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: Chemistry Teacher at Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST): Byers
  • Research Area: Geochemistry
  • Personal URL: http://www.palaich.net

Publications

Papers

• 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.
Conferences

• Palaich, S.EM. and Daly, B.C. Modeling Nanoscale Heat Flow. Proceedings of the COMSOL Conference, 2008. (Talk and Poster)
• Palaich, S.E.M. and Kavner, A. Deep Sulfate: Insight into the high-pressure behavior of hanksite via Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Abstract #1484523, December 2012.
• Palaich S.E.M., Heffern, R.A., Watenphul, A., Beavers, C. and Kavner, A. High pressure x-ray diffraction study of Mn-bearing dolomite, kutnohorite. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, accepted Abstract #1810462, December 2013.
• Palaich S.E.M., Makhluf, A., Tulk, C., Molaison, J., Guthrie, M., Kavner, A., and Manning, C.E. Structure and Thermal Behavior of CO2-IV at 18 GPa from 300-625 K. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, accepted Abstract #27428, December 2014.
• Palaich, S.E.M., Heffern, R.A., Kavner, A., Manning, C.E., Merlini, M., Hanfland, M., and Lausi, A. High-Pressure Compressibility and Thermal Expansion of aragonite. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, accepted Abstract ID 80217, December 2015.
• Santamaria-Perez, D., Palaich, S.E.M., and Kavner, A. Exploring the Phase Diagram SiO2-CO2 at High Pressures and Temperatures. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, accepted Abstract ID 82829, December 2015.

Awards

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