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Morgan Cable: Unraveling the Mysteries of Titan Using Lab on a Chip

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Published on Jul 10, 2013

Titan, the moon of Saturn with a thick atmosphere and liquid hydrocarbon lakes, is considered the best target in the solar system for the study of organic chemistry on a planetary scale. Solar radiation and energetic particles activate methane and nitrogen in the atmosphere of Titan, which react to form complex organic aerosols. Dr. Morgan Cable, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will describe how we can use lab on a chip technologies to tease apart these complex organic mixtures and identify key species. This work represents a significant first step in understanding Titan aerosols from a chemistry perspective, and can aid atmospheric models of this intriguing moon.