Sarah Palaich Heffern

  • Program Years: 2013-2016
  • Academic Institution: University of California, Los Angeles
  • Field of Study: Geochemistry
  • Academic Advisor: Abby Kavner
  • Practicum(s):
    Los Alamos National Laboratory (2015)
  • Degree(s):
    PhD, Geochemistry, UCLA, 2016
    MS, Geochemistry, UCLA, 2013
    B.S. Physics and Astronomy, Vassar College, 2008

Current Status

  • Status: NPI Science Writer/Technical Marketer, Thorlabs, Colorado
  • Research Area: Geochemistry
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Arlein, J.L., Palaich, S.E.M., Daly, B.C., Subramonium, P. and Antonelli, G.A. Optical pump-probe measurements of sound velocity and thermal conductivity of hydrogenated amorphous carbon films. Journal of Applied Physics, 2008.

Palaich, S.E.M., Manning, C., Schauble, E. and Kavner, A. Spectroscopic and X-ray diffraction investigation of the behavior of hanksite and tychite at high pressures, and a model for the compressibility of sulfate minerals. American Mineralogist, 98, 1543-1549.

Palaich, S.E.M., Heffern, R.A., Watenphul, A., Knight, J. and Kavner, A. High-pressure compressibility and phase stability of Mn-dolomite (kutnohorite). American Mineralogist, 100, 2015.

Palaich, S.E.M., Heffern, R.A., Hanfland, M., Lausi, A., Kavner, A., Manning, C.E., and Merlini, M. High-Pressure Compressibility and Thermal Expansion of aragonite. American Mineralogist, July 1 2016.

Caporuscio, F., Palaich, S.E.M., Cheshire, M.C., and Jove Colon, C.F. Corrosion of copper and authigenic sulfide mineral growth in hydrothermal bentonite experiments. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 485, 2017.


Graduated with honors in physics, Vassar College, May 2009
Inducted into Sigma Xi, Vassar College, May 2009
Truex Fellow, UCLA, Fall 2011