Project Members

Partners

Sebastien Merkel, Université de LilleSébastien Merkel is the French PI. He is a professor of physics at the Université de Lille. His research focuses on understanding the dynamics and formation of the deeper portions of the Earth. He performs experiments under the pressure and temperature of the Earth’s interior to study microstructures in polycrystals, their mechanical behaviour, and their relation to phase transformations. He then integrates the experimental results into polycrystal numerical models to understand wave propagation through complex microstructures and compare the results of these models to seismic observations. This work aims at understanding the dynamics and formation of the Earth’s mantle and inner core.
Personal webpage and contact information

Tine ThomasChristine Thomas is the German PI. She is Professor for Geophysics at the WWU Münster and her research focuses on deep Earth’s structure and processes. Mantle transition zone discontinuity structure, D” structure, seismic scattering and anisotropy in the deep Earth are among the topics studied. For this she and her group use mostly array seismic data and techniques to detect mantle structures and boundary layers in order to understand processes that generated these structures. Especially the connection of mineral physics and seismology are a large part of the research carried out in Münster seismology group.
Personal webpage and contact information at WWU Münster

Carmen Sanchez-ValleCarmen Sanchez-Valle  is Professor for Mineralogie at the WWU Münster and her research focuses on mineral properties under extreme conditions. In the past, she worked on topics such as fluid-rock interactions & mass transfer in subduction zones, physics of melts & magmatic processes, water in the Earth’s interior, or the fate of subducted slabs. Her expertise lies in mineral physics and subduction petrology, and experiments at large scale facilities.
Personal webpage and contact information at WWU Münster

Sergio SpezialeSergio Speziale is a Senior Research Scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam, Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ. He is an expert in mineral physics, deep Earth petrology, mineral elasticity, and high pressure / high temperature deformation experiments. He will bring his expertise in high pressure / high temperature experiments at large scale facilities.
Personal webpage and contact information at GFZ

Nadège HilairetNadège Hilairet is a Research Scientist at CNRS. She has worked on topics such as subduction zones minerals plasticity, high pressure / high temperature deformation experiments, modeling of polycrystal behavior, and the origin of deep Earthquakes.
Personal webpage and contact information at Université de Lille

Collaborators

Yann Capdeville

Julien Chantel

Ilya Kupenko

Ahmed Addad

Adeline Marin

PhD Students

Matthias Krug is a PhD student in the mineralogy group at WWU Münster since April 2018. After finishing his Bachelor’s in Geosciences he continued with a Master’s in Geomaterials, both in Göttingen. He is interested in the composition of the earth’s interior and how different minerals and their phase transitions determine the behavior of the whole system. His contribution to the project will be to investigate microstructures and textures induced by phase transition in basaltic crust using high-pressure synchrotron experiments.


Federica RochiraFederica Rochira is a PhD student in the seismology group at WWU Münster since March 2018. She received a Bachelor degree in Geology and a Master degree in Geophysics at the University of Bari in Italy. She is fascinated by the structure and composition of the Earth. After working on the Earth’s crust, she is now looking deeper into the mantle using a multidisciplinary approach that combines seismology, the most powerful tool “to see” the interior of the Earth, with mineral physics, the key to interpret seismic data. Her PhD project within TIMEleSS focuses on investigation of seismic signals from structures and discontinuities in the mid-mantle using array seismology method.


Estelle LedouxEstelle Ledoux is a PhD student in the Earth and Planetary Materials group at the Université de Lille since May 2018. She received a Bachelor degree in Geology from the Université de Caen and a Master degree in Earth, Environment and Planetary sciences at the Université de Orléans. She is interested in minerals, their microstructures, and how they can be induced by deformation. After working on the deformation of natural plutonic rocks under the Cyclades islands, she is now looking into the Earth’s interior. Her PhD project is funded by the Université de Lille and TIMEleSS. He role within TIMEleSS will concern phase transitions in mantle minerals.