Lucy M. Ziurys*

Regents Professor, CBC and Astronomy Accepting Students

Lucy M. Ziurys*

Regents Professor, CBC and Astronomy Accepting Students

Degrees and Appointments:

  • B.S. 1978, Rice University
  • Ph.D. 1984, UC Berkeley

Research Specialities: Astrobiology and Astrochemistry, Chemical Physics, Instrument Development, Spectroscopy/Molecular Structure

Research

The primary objective of research in the Ziurys group is to understand the molecular life cycle and study the chemistry occurring in the vast regions of space via an interdisciplinary approach that involves high resolution molecular spectroscopy in the laboratory and radio astronomical observations. The University of Arizona is unique in this regard as it has its own radio telescopes, operated by the Arizona Radio Observatory (ARO),  which can be used for graduate research.  Radio telescopes are used to measure rotational molecular spectra and identify new chemical compounds by their "fingerprint" signatures, which are known from laboratory measurements. We are interested in discovering what chemical compounds exist in space and in which types of interstellar sources, how they are formed, and how this impacts the origins of solar systems and planets, and ultimately life. Read More.

Awards and Honors:

  • Laboratory Astrophysics Prize, American Astronomical Society, 2019
  • Barbara Mez-Starck Prize in Molecular Spectroscopy, 2015
  • Elizabeth and Keith Hege Galileo Circle Fellow, 2011
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society, 2008
  • National Science Foundation Creativity Award, 2001
  • National Science Foundation Visiting Professorship for Women, 1994-1996
  • National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellow, 1992-1995
  • National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator, 1990-1992
Faculty Tenure Track Faculty Physical Chemistry