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Frank J. Lovas

Research interests:

The measurement and assignment of radio frequency, microwave and infra-red spectra of low to high temperature species.

Research objectives:

Molecular structure studies of transient species, and van der Waals or hydrogen-bonded complexes and studies of isolated molecules of particular interest to radioastronomy in interstellar and circumstellar clouds. Primary spectroscopic instruments employed are Fourier transform microwave spectrometers using supersonic nozzles and electric discharges.


Gold Medal Award, Department of Commerce, 1977.

George van Biesbroeck Prize from the American Astronomical Society, 1998.

Current research interest:

GBT telescope used for searches of astronomical molecules


Scientist Emeritus
Sensor Science Division
Optical Radiation Group

Employment History:

1970-present, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD

1968-1970, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany


Ph.D.  Physical Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

B.S.  Professional Chemistry, University of Detroit, Detroit, MI


Phone: 301-975-2385
Email: lovas@nist.gov
Fax: 301-869-5700