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Patricia L. Alireza (Quantum Matter, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge)

Position: research scientist

Methods: Diamond anvil cells for transport and magnetic measurements at low temperatures and high magnetic fields.

Aims/Systems: Scientific endeavour focuses on physical properties of strongly correlated systems through measurements of magnetic susceptibility, magnetisation and transport measurements at high pressures and low temperatures. Development of new techniques for susceptibility and magnetisation measurements under high pressure using diamond anvil cells.

Karen AppelEuropean X-Ray Free-Electron Laser Facility GmbH)

Position: Scientist

Aims/Systems:structure and reactions of rock material under extreme conditions

Methods: X-ray absorption spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence, DAC, dynamic compression

Website: http://www.xfel.eu/organization/staff/appel_karen/index_eng.html

M. Elena Arroyo de Dompablo (Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain)

Position: Associate Professor

Methods: Computational (DFT), Experimental (Belt-type press, Electrochemistry)

Aims/Systems: We study the High Pressure driven structural and electrochemical modifications of cathode materials for Li-ion batteries

Naria Maria Balzaretti (Institute of Physics, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)

Position: Professor

Methods: Raman and IR- spectroscopy, DAC

Aims/Systems: carbon materials, diamond, CVD diamond, glasses

Website: http://www.if.ufrgs.br/lapma/

Email: naira@if.ufrgs.br

Christine Beavers (ALS, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, US)

Position: Scientist




Wenli Bi (Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory)

Position: Visiting Spectroscopist

Methods: Diamond anvil cell, synchrotron and conventional Moessbauer spectroscopy, nuclear resonant inelastic x-ray scattering

Aims/Systems: magnetism in rare earth system, magnetism and lattice dynamics in Fe-pnictides

Tiziana Boffa Ballaran (Bayerisches Geoinstitut, University of Bayreuth)

Position: Senior researcher

Methods: Diamond anvil cell, single-crystal X-ray diffraction and spectroscopy

Aims/Systems: Elasticity of Earth's and Planetary materials

Elena Boldyreva (Institute of Solid State Chemistry and Mechanochemistry Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk)

Position: Chief Researcher, Professor

Methods: Single-crystal and powder diffraction, Raman and IR- spectroscopy, theoretical calculations

Aims/Systems: Molecular crystals, biomimetics, materials, solid materials

Websites: www.solid.nsc.ru and htt.nsu.ru

Livia Eleonora Bovea (CNRS, Sorbonne Universites, UPMC, Paris, France)

Position: Full researcher at CNRS, HdR

Methods: Neutron Scattering, Synchroton Radiation, Raman Scattering

Aims/Systems: Structure and dynamics of water, salty ices, ice clathrates. Polyamorphism, phase transitions, hydrogen bond networks

Website: http://www.impmc.upmc.fr/fr/recherche/physique_des_systemes_simples_en_conditions_extremes_physix/liste_des_membres/livia_bove.html

Usha Chandra (High Pressure Physics Lab., Department of Physics, University of Rajasthan,Jaipur 302004 India)

Position: Prof. (Retd). Presently UGC Emeritus Fellow, CSIR Emeritus Scientist ( Completed)

Methods: Experimental- High pressure Mossbauer Studies using Diamond anvil cell on Fe-Based materials ( synthetic systems, Natural minerals, meteorites)

Aims/Systems: To study various phase transitions, impact pressure on meteorites.

Email: chandrausha49@yahoo.in, ushac6807@gmail.com

Margherita Citroni (LENS - European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy)

Position: Assistant Professor at University of Florence (Department of Chemistry) and researcher at LENS, Florence

Methods: Static pressure (diamond or sapphire anvil cell), spectroscopy , ultrafast spectroscopy

Aims/Systems: dynamics and reactivitity of simple molecular systems

Julia Contreras-Garcia (CNRS, Sorbonne Universites, UPMC, Paris, France)

Position: Full researcher at CNRS, HdR

Methods: Quantum Chemistry, Topological analysis, Chemical bonding theories.

Aims/Systems: Description of bonding in first and second order phase transitions, Exotic Bonding Patterns, Polymorphs.

Website: www.lct.jussieu.fr/pagesperso/contrera

Helene Couvy (Washington University in St louis, US)

Position: Research Engineer

Methods: Multi-anvil, piston cylinder, large volume torsion apparatus, electron microscopies (SEM, EBSD, TEM)

Aims/systems: Experimental study of planetary materials, Physical and chemical properties of upper mantle minerals

Website: http://espm.wustl.edu/

Shanti Deemyad (Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Utah, USA)

Position: Associate Professor

Methods: Static high pressure methods, Diamond anvil cell

Aims/Systems: Quantum matter under extreme conditions, High pressure synthesis, Phase diagrams, High pressure methods

Website: http://www.physics.utah.edu/~deemyad/

Sylvie Demouchy (Géosciences Montpellier CNRS & Université Montpellier 2)

Position: Associate prof (CR1 CRNS)

Methods: Paterson Press, piston-cylinder, multi-anvils, TZM

Aims/Systems: Deep Earth mineralogy, plastic deformation and ionic diffusion, Hydrogen in silicates.

Website: http://www.gm.univ-montp2.fr/spip/spip.php?article773

Email: demouchy@um2.fr

Susannah Dorfman (Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA)

Position: Assistant Professor

Methods: laser-heated diamond anvil cell, synchrotron X-ray diffraction and spectroscopy, focused ion beam, transmission electron microscope

Aims/Systems: Chemistry and physical properties of materials in Earth and planetary interiors

Website: https://glg.natsci.msu.edu/people/faculty/dorfman-susannah/

Natalia Dubrovinskaia (Laboratory of Crystallography, University of Bayreuth, Germany)

Position: University Professor, Heisenberg Professor

Methods: X-ray and neutron diffraction, spectroscopy, DAC and LVP techniques, etc.

Aims/Systems: high-pressure synthesis of novel inorganic materials including nanocrystalline materials with advanced mechanical properties; development of new scientific instruments for high and ultra-high pressure and temperature generation; application of the synchrotron radiation and neutron diffraction in materials science and solid-state physics/ Boron and carbon materials, nanodiamonds, oxides; superconductors, semiconductors, and other novel inorganic materials.

Website: http://www.academia-net.org/profil/prof-dr-dr-h-c-natalia-dubrovinskaia/1196144

Francesca Fabbiani (Dept. Crystallography, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany)

Position: Junior research group leader

Methods: X-ray diffraction, DAC, in situ crystallisation

Aims/Systems: Polymorphism, crystallisation and phase transitions of molecular crystals

Website: http://hiprcryst.uni-goettingen.de/

Rebecca Fischer (Smithsonian NMNH and UCSC)

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow (Smithsonian NMNH and UCSC), Assistant Professor (Harvard, starting 2017)

Methods: laser-heated diamond anvil cell, synchrotron X-ray diffraction, focused ion beam, electron microscopy, planetary modeling

Aims/Systems: composition and formation of the lower mantle and core (on Earth, and also other terrestrial planets); links between accretion/differentiation processes and planetary chemistry

Websites: http://mineralsciences.si.edu/share/fischer/ and http://eps.harvard.edu/people/rebecca-fischer

Alexandra Friedrich (Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Wuerzburg, Germany)

Position: Senior researcher

Methods: Single-crystal and powder diffraction, Raman- and UV-VIS-spectroscopy, laser heating, diamond anvil cell

Aims/Systems: Structure-property relations at high pressure: phase transitions, electronic and steric distortions of cation coordinations, high spin-to-low spin transitions, hydrogen bonding (minerals, oxides, metal-organic frameworks, molecular structures); high-p,T synthesis and stability of novel materials (nitrides, carbides).

Karen Friese (Jülich Centre for Neutron Science-2, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany)

Position: Senior scientist

Methods: Single-crystal and powder diffraction using laboratory X-ray, Synchrotron and neutron sources, magnetic properties under high pressure

Aims/Systems: correlated electron systems under high pressure, multiparametric studies (temperature, pressure, composition), magnetocaloric materials, mixed-valence systems and charge order, ternary fluorides, twinning, pseudosymmetry, crystal chemistry and group-subgroup relations

Alka B. Garg (Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Department of Atomic Energy, India))

Position:Senior scientist

Methods: HP-XRD, Raman and electrical transport technique

Aims/Systems: Frame structured compounds under high pressure

Bianca Haberl(Chemical and Engineering Materials Division, Neutron Sciences Directorate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA )

Position: Chemical and Engineering Materials Division, Neutron Sciences Directorate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA

Methods: In situ high pressure X-ray and neutron scattering in a DAC, unusual high pressure techniques (indentation, laser-induced microexplosions), characterization techniques for amorphous structures.

Aims/Systems: Synthesis of novel functional metastable Group IV polymorphs (C, Si, Ge) under extreme conditions, from amorphous precursors in a DAC or from crystalline precursors by unusual high pressure methods.

Website: https://neutrons.ornl.gov/contacts/haberlb

D.S.Jayalakshmi (Sathyabama University, Chnnai, Tamil Nadu, India)

Position: Assistant Professor

Methods:DFT, ab-initio calculation, WIEN2k code

Aims/Systems: To study the structural, electronic, magnetic, mechanical, fermi surface and bonding properties of '122' compounds at ambient condition and at pressure.

Barbara Lavine(University of Nevada las Vegas)

Position: Scientist

Methods: Diffraction

Aims/Systems: oxides, carbonates radioactive

Helen Maynard-Casely (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Australia)

Position: Instrument Scientist

Methods: Neutron and synchrotron diffraction, Paris-Edinburgh cell and DAC

Aims/Systems: Interiors of small icy moons (Titan and Europa) and icy giants (Uranus and Neptune).

Website: http://www.ansto.gov.au/ResearchHub/StaffProfiles/MAYNARD-CASELY-HELEN

Marinela Miclau (National Institute for Research and Development in Electrochemistry and Condensed Matter, Timisoara, Romania)

Position: Head of Condensed Matter Department, Senior Researcher

Methods: X-ray diffraction, UV-VIS-NIR spectroscopy, XPS.

Aims/Systems: Synthesis of nano, micro and single crystals by hydrothermal method (subcritical and supercritical conditions).

Website: http://www.incemc.ro

Email: marinela.miclau@gmail.com

Montserrat Mor-Mur (Veterinary school, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain)

Position: Full Professor

Methods: Food Technology

Aims/Systems: HHP of foods of animal origin. Physic-chemical and organoleptic changes, microbial lethality

Carole Morrison (School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh, UK)

Position: Reader

Methods: DFT, Ab initio Molecular Dynamics

Aims/Systems: Molecular crystals, metal organic frameworks, energetic materials

Website: http://www.chem.ed.ac.uk/staff/academic-staff/dr-carole-morrison

Bibiana Juan Godoy (Centre Especial de Recerca Planta de Tecnologia dels Aliments, CERPTA, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Position: Assistant Professor

Methods: Food Technology.

Aims/Systems: Use of high pressure in order to accelerate or stop the ripening of cheeses. HHP on food products. Physic-chemical and organoleptic changes, microbial lethality.

Abby Kavner (Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Department University of California, Los Angeles)

Position: Professor

Website: http://akavner.bol.ucla.edu

Vanessa Labet (Sorbonne Universites, UPMC, Paris, France)

Position: Assistant Professor

Methods: Quantum Chemistry (DFT)

Aims/Systems: Evolution of chemical bonds under constraint (isotropic pressure, uniaxial tensile strain), Polymerization of molecular solids under pressure, Solid hydrogen.

Sylvie Le Floch (Institut Lumière Matière, CNRS & Université Lyon 1, France)

Position: Research Engineer, CNRS/Technical Director of PLECE (Lyon Platform for Experimentation in Extreme Conditions)

Methods: Materials synthesis under extreme conditions using large volume presses. Development of specific high pressure cells for in situ measurements (XRD, EXAFS, SAXS, SANS).

Aims/Systems: Carbon, intermetallic and oxide materials, superconductors, thermoelectrics, porous materials.

Website: http://ilm.univ-lyon1.fr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=525&act=337&lang=2

Email: sylvie.le-floch@univ-lyon1.fr

Kanani K. M. Lee (Department of Geology & Geophysics, Yale University)

Position: Associate Professor

Methods: Laser-heated diamond-anvil cell

Aims/Systems: primarily Earth and planetary materials, some superhard materials

Website: http://people.earth.yale.edu/profile/kanani-lee/about

Pavla Novotna (Food Research Institute Prague, public research institute)

Position: scientific worker

Aims/Systems: influence of high pressure treatment on food, high pressure unit with chamber 2 litres volume, texturometer, rheometers, DSC, Minolta color-meter.

Website: http://www.vupp.cz

Maribel Nuñez-Valdes(GFZ-postdam)

Position: Scientist staff

Methods: physics DFT materials

Aims/Systems: functional materials, multiferroics thermoelecrics, minerals

Anna Olejniczak (Department of Materials Chemistry, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland)

Position: scientist

Methods: diamond-anvil cell, single-crystal x-ray diffraction

Aims/system: small organic molecules, organic relaxors and ferroelectrics, NHN hydrogen bonds

Website: hpc.amu.edu.pl

Sakura Pascarelli (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble, France)

Position: Head of the Matter at Extremes Group

Methods: X-ray absorption spectroscopy and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism

Aims/Systems: local and electronic structure in melts, correlation between structure and magnetism

Judith Peters(UGA + LiPhy + ILL, Grenoble/France)

Position: Professor

Methods: Neutron Scattering Spectroscopy (Dynamics and Structure of bio-molecules)

Aims/Systems: Adaptation of biosystems to high pressure environment, dynamical and structural modifications under pressure, response to various extreme environment conditions, dynamics of water under pressure.

Vittoria Pischedda (Institut Lumière Matière, Université Lyon1 et CNRS, France)

Position: Assistant Professor

Methods: neutron and synchrotron X-ray scattering, Raman spectroscopy, diamond anvil cell, large volume cell.

Aims/Systems: Structural, electronic and elastic properties of materials under extreme conditions, intercalated carbon materials.

Olga Prieto-Ballesteros (Department of Planetology and Habitability. Centro de Astrobiología-INTA-CSIC. Madrid. Spain)

Position: Head of Department. Full researcher at INTA

Methods: Large-volume high-pressure equipment to 1 GPa

Aims/Systems: Planetary simulation of high pressure environments. Aqueous systems under pressure.

Silvana Radescu Cioranescu (Dpto. Fí,sica, Inst. Materiales y Nanotecnología, Universidad de La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain)

Position: Profesora Titular de Universidad (Associate Professor)

Methods: First-principles theoretical calculations within DFT.

Aims/Systems: Structural, electronic, dynamical and elastic properties of materials under pressure.

Selva Vennila Raju (Department of Mechanical and Materials Engg., Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA)

Position: Research Assistant Professor, Senior Researcher

Methods: In-situ X-ray scattering, Raman, Fluorescence, Optical absorption, Brillouin, Laser and Resistive heating.in DAC

Aims/Systems: Experimental Solid state Physics; Structural, elastic and optical properties of materials under extreme conditions

Cornelia Rauh (TU Berlin; Institute of Food Biotechnology and Food Process Engineering

Position: Professor

Methods: High pressure in food and bio science

Aims/Systems: bio thermo fluid dynamical effects during high pressure processing

Plácida Rodríguez Hernández(Depto Física, Inst. Materiales y Nanotecnología, Universidad de La Laguna, Tenerife, Islas Canarias. España

Position: Associate Professor (Prof. Titular Universidad)

Methods: Solid State Physics and Materials from ab initio DFT.

Aims/Systems: Structural, Electronic, Dynamical and Elactic properties of materials and nanomaterials under extreme conditions.

Daniela Russo (CNR/IOM , Italy and ILM University Lyon 1, Lyon, France)

Position: Senior researcher, National Council of Science, Italy

Methods: Neutron Scattering Spectroscopy (Dynamics and Structure of bio-molecules), large volume cell adapted to large scale facilities and biomolecules in solution.

Aims/Systems: Dynamics of hydration water, hydrogen bonding network, structure and dynamics of bio-molecules (from protein model to photosynthetic complex). Properties of bio-molecules under nano-confinement and polymer bio-compatibility.

Anat Shahar(Geophysical Laboratory Carnegie Institution of Washington)

Position: Staff Scientist

Methods: Piston cylinder, Multi-anvil, diamond anvil cell , NRIXS, MC-ICPMS

Aims/Systems: To study the mechanisms responsible for high temperature and pressure isotope fractionation, solar system formation

Website: https://www.gl.ciw.edu/static/users/ashahar/Anat_Shahars_Website/Welcome.html

Name: Edit Székely(Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Faculty of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, Budapest, Hungary )

Position: Associate professor

Methods: Enantioseparation, kinetic resolution, extraction, crystallization and more.

Aims/Systems: Various applications of supercritical fluids, mainly carbon dioxide.

Mercedes Taravillo (Department of Physical Chemistry, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain)

Position: Associate Professor

Methods: Raman Spectroscopy, diamond anvil cell.

Aims/Systems: We study carbon-based systems (carbon nanotubes, carbon nanohorns, graphite, aromatic molecules) under extreme conditions, using Raman spectroscopy as diagnostic tool.

Rosario Vilaplana Cerdá(Dpto Applyed Physics, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia)

Position: Professor

Methods: Raman, powder diffraction, synchrotron, optic absorption.

Aims/Systems: topological insulators and other materials with interesting properties.

Lidunka Vocadlo(Department of Earth Sciences, UCL, London, UK)

Position: Professor

Methods: Ab initio simulations

Aims/Systems: Earth's core and terrestrial planetary cores

Website: http://www.es.ucl.ac.uk/people/lidunka

Eva Zurek(Department of Chemistry, University of Buffalo)

Position: Associate Professor

Methods: first principles calculations

Aims/Systems: In our research group we study the electronic structure, properties, and reactivity of molecules, nanosystems, and solids - whether they be inorganic or organic - using the computational approaches of quantum chemistry, and band structure methods. We also aim to predict hitherto unknown materials with fascinating properties.

Website: http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~ezurek/