Kanani K. M. Lee is a staff physicist in LLNL’s High Pressure Physics group, where she studies a broad range of topics to understand materials’ response at high-pressure and high-temperature conditions. This work includes research on melting, phase relations, and equations of state, in particular their implications for planetary interiors. Areas of emphasis include the role of chemistry in influencing materials and their thermodynamic states, and the determination of temperatures at simultaneous high pressures.
Dr. Lee applies experimental and computational techniques to address these topics, including synchrotron x-ray diffraction; two-dimensional multiwavelength imaging radiometry; spectroscopic methods; and electron microscopy.
She received her B.S. in physics from the University of San Francisco in 1999, and her Ph.D. in geology and geophysics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2003. Before Kanani joined LLNL in 2019 as a research physicist, she was on the faculty in the Department of Physics at New Mexico State University (2006–2008) and in the Department of Geology & Geophysics at Yale University (2008–2019).