Asmaa Boujibar

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I (she/her) am an assistant professor at Western Washington University. I study planet formation and the chemistry of raw materials from which planets form.

I use various techniques, including laboratory experiments, numerical modeling and big data analytics. By performing experiments at high pressure and temperature and numerical modeling, I replicate the differentiation of planets into core, mantle and crust. I also use machine learning algorithms to evaluate the classification of meteorites and their components.

The purpose of my research is to better understand the structure and chemical compositions of planetary interiors, the evolution of the oxidation state, thermal history and dynamics of the Earth and other terrestrial planets of our Solar System and beyond.

By comparing chemical compositions of laboratory samples with those of meteorites and data from remote sensing, I contribute to understanding the evolution of the early inner Solar System, such as dynamical mixing of planetary embryos and volatile delivery.

In addition, I use machine learning algorithms to evaluate the classification of meteorites and their components, such as presolar grains. This work enables the discovery of hidden trends on a high dimensionality and better understand stellar evolution, the Galactic chemical evolution, the solar nebula and protoplanetary disk.

Research Interests

  • Accretion and differentiation of Earth and terrestrial planets

  • Evolution of the oxidation state during planetary differentiation

  • Internal structure and thermal evolution of terrestrial planets

  • Exoplanets, comparative planetology and habitability

  • Meteorites, nebular and parent body processes

  • Nucleosynthesis, stellar evolution and Galactic chemical evolution

  • High pressure and temperature experiments

  • Thermodynamic modelling of chemical equilibria

  • Machine learning, big data analytics