Professional biography and space science publications by Michael N. Mautner


Dr. M. N. Mautner is research Professor of Chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia. He received his Ph. D. in physical chemistry from Rockefeller University, New York, in 1975, where he also served as Associate Professor. He also served as Research Chemist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and as Adjunct Professor at the Department of Chemistry, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. His research interests are mass spectrometry and ion chemistry with applications to biophysics and astrochemistry. In space science and astrobiology, his research deals with astroecology, biological space resources, directed panspermia, astroethics and the future of life. He is the author of over 160 research publications and book chapters in these fields. In 1995 he founded the internet-based The International Panspermia Society - Society for Life in Space  (SOLIS) Contact:


Publications in Space Science, Astrobiology   and Astroecology


Mautner, M. and Matloff, G. Directed panspermia: A technical evaluation of seeding nearby solar systems. Ninth Annual Conference of the American Astronomical Society; Bull. Astr. Soc., 1977, 9, 501; J. British Interplanetary Soc., 1979, 32, 419.


Mautner, M. A space‑based screen against the greenhouse effect. J. Brit. Interplanetary Soc., 1991, 44, 135.


Mautner, M. Deep‑space solar screens against climatic warming: technical and research requirements. in Space Utilization and Applications in the Pacific, Proceedings of the Third Pacific Basin International Symposium on Advances in Space Science, Technology and Applications, American Astronautical Society, November 6‑8, 1989, Los Angeles. P. M. Bainum, G. L. May, T. Yamanaka and Y. Jiachi, ed. p. 711. AAS paper 89‑668.


Mautner, M.; Parks, K. Space‑based control of the climate. Proceedings of Space 90: Engineering, Construction and Operations in Space, Proceedings of Conference of the ASCE/AIAA, April 23‑26, 1990, Albuquerque, New Mexico. J. W. Johnson and J. P. Wetzel, ed. vol 2, 1159. 


Mautner, M. N. Directed panspermia. 2. Technological advances toward seeding other solar systems, and the foundations of panbiotic ethics, J. British Interplanetary Soc., 1995, 48, 435. 


Mautner, M. N.; Leonard, R. L.; Deamer, D. W. Meteorite organics in planetary environments: Hydrothermal release, surface activity, and microbial utilization. Planetary and Space Science, 1995, 43, 139.  


Mautner, M. N. Directed panspermia. 3. Strategies and motivation for seeding star-forming clouds, J. British Interplanetary Soc. 1997, 50, 93. 


Mautner, M. N. Space-based genetic depositories for the cryopreservation of endangered species, J. British Interplanetary Soc., 1996, 49, 319. 


Mautner, M. N. Biological potential of extraterrestrial materials. 1. Nutrients in carbonaceous meteorites, and effects on biological growth. Planetary and Space Science, 1997, 45, 653-664.


Mautner, M. N.; Conner, A. J.; Killham, K.; Deamer, D. W. Biological potential of extraterrestrial materials. 2. Microbial and plant responses to nutrients in the Murchison carbonaceous meteorite. Icarus 1997, 129, 245-257.


Mautner, M. N. Formation, chemistry and fertility of extraterrestrial soils: Cohesion, water adsorption and surface area of carbonaceous chondrites. Prebiotic and space resource applications. Icarus 1999, 137, 178 195.


Mautner, M. N. Seeding the Universe with Life: securing Our Cosmological Future. Legacy Books, Weston, Florida (Book)


Mautner, M. N. Planetary bioresources and astroecology. 1. Planetary microcosm bioassays of  Martian and meteorite materials:  soluble electrolytes,  nutrients,  and algal and plant responses. Icarus 2002, 158, 72-86.


Mautner, M. N. Planetary resources and astroecology. Planetary microcosm models of asteroid and meteorite interiors: electrolyte solutions and microbial growth. Implications for space populations and panspermia. Astrobiology 2002, 2, 59-76. 


Mautner, M. N. and Sinaj, S. Water-extractable and exchangeable phosphate in Martian and carbonaceous chondrite meteorites and in planetary soil analogues. Geochim. Cosmochim Acta 2002, 66, 3161-3174.


Mautner, M. N. Directed panspermia, astroethics, and our cosmological future. Int. J. Astrobiology 2004, Supplement 1, p. 116.


Mautner, M. N. Applied astrobiology: space-based genetic banks for endangered species. Int. J. Astrobiology 2004, Supplement 1, p. 120.


Mautner, M. N. Life in the cosmological future: Resources, biomass and populations. J. British Interplanetary Soc. 2005, 58, 167 180.         


Mautner, M. N.; Abdelsayed, V.; El-Shall, M. S.; Thrower, J. D.; Green, S. D.; Collings, M. P.; McCoustra, M. R. S. Meteorite nanoparticles as models for interstellar grains: Synthesis and preliminary characterisation. Faraday Discussions 2006, 133, 103 112.


Abdelsayed, V.; Glaspell, G.;  Saoud, K.; Meot-Ner (Mautner), M.; El-Shall, M. S. Nanoparticles in astrochemistry: Synthesis and chracterization of meteorite dust nanoparticles. Astrochemistry: From Laboratory studies to astronomical observation. American Institute of Physics Conference Proceedings 855, R. A. Kaiser et al., editors Melville, N. Y. 2006.


Kennedy, J.; Mautner, M. N.; Barry, A.; Markwitz, A. Microprobe analysis of brine shrimp grown on meteorite extracts. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. B. 2007, 260, 184 - 189. 


 Mautner, M. N. Life-centered ethics, and the human future in space. Bioethics, 2009, 23, 433-440.