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dr. S.E. (Selma) de Mink

  • Faculty of Science
  • Visiting address
    Science Park A
    Science Park 904  Amsterdam
    Room number: C4.136
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  94249
    1090 GE  Amsterdam
    T: 0205258339
    T: 0205257491


Selma de Mink is a MacGillavry Assistant Professor and PI of the ERC starting grant program BinCosmos. De Mink joint the faculty in 2014 after spending time in the US as a Hubble Fellow at NASA’s Space Telescope Science Institute and Johns Hopkins University (2010-2013) and an Einstein/Princeton Lyman Spitzer Fellow at Carnegie Observatories and the California Institute for Technology. Recent awards include a Marie Curie Fellowship (2015), a Beller Lectureship awarded by the American Physical Society (2017) and the MERAC early career award in theoretical astrophysics awarded by the European Astronomical Society (2017).


De Mink’s is an expert in the evolution of massive stars and is especially interested in how two stars interact in binary systems. She focusses on the complex physical processes as well as the broad implication for chemical enrichment, feedback and the diversity of explosive transients that mark the death of massive stars. Her background lies in theory and computation, but she is deeply involved in various observing programs and PI of program with the Hubble space telescope and ALMA. Recent high impact work includes the progenitors of binary black holes as gravitational wave sources.


Massive stars, Interacting binaries, Gravitational wave sources, supernova and gamma-ray burst progenitors, stellar feedback, chemical enrichment, epoch of reionization.


  • Garland, R., Dufton, P. L., Evans, C. J., Crowther, P. A., Howarth, I. D., de Koter, A., ... Vink, J. S. (2017). The VLT-FLAMES Tarantula Survey: XXVII. Physical parameters of B-type main-sequence binary systems in the Tarantula nebula. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 603, [A91]. DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201629982  [details] 
  • Zapartas, E., de Mink, S. E., Van Dyk, S. D., Fox, O. D., Smith, N., Bostroem, K. A., ... Ryder, S. (2017). Predicting the Presence of Companions for Stripped-envelope Supernovae: The Case of the Broad-lined Type Ic SN 2002ap. Astrophysical Journal, 842(2), 125. DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aa7467 
  • Adamo, A., Ryon, J. E., Messa, M., Kim, H., Grasha, K., Cook, D. O., ... Zackrisson, E. (2017). Legacy ExtraGalactic UV Survey with The Hubble Space Telescope: Stellar Cluster Catalogs and First Insights Into Cluster Formation and Evolution in NGC 628. Astrophysical Journal, 841(2), 131. DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aa7132 
  • Zapartas, E., de Mink, S. E., Izzard, R. G., Yoon, S-C., Badenes, C., Götberg, Y., ... Shrotriya, T. S. (2017). Delay-time distribution of core-collapse supernovae with late events resulting from binary interaction. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 601. DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201629685 
  • Sabín-Sanjulián, C., Simón-Díaz, S., Herrero, A., Puls, J., Schneider, F. R. N., Evans, C. J., ... Walborn, N. R. (2017). The VLT-FLAMES Tarantula Survey. XXVI. Properties of the O-dwarf population in 30 Doradus. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 601. DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201629210 
  • de Mink, S. E., & King, A. (2017). Electromagnetic Signals Following Stellar-mass Black Hole Mergers. Astrophysical Journal Letters, 839(1). DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/aa67f3 
  • Grin, N. J., Ramírez-Agudelo, O. H., de Koter, A., Sana, H., Puls, J., Brott, I., ... Walborn, N. R. (2017). The VLT-FLAMES Tarantula Survey. XXV. Surface nitrogen abundances of O-type giants and supergiants. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 600. DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201629225 
  • Bastian, N., Cabrera-Ziri, I., Niederhofer, F., de Mink, S., Georgy, C., Baade, D., ... Romaniello, M. (2017). A high fraction of Be stars in young massive clusters: evidence for a large population of near-critically rotating stars. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 465(4), 4795-4799. DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stw3042 
  • Almeida, L. A., Sana, H., Taylor, W., Barbá, R., Bonanos, A. Z., Crowther, P., ... Vink, J. S. (2017). The Tarantula Massive Binary Monitoring. I. Observational campaign and OB-type spectroscopic binaries. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 598. DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201629844 
  • Margutti, R., Kamble, A., Milisavljevic, D., Zapartas, E., de Mink, S. E., Drout, M. R., ... Harrison, F. (2017). Ejection of the Massive Hydrogen-rich Envelope Timed with the Collapse of the Stripped SN 2014C. Astrophysical Journal, 835(2), 140. DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/835/2/140 
  • Shenar, T., Richardson, N. D., Sablowski, D. P., Hainich, R., Sana, H., Moffat, A. F. J., ... Ulaczyk, K. (2017). The Tarantula Massive Binary Monitoring. II. First SB2 orbital and spectroscopic analysis for the Wolf-Rayet binary R145. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 598. DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201629621 


  • de Mink, S. E., & Mandel, I. (2016). The chemically homogeneous evolutionary channel for binary black hole mergers: rates and properties of gravitational-wave events detectable by advanced LIGO. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 460(4), 3545-3553. DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stw1219 
  • Crowther, P. A., Caballero-Nieves, S. M., Bostroem, K. A., Maíz Apellániz, J., Schneider, F. R. N., Walborn, N. R., ... Vink, J. S. (2016). The R136 star cluster dissected with Hubble Space Telescope/STIS. I. Far-ultraviolet spectroscopic census and the origin of He II λ1640 in young star clusters. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 458(1), 624-659. DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stw273 
  • Maccarone, T. J., & de Mink, S. E. (2016). Large proper motion of the Thorne-Żytkow object candidate HV 2112 reveals its likely nature as foreground Galactic S-star. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters, 458(1). DOI: 10.1093/mnrasl/slw004 
  • Mandel, I., & de Mink, S. E. (2016). Merging binary black holes formed through chemically homogeneous evolution in short-period stellar binaries. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 458(3), 2634-2647. DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stw379 
  • Wofford, A., Charlot, S., Bruzual, G., Eldridge, J. J., Calzetti, D., Adamo, A., ... Zackrisson, E. (2016). A comprehensive comparative test of seven widely used spectral synthesis models against multi-band photometry of young massive-star clusters. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 457(4), 4296-4322. DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stw150 
  • Niederhofer, F., Bastian, N., Kozhurina-Platais, V., Hilker, M., de Mink, S. E., Cabrera-Ziri, I., ... Ercolano, B. (2016). Controversial age spreads from the main sequence turn-off and red clump in intermediate-age clusters in the LMC. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 586. DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201526484 
  • Van Dyk, S. D., de Mink, S. E., & Zapartas, E. (2016). Constraints on the Binary Companion to the SN Ic 1994I Progenitor. Astrophysical Journal, 818(1), 75. DOI: 10.3847/0004-637X/818/1/75 
  • Sabbi, E., Lennon, D. J., Anderson, J., Cignoni, M., van der Marel, R. P., Zaritsky, D., ... Zeidler, P. (2016). Hubble Tarantula Treasury Project. III. Photometric Catalog and Resulting Constraints on the Progression of Star Formation in the 30 Doradus Region. The Astrophysical Journal. Supplement Series, 222(1), 11. DOI: 10.3847/0067-0049/222/1/11 


  • Ramírez-Agudelo, O. H., Simón-Díaz, S., Sana, H., de Koter, A., Sabín-Sanjulián, C., de Mink, S. E., ... Vink, J. S. (2013). The VLT-FLAMES Tarantula Survey. XII. Rotational velocities of the single O-type stars. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 560, A29. DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201321986  [details] 


  • Kamble, A., Margutti, R., Alexander, K., Berger, E., Cantiello, M., Challis, P., ... Zauderer, A. (2016). VLA observations of SN 2016bau of Type Ib in NGC 3631. The astronomer's telegram, 8911.


  • Calzetti, D., Johnson, K. E., Adamo, A., Gallagher, J. S., Andrews, J. E., Smith, L. J., ... Tosi, M. (2016). Bright Young Star Clusters in NGC5253 with LEGUS.


  • de Mink, S.E. (2017): EAS MERAC Prize for Theoretical Astrophysics.
  • de Mink, S.E. (2017): Beller Lectureship.
  • de Mink, S.E. (2017): NWO VIDI.
  • de Mink, S.E. (2016): ERC Starting Grant.

Media appearance

  • de Mink, Selma (12-04-2017): Supercomputer Cartesius mag een tandje erbij [Print] Financieel Dagblad. Supercomputer Cartesius mag een tandje erbij.

Talk / presentation

  • de Mink, S.E. (speaker) & Straal, S.M. (speaker) (26-10-2016): Beta in de binnenstad, Spui 25.
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