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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Collaborators

Yann Capdeville

Julien Chantel

Ilya Kupenko

Ahmed Addad

Adeline Marin

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PhD Students