ENKI users are engaged in a variety of interesting research projects.

Jenna Adams

Jenna Adams

Traditionally, calibrating new crystalline solution activity-composition models, an essential component to phase equilibria calculations in the MELTS family of phase equilibria codes, has been an extremely tedious and time-consuming process. In collaboration with co-PI Aaron Wolf, my ENKI-related work focuses on using Jupyter notebooks to create an automated system that aims to make calibrating new thermodynamic activity-composition solution models much easier and more accessible to the many model users in the earth and planetary science community. My particular motivation for doing this is that my research endeavors to better understand the genesis of ocean island lavas and involves rigorous use of thermodynamic, phase equilibria models, like MELTS and MCS (Magma Chamber Simulator). Garnet-rich lithologies in the source regions of ocean island lavas likely play an important role in controlling major and trace element signatures we see in oceanic island ("hotspot") lavas. The current activity-composition model for multi-component garnet consists of only 3 components. Thus, in order to adequately model the geochemical consequences of garnet-rich lithologies in ocean island source regions, a new 7-component thermodynamic model for activity-composition relations in the garnet solid-solution has been created with help from my advisor Frank Spera and ENKI PI Aaron Wolf. This model will be calibrated using the new calibration Jupyter notebook discussed above, and will ultimately be incorporated into MELTS. Once the "machinery" is set up to make activity-composition models relatively easy to implement, additional critically important solid solution models will be updated as well, such as the addition of a Cr-component in clinopyroxene.

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Suzanne Birner

I have been using the ENKI portal primarily to incorporate the MELTS spinel activity model into geochemical models I've developed during my PhD at Stanford University. I am particularly interested in the oxygen fugacity of mantle rocks, and the calculation of this parameter depends strongly on the determination of magnetite activity in the spinel phase. Prior to the existence of ENKI, this calculation could only be done on a web applet, which made running large numbers of samples prohibitively time-consuming. With ENKI, I have now written a Jupyter notebook that performs the calculations quickly with very little user effort. Another bonus is that I can then easily incorporate these calculations directly into other models I develop. For instance, I am currently working on a model that predicts the evolution of recorded oxygen fugacity during sub-solidus cooling, which has important implications for what natural mantle samples can tell us about the thermodynamics of the Earth's interior.

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Grayson Boyer

I have developed Jupyter notebook tools for the automation of geochemical data cleanup (charge balancing, etc.), and calculation of water sample chemical properties including speciation and mineral saturation states. These tools, built on the EQ3 code, automate complex quality control calculations for environmental water samples, reducing task time from weeks to moments and allowing easy statistical post-analysis of results. I am working to optimize the use of these notebooks for data mining of results from thousands of output files, taking advantage of ongoing projects by other members of Everett Shock's research group (GEOPIG) who have extensive sets of geochemical analytical data. I am also building notebooks to help with estimation of thermodynamic properties of membrane lipids using predictive tools developed in his recently defended PhD research. I am considering an offer of a post-doc position in GEOPIG to expand my use of data science tools to manage geochemical data and to generate and interpret results of speciation calculations.

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Juliane Dannberg

Integration of computational thermodynamics into ASPECT

My goal is to interface the freely available CIG modeling software ASPECT with the high-performance, custom libraries of thermodynamic modeling software under development by PI Spiegelman in order to make large-scale, 3D cosmputations of coupled geodynamic/thermodynamic models available to a wide range of users.

Cayman unterborn

Cayman Unterborn

My goal is to recreate and redesign the VAPORS condensation sequence code of Denton Ebel and co-authors for the ENKI database. VAPORS performs phase equilibria calculations between hot nebular gas and condensing solids for low pressures (<1 bar). These calculations provide us with information as to the stability of various elements at different points in a protoplanetary disk which can then be fed into planet formation models to determine the degree of mixing in the disk itself as a consequence of planet formation. As VAPORS was originally designed to use the MELTS algorithm, it is a natural extension to recreate the VAPORS code in the ENKI framework and provide it as an open-source code for the first time. This work is in conjunction with the ASU NExSS grant, PI Steve Desch.

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