Kyle N. Crabtree

Professor Kyle Crabtree

Professor Kyle Crabtree

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of Illinois

In the Crabtree group, we are interested in measuring the rates of chemical reactions and energy transfer processes in gas-phase collisions at low temperatures (<150 K), with an emphasis on processes that are relevant for interstellar chemistry and planetary atmospheres. Experimentally, we combine molecular beam methods with laser spectroscopy and state-of-the-art chirped-pulse Fourier transform microwave (CP-FTMW) spectroscopy to initiate and monitor chemistry in controlled collisional environments. The CP-FTMW technique allows us to simultaneously monitor reactant loss, product formation, and excitation with a high degree of selectivity: we can readily discriminate between isomers and even conformers. Our detailed rate data can be directly incorporated into simulations of the chemistry occurring in remote regions of space and in both terrestrial and extraterrestrial atmospheres. We envision strong collaborations with other chemists, astronomers, physicists, and geologists in order to advance understanding of the chemical origins of planets and their atmospheres.
190C Chemistry
(530) 752-6024

Education, Awards and Professional Highlights

  • UC Davis Hellman Fellow (2016)
  • Appointed to UC Davis faculty (2014)
  • CfA Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (2012-14)
  • Ph.D. University of Illinois (2012)
  • NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (2011-12)
  • B.S. Ball State University (2006)

Representative Publications

  • Kyle N. Crabtree, Marat R. Talipov, Oscar Martinez Jr., Gerard D. O’Connor, Sergey L. Khursan, and Michael C. McCarthy. “Detection and structure of HOON: Microwavespectroscopy reveals an O–O bond exceeding 1.9 ̊A”, Science, 2013, 342(6164) 1354–1357. DOI:10.1126/science.1244180.
  • Kyle N. Crabtree, Oscar Martinez Jr., and Michael C. McCarthy. “Detection of two highly-stable silicon nitrides: HSiNSi and H3SiNSi”, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2013, 117(44) 11282–11288. DOI:10.1021/jp4068119.
  • Kyle N. Crabtree, Oscar Martinez, Lou Barreau, Sven Thorwirth, and Michael C. McCarthy. “Microwave detection of sulfoxylic acid (HOSOH)”, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2013, 117(17) 3608–3613. DOI:10.1021/jp400742q.
  • Michael C. McCarthy, Lan Cheng, Kyle N. Crabtree, Oscar Martinez, Jr., Thanh L. Nguyen, Caroline C. Womack, and John F. Stanton. “The simplest Criegee intermediate (H2C−−O−O): Isotopic spectroscopy, equilibrium structure and possible formation from atmospheric lightning”, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2013, 4(23) 4133–4139. DOI:10.1021/jz4023128.
  • Michael C. McCarthy, Oscar Martinez, Kyle N. Crabtree, Valerio Lattanzi, Stewart E. Novick, and Sven Thorwirth. “Detection of nitrogen-protonated nitrous oxide (HNNO+) by rotational spectroscopy”, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2013, 117(39) 9968–9974. DOI:10.1021/jp4002065.
  • Dan Milisavljevic, Raffaella Margutti, Kyle N. Crabtree, Jonathan B. Foster, Alicia M. Soderberg, Robert A. Fesen, Jerod T. Parrent, Nathan E. Sanders, Maria R. Drout, Atish Kamble, Sayan Chakraborti, Timothy E. Pickering, S. Bradley Cenko, Jeffrey M. Silverman, Alexei V. Filippenko, Robert P. Kirshner, Paolo Mazzali, Kaeiichi Maeda, G. H. Howie Marion, Jozsef Vinko, and J. Craig Wheeler. “Interaction between the broad-lined Type Ic supernova 2012ap and carriers of diffuse interstellar bands”, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 2014, 782(1) L5. DOI:10.1088/2041-8205/782/1/L5.
  • Daniel P. Zaleski, Nathan A. Seifert, Amanda L. Steber, Matt T. Muckle, Ryan A. Loomis, Joanna F. Corby, Oscar Martinez, Kyle N. Crabtree, Philip R. Jewell, Jan M. Hollis, Frank J. Lovas, David Vasquez, Jolie Nyiramahirwe, Nicole Sciortino, Kennedy Johnson, Michael C. McCarthy, Anthony J. Remijan, and Brooks H. Pate. “Detection of E-cyanomethanimine toward Sagittarius B2(N) in the Green Bank Telescope Primos survey”, Astrophys. J. Lett., 2013, 765(1) L10. DOI:10.1088/2041-8205/765/1/L10.