Principle Investigator

Katsura, Tomoo

  • Development of experimental technology
  • High-pressure experiments


Frost, Daniel

  • Thermodynamic modelling

Golabek, Gregor

  • Geodynamic modelling

McCammon, Catherine

  • Moessbauer spectroscopy

Miyajima, Nobuyoshi

  • TEM observation

Post-Doctoral Researchers

Chakraborti, Amrita


  • Ferropericlase morphology in deformed lower-mantle peridotite

Chanyshev, Artem

  • Development of in situ X-ray observation with a multi-anvil press at DESY
  • Precise determination of bridgmanite-bearing phase boundaries using in situ X-ray diffraction
  • Ultrahigh-pressure generation using sintered diamond anvils
  • Bridgmanite chemistry in SiO2-saturated Fe3+-bearing systems

Fei, Hongzhan

  • Grain growth kinetics of bridgmanite + ferropericlase system
  • Bridgmanite chemistry in MgO-saturated Fe3+-bearing systems

Kim, Eun Jeong

  • Development of boron-doped diamond furnace
  • Development of microanalysis
  • Phase relations in the MgO-FeO-Al2O3-SiO2 system


  • Melting relations of primitive peridotite under lower-mantle conditions


  • Water solubility and hydrogen position in hydrous stishovite


  • Application of ultrahigh-pressure multi-anvil technology to material science


  • Chemistry of bridgmanite as a function of oxygen fugacity


  • Measurement of Si and O self-diffusivity in bridgmanite

graduate students

Bondar, Dmitry

  • Ultrahigh-pressure generation with a cooling system

Past contributors

 Ishii, Takayuki  (now at Center for High Pressure Science and Technology Advanced Research (HPSTAR), Beijing, China) 

  • Development of high-pressure generation using carbide anvils
  • Bridgmanite chemistry in MgO-Al2O3-Fe2O3-SiO2 systems
  • Precise determination of bridgmanite-bearing phase boundaries using in situ X-ray diffraction

Wang, Biao (now at Oxford University, Oxford, UK)

  • Measurement of Si and O self-diffusivity in bridgmanite

Nishida, Keisuke

  •  Development of boron-doped diamond furnace

Xie, Longjian (now at Earth and Planetary Laboratory, Carnegie Institution, Washington D.C., USA)

  • Integration of the boron-doped diamond furnace in the sintered-diamond-anvil cell

Liu, Zhaodong (now at Jilin University, Changchun, China)

  • Phase relations in MgO-Al2O3-Fe2O3-SiO2 systems