“The most exciting phrase to hear in science,
the one
that heralds new discoveries,
is not ‘Eureka!’ but
‘That’s funny…”

Isaac Asimov


New paper on the causes of brittle-to-viscous transition in crustal rocks

Our new paper on “Formation of Nanocrystalline and Amorphous Materials Causes Parallel Brittle‐viscous Flow of Crustal Rocks:Experiments on Quartz – Feldspar Aggregates” based on experiments from Saleh al Nasser’s second generals project is just published in Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. Congrats to Saleh! Fault slip occurs over a vast range of rates and …

New paper on the development of ultrasound capabilities for our HP-HT deformation apparatus

Our new paper on the development of “An ultrasound probe array for a high-pressure, high-temperature solid medium apparatus” was just published in Review of Scientific Instruments. Hamed has been working on this project very hard and it is great to see the results published! We managed to integrate several piezoelectric sensors along the loading axis …

New MITei CCUS seed funding for carbon storage in basaltic rocks for the lab

Mitigating climate change is arguably one of the largest scientific challenges of our generation. Matej has recently received seed funding with Prof. Shuhei Ono, Dr. Nori Nakata nad Dr. Steven Brown to further the understanding of the influence of carbonate mineralization on the mechanical and transport properties of basalts. Read more about the project on …


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