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Office: Room 147, Bldg. 245
Mail: M/S 245-6, Moffett Field, CA 94035
Phone: 650 - 604 - 3664
Fax: 650 - 604- 6779
Email: Christiaan.Boersma at nasa.gov
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Christiaan Boersma


Dr. Christiaan Boersma is a Senior Research Scientist employed through the San José State University Research Foundation in support of a collaboration between the Physics and Astronomy Department at San José State University and the Astrophysics & Astrochemistry Laboratory Group at NASA's Ames Research Center.

Dr. Boersma received his PhD in Astronomy (thesis) in 2009, supervised by Prof. Dr. A.G.G.M. Tielens and Prof. Dr. L.B.F.M. Waters, at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. In 2005 he had obtained his Master's degree in Astronomy at the same university. In 2009 he was awarded a fellowship with the Astrophysics & Astrochemistry Laboratory Group through an appointment with the prestigious NASA Postdoctoral Program. After concluding this fellowship in 2012, he moved to the San José State University Research Foundation position he currently holds.

Dr. Boersma's research focuses on the role of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in a multitude of astronomical environments, with special interest for intermediate-mass star-forming regions. He conducts his research through analyzing and interpreting astronomical data obtained by state-of-the-art ground, air and space-based observatories, e.g., JWST, VISIR, SOFIA and Herschel, using a combination of laboratory and synthesized spectroscopic data. This research subsequently provides insight into the prevailing physical conditions in these environments and allows for a better understanding of the governing astrophysical processes, which can then be tied in with evolutionary scenarios. The NASA Ames PAH IR Spectroscopic Database (PAHdb) plays an important part in his research. Dr. Boersma had a leading role in the assembly and construction of PAHdb and its associated tools. PAHdb now guides the development of new methodologies in analyzing astronomical data, which are particularly relevant to data returned by the JWST.

Dr. Boersma is involved with various initiatives for making Laboratory Astrophysics and Planetary Science data and associated tools available to the science community. This includes the NASA Ames PAH IR Spectroscopic Database, the Optical Constants Database (OCdb) and the NASA Raman Database (Ramdb).

Dr. Boersma has been treasurer of the Laboratory Astrophysics Divisions (LAD) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) since 2019.

Christiaan likes to spend his spare time with his wife, two daughters and son.

An interview with Christiaan Boersma for can be found on the Space Science & Astrobiology Division's website; Interview with Christiaan Boersma from the Astrophysics Branch.

Christiaan's major publications can be found on the Astrochemistry Laboratory's Publications Pages.