett, S.D Le Picard, A. Canosa, I.R. Sims, B.J. Sun, P.H. Chen, A.H.H. Chang, V.V. Kislov, A.M. Mebel, X. Gu, F. Zhang, P. Maksyutenko, R.I. Kaiser, “A Crossed Molecular Beam, Low-Temperature Kinetics, and Theoretical Investigation of the Reaction of the Cyano Radical (CN) with 1,3-Butandiene (C4H6). A Route to Complex Nitrogen-Bearing Molecules in Low-Temperature Extraterrestrial Environments”, the Astrophysical Journal, 742, 26 (2011)
  1. B. M. Jones, C.J. Bennett, C.S. R.I. Kaiser, “Mechanistical studies on the Production of Formamide (H2NCHO) within Interstellar Ice Analogs”, the Astrophysical Journal, 734:78, 1 (2011)
  1. C. P. Ennis, C.J. Bennett, B.M. Jones, R.I. Kaiser, “Formation of D2-water and D2-carbonic Acid in Oxygen-Rich Solar System Ices via D2+ Irradiation”,  the Astrophysical Journal, 733:79, 1-11 (2011)
  1. C.P. Ennis, C.J. Bennett, R.I. Kaiser, “On The Formation of Ozone in Oxygen-rich Solar System Ices via Ionizing Radiation”, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 13, 9469 (2011)
  1. N. L. Evans, S. Ullrich, C.J. Bennett, R.I. Kaiser, “On the Interaction of Adenine with Ionizing Radiation at 10 K: Mechanistical Studies and Astrobiological Significance”, the Astrophysical Journal, 730:69, 1 (2011)

2010:

  1. Quinto-Hernandez, A. M. Wodtke, C.J. Bennett, Y.S. Kim, R.I. Kaiser, “On the Interaction of Methyl Azide (CH3N3) Ices with Ionizing Radiation: Formation of Methanimine (CH2NH), Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN), and Hydrogen Isocyanide (HNC)”, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 115, 250 (2010)
  1. C.J. Bennett, T. Hama, Y.S. Kim, M. Kawasaki, R.I. Kaiser, “Laboratory Studies on the Formation of Formic Acid (HCOOH) in Interstellar and Cometary Ices”, the Astrophysical Journal, 727, 27 (2010)
  1. C.J. Bennett, B.M. Jones, E. Knox, J. Perry, Y.S. Kim, R.I. Kaiser, “Mechanistical Studies on the formation and Nature of the XCN (OCN-) Species”, the Astrophysical Journal, 723, 641 (2010)
  1. J. He, K. Gao, G. Vidali, C.J. Bennett, R.I. Kaiser, “Formation of Molecular Hydrogen from Methane Ice”, the Astrophysical Journal, 721, 1656 (2010)
  1. C.J. Bennett, S.B. Morales, S.D. Le Picard, A. Canosa, I.R. Sims, Y.H. Shih, A.H.H. Chang, X. Gu, F. Zhang, R.I. Kaiser, “A Chemical Dynamics, Kinetics, and Theoretical Study on the Reaction of the Cyano Radical (CN; X2Σ+) with Phenylacetylene (C6H4CCH; X1A1)”, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 12, 8737 (2010)
  1. C.J. Bennett, C.S. Jamieson, R.I. Kaiser, “Mechanistical studies on the formation and destruction of carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), and carbon trioxide (CO3) in interstellar ice analog samples”, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 12(16), 4032 (2010)
  1. Y.S. Kim, C.J. Bennett, L.-H. Chen, K. O’Brien, R. I. Kaiser, “Laboratory studies on the irradiation of solid ethane analog ices and implications to Titan’s chemistry”, the Astrophysical Journal, 711 (2, Pt. 1), 744 (2010)

2009:

  1. C.J. Bennett, C.S. Jamieson, R.I. Kaiser, “An experimental investigation of the decomposition of carbon monoxide and formation routes to carbon dioxide in interstellar ices”, Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 182(1), 1 (2009)
  1. C.J. Bennett, C.S. Jamieson, R.I. Kaiser, “Mechanistical studies on the formation of carbon dioxide in extraterrestrial carbon monoxide ice analog samples”, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 11(21), 4210 (2009)

2008:

  1. C.J. Bennett, C.S. Jamieson, R.I. Kaiser, “Mechanistical Studies on the Decomposition of Carbon Suboxide in a Cometary Ice Analogue”, Planetary and Space Science, 56, 1181 (2008)

2007:

  1. C.J. Bennett, R.I. Kaiser, “On the Formation of Glycolaldehyde (HCOCH2OH) and Methyl Formate (HCOOCH3) in Interstellar Ice Analogs”, the Astrophysical Journal, 661, 899 (2007)
  1. C.J. Bennett, S.H.Chen, B.J.Sun, A.H.H. Chang, R.I. Kaiser, “Mechanistical Studies on the Irradiation of Methanol in Extraterrestrial Ices”, the Astrophysical Journal. 660, 1588 (2007)
  1. C.J. Bennett, R.I. Kaiser, “The Formation of Acetic Acid (CH3COOH) in Interstellar Ice Analogs”, the Astrophysical Journal, 660, 1289 (2007)

2006:

  1. C.S. Jamieson, Y. Guo, X. Gu, F. Zhang, C.J. Bennett, R.I. Kaiser, “Laboratory Studies on the Formation of Carbon-Bearing Molecules in Extraterrestrial Environments – From the Gas Phase to the Solid State”, Proceedings of the NASA Laboratory Astrophysics Workshop; NASA Special Issue, CP – 2006- 214549, 68-71 (2006)
  1. C.J. Bennett, C.S. Jamieson, Y. Osamura, R.I. Kaiser, “Laboratory studies on the irradiation of methane in interstellar, cometary, and solar system ices”, the Astrophysical Journal, 653, 792 (2006)

2005:

  1. C.J. Bennett, R.I. Kaiser, “Laboratory studies on the formation of ozone (O3) on icy satellites and on interstellar and cometary ices”, the Astrophysical Journal, 635(2, Pt. 1), 1362 (2005)
  1. C.J. Bennett, Y. Osamura, M.D. Lebar, R.I. Kaiser, “Laboratory studies on the formation of three C2H4O isomers- acetaldehyde (CH3CHO), ethylene oxide (c-C2H4O), and vinyl alcohol (CH2CHOH) in interstellar and cometary ices”, the Astrophysical Journal, 634, 698 (2005)
  1. D.S. Sillars, C.J. Bennett, Y. Osamura, R.I. Kaiser, “Infrared spectroscopic detection of  the methylsilyl (CH3SiH2, X2A’) and the silylmethyl (CH2SiH3, X2A’) radicals and their partially deuterated counterparts in low temperature matrices”, Chemical Physics, 315, 41 (2005)
  1. P.D. Holtom, C.J. Bennett, Y. Osamura, N.J. Mason, R.I. Kaiser, “A Combined Experimental and Theoretical Study on the Formation of the Amino Acid Glycine (NH2CH2COOH) and its Isomer (CH3NHCOOH) in Extraterrestrial Ices”, the Astrophysical Journal, 626, 940 (2005)
  1. C.J. Bennett, C.S. Jamieson, Y. Osamura, R.I. Kaiser, “A combined experimental and computational investigation on the synthesis of acetaldehyde (CH3CHO(X1A’)) in interstellar ices”, the Astrophysical Journal, 624, 1097 (2005)
  1. C.S. Jamieson, C.J. Bennett, A.M. Mebel, R.I. Kaiser, “Investigating the mechanism for the formation of nitrous oxide (N2O(X1 Σ+)) in extraterrestrial ices”, the Astrophysical Journal, 624, 436 (2005)
  1. C.J. Bennett, D. Sillars, Y. Osamura, R.I. Kaiser, “Infrared spectroscopic identification of the methylsilylidyne (SiCH3, X2A”) and the silenyl (H2CSiH, X2A’) radicals in methane-silane matrices”, Chemical Physics Letters, 404, 327 (2005)

2004:

  1. D. Sillars, C.J. Bennett, Y. Osamura, R.I. Kaiser, “First infrared spectroscopic characterization of the disilyl (Si2H5) and d5-disilyl (Si2D5) radicals in low temperature silane matrices”, Chemical Physics, 305, 141 (2004)
  1. D. Sillars, C.J. Bennett, Y. Osamura, R.I. Kaiser, “Infrared spectroscopic detection of the disilenyl (Si2H3) and d3-disilenyl (Si2D3) radicals in silane and d4-silane matrices”, Chemical Physics Letters, 392, 541 (2004)
  1. C.J. Bennett, C. Jamieson, A.M. Mebel, R.I. Kaiser, “Untangling the formation of the cyclic carbon trioxide isomer in low temperature carbon dioxide ices”, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 6,  735 (2004)

<ul style=”list-style-type: square;”>
<li>Affiliate of Georgia Tech and the Florida Space Institute (since 2016)</li>
<li>Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), American Geophysical Union (AGU), the Meteoritic Society, &amp; the Planetary Society</li>
<li>Written and Work(ed/s) on several multi-million dollar winning proposals/institutes including W.M. Keck Institute (2009-2012), the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI; 2009-2012, Institute for Astronomy, HI ), Center for Chemical Evolution (2014-2016; GeorgiaTech, GA), as well as two Solar System Exploration Virtual Institutes (SSERVI) including the Center for Lunar and Asteroids Surface Science (CLASS; 2016-) and the Radiation Effects on Volatiles and Exploration of Asteroids and Lunar Surfaces (REVEALS; submitting late 2016)</li>
<li>NASA Review Panelist (2012-2016)</li>
<li>Instrument Proposer for Europa Lander (2020s launch?)</li>
<li>Co-I on Mission Study for Uranus Orbiter (@JPL 2010)</li>
<li>Gordon Research Conference Travel Award (2010)</li>
</ul>

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Oversees the following Graduate Students