Dr. Galina Chaban

NASA Ames Research Center
Mail Stop T27B-1
Moffett Field, CA 94035-1000
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Ph. D. in Physical Chemistry, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 1997.

Diploma in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (equivalent of M. Sc.),
M. V. Lomonosov Institute of Fine Chemical Technology, Moscow, Russia, 1986.

Professional Experience

2000 - present: Research Scientist. NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA.

1998 - 2000:     Postdoctoral fellow. Department of Physical Chemistry and The Fritz Haber
                         Research Center, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; and
                         Department of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine CA

1997 - 1998:     Postdoctoral associate. Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.

1986 - 1992:     Junior Researcher at the Laboratory of Quantum Chemistry.
                          Institute for New Chemical Problems of Russian Academy of Sciences, Chernogolovka, Moscow Region, Russia.

Research Interests

 My present research interests include development of hybrid Quantum Mechanics/Molecular Mechanics techniques and applications of quantum chemistry and vibrational spectroscopy to problems of interest to astrobiology, namely to the search of biological molecules and possible life conditions in space.

Selected Publications

 17. Mark S. Gordon, Galina Chaban, Tetsuya Taketsugu.
        Interfacing Electronic Structure Theory with Dynamics. J. Phys. Chem. 1996, v.100, No. 28, 11512-11525 (Feature Article).

 18. Galina Chaban, Michael W. Schmidt, Mark S. Gordon.
        Approximate Second Order Method for Orbital Optimization of SCF and MCSCF Wavefunctions. Theor. Chem. Acc. 1997, v.97,

 19. Galina Chaban, Mark S. Gordon, Kiet A. Nguyen.
        Potential Energy Surfaces for Dissociation Reactions of High Energy Isomers of N2O2. J. Phys. Chem. A, 1997, v. 101, No. 23,
        4283 -  4289.

 23. Galina M. Chaban and Mark S. Gordon.
        The Ground and Excited State Hydrogen Transfer Potential Energy Surface in 7-Azaindole. J. Phys. Chem. A , 1999, v. 103, No. 1,

 25. Galina M. Chaban, Joon O. Jung, and R. Benny Gerber.
        Ab initio Calculation of Anharmonic Vibrational States of Polyatomic Systems: Electronic Structure Combined with Vibrational Self
        Consistent Field. J. Chem. Phys. 1999, v. 111, No. 5, 1823-1829.

 28. Jan Lundell, Galina M. Chaban, R. Benny Gerber.
        Anharmonic Vibrational Spectroscopy Calculations for Novel Rare-Gas Containing Compounds:  HXeH, HXeCl, HXeBr, HXeI,
        HXeOH. J. Phys. Chem. A 2000, v.104, No. 34, 7944-7949.

 29. Galina M. Chaban, Joon O. Jung, R. Benny Gerber.
        Anharmonic Vibrational Spectroscopy of Glycine: Testing of Ab Initio and Empirical Potentials. J. Phys. Chem. A 2000, v.104,
        No. 44, 10035-10044.

 32. Galina M. Chaban and R. Benny Gerber.
        Anharmonic Vibrational Spectroscopy of the Glycine?Water Complex: Calculations for ab initio, empirical, and hybrid Quantum
        Mechanics/Molecular Mechanics potentials. J. Chem. Phys. 2001, v. 115, No. 3, 1340-1348.

 33. Galina M. Chaban, R. Benny Gerber, Kenneth C. Janda.
        The Transition from Hydrogen Bonding to Ionization in (HCl)n(NH3)n and (HCl)n(H2O)n Clusters:  Consequences for Anharmonic
        Vibrational Spectroscopy. J. Phys. Chem. A 2001, v.105, , v.105, No. 36, 8323-8332.

34. Galina M. Chaban, Jan Lundell, R. Benny Gerber.
       Lifetime and decomposition pathways of a chemically bound helium compound.   J. Chem. Phys. 2001, v. 115, No. 16, 7341-7343.

37. Latasha M. Salter and Galina M. Chaban.
    Theoretical study of gas phase tautomerization reactions for the ground  and first excited electronic states of adenine.
    J. Phys. Chem. A  2002, v. 106, No. 16, 4251-4256.

38. Galina M. Chaban, Winifred M. Huo, Timothy J. Lee.
      Theoretical study of infrared and Raman spectra of hydrated magnesium   sulfate salts. J. Chem. Phys. 2002, v. 117, No. 6, 2532-2537.

42. Galina M. Chaban, Jan Lundell, R. Benny Gerber.
    Theoretical study of decomposition pathways for HArF and HKrF.
    Chem. Phys. Lett. 2002, v. 364, No. 5-6, 628-633.

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