About our group

Left to Right: Andrew Cross, Phil Skemer, Mike Krawczynski, Scott Burns, Yuval Boneh, Kelsey Williams, Rachel Wells, Helene Couvy

ESPM group | May 2015

  The ESPM group uses experimental approaches to study the mechanical and chemical behavior of rocks and minerals. The group is comprised of two labs: the rock deformation lab (Prof. Phil Skemer – PI) and the experimental geochemistry lab (Prof. Mike Krawczynski – PI). Our labs use high pressure and high temperature experimental apparatus to simulate the conditions within Earth and other solar system bodies. Our experimental approach is complemented by state of the art analytical facilities, including electron probe micro-analysis (EPMA), scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM), secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD).

Zoned zircon

Zoned zircon (backscattered electron image).

San Carlos peridotite

Peridotite rock sample from San Carlos, AZ.

Focused Ion Beam

Having fun with a Focused Ion Beam (FIB).