Special Engineering Issue

Deep Matter and Energy June 2019

Twelve papers on a wide-ranging topics related to volatiles comprise a special issue of Engineering on Deep Matter and Energy. Engineering is an international peer-reviewed academic journal sponsored by Chinese Academy of Engineering and published bi-monthly in English. Papers began to appear online in May 2019.

Edited by Ho-Kwang Mao (Carnegie Institution for Science, USA) and Chengwei Sun (China Academy of Engineering Physics, China), this special issue focuses on the science and technology of deep volatiles, which span the multidisciplinary boundaries of mineralogy, geophysics, geochemistry, biology, and fundamental physics and chemistry at depths ranging from the deep ocean to the Earth’s core, under the common theme of the high-pressure dimension. It contains papers presented at the Deep Volatiles, Energy, and Environments Summit, which was sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Deep Carbon Observatory, held on 13–14 March 2018 at the Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility (SSRF) in Shanghai, China. The Summit, organized by the Center for High Pressure Science and Technology Advanced Research brought together about 170 scientists from nine nations.


  • Ho-Kwang (Dave) Mao
    Ho-Kwang (Dave) Mao Carnegie Institution for Science, USA
    Ho-Kwang (Dave) Mao
    Ho-Kwang (Dave) Mao
    Carnegie Institution for Science, USA

    Ho-Kwang (Dave) Mao is a world leader in the study of materials under pressure and the implications for geoscience, planetary science, physics, chemistry, and materials science. He and colleagues first reached 1 megabar static pressure in 1976, which doubled the previous pressure limit. Since then, his group has consistently extended the range of pressures at which materials can be studied in the laboratory, applying a broad range of laser, synchrotron x-ray, neutron, and other measurement methods.

    He is the recipient of the American Geophysical Union’s 2007 Inge Lehmann Medal; a co-recipient with Russell Hemley of the 2005 Balzan Prize from the Balzan Foundation for mineral physics; the recipient of the 2005 Gregori Aminoff Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Science for crystallography; and the 2005 Roebling Medal of the Mineralogical Society of America, among other awards. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Academia Sinica of the Republic of China, a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and he is a Fellow of American Geophysical Union, the American Physical Society, the Mineralogical Society of America, and a Foreign Member of the Royal Society of London.

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