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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

February 21, 2018

In a First, Tiny Diamond Anvils Trigger Chemical Reactions by Squeezing

Wendy and Yu featured in SLAC News.

December 11, 2017

Patches Along Core-Mantle Boundary May Be Deep Hiding Place for Oxygen

Jin and Wendy's Nature paper featured on the Deep Carbon Observatory website.

December 1, 2017

Puzzling patches in Earth’s interior billions of years in the making

Wendy and Jin's research featured in Stanford News.

Recent Publications

  • Uranyl peroxide nanoclusters at high-pressure

    Katlyn M. Turner, Jennifer E.S. Szymanowski, Fuxiang Zhang, Yu Lin, Brendan T. McGrail, Wendy L. Mao, Peter C. Burns, and Rodney C. Ewing. J. Mater. Res. 1-10, 2017. (PDF)

  • Synthesis of quenchable amorphous diamond

    Zhidan Zeng, Liuxiang Yang, Qiaoshi Zeng, Hongbo Lou, Hongwei Sheng, Jianguo Wen, Dean J. Miller, Yue Meng, Wenge Yang, Wendy L. Mao, and Ho-kwang Mao. Nat. Commun. 8, 322, 2017. (PDF)

  • Hydrogen-Bond Symmetrization Breakdown and Dehydrogenation Mechanism of FeO2H at High Pressure

    Sheng-cai Zhu, Qingyang Hu, Wendy L. Mao, Ho-kwang Mao, and Hongwei Sheng. J. Am. Chem. Soc.139, 12129−12132, 2017. (PDF)

  • Compression freezing kinetics of water to ice VII

    A. E. Gleason C. A. Bolme, E. Galtier,  H. J. Lee,  E. Granados,  D. H. Dolan,  C. T. Seagle, T. Ao,  S. Ali,  A. Lazicki, D. Swift,  P. Celliers,  and W. L. Mao Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 025701 , 2017 (PDF)