Michael N. Mautner
- 1966 B.Sc. Hebrew University
- 1968 M. Sc. Georgetown University
- 1975 Ph.D. Rockefeller University (with F. H. Field)
Mautner served as Associate and Assistant Professor at the Rockefeller University, Adjunct Professor and Senior Fellow at the University of Canterbury, Marsden Fellow and Senior Research Fellow Lincoln University, and Research Chemist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He currently serves as Research Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. He served on the editorial boards of “Space Science and Resources” and “Astrobiology”, and member of the Chemistry Board and Space Settlement Board of the Lifeboat Foundation.
In 1995, he founded the volunteer-based The Panspermia Society (Society for Life in Space - SOLIS), that aims to expand life in space by directed panspermia missions. The SOLIS program is motivated by biotic ethics that value our family of self-propagating gene/protein life, and panbiotic ethics that seeks to start life in new solar systems.
Space science, astrobiology, astroecology, astrochemical and prebiotic ion chemistry. Organic and physical chemistry of planetary materials. Nutrients, and biological responses to carbonaceous chondrite meteorites. Astroecology and the prospects for future life in space. Directed panspermia and biotic space ethics.
Mass Spectrometry and Gas Phase Ion Chemistry: Kinetics and thermochemistry of ions. Clusters, hydrogen bonding, charge transfer complexes, temperature and pressure effects on ion reactions. Applications to physical organic chemistry, biophysics and astrochemistry.
Mautner published numerous papers and book chapters on physical chemistry (in chemistry, under the transliterated name Michael Meot-Ner (Mautner))
On astroecology and planetary science, his experiments showed that microorganisms grow on materials in meteorites/asteroids, that can be resources for early life, and for extensive future life in space. He also investigated the science and technology of seeding the universe with our gene/protein family of life, and an ethical basis for this program in life-centered biotic ethics that value the basic patterns of self-propagating gene/protein life.
- Mautner, Michael N. (2000). Seeding the Universe with Life: Securing Our Cosmological Future. Washington D. C.: Legacy Books (www.amazon.com). ISBN 0-476-00330-X.
- Mautner, Michael N. (1997). "Directed panspermia. 3. Strategies and motivation for seeding star-forming clouds". Journal of the British Interplanetary Society 50: 93–102. Bibcode:1997JBIS...50...93M.
- Mautner, Michael N. (2009). "Life-centered ethics, and the human future in space". Bioethics 23: 433–440. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8519.2008.00688.x. PMID 19077128.
- Mautner, Michael N. (2002). "Planetary resources and astroecology. Planetary microcosm models of asteroid and meteorite interiors: electrolye solutions and microbial growth. Implications for space populations and panspermia". Astrobiology 2: 59–76. Bibcode:2002Icar..158...72M. doi:10.1006/icar.2002.6841. PMID 12449855.
- Mautner, Michael N. (2002). "Planetary bioresources and astroecology. 1. Planetary microcosm bioessays of Martian and meteorite materials: soluble electrolytes, nutrients, and algal and plant responses". Icarus 158: 72–86. Bibcode:2002Icar..158...72M. doi:10.1006/icar.2002.6841. PMID 12449855.
- Mautner, Michael N.; Conner, Anthony J.; Killham, Kenneth; Deamer, David W. (1997). "Biological potentials of extraterrestrial materials. 2. Microbial and plant responses to nutrients in the Murchison carbonaceous meteorite". Icarus 129: 245–253. Bibcode:1997Icar..129..245M. doi:10.1006/icar.1997.5786.
- Mautner, Michael N. (2010). "Seeding the Universe with Life: Securing Our Cosmological Future". Journal of Cosmology 5: 982–994. Bibcode:2010JCos....5..982M.
- Meot-Ner (Mautner), Michael (2005). "The ionic hydrogen bond". Chemical Reviews 105: 213–284. doi:10.1021/cr9411785.
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