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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

June 17, 2018

Sulgi, Mary, and Dylan walk at Stanford Commencement!

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.

Recent Publications

  • The Effect of Nickel on the Strength of Iron Nickel Alloys: Implications for the Earth’s Inner Core

    M.M. Reagan, A.E. Gleason, J. Liu, M.J. Krawczynski, J. Van Orman, and W.L. MaoPhys. Earth Planet. Inter. 283, 43-47, 2018. (PDF)

  • Bright, mechanosensitive upconversion with cubic-phase heteroepitaxial core-shell nanoparticles

    A. Lay, C. Siefe, S. Fischer, R.D. Mehlenbacher, F. Ke, W.L. Mao, A.P. Alivisatos, M.B. Goodman, and J.A. Dionne. Nano Lett. 18, 4454, 2018. (PDF)

  • Modification of structural disorder by hydrostatic pressure in superconducting YBa2Cu3O6.73 cuprate

    H. Huang, H. Jang, M. Fujita, Y. Lin, W.L. Mao, J. Wang, J. Ying, J. Smith, C. Kenney-Benson, G. Shen, C.-C. Kao, Y.-J. Liu, and J.-S. Lee. Phys. Rev. B 97, 174508, 2018. (PDF)

  • Revealing the Formation Mechanism of Ultrahard Nanotwinned Diamond from Onion Carbon

    H. Tang, X.H. Yuan, P.F. Yu, Q.Y. Hu, M.Z. Wang, Y.S. Yao, L.L. Wu, Q. Zou, Y.J. Ke, Y.C. Zhao, L. Wang, X.P. Li, W.G. Yang, H.Y. Gou, H-k. Mao, and W.L. Mao. Carbon 129, 159-167, 2018. (PDF)