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Veronika Afonina (University of Edinburgh, Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions)

Position: PhD student

Methods: DAC, Raman spectroscopy, synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction

Aims/Systems: synthesis, phase transitions, study of simple molecular systems


Ana Isabel Casado Gomez(Instituto de Geociencias, CSIC-UCM)

Position: PhD student

Methods: Raman spectroscopy, XRD and crystallography

Aims/Systems: Carbonates and geologycal materials


Naomi Falsini (LENS - European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy)

Position: PhD student at LENS, Florence

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

Aims/Systems: phase transitions, dynamics and reactivity of simple molecular systems


Irene Herrero Ansorregui(Inorganic I Department, University Complutense of Madrid UCM)

Position: PhD student

Methods: Experimental: high pressure synthesis and oxidation of materials (Belt and Conac presses)

Aims/Systems: magnetic and superconducting cuprates with "1212" structure. Oxidation with potassium chlorate


Megan Holycross (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Position: PhD student

Methods: piston cylinder, LA-ICP-MS, EPMA

Aims/systems: understanding kinetic phenomena in Earth systems through high-temperature, high-pressure experiments


Xiaojiao Liu (School of Chemistry/ Extreme Conditions Physics and the Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions (CSEC), University of Edinburgh)

Position: PhD student

Methods: DAC, synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction, single-crystal X-ray diffraction, and Raman spectroscopy.

Aims/Systems: biodiesel and its typical components -- methyl stearate and methyl palmitate.


Alba San Jose Mendez (High pressure Area of Planetary Geology Department in Astrobiology Center-INTA-CSIC)

Position: PhD Student

Methods: Experimental simulation of high pressure and low temperature planetary environments/ Raman spectroscopy/ High pressure chamber/ Sapphire Anvil Cells.

Aims/systems: Jupiter's icy moons, MgSO4-CO2-H2O system as an approach of Europa's ocean composition, clathrate-salt hydrates-water ice assemblage, textures, thermodynamic, geological activity induced by the presence of clathrates.


Isabel Povedano(University of Edinburgh, CSEC)

Position: PhD

Methods: High-pressure instrumentation development and resonant x-ray scattering. Diamond anvil cells.

Aims/Systems: High pressure in 5d systems and weak correlations (magnetic, charge and orbital ordering).


Hana Scepankova(University of Aveiro in Portugal)

Position: PhD student

Methods: HPLC, LC/MS, spectroscopy UV and FTIR and several physicochemical determinations methods.

Aims/Systems: improvement of bioactivity of natural products by high pressure techonology.


Rini Singh (Banasthali University, Rajasthan, India)

Position: PhD student

Aims/Systems: High Pressure magnetotransport Studies of Bismuth based chalcogenide topological Insulators.


Elodie Tailleur(ICMB_CNRS, University of Bordeaux)

Position: PhD student

Methods: Difraction crystallography (PXRD and SCXRD)