Probe Earth evolution and planetary habitability through making and breaking diamonds
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 to understand the following questions: 1) How did the Earth develop its layered structure and heterogeneity through melting and freezing? 2) How do Earth-like planets and moons sustain their core dynamos? 3) How have volatile or light elements influenced planetary evolution and habitability? Ultimately we aim to understand how planets have evolved from the same solar nebula to their current diverse states and to find out if Earth-like planets are common or rare in our universe.
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Jie (Jackie) Li
Professor of Mineral Physics and Geochemistry
Ph.D. (Earth and Planetary Sciences) Harvard
M.A (Geophysics) Harvard
B.S. (Geochemistry) USTC
Junjie Dong won a Poster Award at a Winter School in Japan 2017
Forrest Gilfoy's AGU poster featured on EoS 2016
Dr. Feng Zhu's work on superdeep diamond on DCO tip sheet 2016
Forrest Gilfoy completed Master's thesis 2016
Jiachao Liu took a postdoc position at MSU 2016
Junjie Dong gave a talk at the COMPRES meeting in New Mexico 2016
Zeyu Li defended Ph.D. dissertation 2015
Jiachao Liu defended Ph.D. dissertation 2015
Hidden carbon in Earth's core featured on Umich News 2015
Dr. Bin Chen started faculty position at University of Hawaii 2014
Zeyu Li won an "Outstanding Poster" award at CDAC 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
Forecast for Mercury's heart Nature News 2008
Iron snow behind Mercury's magnetism on Scientific American Podcast 2008
Phone: 734 615 7317
Fax: 734 763 4690
Dept. Earth Environmental Sci.
University of Michigan
3014 CC Little Bldg.
1100 N. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109