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Mr Chris Gregson

Mr Chris Gregson

Mr Chris Gregson


Area of research

Water in mantle minerals

Office G6
Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 954 5243

Research summary

I am a NERC funded research student at the University of Bristol studying high-pressure mineral physics and experimental petrology. My research is focused on the nature of hydrous silicate melts above and below the transition zone; related to the influence of water in nominally anhydrous mantle minerals. The research requires an experimental approach using high pressure multi-anvil press (MAP) and diamond anvil cell (DAC) experiments to recreate high mantle pressure/temperature conditions. This research is complemented by density functional theory calculations to model mantle minerals (VASP/Quantum Espresso). Overall, the research is directly related to large-scale geodynamic processes such as mantle convection ...

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- Geology (Ph.D.) - University of Bristol - Mineral Physics and Experimental Petrology.  

- Geology MESci - University of Liverpool - First Class [Thesis: Microstructural analysis of slip-systems in olivine and orthopyroxene,   Dissertation: The geology of northern Isle of Arran.] 

- Research Intern - Institute of Planetary Materials, Okayama University, Japan.

- Research interests: High-pressure mineral physics and experimental petrology, material sciences, rock deformation, microstructures and structural geology.  

- Research focus: Hydrogen defects in nominally anhydrous mantle mineral and the nature of hydrous silicate melts.



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