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.

November 2020

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.

October 2020

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

Current news

!!! CarboPaT meeting cancelled!!!

Due to Corona, we have to cancel our CarboPaT meeting in Bayreuth.

March 2020

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"

Feburary 2020

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"

DESY about the meeting

Sessions and abstracts

February 2020

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.

AGU conference, San Francisco


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.

DCO conference, Washington

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)

October 2019

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

Livestream of DCO presentations

Story collider presents: stories from the DCO

October 2019

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.

More impressions


October 2019

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)

CarboPaT's abstracts

Full YES Congress abstractband

September 2019

EMC 32 - Vienna

Iuliia Koemets has presented her latest results on a poster at 32nd EMC in Vienna/ Austria

September 2019

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.

September 2019


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.

July 2019

2nd Freiberg High Pressure Symposium

c-BN- and diamond-based hard materials for metal and rock cutting –
2nd Flintstone2020 stakeholder meeting and 2nd Freiberg High Pressure Symposium

@ Tu Bergakademie Freiberg, 4th and 5th June 2019


register here

May 2019

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.

March 2019


2nd Meeting of FOR2125-CarboPaT @Wehrheim

October 2018



Kick Off 2nd Phase CarboPaT @Hamburg

February 2018

Furher information

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.

September 2017

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.)

July 2017

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.)

June 2017

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.

Further information

April 2017

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)

March 2017