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Postdoctoral Fellows & Associates

Ligang Bai
Postdoctoral Research Associate
E-mail: lbai@ciw.edu

Ligang Bai joins HPCAT as a Postdoctoral Associate with UNLV's Department of Physics and Astronomy.

 

Neil Bennett
Postdoctoral Fellow
E-mail: nbennett@ciw.edu
Phone: 202-478-4895

Neil Bennett joins the Geophysical Laboratory from the University of Toronto as a Postdoctoral Fellow. He is working with Yingwei Fei on siderophile element fractionation in thermal gradients and its application to core-mantel boundary transport. His other research interests include terrestrial accretion and core formation, and siderophile element behavior in magmatic systems. R242

 

Cécile Feuillie
Postdoctoral Research Associate
E-mail: cfeuillie@ciw.edu
Phone: 202-478-8969

Cécile Feuillie joins us from École Normale Supérieure de Lyon in France as a new Postdoctoral Associate. She works with Dimitri Sverjensky and Robert Hazen on interactions between organic molecules and mineral surfaces. She is also interested in origins of life, origins of biomolecules, traces of past life, and surface enhanced resonant Raman spectroscopy.

 

Matthieu Galvez
Postdoctoral Fellow
E-mail: mgalvez@ciw.edu
Phone: 202-478-8987

Matthieu Galvez joins the geophysical laboratory as a new Carnegie Fellow from the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, France. He studies the dynamics of carbon in metamorphic nodes with George Cody. R133

 

Christopher Glein
Postdoctoral Fellow
E-mail: cglein@ciw.edu
Phone: 202-478-8967

Chris performs experimental and theoretical studies in the fields of organic and planetary geochemistry. Specifically, he is interested in mechanisms of organic reactions in hydrothermal fluids, mineral catalysis of organic reactions, chemistry leading to the emergence of life, and present and past geochemical processes on icy moons. Chris received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Washington in 2006, and a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Arizona State University in 2012. He collaborates with George Cody at the Geophysical Laboratory.

 

Huiyang Gou
Postdoctoral Research Associate
E-mail: hgou@ciw.edu
Phone: 202-478-4889

Huiyang Gou joins the Geophysical Laboratory as a postdoctoral associate from BGI, University Bayreuth. He is working with Tim Strobel on the synthesis of new materials and carbides.

 

Mingqiang Hou
Postdoctoral Research Associate
E-mail: mhou@ciw.edu
Phone: 202-478-4566

 

Ross Hrubiak
Postdoctoral Research Associate
E-mail: rhrubiak@ciw.edu

Ross Hrubiak joins HPCAT from Florida International University’s Center for the Study of Matter at Extreme Conditions (CeSMEC) as a Postdoctoral Associate. He is working in High-Pressure Melting Studies.

 

Cheng Ji
Postdoctoral Research Associate
E-mail: cji@ciw.edu

 

Duck Young Kim
Postdoctoral Fellow
E-mail: dkim@ciw.edu
Phone: 202-478-8944

Duck Young Kim obtained his PhD degree at Uppsala University in Sweden and conducted his post-doctoral study with the Theory of Condensed Matter (TCM) Group, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, U.K. His research focuses on understanding the phase transition of materials under pressure, especially the metallization/superconductivity of hydrides and elements in the periodic table using first-principle calculations. He is a new postdoctoral fellow working in the high pressure thrust area to bridge the gap between theory and experimental approaches to problems in high-pressure research.

 

Karunakar Kothapalli
Postdoctoral Research Associate
E-mail: kkothapalli@ciw.edu
Phone: 202-478-2375

Karunakar "KK" Kothapalli joined the Geophysical Laboratory from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as a Postdoctoral Associate. Karunakar is working with Malcolm Guthrie on high pressure x-ray and neutron diffraction. You can find him in room RG31.

 

Jabrane Labidi
Postdoctoral Fellow
E-mail: jlabidi@ciw.edu
Phone: 202-478-7974

Jabrane Labidi joins us today from the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris as a postdoctoral associate.  He will be working with Anat Shahar on multiple isotope composition of sulfur in organic matter of chondrites.  His other interests include magmatic geochemistry, mantle geochemistry, volatiles in the planetary interiors, and cosmochemistry.  Please join me in welcoming him to campus!  You can find him in office R-216.

 

Charles Le Losq
Postdoctoral Fellow
E-mail: closq@ciw.edu
Phone: 202-478-2372

Charles LeLosq joins us this week as a postdoctoral associate from the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris .  He will study the interactions between volatile elements and iron-bearing silicate melts at high pressure and high temperature with Bjorn Mysen.  His other interests include silicate melts and glasses, magmas, volcanology, eruptive processes, earth formation, and evolution. R-233

 

Kuo Li
Postdoctoral Research Associate
E-mail: kli@ciw.edu

Kuo Li graduated from the College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, PR China, in 2011. He majored in inorganic solid state chemistry and material chemistry, and worked on the synthesis of novel complex metal oxides and the crystal structure determination ab-initio with powder diffraction patterns (X-ray, neutron and electron). He is now studying the evolution of pyrochlore compounds under high pressure and the synthesis of novel metal oxides under high pressure. He is also examining the characterization of crystal structures under high pressure with synchrotron X-ray and neutron diffraction. Presently, he is stationed at HPSynC at APS and participates in research conducted at SNAP, SNS, Oakridge.

 

Rui Li
Postdoctoral Research Associate
E-mail: rli@ciw.edu

Rui Li joins us today from the Beijing Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Institute of High Energy Physics, CAS as a Predoctoral Associate. She is in her third year of her PhD study and will be working in the area of high pressure single crystal diffraction. Her goals for the next year here are to obtain electron density information at high pressure conditions, and to understand the phase transition dynamics and mechanism of semiconducting materials, such as Si, Ge.

 

Chuanlong Lin
Postdoctoral Associate
E-mail: clin@carnegiescience.edu

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Yangzheng Lin
Postdoctoral Research Associate
E-mail: ylin@ciw.edu
Phone: 202-478-2374

Yangzheng Lin joins us as a postdoctoral associate from Penn State University. He is working with Ronald Cohen and Tim Strobel on quantum monte carlo and force probe molecular dynamics simulations. RG31

 

Xiaoming Liu
Postdoctoral Fellow
E-mail: xliu@ciw.edu
Phone: 202-478-4889

Xiaoming Liu joins us from the University of Maryland as a postdoctoral fellow. She will be working with Robert Hazen, Anat Shahar and Dimitri Sverjensky on tracing great oxidation events and super continental formations from mineral evolution points of view using trace elements and non-traditional stable isotope analyses. RG31

 

Sergey Lobanov
Postdoctoral Research Associate
E-mail: slobanov@ciw.edu
Phone: 202-478-8995

Sergey Lobanov arrived from V.S. Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy (Novosibirsk, Russia). He will be working with Alexander Goncharov on DCO project. His research area includes both theoretical and experimental modeling of the volatiles behavior in deep planetary interiors, with respect to mantle petrology and diamond mineralogy. In the GL he will perform laser heating diamond anvil cell experiments on C-H and C-O-H systems. As well as he will be engaged in other high pressure projects.

 

Irena Mamajanov
Postdoctoral Research Associate
E-mail: imamajanov@ciw.edu
Phone: 202-478-8916

Dr. Irena Mamajanov joins GL as a postdoctoral associate from Georgia Tech.  She will be working with George Cody on the characterization of hyperbranched polyesters as potential enzyme precursors using solid state NMR.  Her other research interests include solid-state NMR, origin of life and astrobiology.  You can find her in office R-147.

 

Subhasish Mandal
Postdoctoral Fellow
E-mail: smandal@ciw.edu
Phone: 202-478-8945

Subhasish is studying Fe-based superconducting materials through first principles simulations using DFT+DMFT. His research focuses on understanding these newly-found superconductors both in the presence and absence of pressure. Subhasish received his PhD from the department of Physics, Michigan Technological University in summer 2012. He obtained his M.Sc in Physics from Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 2007 and B.Sc degree with Physics Honors from the University of Calcutta (India) in 2005. He can be found in room R106.

 

Takaki Muramatsu
Postdoctoral Research Associate
E-mail: tmuramatsu@ciw.edu
Phone: 202-478-4595

Takaki's research focuses on strongly correlated electron systems under high pressure and low temperature. He hopes to expand the pressure range of electrical conductivity and magnetic measurements.

 

Caitlin Murphy
Postdoctoral Fellow
E-mail: cmurphy@ciw.edu
Phone: 202-478-2373

Caitlin Murphy joins us as a new Carnegie Fellow working with Yingwei Fei and Russell Hemley. She is interested in understanding how defects and impurities influence the structural, vibrational, and electronic properties of materials at high pressures. Her postdoctoral research will focus on experimentally probing the effects of composition, pressure, and temperature on the transport properties of mantle and core materials using diamond anvil cells and advanced radiation sources. Caitlin received a B.S. in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences from MIT in 2007, and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from Caltech in 2012. Presently, she occupies a desk in R-133

 

Javier Francisco Nossa
Postdoctoral Associate
E-mail: jnossa@carnegiescience.edu
Phone: 202-478-4889

Javier Nossa joins the Geophysical Laboratory from Linnaeus University in Sweden as a postdoctoral associate. He is working with Ron Cohen on ferroelectric materials. Javier is also interested in ferroelectricity and magnetism. You can find him in office R-G31 at extension 4889.

 

Ileana Perez-Rodriguez
Postdoctoral Fellow
E-mail: ileperez@ciw.edu
Phone: 202-478-1078

Ileana Pérez-Rodríguez received her Ph.D. in microbial ecology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Currently, she is interested in exploring the metabolic rates and growth efficiency of thermophilic, anaerobic, chemosynthetic microbes from deep-sea vents, while imposing pressure effects simulating deep-sea conditions. She collaborates with Dionysis Foustoukos and Andrew Steele.

 

Manuvesh Sangwan
Postdoctoral Research Associate
E-mail: msangwan@ciw.edu
Phone: 202-478-2371

Manuvesh Sangwan joins us from the New Jersey Institute of Technology as a new postdoctoral associate. He is working with Tim Strobel on high pressure kinetics. R133

 

Verena Starke
Postdoctoral Research Associate
E-mail: vstarke@ciw.edu
Phone: 202-478-8994

Verena Starke is a molecular biologist and microbial ecologist specializing in environmental microbiology. She developed a strong background in these fields during her masters’ research at the Philipps-University Marburg (Germany), and her Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Maryland (USA). Her main research interests lie in microbial ecology under changing environmental conditions. Particularly, she is interested in how microbial communities change along environmental gradients, and how the environment influences microbial community makeup.

 

Stevce Stefanoski
Postdoctoral Research Associate
E-mail: sstefanoski@ciw.edu
Phone: 202-478-8938

Stevce Stefanoski joined the Geophysical Laboratory as a new postdoctoral associate working with Tim Strobel. He joined us from the University of South Florida, Tampa. Stevce will be working on synthesis and physical characterization of carbon materials. RG18

 

Xiaojing Tan
Postdoctoral Research Associate
E-mail: xtan@ciw.edu
Phone: 202-478-8926

Xiaojing Tan joins us from the University of California Riverside as an EFree Postdoctoral Associate. He is working on ultrafast optical measurements under high pressure and on time-resolved measurements on superconductors. His other interests include ultrafast lasers and optics, nonlinear optics, and condensed matter physics. Tan is working with Alexander Goncharov. RG17

 

Hongping Yan
Postdoctoral Fellow
E-mail: hyan@ciw.edu
Phone: 630-252-0479

Hongping joined us as a postdoctoral fellow for the Deep Carbon Observatory working with Changyong Park at HPCAT. Utilizing a combination of several techniques including high-resolution X-ray reflectivity, his main research aims to provide atomic-level information about the mineral-fluid interfaces under high pressure and high temperature for ultramafic minerals, in order to improve people's understanding on the mineral weathering and carbon cycling processes in Earth's surface and subsurface. Hongping got his Ph.D on Physics at North Carolina State University, where he studied carbon-based semi-conductive polymers for organic solar cells and organic field-effect transistors using scanning transmission X-ray microspectroscopy, X-ray reflectivity and scattering techniques with soft X-rays.

 

Liuxiang Yang
GL-HPSTAR Postdoctoral Research Associate
E-mail: lyang@ciw.edu
Phone: 202-478-8988

Liuxiang Yang is a postdoctoral associate from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He works with Reinhard Boehler and others on the melting of transition metals and noble gases.

 

Jianjun Ying
Postdoctoral Research Associate
E-mail: jying@ciw.edu
Phone: 202-478-8992

Jianjun Ying joins us this week as a postdoctoral associate from the University of Science and Technology of China.  He will be working on synthesizing superconducting materials and measuring their physical properties with Xiaojia Chen and Viktor Struzhkin.  

 

Haidong Zhang
Postdoctoral Research Associate
E-mail: hzhang@ciw.edu
Phone: 202-478-8919

Haidong Zhang graduated from the University of Florida. He joins the Geophysical Laboratory working with Alexander Goncharov. He works in optical experiments, novel materials synthesis, and characterization. The work focuses on optical spectroscopy, aiming to discovery of new materials with outstanding properties, which can be synthesized under extreme conditions such as high pressure and high temperature.

 

Peng Zhang
Postdoctoral Research Associate
E-mail: pezhang@ciw.edu
Phone: 202-478-8915

Peng Zhang joins the Geophysical Laboratory from Louisiana State University as a postdoctoral associate. Peng is working with Ronald Cohen as a computational physicist in numerical simulations of materials; comparing them with experiment results. R-106

 

Zhisheng Zhao
Postdoctoral Fellow
E-mail: zzhao@ciw.edu
Phone: 202-478-8934

Zhisheng obtained his PH.D degree in Material Physics & Chemistry from State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, Yanshan University, China (July, 2012), and joined HPCAT as a postdoctoral associate in September 2012, working with Dr. Guoyin Shen. His thesis research focused on the Theoretical and Experimental Explorations on Novel Structures and Properties of New Matters under Extreme Conditions. His interests include capturing novel quenchable metastable functional materials by using static and dynamic high-Pressure technologies such as large volume press, DAC, and explosive shock. Zhisheng also enjoys studying high-pressure structures and property predictions by structure searching techniques (CALYPSO and USPEX codes) in conjunction with first-principles calculations. His investigated materials include low-Z (B,C,N) elements, Si and Ge, transition metal and their light-element compounds, with exotic physical and chemical properties such as superhard, superelastic, semiconducting, superconducting, hydrogen-storage properties.