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Dr Oliver Lord

Dr Oliver Lord

Dr Oliver Lord
MSc, PhD

Royal Society University Research Fellow and Proleptic Lecturer

Area of research

Experimental Petrology of the Deep Earth and other planets

Office IC 2.15
Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 331 4762

Research summary

My research aims to shed light on the structure and evolution of the Earth and other planets by studying the structure and properties of matter at extreme pressures and temperatures. To do this I combine micro-fabrication, laser-heated diamond anvil cell experiments, synchrotron based micro- and nano-scale analytical techniques and ab initio computations. Beyond the geosciences, I collaborate with physicists to study the fundamental properties of matter at extreme conditions and with engineers to study the mechanical behaviour of industiral materials. Current projects include:


The Chemical Architecture of the Deep Earth The character of our planet was defined by its ...

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A laser heated diamond anvil cell experiment

Royal Society University Research Fellow, October 2016 – September 2021 (School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol) The chemical architecture of the deep Earth 

NERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, October 2013 – September 2016 (School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol) Diffusion in the DAC: Probing the physical state of the Earth's inner core.
NERC Postdoctoral Research Associate, October 2010 – September 2013 (Department of Earth Sciences, UCL) New models for the Earth's core: the neglected role of nickel - ab initio calculations and high P-T experiments on Fe-Ni alloys.
NERC Postdoctoral Research Assistant, May ...

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Recent publications

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