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Simon John Clemett

Senior Scientist

Contact Information

Phone: 281.483.5121
Fax: 281-483-1573

ARES Simon John Clemett


DegreeArea of StudySchoolYear
Ph.D.ChemistryStanford University1996
B.A.ChemistryOxford University England1990
DistinctionStucture and Properties of MaterialsOxford Univerity England1988

Research/Engineering Interests

Dr. Simon J. Clemett is a Senior Planetary Scientist for JETS at NASA Johnson Space Center has been studying organics in extraterrestrial materials for nearly 20 years. His field of expertise is the in situ trace organic analysis of materials using laser spectroscopy techniques, and is responsible for the design, construction, and operation of a unique ultra-L2MS facility at NASA JSC

Selected Publications

Sandford S.A., et al. (2006) "Organics Captured from Comet 81P/Wild 2 by the Stardust Spacecraft," Science 314:1720-1724.

Nakamura-Messenger K., Messenger S., Keller L.P., Clemett S.J. & Zolensky M.E. (2006)> "Organic Globules in the Tagish Lake Meteorite: Remnants of the Protosolar Disk," Science 314:1439-1442.

Clemett S.J., Sanford S.A., Nakamura-Messenger, K. Horz F. and McKay D.S. "Complex Aromatic Hydrocarbons in STARDUST Samples Collected from the Comet 81P/Wild-2," Meteoritics & Planetary Science. (in press).

Thomas-Keprta K.L., Clemett S.J., McKay D.S., Gibson E.K. and Wentwork S.J. "Origins of magnetite nanocrystals in Martian meteorite ALH84001," Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, (in press).

Nakamura-Messenger K., Messenger S., Keller L.P.; Clemett S.J. and Zolensky M.E. "Presolar organic globules in astromaterials," Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 72:A671.