Chang-Sheng Zha was a staff scientist in charge the high pressure program at Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) before joining the Geophysical Laboratory. He uses a variety of experimental techniques in the study of high P-T physics, chemistry, geoscience and material science.
Maddury Somayazulu is the CDAC laboratory manager and research scientist at the Geophysical Laboratory.
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.
Kadek Hemawan is a research scientist at the Geophysical Laboratory. His research activities are comprised of microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition carbon based materials, diamond characterizations, CVD reactor optimization and micro plasma discharge investigation at higher pressure.
As DOE Programs Coordinator, Steve Gramsch oversees operations of two DOE-funded centers headquartered at the Geophysical Laboratory.
Washington, DC— Hydrogen is the most-abundant element in the universe. It’s also the simplest—sporting only a single electron in each atom. But that simplicity is deceptive, because there is still so much we have to learn about hydrogen.
Ho-kwang Mao's research centers on ultra-high pressure physics, chemistry, material sciences, geophysics, geochemistry and planetary sciences using diamond-anvil cell techniques that he has pioneered. He received a Ph.D. and M.S. from University of Rochester in 1968 and 1966, and a B.S.
Viktor V. Struzhkin focuses on experimental research at high pressures. He undertakes transport and magnetic measurements, and applies optical and synchrotron spectroscopy techniques to geophysics, planetary science and condensed-matter physics research. He obtained a Ph.D.
Timothy Strobel's research is centered around the synthesis and characterization of novel materials for energy and advanced applications. New materials are synthesized using unique pressure-temperature conditions and through innovative processing pathways.
Anat Shahar's research focuses on stable isotope geochemistry at high pressure and/or temperature. She conducts high P/T experiments and traces the isotopes to answer questions that span from the formation of the first solids in the solar system to the formation of the cores of planets.