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We are looking for new Ph.D. students with a background and interest in any of the many fields high pressure science intersects. Please contact us to discuss the possibilities.

Our mission: Our research focuses on using extreme environments to answer key questions about Earth and planetary interiors and to provide guidance for the design of new materials for energy-related applications. Learn more...



May 2016 Arianna has been selected for 2016's Alvin Van Valkenburg Award. She will be presented with the award during the Gordon Research Conference on High Pressure in July.

April 2016 Wendy, Yu and their collaborators' work was reported by Stanford News.

April 2016 Wendy and Arianna's work featured on the main Stanford homepage.

September 2015 Arianna's Nature Communications paper was reported by the SLAC news.

August 2015 Our group's work was reported by the BBC-Earth Story.

July 2015 Congratulations to Dylan and MaryDylan won the student poster award and Mary was elected the COMPRES student representative at the 2015 COMPRES annual meeting in Colorado Springs.

April 2015 Congratulations to Zhao on his publication in Nature Communications.

March 2015 Wendy gave a invited talk and poster at the Deep Carbon Observatory International Science Meeting, Munich, Germany.

October 2014 Arianna Gleason will be receiving this year's Mineral and Rock Physics Early Career Award from American Geophysical Union in December AGU San Francisco meeting.

October 2014 Wendy, Yu, Crystal and Fan went to UCLA for the Deep Carbon Observatory Extreme Physics and Chemistry workshop.


Recent Publications

  • Fractal atomic-level percolation in metallic glasses
  • Pressure-induced phase transition in MnCO3 and its implications on the deep carbon cycle
  • Ultrafast visualization of crystallization and grain growth in shock-compressed SiO2
  • Pressure induced metallization with absence of structural transition in layered molybdenum diselenide
  • Structural transition and amorphization in compressed α−Sb2O3