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Dr. Nozair Khawaja

Ph.D. in Geosciences 
Master in Astronomy and in Space Science
 

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Postdoc Researcher | Project Habitat-OASIS

Address
Malteserstr. 74-100, Building D
Room D-218a
12249 Berlin
Email
nozair.khawaja[at]fu-berlin.de

Awards & Achievements:

Group Achievement Award for Cassini's Cosmic Dust Analyzer from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), 2019.

• Recipient of the first prize - the Horneck-Brack Award - at European Astrobiology Network Association Conference (2018), Berlin, Germany.

• Recipient of the Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM-2010) Grant from European Cooperation in Science and Technology, ECOST - action chemical cosmos.

  

Background:

• 02/2017 - 09/2018

PostDoc researcher in the research group Planetary Science by Space Missions, Inst. of Earth Sciences, Heidelberg University.

• 11/2012 - 12/2016

Research Assistant at the Inst. of Earth Sciences, Heidelberg University.

    

Affiliations:

• Cassini Space Mission: Associated Cosmic Dust Analyzer (CDA)

• Europa Clipper Space Mission: Associated with Surface Dust Analyzer (SUDA)

• Destiny Plus Space Mission: Associated with Destiny Dust Analyzer (DDA)

• Member Heidelberg Initiative for Origins of Life (HIFOL)

• Founder: Astrobiology Network of Pakistan

Project Habitat-OASIS:

• Compositional analysis of ice grains from the subsurface ocean of Saturn’s moon Enceladus

  

Further Projects:

• Calibrations for Surface Dust Analyzer (SUDA) - an instrument selected for NASA's Europa Clipper space mission

• Calibrations for Destiny Dust Analyzer (DDA) - an instrument selected for JAXA's Destiny+ space mission

  

Research Interests:

• Mass Spectrometry

• Astrobiology

• Outer Planetary Systems and Extraterrestrial Ocean Worlds

• Comets/Asteroids

• Planning Space Campaigns and Missions

2020

Klenner, F., F. Postberg, J. Hillier, N. Khawaja, R. Reviol, F. Stolz, M. L. Cable, B. Abel, and L. Nölle (2020), Analog Experiments for the Identification of Trace Biosignatures in Ice Grains from Extraterrestrial Ocean Worlds, Astrobiology, 20(2), doi:10.1089/ast.2019.2065.

  

2019

Buratti, B. J., P. C. Thomas, E. Roussos, C. Howett, M. Seiß, A. R. Hendrix, P. Helfenstein, R. H. Brown, R. N. Clark, T. Denk, G. Filacchione, H. Hoffmann, G. H. Jones, N. Khawaja, P. Kollmann, N. Krupp, J. Lunine, T. W. Momary, C. Paranicas, F. Postberg, M. Sachse, F. Spahn, J. Spencer, R. Srama, T. Albin, K. H. Baines, M. Ciarniello, T. Economou, H.-W. Hsu, S. Kempf, S. M. Krimigis, D. Mitchell, G. Moragas-Klostermeyer, P. D. Nicholson, C. C. Porco, H. Rosenberg, J. Simolka, and L. A. Soderblom (2019), Close Cassini flybys of Saturn's ring moons Pan, Daphnis, Atlas, Pandora, and Epimetheus, Science, 364(6445), doi:10.1126/science.aat2349.

Ershova, A., J. Schmidt, F. Postberg, N. Khawaja, and L. Nölle (2019), Compositional Profiles of the Enceladus Dust Plume from CDA measurements at flybys E5 and E17, in EPSC Abstracts Vol. 13, EPSC-DPS2019-1401.

Khawaja, N., and F. Klenner (2019), Astrobiology - a roadmap for Pakistan vol 5, issue 2, MIT Technology Review PK, Pakistan.

Khawaja, N., F. Postberg, J. Hillier, F. Klenner, S. Kempf, L. Nölle, R. Reviol, Z. Zou, and R. Srama (2019), Low-mass nitrogen-, oxygen-bearing, and aromatic compounds in Enceladean ice grains, MNRAS, 489(4), 5231–5243, doi:10.1093/mnras/stz2280.

Khawaja, N., F. Postberg, J. Hillier, F. Klenner, and L. Nölle (2019), Volatile and Refractory Organic Material from the Hydrothermal Depths of Enceladus’ Subsurface Ocean, in Goldschmidt Abstracts, p. 1663.

Khawaja, N., F. Postberg, J. Hillier, F. Klenner, L. Nölle, and R. Reviol (2019), Astrobiologically relevant precursor organic compounds from the subsurface ocean of Enceladus, in EPSC Abstracts Vol. 13, EPSC-DPS2019-474.

Khawaja, N., F. Postberg, J. Hillier, F. Klenner, S. Kempf, L. Nölle, R. Reviol, Z. Zou, and R. Srama (2019), Detection of low mass amines, carbonyls and aromatics from within Enceladus – suitable precursors for biologically-relevant hydrothermal synthesis, in AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts, P24A-06.

Klenner, F., F. Postberg, J. Hillier, N. Khawaja, R. Reviol, and R. Srama (2019), Calibrating Impact Ionization Detectors for Hypervelocity Water Ice Grains from Ocean Worlds, in EPSC Abstracts Vol. 13, EPSC-DPS2019-250.

Klenner, F., F. Postberg, J. Hillier, N. Khawaja, and F. Stolz (2019), Experiments for the Identification of Biosignatures in Ice Grains from Extraterrestrial Ocean Worlds, in EPSC Abstracts Vol. 13, EPSC-DPS2019-1754.

Klenner, F., F. Postberg, J. Hillier, N. Khawaja, and F. Stolz (2019), Experiments for the Identification of Biosignatures in Ice Grains from Extraterrestrial Ocean Worlds, in Goldschmidt Abstracts, p. 1711.

Klenner, F., F. Postberg, J. Hillier, N. Khawaja, R. Reviol, R. Srama, B. Abel, F. Stolz, and S. Kempf (2019), Analogue spectra for impact ionization mass spectra of water ice grains obtained at different impact speeds in space, Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 33(22), 1751–1760, doi:10.1002/rcm.8518.

Nölle, L., F. Postberg, N. Khawaja, J. Hillier, Z. Zou, S. Hsu, T. Albin, and R. Srama (2019), Chemical ‘aging’ of icy dust grains in Saturn’s E-ring, in EPSC Abstracts Vol. 13, EPSC-DPS2019-468.

Postberg, F., N. Khawaja, L. Nölle, F. Klenner, J. Hillier, H.-W. Hsu, R. Srama, G. Tobie, A. Bouquet, J. H. Waite, and C. R. Glein (2019), Origins of Organic Matter in Enceladus' Plume, in Astrobiology Science Conference, 203–4.

Postberg, F., N. Khawaja, L. Nölle, F. Klenner, J. Hillier, G. Tobie, G. Choblet, C. Glein, A. Bouquet, and J. Schmidt (2019), The long Journey of Organic Material from Enceladus Hydrothermal Core into the Plume, in EPSC Abstracts Vol. 13, EPSC-DPS2019-1960.

Srama, R., M. Kobayashi, H. Krüger, T. Arai, H. Kimura, M. Trieloff, J. Agarwal, Y. Li, F. Postberg, N. Khawaja, J. K. Hillier, M. Sommer, H. Strack, N. Altobelli, S. Kempf, Z. Sternovsky, and A. Mocker (2019), Dust Astronomy with DESTINY PLUS at 1 AU, in Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 21, EGU2019-9105.

    

2018

Postberg, F., N. Khawaja, B. Abel, G. Choblet, C. R. Glein, M. S. Gudipati, B. L. Henderson, H.-W. Hsu, S. Kempf, F. Klenner, and others (2018), Macromolecular organic compounds from the depths of Enceladus, Nature, 558, 564-568.

Hsu, H.-W., J. Schmidt, S. Kempf, ..., Nozair Khawaja, and others (2018), In situ collection of dust grains falling from Saturn’s rings into its atmosphere, Science, 362(6410), 3185.

Nozair Khawaja (invited) et al. Enceladus—A potentially habitable ocean world in the Solar System. Conference Paper, Interdisciplinary Origin of Life Meeting (IOoL-2018), Düsseldorf, Germany.

Nozair Khawaja (invited), Frank Postberg et al. Complex macromolecular organic structure from the subsurface ocean of Enceladus. Conference Paper, European Astrobiology Network Association (EANA-2018) Conference, Berlin, Germany.

Nozair Khawaja (invited), Frank Postberg, Fabian Klenner, Lenz Nölle, Rene Reviol. Cassini’s mass spectrometers find complex organic material in ice grains from the subsurface ocean of Enceladus. Conference Paper, Advances in Space Mass Spectrometry for the Search of Extraterrestrial Signs of Life-2018, Orlean, France.

Nozair Khawaja, Frank Postberg, Fabian Klenner, Simon Linti. Compositional Analysis of F ring Ice Grains on Cassini’s Ring-Grazing Orbits. Dusty Visions (2018), Conference Paper, European Space Astronomy Center (ESAC) Madrid, Spain.

Frank Postberg (Invited), Hsiang-Wen Hsu, Ralf Srama, ... , Nozair Khawaja & Christian Fischer. Enceladus’ complex organics, Saturn’s main ring composition and Oort Cloud dust: the latest and best from Cassini’s CDA. Conference Paper, American Geophysical Union (AGU-2018) Fall Meeting, Washington, D.C. USA.

Frank Postberg, Nozair Khawaja, Lenz Nölle, Fabian Klenner. From a hydrothermal core into space: life and fate of Enceladean organic molecules. AGU Fall Meeting, Washington, D.C., USA (2018).

Postberg, F. (Invited)Khawaja, N., Reviol, R., Nölle, L., Klenner, F., Hsu, H.-W. & Horanyi, M. On Organic Material in E Ring Ice Grains. Conference Paper, AGU Fall Meeting, December 2015, San Francisco, USA.

Postberg Frank, Khawaja Nozair, Klein Christopher, ... , Waite J. Hunter. Schmidt. Macromolecular organic compounds emerging from the Enceladus ocean. Conference Paper, European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC-2018), Berlin, Germany.

Srama Ralf, Hsu Sean, Kempf Sascha, ... , Khawaja Nozair, ... , Seiss Martin. The dust environment of Saturn within Saturn’s D ring: CDA results of the Grand Finale of Cassini. Conference Paper, European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC-2018), Berlin, Germany

Klenner Fabian, Postberg Frank, Stolz Ferdinad, Khawaja Nozair, Reviol Rene. Analog mass spectra of astrobiologically relevant organic material for spaceborne mass spectrometers and their future implications. Conference Paper, European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC-2018), Berlin, Germany.

Klenner Fabian, Postberg Frank, Stolz Ferdinad, Khawaja Nozair, Reviol Rene. Analog mass spectra of astrobiologically relevant organic material for spaceborne mass spectrometers. Conference Paper, European Astrobiology Network Association (EANA-2018) Conference, Berlin, Germany.

Fabian Klenner, Frank Postberg, Nozair Khawaja, Rene Reviol. The Heidelberg analog experiment for spaceborne mass spectrometers. Conference Paper, Advances in Space Mass Spectrometry for the Search of Extraterrestrial Signs of Life-2018, Orlean, France.

Hsu, H.-W., Schmidt, J., Kempf, S., Postberg, F., ... , Khawaja, N., ... , Srama, R. Cosmic Dust Analyzer onboard Cassini Collects Material from Saturn’s Main Rings. Conference Paper, Magenetosphere of the Outer Planets (MOP) conference-2018, Boulder USA.

Hsiang-Wen HSU, Frank POSTBERG,  Sascha KEMPF, Georg MORAGAS-KLOSTERMEYER, Mihaly HORANYI, Martin SEISS, Marcia BURTON, ..., Nozair KHAWAJA, Ralf SRAMA. A Dusty Road Connecting Saturn and Its Rings - Preliminary Results from Cassini Cosmic Dust Analyser During the Grand Finale Mission. Conference Paper, AOGS-2018, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

Ralf Srama, Hsiang-Wen Hsu, Sascha Kempf, ... , Nozair Khawaja, ... , Mou Roy.The dust environment of Saturn within Saturn's D ring: CDA results of the Grand Finale of Cassini. Conference Paper,  COSPAR-2018, Pasadena, California, USA.

Frank Postberg, Nozair Khawaja, Hsiang-Wen Hsu, Sascha Kempf, ... , Hunter Waite.Macromolecular organic compounds from Enceladus. Conference Paper, COSPAR-2018, Pasadena, California, USA.

Ralf Srama, Masanori Kobayashi, ... , Nozair Khawaja, ... , Eberhard Grün. Dust astronomy with the mission Destiny Plus. Conference Paper, COSPAR-2018, Pasadena, California, USA.

Hsiang-Wen Hsu, Ralf Srama, Sascha Kempf, Frank Postberg, ... , Nozair Khawaja, ... , Geraint H. Jones. The first direct detection of Saturn’s main ring material – Cassini Cosmic Dust Analyzer Gran Finale results. Conference Paper, COSPAR-2018, Pasadena, California, USA

Hsu, S.; Horanyi, M.; Kempf, S.;... ; Khawaja, N.; ... ; Srama, R. A dusty road connecting Saturn and its rings - preliminary results from Cassini Cosmic Dust Analyser during the Grand Finale Mission. Conference Paper, EGU-2018, Vienna Austria.

Ralf Srama, Masanori Kobayashi, Harald Kueger, ... , Nozair Khawaja, ... , Zoltan Sternovsky. Dust Astronomy with Destiny Plus at 1 AU. Conference Paper, EGU-2018, Vienna Austria.

   

2017

Nozair Khawaja (invited); Frank Postberg; Fabian Klenner; ... ; Zenghui Zou. Conference Paper, The Latest on Enceladus - an Active Ocean World in the Solar System. ICASE-2017, Islamabad, Pakistan.

N. Khawaja , F. Postberg , J. Schmidt. (2017) The Compositional Profile of the Enceladian Ice Plume from the Latest Cassini Flybys. Conference Paper, LPSC XLVIII (2017), Texas USA.

N. Khawaja; F. Postberg; F. Klenner; L. Nölle; R. Reviol; R. Srama. Organic compounds in the ice grains from the subsurface ocean of Enceladus. ESLAB Symposium: Extreme Habitable Environments-2017, Conference Paper, European Space Agency ESA/ESTEC Netherland.

Hsu, S.; Burton, M. E.; Horanyi, M.; ... ; Khawaja, N.; ... ; Srama, R. A dusty road connecting Saturn and its rings - preliminary results from Cassini Cosmic Dust Analyser during the Grand Finale Mission. Conference Paper, AGU-2017, New Orleans, USA.

F. Postberg, N. Khawaja, S. Kempf, J.H. Waite, C. Glein, H.W. Hsu, R. Srama. Complex Organic Macromolecular Compounds in Ice Grains from Enceladus. Conference Paper, LPSC XLVIII (2017), Texas USA.

Frank Postberg, Nozair Khawaja, Rene Reviol, Lenz Nölle, Fabian Klenner. Organic Compounds from Enceladus Found in Saturn’s E Ring. Conference Paper. Deutsche Astrobiologische Gesellschaft e. V. (DAbG), 2nd annual workshop (2017), Potsdam.

Lenz Nölle, Frank Postberg, Nozair Khawaja, Georg Moragas-Klostemeyer, Ralf Srama. 3-dimensional compositional scan of Saturn’s E-ring. Ices in the Solar System, Conference Paper, ESAC-2017, Madrid, Spain

Hsiang-Wen Hsu, Nicolas Altobelli, Marcia Burton, Mihaly Horanyi, Sacsha Kempf, Nozair Khawaja, ... , Srama, R. Preliminary results from the Cosmic Dust Analyzer during the grand finale mission. Conference Paper, Magenetosphere of the Outer Planets (MOP) conference-2017, Uppsala Sweden.

  

2016

N. Altobelli, F. Postberg, K. Fiege, M. Trieloff, H. Kimura, V. J. Sterken, H.-W. Hsu,J. Hillier, N. Khawaja, G. Moragas-Klostermeyer, J. Blum, M. Burton, R. Srama, S. Kempf, E. Gruen. Flux and composition of interstellar dust at Saturn from Cassini’s Cosmic Dust Analyzer. Science.

N. Khawaja Organic compounds in Saturn’s E-ring and its compositional profile in the vicinity of Rhea. PhD Dissertation, Heidelberg University, Germany.

  

2015

Khawaja, Nozair., Postberg, Frank, Srama, Ralf, ... , Kempf, Sascha. Compositional mapping of Saturn’s E ring during Cassini’s flyby of Rhea. Conference Paper, EGU-2015, Vienna, Austria.

Khawaja, N., Postberg, F., Reviol, R., Klenner, F., Nölle, L. & Srama, R. Organic compounds from Enceladus’ sub-surface ocean as seen by CDA. Conference Paper, European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC), October 2015, Nantes, France.

Khawaja, N., Postberg, F., Reviol, R., Nölle, L., Klenner, F. & Srama, R. Identification of Organics in Ice Grains from Enceladus. Conference Paper, AGU Fall Meeting, December 2015, San Francisco, USA.

Khawaja, Nozair; Postberg, Frank; Reviol, Rene; Srama, Ralf. (2015) Characterization of signatures from organic compounds in CDA mass spectra of ice particles in Saturn's E-ring. Conference Paper, EGU General Assembly 2015, held 12-17 April, 2015 in Vienna, Austria.

Postberg, F.; Khawaja, N.; Kempf, S.; Waite, J. H.; Glein, C.; Hsu, H.W.; Srama, R. (2015) Refractory Organic Compounds in Enceladus' Ice Grains and Hydrothermal Activity. Conference Paper, American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2015, San Francisco, USA.

Srama, R., Postberg, F., Henkel, H., Li, Y., Reviol, R., Khawaja, N., Klenner, F., Moragas-Klostermeyer, G., Nölle, L., Soja, R., Sternovsky, Z., Kempf, S. & Trieloff, M. (2015) ENIJA: Search for life with a high-resolution TOF-MS for in situ compositional analysis of nano- and micron-sized dust particles. Conference Paper, EGU2015-13456, April 2015, Vienna, Austria.

   

2014

Khawaja, N.; Postberg, F.; Schmidt, J. (2014) Compositional differentiation of Enceladus' plume. European Planetary Science Congress Portugal 2014, Conference Paper, EPSC Abstracts, Vol. 9, id. EPSC2014-446.

   

2012

N. Khawaja, H. Lehto, J. Silén, H. Krüger, M. Hilchenbach, H. Fischer, K. Lehto, T. Lönnberg. COSIMA: Cometary Secondary Ion Mass Analyzer A High Resolution Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer for Cometary Dust Particles on-board ESA Rosetta Spacecraft Towards the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Finnish Astronomer's Day 2012, Haikko Finland.

   

2011

Nozair Khawaja (2011), On the calibration of the COSIMA in-situ experiment on-board ESA Rosetta space mission towards the comet 67P/CG. Master's thesis, University of Turku, Finland.