Sergey Lobanov arrived from V.S. Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy (Novosibirsk, Russia). Lobanov's research focuses on observing physical and chemical transformations under high pressure and temperature with vibrational/optical spectroscopy and synchrotron x-ray diffraction. In particular, he studies the interaction of planetary ices with rocky material at above 100 GPa. Additionally, he has an active interest in studying the effect of spin transition in iron-bearing minerals on their physical properties and crystal chemistry in the lower mantle -- and has been developing techniques to extend the current pressure limit of diamond anvil cells employing anvils tailored with a focused ion beam.