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We are always looking for new Ph.D. students with a background and interest in any of the many fields high pressure science intersects.

Research Areas

Mineral Physics of Earth and Planetary Interiors

With the rapid advances of the past decade in ultrahigh-pressure x-ray synchrotron technology, researchers are now able to tackle some of the most fundamental, long-standing questions regarding...

New Materials under Extreme Environments

Extreme environments provide a much broader arena in which to search for materials with desirable properties.  This is an emerging field which holds great promise for the discovery of unique...

Novel High Pressure X-ray Techniques

We work on the development of novel high pressure X-ray techniques, particularly, the nanoscale transmission X-ray microscopy (nanoTXM) technique and ultrafast characterization techniques for the...

News & Announcements

May 25, 2017

High pressure key to lighter, stronger metal alloys, Stanford scientists find

Our group's work was covered by the Stanford News

October 1, 2016

Congratulations to Zhao on his successful defense!

July 1, 2016

Dr. Arianna Gleason received the Alvin Van Valkenburg Award at the Gordon Research Conference on High Pressure

She presented an excellent award talk entitled "Ultrafast X-ray Studies on the Dynamics of Transitions in Geophysical Materials.” 

Recent Publications

  • Structure and bulk modulus of Ln-doped UO2 (Ln 1⁄4 La, Nd) at high pressure

    Dylan R. Rittman, Sulgiye Park, Cameron L. Tracy, Lei Zhang, Raul I. Palomares, Maik Lang, Alexandra Navrotsky, Wendy L. Mao, Rodney C. Ewing J. Nucl. Mater. 490, 28-33, 2017 (PDF

  • High-pressure behavior of A2B2O7 pyrochlore (A=Eu, Dy; B=Ti, Zr)

    Dylan R. RittmanKatlyn M. TurnerSulgiye ParkAntonio F. FuentesJinyuan YanRodney C. Ewing, and Wendy L. Mao J. Appl. Phys. 121, 045902, 2017 (PDF)

  • Dehydrogenation of goethite in Earth’s deep lower mantle

    Qingyang Hu, Duck Young Kim, Jin Liu, Yue Meng, Liuxiang Yang, Dongzhou Zhang, Wendy L. Mao, and Ho-kwang Mao Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A 114, 1498-1501, 2017 (PDF)

  • Transformations and Decomposition of MnCO3 at Earth's Lower Mantle Conditions

    Eglantine Boulard, Yijin Liu, Ai L. Koh, Mary M. Reagan, Julien Stodolna, Guillaume Morard, Mohamed Mezouar and Wendy L. Mao. Front. Earth Sci. 10, 3389, 2016 (PDF)