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The Heart of a Diamond Anvil Cell
Inventing new tools to understand Earth and the deep interiors of other planetary bodies

Welcome to COMPRES

COMPRES, the Consortium for Materials Properties Research in Earth Sciences is a community-based consortium whose goal is to enable Earth Science researchers to conduct the next generation of high-pressure science on world-class equipment and facilities. It facilitates the operation of beam lines, the development of new technologies for high pressure research, and advocates for science and educational programs to the various funding


Recent Science Highlights

Measurements of the Lamb-Mössbauer factor at simultaneous high-pressure-temperature conditions and estimates of the equilibrium isotopic fractionation of iron
Dongzhou Zhang, Jennifer M. Jackson, Wolfgang Sturhahn, Jiyong Zhao, E. Ercan Alp and Michael Y. Hu

Constraining composition and temperature variations in the mantle transition zone
Wen-Yi Zhou, Ming Hao, Jin S. Zhang, Bin Chen, Ruijia Wang & Brandon Schmandt


Steering Committee

Recently, NSF has released a proposal solicitation for a new organization for management of synchrotron-based analytical capabilities for Earth and Environmental Sciences research and training.

COMPRES is working with the larger Geoscience community to create a new and innovative organization in response to this call. More information about this effort can be found here.

COMPRES Facilities

Advanced Light Source

Advanced Light Source

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Advanced Photon Source Aerial View

Advanced Photon Source

Argonne National Laboratory

Multi-Anvil Cell Assembly Project aerial view

Multi-Anvil Cell Assembly Project

Arizona State University

National Synchrotron Light Source II aerial view

National Synchrotron Light Source II

Brookhaven National Laboratory

2022 Annual Meeting

Virtual Meeting

August 11, 2022 to August 12, 2022

Register Online

The 2022 COMPRES Annual Meeting will be held virtually August 11-12, 2022.

Lecturer Series

Distinguished Lecturer Series 2021

Jin Zhang

Jin Zhang

University of New Mexico

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US Member Institutions

COMPRES Executive Committee

James van Orman, Executive Committee Chair

James van Orman

Case Western Reserve University
Susannah Dorfman

Susannah Dorfman

Michigan State University
Abby Kavner, Executive Committee Member

Abby Kavner

University of California, Los Angeles
Tom Sharp

Tom Sharp

Arizona State University
Heather Watson

Heather Watson

Union College

COMPRES President

Dr. Carl AgeeCarl B. Agee

COMPRES Central Office
Institute of Meteoritics
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131-1126
Tel: (505) 750-7172

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