Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



Nir Goldman

Staff Scientist
Materials Science Division


 +1 925-422-3994


DegreeDiscipline/InstitutionYear
Ph.D. Physical Chemistry
University of California at Berkeley
2003
B.S. Chemistry
Yale University
1997

Research Interests

Development of novel semi-empirical approaches for quantum mechanical simulations of chemical reactivity within condensed matter; Astrobiological synthesis of life-building compounds under extreme thermodynamic conditions; Modeling of laser-driven dynamic compression experiments related to high pressure-temperature materials properties.

Honors and Awards

  • 2004 Outstanding Poster Presentation, Chemistry and Material Science Postdoc Symposium, LLNL, title: "Simulations of Water under the Extreme Conditions of Planetary Interiors."
  • 2005 Harold C. Graboske Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Research, Chemistry and Material Science Directorate, LLNL
  • 2009 Chemical Sciences Division SPOT Award, For Excellence in Publication, "Nitrogen-Rich Heterocycles as Reactivity Retardants in Shocked Insensitive Explosives", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 131, 5483 (2009).
  • 2009 Physical and Life Sciences Directorate Award, citation: "For contributions to understanding TATB reactions and conducting State-of-the-art first principles simulations".
  • 2009 Physical and Life Sciences Directorate Award, For Excellence in Publication, "Catalytic Behavior of Dense Hot Water", Nature Chemistry, 1, 57 (2009).
  • 2011 Physical and Life Sciences Directorate Award, For Excellence in Publication, "Synthesis of Glycine-Containing Complexes in Impacts of Comets on Early Earth", Nature Chemistry, 1, 57 (2010).
  • 2013 Physical and Life Sciences Directorate Award, For Excellence in Publication, "Prebiotic Chemistry Within a Simple Impacting Icy Mixture", Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 117, 5124 (2013).

Selected Publications

L. Koziol and N. Goldman, "Prebiotic hydrocarbon synthesis in impacting reduced astrophysical icy mixtures", Astrophysical Journal, 803, 91 (2015)

N. Goldman, "Multi-center semi-empirical quantum models for carbon under extreme thermodynamic conditions", Chem. Phys. Lett., 622, 128 (2015). (cover article)

S. Goverapet Srinivasan, N. Goldman, I. Tamblyn, S. Hamel, M. Gaus, "A Density Functional Tight Binding Model with an Extended Basis Set and Three-body Repulsion for Hydrogen Under Extreme Conditions", J. Phys. Chem. A, 118, 5520 (2014).

N. Ileri and N. Goldman, "Graphene and nano-diamond synthesis in expansions of molten liquid carbon", J. Chem. Phys., 141, 164709 (2014).

N. Goldman and S. Bastea, "Nitrogen Oxides as a Chemistry Trap in Detonating Oxygen-Rich Materials", J. Phys. Chem. A, 118, 2897 (2014).

Z. Martins, M. C. Price, N. Goldman, M. A. Sephton, and M. J. Burchell, "Shock synthesis of prebiotic amino acids from an impacting icy planet surface analogue", Nature Geosciences, 6, 1045 (2013).

M. R. Armstrong, J. M. Zaug, N. Goldman, I-F. W. Kuo, J. C. Crowhurst, W. M. Howard, J. A. Carter, M. Kashgarian, J. M. Chesser, T. W. Barbee, and Sorin Bastea, "Control of reactivity via ultrafast compression rates", J. Phys. Chem. A, 117, 13051 (2013). (cover article)

N. Goldman and I. Tamblyn, "Prebiotic Chemistry Within a Simple Impacting Icy Mixture", J. Phys. Chem. A, 117, 5124 (2013). (cover article)

N. Goldman, S. Goverapet Srinivasan, S. Hamel, L. E. Fried, M. Gaud, M. Elstner, "Determination of a Density Functional Tight Binding Model with an Extended Basis Set and Three-body Repulsion for Carbon Under Extreme Pressures and Temperatures", J. Phys. Chem. C, 117, 7885 (2013).

N. Goldman, E. J. Reed, L. E. Fried, I-F. W. Kuo and A. Maiti, "Synthesis of Glycine-Containing Complexes in Impacts of Comets on Early Earth", Nature Chem., 2, 949 (2010).


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