Russian Mega-Grant for DCO-Related Research

DCO collaborators Eiji Ohtani and Konstantin Litasov have received a "Mega-grant" from the Russian Ministry of Education and Science to establish a new laboratory for high-pressure research at the V.S. Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy.

Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) collaborators Eiji Ohtani and Konstantin Litasov have received a "Mega-grant" from the Russian Ministry of Education and Science to establish a new laboratory for high-pressure research at the V.S. Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science (RAS).

The major goal of the project is to develop cutting-edge technology and computational capabilities to enhance the field of high-pressure thermodynamics. Ohtanti and Litasov, along with their collaborators, will capitalize on their shared expertise with various techniques, including the use of multianvil apparatus and laser-heated diamond anvil cells. Application and enhancement of these techniques will be used to revise existing data regarding the thermodynamic properties of various minerals at deep Earth conditions. The team will also investigate models of superdeep diamond formation, estimate formation conditions of mineral inclusions in diamond, and analyze Popagai impact diamonds (diamonds formed upon meteorite impact in Siberia, as discussed in this Deeper View essay) for their potential industrial importance as a superabrasive drilling material.

Mega-grants from the Russian Ministry of Education and Science provide $3 million over three years to fund international research in a number of disciplines. Emphasis is placed on the researchers’ abilities to forge connections with world leaders in their field, as well as in encouraging young scientists to enter and embark upon their own careers in science. There are currently 119 such projects funded worldwide, and Ohtani and Litasov are one of five teams recognized in the current awarding cycle.

Eiji Ohtani of Tohoku University (Japan) is a member of the DCO Executive Committee, and Konstantin Litasov, of, a former member of Ohtani’s laboratory, is currently at the V.S. Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy. We look forward to the results of this exciting research, which is central to DCO’s goals, over the next three years. 

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