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  • Exochemistry: Physics and Chemistry of the Solar System and the Interstellar Medium

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Professor in Astrophysics at the University of Manchester


Previous appointments

 2010-2015 Director of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics , The University of Manchester

 1997-2004  Lecturer/Reader, UMIST, Manchester

1992-1997 Fellow/international staff member, European Southern Observatory

1991  Senior Research Fellow, South Africa Astronomical Observatory

1987-1989 PhD student, University of Groningen

1985-1989 PhD student National Radio Astronomy Observatory, USA 


Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, Department of Physics & Astronomy

Research interests

 Late stages of stellar evolution: mass loss, circumstellar matter; AGB stars; Planetary nebulae; Nearby galaxies

 Techniques: Observational astronomy: infrared, optical, radio. 

Facilities: VLT, VLTI, Spitzer Space Telescope, VLA  

Outputs: 293 refereed journal papers, 678 outputs in total (as of June 2018)


Research interests


Evolved stars; stellar winds; planetary nebulae; stellar population; space dust

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, A radio study of Planetary Nebulae, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (University of Groningen)

Award Date: 15 Sept 1989

External positions

Hung Hing Ying Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Hong Kong

1 Oct 201630 Sept 2022


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  • A Catalogue of Planetary Nebulae Chemical Abundances in the Galactic Bulge

    Tan, S., Parker, Q. A., Zijlstra, A. A. & Rees, B., 1 Jan 2024, In: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 527, p. 6363–6387

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  • ATOMIUM: Molecular inventory of 17 oxygen-rich evolved stars observed with ALMA

    Wallström, S. H. J., Danilovich, T., Müller, H. S. P., Gottlieb, C. A., Maes, S., Van de Sande, M., Decin, L., Richards, A., Baudry, A., Bolte, J., Ceulemans, T., Ceuster, F. D., De Koter, A., El Mellah, I., Esseldeurs, M., Etoka, S., Gobrecht, D., Gottlieb, E., Gray, M., Herpin, F., & 19 othersJeste, M., Kee, D., Kervella, P., Khouri, T., Lagadec, E., Malfait, J., Malfait, J., Mcdonald, I., Menten, K. M., Millar, T. J., Montargès, M., Nuth, J. A., Plane, J. M. C., Price, D., Sahai, R., Waters, L. B. F. M., Wong, K. T., Yates, J. & Zijlstra, A., 9 Jan 2024, In: Astronomy & Astrophysics. 681, 41 p., A50.

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  • Chemical tracers of a highly eccentric AGB–main-sequence star binary

    Danilovich, T., Malfait, J., Van de sande, M., Montargès, M., Kervella, P., De ceuster, F., Coenegrachts, A., Millar, T. J., Richards, A. M. S., Decin, L., Gottlieb, C. A., Pinte, C., De beck, E., Price, D. J., Wong, K. T., Bolte, J., Menten, K. M., Baudry, A., De koter, A., Etoka, S., & 15 othersGobrecht, D., Gray, M., Herpin, F., Jeste, M., Lagadec, E., Maes, S., Mcdonald, I., Marinho, L., Müller, H. S. P., Pimpanuwat, B., Plane, J. M. C., Sahai, R., Wallström, S. H. J., Yates, J. & Zijlstra, A., 3 Jan 2024, In: Nature Astronomy.

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  • SMC-Last Extracted Photometry

    Kuchar, T. A., Sloan, G. C., Mizuno, D. R., Kraemer, K. E., Boyer, M. L., Groenewegen, M. A. T., Jones, O. C., Kemper, F., Mcdonald, I., Oliveira, J. M., Sewiło, M., Srinivasan, S., Van loon, J. T. & Zijlstra, A., 1 Apr 2024, In: The Astronomical Journal. 167, 4, 149.

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  • The MeerKAT 1.3 GHz Survey of the Small Magellanic Cloud

    Cotton, W., Filipovic, M. D., Camilo, F., Indebetouw, R., Alsaberi, R. Z. E., Anih, J. O., Baker, M., Bastian, T. . S., Bojicic, I., Carli, E., Cavallaro, F., Crawford, E. J., Dai, S., Haberl, F., Levin, L., Luken, K., Pennock, C. . M., Rajabpour, N., Stappers, B. W., Loon, J. T. V., & 5 othersZijlstra, A. A., Buchner, S., Geyer, M., Goedhart, S. & Serylak, M., 19 Jan 2024, (Accepted/In press) In: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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