People in the Mineral Physics Group
(Picture taken on 1/27/11 at Iron Cactus)
(Picture taken on 1/1/13 at the Salt Licks BBQ)
(Picture taken on 1/29/15 at Outback Steakhouse)
Dr. Jiachao Liu
Jiachao’s research focuses on mineral physics of planetary interiors and physical and chemical characterization of methane hydrate. He obtained his PhD degree in geophysics from University of Michigan at Ann Arbor under the supervision of Prof. Jackie Li.
Jason Kim, PhD Student in Department of Electrical Engineering
Jason’s research focuses on understanding 2D materials in extremes. 2D materials of his research interest include TMDs, graphene, and phosporene.
Sean Grant, PhD Student in Department of Physics
Sean works with the Mineral Physics Group on gas-gun and laser shock experiments on geological materials such as iron alloys and oxides in extreme environments. Sean is interested in using laser shock and gas-gun techniques to understand sound velocities and thermal conductivity of earth materials in extreme environments. Sean’s efforts are sponsored by Graduate Student Scholarship at Sandia National Lab and Department of Physics at UT.
Suyu Fu, PhD Student in Department of Geological Sciences
Suyu joins the group in 2015 after getting his undergraduate degree in geophysics from USTC where he worked with Prof. Zhu Mao on a mineral physics project.
Xianghai Meng, PhD Student in Department of Mechanical Engineering (co-supervised with Prof. Yaguo Wang)
Xianghai’s research interest focuses on understanding 2D materials in extreme environments using time-resolved laser spectroscopy in a diamond anvil cell.
Rusty Roberts, PhD Student in Materials Science Program (co-supervised with Prof. Deji Akinwande)
Rusty’s research interest focuses on understanding 2D materials in extreme environments.
Tiannong Skyler Dong, PhD Student in Geological Sciences (co-supervised with Prof. Peter Flemings)
Skyler’s research focuses on the characterization of physics and chemistry of methane hydrate reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico especially using micro-Raman analysis.
Yanyao Zhang, PhD Student in Geological Sciences
Yanyao’s research focuses on mineral physics of the deep mantle.
Jesse works on methane hydrate at conditions relevant to the Gulf of Mexico.
Former Group Members
Stephen Armstrong (Undergraduate assistant at UT; graduated in 2017; now a PhD student at CalTech)
Jing “Jill” Yang (PhD in Geophysics at UT in 2017; now a postdoc at Geophysical Lab)
Jennifer Beam (Undergraduate assistant at UT; graduated in 2015)
Megan Matheney (Undergraduate assistant at UT; graduated in 2015)
Sam Moran (Undergraduate assistant at UT; graduated in 2015)
Avinash Nayak (PhD degree in EE at UT in 2015; now work for AMD)
Jin Liu (PhD in Geophysics at UT in 2015; now a postdoc at Stanford U)
Professor Maoshuang Song (Visiting Scholar from Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 12/2013-12/2014)
Ye Wu (Visiting PhD student from Peking University, 2014)
Dennis Tong (Master Student at UT Austin, 2012-2014)
Dr. Xiang Wu (巫翔) (Visiting professor from the School of Earth and Space Sciences, Peking University, 2013)
Dr. Dawei Fan (范大伟) (Visiting scholar from Guiyang Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2012-2013)
Dr. Zhu Mao (毛竹) (Postdoc Fellow, now Professor at USTC, 2009-2013)
Nikki Seymour (Undergraduate research assistant, now a PhD student at U Colorado)
Jie Zhu (Visiting student from Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2012-2013)
Junjie Wu (Visiting student from Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2011-2013)
Dr. Shaomin Feng (Visiting scholar from Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2012)
James Lu (Master student 2010-2012; now at UT Austin as a PhD student with Dr. Grand)
Caleb Jacobs (Undergraduate researcher 2009-2011; moved to TCU as a graduate student)
Andrea Wheat (Undergraduate researcher 2011-2012)