Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Washington University in Saint Louis
1 Brookings Dr. | Campus Box 1169 | St Louis, MO 63130
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I am the PI of the Rock Deformation Lab at Washington University, part of the larger Experimental Studies of Planetary Materials (ESPM) group, which includes rock deformation and experimental geochemistry. Our group is also affiliated with the Institute of Materials Science and Engineering (IMSE) and the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences (MCSS). The Rock Deformation lab has an original Griggs apparatus (gray rig in the center of the panorama, above), which is currently capable of deforming materials at pressures up to 1.5 GPa and temperatures up to ~1250 C, at strain-rates of 10-4 to 10-7 s-1. We are also building a one-of-a-kind apparatus called the Large Volume Torsion (LVT) apparatus, which will facilitate deformation of materials to larger strains at pressures of up to 6 GPa. We have a variety of analytical facilities at our disposal, including an Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) system for conducting microstructural studies of naturally and experimentally deformed materials, and a new Cameca 7f-geo SIMS instrument for high resolution geochemical analyses. Our research is currently supported by NSF through the Geophysics, Instrumentation and Facilities, MRI, and CAREER programs.
Looking for PhD programs?
If you are interested in structural geology, rock mechanics, or geodynamics, and enjoy working with your hands, please send me an email. I would be happy to discuss my research program and graduate education at Washington University.
EPSc 201 Earth and the Environment (Spring)
EPSc 460 Introduction to Structural Geology (Fall)
EPSc 496 Undergraduate Field Experience (Spring)
EPSc 580 Deformation of Planetary Materials