Frank Gyngard

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Frank Gyngard
Laboratory for Space Sciences
Physics Department, CB 1105
Washington University
1 Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899, USA

Ph.D., Washington University, 2009

Compton 471

(314) 935-6225

(314) 935-6219

Frank’s research interests are focused on multi-element isotopic studies of presolar grains. Specifically, he has worked to determine, for the first time, the cosmic ray exposure ages of individual grains by measuring Li isotopic ratios in presolar SiC grains.


Gyngard F., Zinner E., Nittler L. R., Morgand A., Stadermann F. J., and Hynes K. M. (2010). Automated NanoSIMS measurements of spinel stardust from the Murray meteorite. Astrophys. J. 717, 107-120.

Gyngard F., Nittler L. R., Zinner E., and Jose J. (2010). Oxygen-rich stardust grains from novae. Proceedings of the International Symposium "Nuclei in the Cosmos - XI",  Proceedings of Science, PoS(NIC-XI), 141.

Selected Publications

Along with Larry Nittler, Frank has been involved in the development of an automated measurement system for the NanoSIMS ion microprobe that is being used to search for ultra-rare presolar grains. He plans to continue to apply micro-analytical techniques to search for grains with isotopic and elemental compositions that push the limits of our current understanding of nucleosynthesis and galactic chemical evolution in stars.

With the help of Tim Smolar, he is also in charge of directing the day-to-day operation of the group’s NanoSIMS. And on rainy days with nothing else to do, he sometimes even thinks about isotopes in organic material from meteorites, IDPs, and comets.