Research


Dynamic Compression 
I use dynamic compression to study the behavior of materials at high pressures and temperatures. These studies are relevant to understanding shock metamorphism in samples from natural impact sites and characterizing the phase stability of materials at conditions of planetary interiors. By coupling established dynamic compression techniques with pulsed x-ray sources this work provides real-time information about atomic-level deformation and phase transitions for materials subjected to dynamic loading.




Diamond Anvil Cell
I use diamond-anvil cells combined with synchrotron x-ray scattering to investigate the crystal structure, lattice dynamics, and spin state of materials under static high-pressure and temperature conditions. This includes studies carried out at variable temperature and pressure conditions for systems ranging from next-generation battery materials to materials of geophysical importance.