Dhiren Pradhan is a postdoctoral associate working with Ronald Cohen. His works involve experiments on ferroelectrics, piezoelectrics, hyperferroelectrics and magnetoelectric materials. He recently completed his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of Puerto Rico,USA.
Washington, DC—Recovered minerals that originated in the deep mantle can give scientists a rare glimpse into the dynamic processes occurring deep inside of the Earth and into the history of the planet’s mantle layer. A team led by the Geophysical Laboratory's Yingwei Fei, a experimental petrologist, and Cheng Xu, a field geologist from Peking University, has discovered that a rare sample of the mineral majorite originated at least 235 miles below Earth’s surface. Their findings are published by Science Advances.
Amol Karandikar is a postdoctoral associate working with Tim Strobel and Reinhard Boehler. Amol is working on material synthesis and phase stability of carbon/hydrogen rich compounds and light element transport in metals.
Washington, DC— Although helium is the second most-abundant element (after hydrogen) in the universe, it doesn’t play well with others. It is a member of a family of seven elements called the noble gases, which are called that because of their chemical aloofness—they don’t easily form compounds with other elements. Helium, widely believed to be the most inert element, has no stable compounds under normal conditions.
Neil Bennett is a postdoctoral fellow at the Geophysical Laboratory, who hails from the University of Toronto. He is working working with Anat Shahar and Yingwei Fei to conduct piston cylinder experiments on the iron isotope fractionation between olivine and metal.