Material Properties Planetary Evolution

Making diamonds and breaking diamonds

To probe Earth's deep secrets

Li's research group studies physical properties and chemical behavior of materials under high pressure and high temperature conditions and investigates how material properties control the thermal and chemical evolution of Earth-like planets. Our current research focuses on three questions: 1) How did Earth develop its layered structure and heterogeneity through melting and crystallization? 2) How does the Earth find 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.


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

Zeyu Li won "Outstanding Poster" at SSAP Symposium  2013

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

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

Dr. Bin Chen won the Jamieson Award, 2010

Jiachao Li 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

Forecast for the heart of Mercury, Nature News 2008

Scientific American Podcast 2008

飘舞铁助力维持水星磁场, 2008

 水星造堪称一: 有一 2008


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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