Bin Chen selected as COMPRES Distinguished Lecturer

Bin Chen, assistant researcher at the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, has been selected as a 2018-2019 COMPRES Distinguished Lecturer in the field of Mineral Physics. COMPRES, the Consortium for Materials Properties Research in Earth Sciences, selects two lecturers each year to share high pressure geoscience research with a broad audience.

The talks by these distinguished lecturers will feature topics that emphasize exciting high-pressure geoscience research and its significance for understanding fundamental Earth and planetary processes. The primary target audience for these lectures is undergraduates in departments of geology and related sciences at non-PhD granting institutions, but all academic institutions in the U.S. may request a lecture from the honoree.

Chen’s research focuses on understanding the nature and mechanisms of dynamic processes taking place within deep interiors of Earth and other planetary bodies, through direct examination of material properties under high pressure-temperature conditions using a wide spectrum of techniques available in synchrotron and neutron facilities and in-house laboratories. His recent work concerns the storage and cycling of volatile elements in planetary interiors.

Chen’s lecture will focus on volatiles in Earth’s deepest interiors and its implications for the chemical evolution of the Earth.

COMPRES funds all travel costs for the speaker, including transportation, accommodation and meals. There is no cost to the hosting institution.