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Maitrayee Bose


Bose is an isotope cosmochemist, investigating the chemistry of asteroids and comets to understand how they originated and processes prevalent in small planetary bodies.

She is an assistant professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University and oversees the NanoSIMS (Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer at the nano-scale), part of the National Science Foundation-funded SIMS Facility.

Professor Bose's current interests include:

  • Dust condensed in ancient stars called stardust or presolar dust grains (i.e., material that predates the Solar System)
  •  Organic matter in primitive chondritic meteorites and interplanetary dust particles
  • Volatiles in asteroid regolith and meteorites from Mars, Moon, Vesta, asteroids
  • Ph.D. Physics, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri 2011. Thesis title:  Isotopic and elemental compositions of stardust and protosolar dust grains in primitive meteorites
  • M.A. Physics, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri 2006
  • M.Sc. Physics (specialization Astrophysics), University of Pune, India 2003. Thesis title: Calculation of refractivity structure constant Cn^2 using the Indian Mesosphere-Stratosphere-Troposphere radar in the vicinity of the troposphere.
  • B.Sc. Physics, Fergusson College, Pune, India.Thesis title: Methods employed in the detection of extrasolar planets.
Research Interests

My current research interests include:

  • Isotopic and elemental analyses of dust condensed in ancient stars called stardust or presolar dust grains (i.e., material that predates the Solar System)
  •  Isotopic and molecular information of organic matter in primitive chondritic meteorites and interplanetary dust particles
  • Hydrogen isotopes and water contents of minerals present in meteorites from Mars, Moon, Vesta, and small planetary bodies
  • Isotopic measurements of volatiles (Li, B) in high-temperature, refractory minerals in meteorites
Research Group

If you are a student or a postdoc and are interested in using mass spectrometry to study material from asteroids and comets, please email me at Currently, I have access to numerous pristine carbonaceous meteorites and material from an Asteroid Itokawa, and looking to hire graduate students to study them.


“Rapid cooling and cold storage in the silicic magma reservoir recorded in individual crystals” (2017) Rubin A. E., Cooper K. M., Till C. B., Kent A. J. R., Costa F., Bose M., Gravley D., Deering C., and Cole J. Science 356, 1154-1156. 

“Multi-mode Li diffusion in natural zircons” (2017) Tang M., Rudnick R. L., McDonough W. F., Bose M., Goreva Y. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 474, 110-119.

“Carbon fixation from mineral carbonates” (2017) Guida B. S., Bose M., and Garcia-Pichel F. Nature Communications, Accepted.

“A XANES and Raman investigation of sulfur speciation and structural order in Murchison and Allende meteorites” (2017) Bose M., Root R., and Pizzarello S. Meteoritics and Planetary Science 52, 546–559.

“The long cosmic path of reduced nitrogen towards Earth” (2015) Pizzarello S and Bose M. The Astrophysical Journal, 814, 107-114.

“Assessment of alteration processes on circumstellar and interstellar grains in QUE 97416” (2014) Bose M., Zega T. J., and Williams P. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 399, 128-138.

“Stardust investigation into the CR chondrite GRV 021710” (2013) Xuchao Z., Floss C., Yangtin L., and Bose M. The Astrophysical Journal 769, 49-65.

“Circumstellar and interstellar material in the CO3 chondrite ALHA77307: An isotopic and elemental investigation” (2012) Bose M., Floss C., Stadermann F. J., Stroud R., and Speck A. K. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 93, 77-101.

“Stardust material in the paired enstatite chondrites: SAH 97096 and SAH 97159” (2010) Bose M., Zhao X., Floss C., Stadermann F. J., and Lin Y. Proceedings of Nuclei in the cosmos XI, NIC XI_138.

“An Investigation into the origin of Fe-rich presolar silicates in Acfer 094” (2010) Bose M., Floss C., and Stadermann F. J. The Astrophysical Journal 714, 1624–1636.

“The use of Auger spectroscopy for the in situ elemental characterization of sub-micrometer presolar grains” (2009) Stadermann F. J., Floss C., Bose M., and Lea A. S. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 44, 1033–1049.

“Circumstellar Fe oxide from the Acfer 094 carbonaceous chondrite” (2008) Floss C., Stadermann F. J., and Bose M. Astrophysical Journal 672, 1266–1271.

Research Activity
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 494Special Topics
SES 499Individualized Instruction
SES 598Special Topics
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
AST 111Intro/Solar Systems Astronomy
SES 499Individualized Instruction
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 494Special Topics
SES 499Individualized Instruction
SES 591Seminar
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 494Special Topics
SES 598Special Topics

Spring 2018: SES494/SES598 “Stardust in Meteorites”

Class: F | 10:45-11:45 a.m. | PSH 450

Our solar system did not form from a well-mixed, homogenized gaseous reservoir but contains variable amounts of supernova ejecta and circumstellar materials, which can be identified in meteorites. This hybrid lecture-seminar course will involve a discussion of stellar evolution and nucleosynthesis, with an emphasis on understanding the isotopic compositions of nucleosynthetic remnants. We will explore the nature of nucleosynthetic reactions that occurs in stars, and how this affects the compositions of the regions where grains condense. This course will focus on dust grains that condense in the atmospheres of Red Giant and Asymptotic Giant Branch stars as well as Supernova and Nova explosions.


Fall 2017: SES494/SES598 “Water in the Solar System”

Class: MWF 10:45-11:35 a.m. PSH 450

This course will follow NASA’s prior Mars exploration strategy ‘Follow the Water’, and examine the state of knowledge about water and hydrogen isotope fractionation in planets and small planetary bodies in our Solar System. The course seeks to use the distribution of water and hydrogen isotopes as a tracer that provides clues to conditions, events, and physical processes during and subsequent to the formation of planets. The course will focus on the laboratory measurements in samples from Earth, Mars, moon, comets and asteroids including Vesta. Comparisons to remote-sensing observations of water-bearing minerals in these planetary bodies as well as others, such as Ceres, Europa, and Enceladus will also be undertaken.
Students in the astronomical sciences who are eager to learn about remote observations of water in planets and their implications; students in the geological sciences keen to know more about the distribution of water-bearing minerals at local and global scales on surfaces of planets and satellites; and students in the planetary sciences hoping to get an insight into the aqueous processes that shaped the surfaces and interiors of solar system objects can gain something useful from this course.

Honors / Awards
  • NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship, 2007-2010
  • Brian Mason Award, `Meteorite’ Magazine and the International Collectors Association, 2008
  • Dandevate Prize Fergusson College, India, 2000
Professional Associations

The Meteoritical Society, Arizona Imaging & Microanalysis Society

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History

High-School Mentees from Bellaire High School, TX for NASA's Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students (ExMASS) program: (1) Team of 2015-16: Team led by Michelle Tang (now at Massachusetts Institute of Technology) (2) Team of 2014-15 won the ExMASS award among 11 teams, Team led by Jennifer Wang (now at Wellesley College)

Work History

(1) School of Molecular Sciences, Arizona State University, Assistant Research Professor 2015-2017 (2) School of Molecular Sciences, Arizona State University, Postdoctoral Research Scholar 2011-2015 (Advisor: Dr. Peter Williams)