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Dr. Sugata Tan

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Senior Scientist

Currently resides in WY
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Areas of Expertise
Targets: Icy satellites, Pluto, Titan
Disciplines/Techniques: Numerical modeling
Missions: Cassini, New Horizons

Research Interests

Dr. Sugata Tan’s research interests focus on the development of thermodynamic equations of state for atmospheres, ices, and materials relevant to outer solar system objects, such as the satellites of Saturn and KBOs. His studies include examination of planetary cryogenic phase equilibria and aqueous solution thermodynamics. Dr. Tan is currently funded by the NASA Outer Planets Research Project to develop and derive cryogenic equations of state (EOS) to provide comprehensive phase equilibria for a wide variety of chemicals, at a wide range of low temperatures and pressures, where fluids and solid solutions may occur in multiple-phase equilibria. This work has provided insight in describing Titan’s atmosphere, condensates from this atmosphere, and resulting surface liquids.

Professional History

Dr. Tan received his PhD in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering in 2004 from the University of Wyoming and subsequently became a Research Professor. Prior to that he was a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Surabaya, Indonesia. Since 2006 he was also a private consultant on fluid-phase and fluid-solid-phase equilibria. Dr. Tan joined PSI in 2011.

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