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Oliver Tschauner, Courses, June 21, 2016

Published: June 20, 2016

Lesson one: Structure analysis from Single Crystal Data

TIME: June 21, 2016

LECTURER: Oliver Tschauner, High Pressure Science and Engineering Center, Department of Geoscience, University of Nevada Las Vegas

LOCATION: 4F, Building 2

TYPE: Courses


University Education:
Diplom (=MS+BS), University of Cologne, Crystallography, 1994
“On the dielectric permittivity in solids in their dependence on external directional pressure”
Advisor: S. Haussühl (University of Cologne)
Dr. rer. nat.(Ph.D.), Mineralogy, University of Cologne, 1997
“Stability and chemical properties of Ni,Co:(Mg,Fe)SiO3-perovskite”
H. Palme (University of Cologne)
R. Boehler (Max Planck Institute for Chemistry Mainz)

Professional Experience:
1994-1998: ‘wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft’, High Pressure Mineral Physics, Dpt. of Geochemistry, Max-Planck-Institute of Chemistry
1999-2002: Carnegie Fellow, Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington
2002: Assistant Research Professor in Physics, High Pressure Science and Engineering Center, University of Nevada in Las Vegas. Visitor in Geophysics, California Institute of Technology
2006 Associate Research Professor, High Pressure Science and Engineering Center, University of Nevada in Las Vegas. Visiting Associate in Geology and Planetary Sciences at Caltech
2010: Member of Faculty, Dpt of Geoscience, UNLV, Leader of Cluster “Materials Deformation” in HiPSEC - A DOE/NNSA Center of Excellence.
2016: Professor of Research (effective June 2016), High Pressure Science and Engineering Center and Dpt. of Geoscience, University of Nevada in Las Vegas

Fellowships and Awards:

1999-2002 Carnegie Fellowship
2006-2011 Visiting Associate Faculty in Geology and
Planetary Sciences at Caltech
2014 (May-June) Professeur invité, Université de Paris/Institut Galilée

Synergistic Activities:
PI. of the Approved Program “Single Crystal Diffraction at Extreme Conditions” at beamline 12.2.2 ALS-LBNL (2010-2013).
Member of the COMPRES Infrastructure Development Committee (2009-2013), Member of the User Executive Committee Cornell High Energy Synchrotron (CHESS) 2005 - 2014, Representative of UNLV at COMRPES.
Associate editor of American Mineralogist since 2009.
Reviewer for NSF, NASA, ANR (France).
Reviewer for Science, Nature, PNAS, and more than 10 over scholarly journals.


15 years of experience in using and developing methods of atomic-scale structure analysis for statically and dynamically compressed materials using crystallographic and spectroscopic methods.

Main research direcation is on development of synchrotron radiation-based high-pressure x-ray diffraction techniques for quantitative structure analysis, including the development of ultrahigh spatial resolution structure analysis tools for shocked samples and pre-shot structure and microstructure e.g., defects, characterization, inclusions, conformational disorder.

Selcted publications:

  1. Tschauner, O, Zerr, A., Specht, S., Rocholl, A., Boehler, R., Palme, H., Partitioning of nickel and cobalt between silicate perovskite and metal at pressures up to 80 GPa, Nature 398, 604-607 (1999).
  2. Serghiou, G., Miehe, G., Tschauner, O., Zerr, A., Boehler, R., Synthesis of a cubic Ge3N4 phase at high pressures and temperatures, Journal of Chemical Physics 111, 4659 – 4662 (1999).
  3. R. Boehler, M. Ross, G. Serghiou, O. Tschauner, New Developments in Diamond-Cell Research,Rev. High Pressure Sci. Technol., 7, 86-89 (1998).
  4. O.Tschauner, H.K. Mao, R.J. Hemley,New Transformations of CO2 at High Pressures and Temperatures, Physical Review Letters, 87, 13, 075701 (2001).
  5. M. Somayazulu, A. Madduri, A. F. Goncharov, O. Tschauner, P. F. McMillan, H. K. Mao, and R. J. Hemley, Novel broken symmetry phase from N2O at high pressures and high temperatures, Physical Review Letters, 87, 13, 135504 (2001).
  6. S.N. Luo, D.C. Swift, T.E. Tierney, D.I. Paisley, G.A. Kyrala, R.P. Johnson, A.A. Hauer, O. Tschauner, P.D.Asimow, Laser-Induced Shock Waves in Condensed Matter: Some Techniques and Applications,High Pressure Research, 24, 409 – 422 (2004)

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