PhD defense of CarboPaT member Lea Pennacchioni
On Monday, 17th October 2022 PhD student Lea Pennacchioni (Goethe-University Frankfurt & GFZ Potsdam) successfully presented results of project 9 (during the 2nd Phase of the CarboPaT research group).
Project 9: Elasticity and structure evolution of carbonates at upper mantle conditions
Congratulations to Lea on her graduation and all the best for her ongoing career.
CarboPaT Final Meeting was a great success
The research group final meeting took place at Limes Hotel Wehrheim on 7th and 8th July 2022. Results of seven years of research in high pressure science were highlighted by ten presenters. Prof. Karen Friese, one appraiser from DFG, was very impressed by the numerous and fundamental results of the research group. All participants enjoyed the in-person meeting and appreciated that ideas of new projects could be discussed easily.
DFG funded research group CarboPaT has been very successful having 62 papers published and about eight papers are under review at the moment. The overall contribution to national and international conferences either talks or posters have CarboPaT pushed into geoscience and high pressure communities. CarboPaT has been well integrated into DCO (Deep Carbon Observatory).
Announcement: CarboPaT Final Meeting
Our final meeting for our research group will be held at Limeshotel Wehrheim on 7th and 8th July 2022. All project members are welcome to join.
PhD defense of Serena Dominijanni
On Monday, 9th May 2022 PhD student Serena Dominijanni (University of Bayreuth) successfully presented results of project 6 (during the 2nd Phase of the CarboPaT research group).
Project 6: Elastic properties of carbonates at high pressures and temperatures
Congratulations to Serena on her graduation and all the best for her ongoing career. She started a postdoc position in planetary science at IMPMC in Paris.
PhD thesis defense of Jannes König
On Tuesday, 14th December 2021 PhD student Jannes König (Goethe University Frankfurt) successfully presented results of project 1 during his thesis defense.
Jannes was involved in project group 1 of the DFG research group FOR2125, the 2nd Phase of CarboPaT.
Project 1: Phase stabilities of carbonates and reaction between carbonates and mantle minerals at high pressures and temperatures studied in the LH-DAC by Raman and time-resolved laser fluorescence spectroscopy.
His title of dissertation is: Phase stabilities and structures of carbonates at high pressure and temperature conditions in the earth's mantle
Congratulations to Jannes and all the best for his ongoing career.
Session: Carbon transformation and mobility during planetary geochemical cycling with co-covener Melanie Sieber
One of our CarboPaT members, Melanie Sieber, is co-covener for session Carbon transformation and mobility during planetary geochemical cycling at the EGU general assembly in 2022.
The deadline for abstract submissions is 12 January 2022.
Lea Pennacchionni @ Ph.D. Day
Lea explains her work within CarboPaT
PhD thesis defense of Nicole Biedermann
On Thursday, 15th October 2020 PhD student Nicole Biedermann (University of Potsdam Institute of Geosciences/ XFEL) has successfully defended her dissertation. Nicole was involved in project group 4 of FOR2125, the 1st Phase of CarboPaT. Her title of dissertation is:
Carbonate-silicate reactions at conditions of the Earth's mantle and the role of carbonates as possible trace element carriers.
We congratulate her and wish her all the best for her ongoing career.
5th CarboPaT Meeting @ Goethe University Frankfurt
Although current pandemic situation influences our lives, we managed to have an in-person meeting of the research unit FOR 2125 at Johann-Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt on 8th October 2020.
It has been the first meeting in 2020, unfortunately our meeting in spring was cancelled at the last minute due to Covid19 lockdown in March.
Excellent scientific talks have been prepared by PhD students, Postdocs and PIs. Ongoing work, new methods and results have been presented.
5th CarboPaT Meeting @ Goethe University Frankfurt
08th October 2020
We are happy to anounce that we will meet at Geozentrum at Goethe University Frankfurt on 8th October 2020. We can fulfill pandemic restrictions and are very happy to meet the CarboPaT members again.
09th September 2020
!!! CarboPaT meeting cancelled!!!
Due to Corona, we have to cancel our CarboPaT meeting in Bayreuth.
CarboPaT members at DGK in Wroclaw/ Poland
CarboPaT members will be at DGK (23. - 27.02.2020) and will present latest results of their research. It will be a joint Polish-German Crystallographic Meeting this February.
Jannes Binck will have a talk about "Phase relations and stabilities of MgCO3" at Scientific programm I -Extreme/non-ambient conditions in lecture hall 10 B on Wednesday, 26th February at 3.10 pm.
"Phase stabilities of MgCO3 and MgCO3-II studied by Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and DFT calculations"
CarboPaT members at XFEL Users Meeting
CarboPaT members present their results at DESY Photon Science Users' Meeting 2020/ European XFEL Users' Meeting 2020 in Hamburg
333. Formation and electronic structure of 156. Stabilities of MgCO3 polymorphs up to 150 GPA
tetracarbonates under extreme conditions (J. Binck et al.)
(C. Albers et al.)
Melanie Sieber (GFZ Potsdam) attended the Sattelite Workshop - Photon Science and gave a talk during High-pressure Science in the Large Volume Press at P61B. Melanies talk was about "Supra-solidus phase relations of Ca-Mg-carbonates and melting point of hydrous magnesite in the upper mantle"
Björn Winkler (Goethe University Frankfurt) attended Sattelite Workshop - Photon Science and gave a lecture during section High Energy X-ray Diffraction for Physics and Chemistry "Structure-property relations from thermal diffuse scattering"
CarboPaT member Sergey Lobanov wins two prizes 2019
Congratulations to Sergey Lobanov who has won the Mineral and Rock Physics Early Career Award
Sergey and other awardees have been been selected for their sustained and unique contributions to advancing our understanding of Earth, its atmosphere and oceans, and planets and astral bodies beyond our own.
The sciences encompassed by AGU are crucial for the health and well-being of our planet’s inhabitants. These awardees have contributed to both that understanding and the planetary health and well-being through their scientific advancements and outstanding service to the science and to AGU.
Sergey received the prize at next AGU, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco, USA on 11th December 2019.
Congratulations to Sergey Lobanov (GFZ Potsdam) who has received the 2019 DCO Emerging Leader Award
The DCO honors leadership of the deep carbon science community by early career scientists of outstanding promise (picture from DCO)
Fittingly, the DCO Emerging Leader Awards have been presented at Deep Carbon 2019: Launching the Next Generation of Deep Carbon Science in Washington D.C., USA on 24. - 26. October 2019.
CarboPaT members at AGU Fall Meeting 2019
Sergio Speziale: Chair person for section: MR24A - Elastic and Transport Properties of Earth Materials: From Atomic Interactions to Geophysical Expressions I (Talks on 10th December 2019)
Sergio Speziale: Chair person for section: MR31B - Elastic and Transport Properties of Earth Materials: From Atomic Interactions to Geophysical Expressions II (Posters on 11th December 2019)
Catherine McCammon: Invited Talk ED43A-10 - Tiny light things went round and round inside our world and gave us life (Ta
Catherine McCammon, Serena Dominijanni, Nobuyoshi Miyajima, Daniel J Frost and Leonid Dubrovinsky: Poster MR51D-0072 - Deciphering deep volatile cycles in early Earth (Poster on 13th December)
Catherine McCammon: Convener for section MR51A - Earth and Planetary Volatiles from the Inside Out I (Talks on 13th December)
Catherine McCammon: Convener for section: MR51D - Earth and Planetary Volatiles from the Inside Out II (Posters on 13th December 2019)
PhD thesis defense of Michal Stekiel
On Monday, 21st October 2019 PhD student Michal Stekiel (Goethe University Frankfurt) has defended his dissertation successfully. Michal Stekiel was involved in project group 1 of FOR2125, the 1st Phase of CarboPaT. His dissertation title is: Understanding phase transitions in carbonates by investigation of their lattice dynamics.
Michal succesfully published scientific papers during the last three years (publications)
CarboPaT at DCO
Deep Carbon 2019: Launching the Next Decade of Deep Carbon Science is an international science conference sponsored by the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO), with support from others.
CarboPaT members from Phase 1 and 2 have been in Washington last week.
On Thursday, 24 October 2019 from 2pm, Catherine McCammon from University of Bayreuth was chair person of Session II -New Programs Emerging from DCO. Within this session Bjoern Winkler from Goethe University Frankfurt has highlighted the DFG Research Unit 2125 “Structures, properties and reactions of carbonates at high pressures and temperatures, CarboPaT"
On Friday, 25 October 2019 from 9am, Sergey Lobanov from GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences had a Lightning Talk within the session: "Crossover to diamond-like carbonates in the lower mantle"
Posters have been presented by Catherine McCammon, University of Bayreuth on Thursday, 24 October 2019: T37 How Earth’s early magma ocean captured mantle carbon
and Valerio Cerantola, European XFEL, on Friday, 25 October 2019: F1 Oxidized carbon forms in the Earth mantle: A journey to the core mantle boundary
4th meeting of the FOR 2125/2
The members of the research unit FOR 2125 met at the Limes Hotel in Wehrheim from 10th to 11th October 2019. It has been the fourth meeting of the second funding period. PhD students and Postdocs presented their ongoing work and very new results for the projects of CarboPaT. Sandro Jahn successfully involves students in his research group at Cologne University and presented details from a Bachelor thesis about "Computer simulations of divalent cation invorporation in CaCO3". Thomas Schlothauer from TU Freiberg showed pictures and very impressive videos from the new rebuild shock wave laboratory in the mine "Reiche Zeche". He also introduced a new mineral and offered samples to investigate by the CarboPaT group.
CarboPaT session at YES Congress in Berlin in September 2019
PhD students and PostDocs have presented new results at 5th YES Congress 2019 “Rocking Earth’s Future” in Berlin from 9th to 13th September.
The CarboPaT session has been held on 12th September in hall C. Melanie Sieber, a PostDoc from GFZ Potsdam, has been leading the session "Carbonates under high Pressure and Temperatures" and initiated great scientific discussions after the presentations.
(from left: Naira Martirosyan, Melanie Sieber, Serena Dominijanni, Iuliia Koemets, Christian Albers, Lélia Libon, Lea Pennacchioni, Jannes Binck)
PhD students present at poster session of EHPRG in Prague 09/2019
Nicole Biedermann from Project 4 in Phase 1 and Christian Albers from Project 3 in Phase 2 took the opportunity presenting their latest results at
57th European High Pressure Research Group International Meeting on High Pressure Science and Technology.
We congratulate Chris-Julian Fruhner on his succesfully finished dissertation at Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main on 2nd July. Chris-Julian Fruhner was involved in project group 1 of FOR2125/1, the 1st Phase of CarboPaT. His dissertation title is: Investigations on phase stability of carbonates using fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy.
3rd meeting of the FOR 2125/2
The members of the research unit FOR 2125 met at the monastery Steinfeld from 21st to 22nd March 2019. It has been the third meeting of the second funding period. PhD students and Postdocs presented their ongoing work and results for the projects of CarboPaT. Johannes Kaa from TU Freiberg defended his Master thesis about the stability of calciumcarbonates in presence of Bridgmanite at lower mantle conditions.
IBAME Science Award
PD Dr. Catherine McCammon received the Science Award given by the International Board on the Applications of the Mössbauer Effect (IBAME) “in recognition of her outstanding contributions to geophysically relevant questions via novel methodological approaches using the Mössbauer effect”.
The award was presented at the International Conference on the Applications of the Mössbauer Effect (ICAME) 2017 held in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Publication in Nature Communications
A new study led by CarboPaT members reported in Nature Communications that iron carbonate forms new structures that make it stable at high pressures and temperatures. They found that carbon and oxygen form a tetrahedral arrangement, and iron becomes more oxidised. Their work demonstrates that these new structures can carry carbon into the deep part of the Earth through oxidation-reduction reactions that can influence the cycling of volatiles including carbon and oxygen.
(Graphic by PD Dr. Catherine McCammon.)
Sponsorship of the 3rd DCO Early Career Scientist Workshop
CarboPaT is one of the official sponsors of the Third Deep Carbon Observatory Early Career Scientist Workshop. This five-day workshop was initiated by the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) in collaboration with Sapienza University. Taking place in Nicolosi, Sicily, the workshop will include several fieldtrips to Mt. Etna. In addition, there will be keynote presentations as well as talks and posters by the participants and many roundtable discussions.
The DCO Early Career Scientist Workshops were conceived to bring together young researchers for building networks and initiating new collaborations. Around fifty early career researchers will attend the workshop this year. Through the sponsorship of the CarboPaT research unit, two PhD students from CarboPaT will receive financial support to attend the workshop.
The success of the Early Career Scientist Workshops is already tangible. CarboPaT member Dr. Valerio Cerantola attended the First DCO Early Career Scientist Workshop in Costa Rica in 2014 when he was a PhD student. He developed such an enthusiasm and support for the concept that he is now part of the organising committee of the upcoming workshop.
(Photo of Mt. Etna by Dr. Giancarlo Tamburello.)
5th meeting of the FOR 2125
The scientists of the FOR 2125 met again from the 6th to the 7th of April 2017. The meeting took place at the Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ) in Potsdam, Germany. Besides exchanging further results of the CarboPaT projects, a guided tour of the scientific research site Telegrafenberg was organized by our hosts from the GFZ.
Furthermore the FOR 2125 was very pleased that Dr. Susanne Faulhaber from the DFG participated in the CarboPaT meeting and that Prof. Dr. Marion Tichomirowa gave an invited talk about carbonatites.
Gregori Aminoff Prize
The Gregori Aminoff Prize in Crystallography has been awarded to Prof. Dr. Natalia Dubrovinskaia and Prof. Dr. Leonid Dubrovinsky, both principal investigators within the FOR 2125. They developed new experimental methods to investigate crystal structures in situ under extreme conditions (high pressures and high temperatures) that are present in the Earth's interior.
The ceremony took place during the anniversary celebration of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in the Konserthuset in Stockholm on the 31st of March. HM Carl XVI Gustaf the King of Sweden handed the prizes over to the laureates.
(Both photos: Markus Marcetic, © Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences)