Osazonamen Igbinosun

Dr. Osazonamen Igbinosun is a postdoctoral scholar in the Applied Low Temperature Physics Group in Section 382.  Her current research involves developing approaches for the extraction of volatiles from planetary simulants using electromagnetic radiation, specifically focusing on water vapor extraction at microwave and radio frequencies at low pressure and low temperature conditions.  Dr. Igbinosun came to JPL in October 2019 from the University of Washington where she earned her dual-titled Doctoral degree in Aeronautics & Astronautics and Astrobiology in 2019 and a Master of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics (Concentration area:  Fluids) in 2015.  At the University of Washington, Dr. Igbinosun managed the Mars Environmental Simulation Facility (MESF) in the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics.  There, she updated the facility to include instrumentation to analyze the complex permittivity of planetary simulants in extreme environments, namely the surface environment of Mars.  Her dissertation research focused on characterizing the interaction between microwave radiation and Mars analog soils to investigate subsurface water extraction utilizing dielectric heating.  Prior to her graduate studies in aerospace engineering, Dr. Igbinosun completed a Master of Science degree in Earth and Space Sciences (2013) specializing in internal reflection spectroscopy techniques for optical sensor systems.  Dr. Igbinosun’s astrobiological research included screening crop and transgenic plant growth in Lunar and Mars simulant soils inoculated with willow/poplar endophytes to determine growth inhibitions that may occur within terrestrial plants exposed to metallic-rich soil mediums similar to soils observed on the surface of the Moon and Mars. 


  • Ph.D. (Aerospace Engineering & Astrobiology), Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Washington
  • M.S. (Aerospace Engineering), Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Washington
  • M.S. (Planetary Science), Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington
  • B.S. (Astrophysics), Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester

Research Interests: 


  • ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization)
  • Dielectric heating (Microwave and RF) of soils for water extraction

Selected Awards: 
  • Frank L. and Charlotte R. Bradley Scholarship Fund, 2018
  • Fred Eastman Endowed Fellowship in Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2018
  • George and Anita Snyder Endowed Fellowship, 2018
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Region J Scholarship, 2016-2019
  • California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Space Challenge First Place Award (team), 2013
  • Space Resources Roundtable and Planetary Mining Sciences Symposium (SRR-PTMSS) Student Scholarship, 2012
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRFP), 2011-2016
  • Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT) via University of Washington’s Graduate Certificate Program in Astrobiology, 2010
  • Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) Bank of America Fellowship, 2010 and 2018
  • Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Scholarship, 1999-2003

Selected Publications: 
  1. Igbinosun, O., Bruckner, A., Wood, S. “In Situ Measurements of Water Content for Sub-surface Planetary Applications using Near-Infrared Internal Reflection Spectroscopy (IRS) with a Multimode Optical Fiber,” Applied Spectroscopy, 74(2), 2020.
  2. Andrews, Dana, Bonner, K.D, Butterworth, A.W., Calvert, H.R., Dagang, B.R.H., Dimond, K.G., Eckenroth, L.G., Erickson, J.M., Gilbertson, B.A., Gompertz, N.R., Igbinosun, O.J., et al. “Defining a successful commercial asteroid mining program,” Acta Astronautica, 108, 2015.
  3. Price, J., Tanner, M., Krishnamoorthy, S., Chadwick, A., Dahir, A., Thomas, C., Igbinosun, O.J., et al. “A Design Proposal for Asaph-1: A Human Mission to Phobos,” Journal of Space Operations, 11(2), 2014.
  4. Igbinosun, O. J., Wood, S. E., Bruckner, A. P., “Interfacial Water as a Mars ISRU Objective: Detection of Microscopic Water Using Fiber Optic Sensors,” Paper AIAA 2013-0437, 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Grapevine, TX, January 7-10, 2013.
  5. Igbinosun, O., and Wood, S., “Interfacial Water as an ISRU Objective: A Proposed Investigation with Internal Reflectance Spectroscopy,” Space Resources Roundtable and Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, June 4-7, 2012.
  6. Igbinosun, O., and Wood, S., “Adsorbed Water: A Potential Habitat for Microbial Life on Mars,” Astrobiology Science Conference, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, April 16-20, 2012.




Osazonamen Igbinosun
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