About the Geophysical Laboratory

The Geophysical Laboratory was established in 1905 to investigate the processes that control the composition and structure of the Earth as it was known at the time, including developing the underlying physics and chemistry and creating the experimental tools required for the task. Over a century later, this core mission has expanded to include the physics, chemistry, and biology of the Earth over the entire range of conditions our planet has experienced since its formation, as well as parallel studies of other planets of this and other solar systems from their surfaces to their cores.

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GL alum Sergey Lobanov received official confirmation from the Helmholtz Association this week that he has won the competition for the Helmholtz Young Investigator Group Leaders award. This means that he will receive 1.8 million Euro for 2018-2023 to establish a new group at GFZ (Potsdam, Germany). His group will be part of a larger group of Dr. Monika Koch-Müller and will collaborate closely with other scientists at GFZ and throughout the Helmholtz Association. Lobanov's group will focus on characterizing key unknown properties of the deep Earth as well as exploring their geophysical significance.

High Pressure

Washington, DC  A group of scientists led by the Geophysical Laboratory's Huiyang Gou and Timothy Strobel performed high-pressure experiments on linear dicyanoacetylene (C4N2) using a diamond anvil cell, in which a pressure-induced reaction process was uncovered. Discrete linear C4N2 molecules were found to polymerize into a disordered extended network without significant change to the bulk composition.

High Pressure

The Geophysical Laboratory’s Postdoctoral Associate Zachary Geballe has been honored with Carnegie’s seventh Postdoctoral Innovation and Excellence (PIE) Award. These prizes are made through nominations from the departments and are chosen by the Office of the President.


August 18, 2017 -- Geophysical Laboratory scientists Guoyin Shen, Yingwei Fei, Shaunna Morrison, Bob Hazen, Dan Hummer, Asmaa Boujibar, Renbiao Tao and Haijun Huang presented their research at the annual Goldschmidt conference on August 13-18, 2017 in Paris. Goldschmidt is the foremost annual, international conference on geochemistry and related subjects, organized by the European Association of Geochemistry and the Geochemical Society.

Planetary Science

GL alum Francis McCubbin is the recent recipient of the 2017 F.W. Clarke Award from the Geochemical Society, AND the Nier Prize from the Meteoritical Society. The two medals are the awards from each society for outstanding early career scientists, and Francis is only the second person to win both.

Upcoming Events

Planetary Science
Sep 25, 2017
11:00 AM

The Geophysical Laboratory's weekly seminar series continues with GL's own Zhixue Du.  He will present, "Origin of Earth’s ancient magnetic field: driven by MgO exsolution?"

Event Host: Yingwei Fei
Planetary Science
Oct 26, 2017
6:30 PM

Our Broad Branch Road Fall Neighborhood Lecture Series kicks-off with DTM's John Chambers.  Chambers will present, "The Mystery of Planet Formation." 

Event Host: Department of Terrestrial Magnetism
Planetary Science
Nov 16, 2017
6:30 PM

Our Broad Branch Road Spring Neighborhood Lecture Series continues with GL's own Stephen Elardo.  Elardo will present, "The Roadside Geology of Earth’s Moon.

Event Host: Geophysical Laboratory