My research focuses on the physics and chemistry of materials at conditions of extremely high pressures and temperatures. In geophysical research, high-pressure science illuminates the composition and dynamics of Earth and planetary interiors, while in chemistry and materials science our lab harnesses the same extreme conditions found deep inside planets to explore new phase space, forging compounds with novel chemistry or functional properties. Mineral physics integrates information about the composition, structure, and physical properties of materials to understand geophysical processes and geochemical cycling. Looking deep inside the mantle with experiments, volcanic samples, and seismological observations, I am searching for clues to the origin and distribution of water on Earth.

Awards and Achievements

  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award

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