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Prof Dhiren Kataria
G19, Mullard Space Science Laboratory
Department of Space and Climate Physics, University College London
Holmbury St. Mary
Tel: 01483 204105
Fax: 01483 204178
  • Professorial Research Associate
  • Dept of Space & Climate Physics
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

After completing his Masters degree at the Saurashtra University in the city of Rajkot in India in 1988, Dhiren Kataria started his research career at the Inter-University Accelerator Centre in New Delhi as a detector physicist. He subsequently spent 15 months at the Michigan State Universityin the USA where he built up expertise in the development of a variety of radiation detectors. On his return to New Delhi, he led the in-house detector development programme from 1990 to 1997 and was responsible for setting up the gas and scintillator detector development laboratory at the IUAC and for the development of a number of detection systems for accelerator based nuclear physics.

In 1997, Dhiren moved to the UK to join the Mullard Space Science Laboratory where he has since been involved with several instrumentation developments for space missions. He is currently Head of the In-situ Detection Systems group and is also the Programme Lead for MSSL’s CubeSat Research Programe. The group is currently developing instrumentation for the Electron Analyser System for ESA’s Solar Orbiter SWA instrument suite, the Light Ion Analyser instrument on the ESA-CAS SMILE mission, the Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer for the DISCOVERER mission, the PEP instrument on ESA’s JUICE mission and a mass spectrometer for the GENESISS experiment, part of ESA’s exobiology facity.

Dhiren’s past mission involvements include Cluster II and the Chinese Double Star missions, contributions on NASA’s Cassini mission, the Asprea ELS instrument on ESA’s Mars and Venus Express missions, and the QB50 and TechDemoSat missions.

Research Summary

Space Instrumentation and In-situ Detection Systems: Co-Principal Investiagtor (Co-PI), Light Ion Analyser, ESA-CAS SMILE mission; Co-Investigator and Suite Instrument Scientist, ESA’s Solar Orbiter SWA instrument suite; PI, ChaPS instrument on UK’s TechDemoSat mission;Technical Lead, UCL-MSSL contribution to PEP instrument on ESA JUICE mission

CubeSat R&D Programme: Work Package Lead for Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer development, QB50 mission; Co-I and Technical Lead, UCLSat space weather CubeSat; Lead Investigator for UCL's contribution, DISCOVERER H2020 project

Multi-disciplinary and applications. Space Weather: Joint Lead, In-situ package, ESA Lagrange Space Weather mission study, PI, SWAN instrument on NASA's (cancelled) Sunjammer mission; Material Science: DISCOVERER H2020 project; Exo-biology: Lead Investigator, GEM instrument, ESA exobiology facility study

Teaching Summary
Space Instrumentation and Applications SPCEG001 (MSc Space Science and Engineering), In-situ section

1-2 MSc. individual project supervision per year
5 PhD students
01-OCT-2017 Professorial Research Fellow Space and Climate Physics University College London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2012 – 30-SEP-2017 Principal Research Fellow Space and Climate Physics University College London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2004 – 30-SEP-2012 Senior Research Fellow Space and Climate Physics University College London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-1997 – 30-SEP-2004 Research Fellow Space and Climate Physics University College London, United Kingdom
15-DEC-1988 – 31-MAR-1990 Visiting Scholar National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory Michigan State University, United States
01-JUL-1988 – 30-JUN-1997 Detector Scientist Detector Laboratory Inter-University Accelerator Centre, New Delhi, India
Academic Background
1987 MSc Master of Science – Nuclear and Particle Physics Saurashtra University, Rajkot
1985 BSc Bachelor of Science – Physics Elphinstone College, Mumbai
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