Make diamonds and break diamonds

To probe Earth's deep secrets

Li's research group studies material properties and planetary evolution, focusing on the behavior of planetary materials under high pressure and high temperature conditions and the thermal and chemical evolution of Earth-like planets. Our current research seeks insights into the following questions: 1) How did the Earth develop its layered structure and heterogeneity through melting and crystallization? 2) How does the Earth supply sufficient energy to maintain its magnetic field through a core dynamo? 3) How do volatile/light elements such as hydrogen, carbon, oxygen, and sulfur influence planetary processes and habitability? Ultimately we aim to understand how planets evolve from the same solar nebula to their current diverse states and how common is Earth in our universe.  For more details, click here.


Jie (Jackie) Li

Associate Professor

Mineral physics and geochemistry

B.S. (Geochemistry) USTC

M.A (Geophysics) Harvard

Ph.D. (Earth and Planetary Sciences) Harvard


Zeyu Li defended Ph.D. dissertation 2015

Jiachao Liu defended Ph.D. dissertation 2015

Hidden carbon in Earth's core news 2015

Dr. Bin Chen started faculty position at University of Hawaii 2014

Zeyu Li won "Outstanding Poster" at SSAP Symposium 2013

Dr. Leslie Hayden started staff position at USGS Menlo Park 2011

Dr. Bin Chen won the Jamieson Award 2010

Jiachao Liu won a Rackham International Student Fellowship 2010

Lili Gao's work on COMPRES Science Highlight 2009

Bin Chen's work on Advanced Photo Source Science Highlight 2009

Lili Gao's work on Cover of Journal of Synchrotron Radiation 2009

Scientific American Podcast 2008

飘舞铁雪助力维持水星磁场 2008

 水星造堪称一: 有一 2008



















Phone: 734 615 7317

Fax: 734 763 4690

Dept. of Earth Environmental Sci.

University of Michigan

3014 CC Little Bldg

1100 N. University Ave.

Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Last updated

May 30, 2015