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: Technical Writer, Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Research Area: BioTech
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I am a technical writer for Thermo Fisher Scientific, whose slogan is, "the world leader in serving science." Thermo serves all facets of science, but specializes in the biosciences. I am proud to help users understand the software tools they use to keep the world in good health and save lives.


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