Napoleon Pempena VII

Position
Graduate Student
Role
High-Pressure Mineral Physics Laboratory
Title
Geophysics
Office Phone
Office
B86 Guyot Hall
Bio/Description

Title: Graduate Student

Area(s): Geophysics

Group: High-Pressure Mineral Physics Laboratory

Research Summary: At UCLA, I conducted research on the role of brines in the dissolution of rocks and mass transfer in Earth’s deep crust. I used the piston cylinder apparatus to characterize the effects of potassic fluids on the solubility of quartz, an analog for Earth’s bulk crust.

I am now transitioning to high pressure mineral physics where I will be using dynamic compression techniques to study matter at extreme conditions like those found in the core of Earth and exoplanets. I hope to contribute to deepening our understanding of planetary formation and evolution while exploring novel properties of high pressure materials.

Keywords: mineral physics, geophysics, planetary science